James Bond, dancing nurses and Mr Bean - what does last night's Olympics ceremony tell us about British life? Syrian forces have bombed rebel positions in Aleppo. And are eBooks the saviour of the publishing industry?
Farayi Mungazi from the BBC African Service, Zhuang Chen from the BBC Chinese Service and Anastasia Uspenskaya, from the BBC Russian Service give us an insight into what was felt around the world.
0720 Today, off the east coast of Australia there will be a record-breaking number of whales making their annual migration from Antarctica to the tropical breeding grounds. Australia has been at the forefront of efforts to conserve whale species, and has led opposition to Japan's hunting expeditions in the Southern Ocean. From Sydney, the BBC's Phil Mercer reports.
Activists say many people have died in shelling and helicopter gunship attacks. The BBC's Ian Pannell reports from the city and Shashank Joshi, associate fellow at the Royal United Services Institute analyses the situation.
0821 Four years ago in Beijing Great Britain won 47 medals including 19 Golds and came fourth in the medals table. Liz Nicholl, chief executive of UK Sport, looks at what we can expect from the London games.
0846 An eBook festival is to be held at Kidwelly in South Wales. Chris Mullins is the former MP and author and Simon Rees is the novelist and librettist who is arts consultant for Kidwelly.
0852 Cynics say the best thing that could have happened to whip up enthusiasm for the Olympics here was to have a high profile foreigner come here and rubbish them. Well it happened. And you don't get much more high profile than Mitt Romney, who might well become the next president of the United States. The BBC's Mark Mardell reports.