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London Olympic countdown enters final week

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With a week to go to the opening ceremony, a worker mows grass near the Olympic Stadium in Stratford, east London on July 20, 2012.

Reuters reports — The Olympic torch arrives in London on Friday a week before the Games begin, and organizers hope the media's focus will shift from security fiascos, travel disruptions, strike threats and poor weather to the thrill of the sporting contest.

 Sebastian Coe, chairman of the London Olympic organizing committee and a gold medal winner, said people were "overwhelmingly positive" about the buildup to the greatest show on earth, while London Mayor Boris Johnson told critics to "put a sock in it, fast". Continue reading.

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London mayor Boris Johnson, in typical befuddled pose, looks down at a pamphlet whilst posing for photographers in the window of a new information "pod" set up to help Olympic visitors with information in Spitalfields, London, on July 20, 2012.

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Members of the National Youth Theatre of Britain greet arriving athletes and officials at their Olympic Village with welcoming song and dance routines on July 20, 2012.

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The Olympic Rings are projected on the white cliffs of Dover on the south coast of England in May 2012. Photo released on July 19, 2012 to celebrate the Olympic Torch arriving in the region.

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