Another week brings the world’s second largest multi-sport event here to London. On Wednesday night, the Opening Ceremony of the Paralympics showcased ideas, imagination, achievement, science and, depending on your interpretation of a segment about reading, libraries:

The stadium had transformed by this point into a kind of library: homage was paid to the acquisition of knowledge, with, perhaps, a discreet political critique in play. If Boyle’s message was “hands off our NHS”, so Sealey and Hemmings’ seemed to be “hands off our libraries”.
Paralympic opening ceremony hails ideas, with universe as its stage

A must-see.

If you are outside the UK, you probably had little chance of actually watching the Games live on TV. Until now. YouTube has signed up to broadcast 500 hours of coverage.

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