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Somehow we seem to have graduated from suffragettes to The Beatles, in a few seconds. Dull, it isn’t. Lots of heavy building, smokestacks rising from the turf. And now the Olympic Rings descending from above in glorious gold. This show cost about $40 million, we’re told — cheap by comparison to previous such presentations. It’s been a 20-minute tour de force of British history. And soon, we are told, we’ll be joined by the Queen.

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