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After seven years of preparation and a good dose of last-minute nerves, Londoners were thrilled to present to the world the opening ceremonies marking the official start of a historic event that has commandeered their city and prompted its biggest security operation in peacetime.  One of the highlights of the opening ceremonies was the "stunt" arrival of the Queen to the olympic stadium a la James Bond 007, jumping from a helicopter.

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The Olympic Opening and Closing Ceremonies trace their origins as far back as the ancient Games in Greece and have evolved over the centuries. The London 2012 Ceremonies will be spectacular celebrations of British culture watched by an estimated global audience of four billion people. The Team Welcome Ceremonies formally invite every nation to the Games, while the Victory Ceremonies are the moments every athlete has worked towards.

Building a healthy plate is easy when you make half your plate fruits and vegetables. According to www.eatright.org, it's also a great way to add color, flavor and texture, plus vitamins, minerals and fiber. All this is packed in fruits and vegetables that are low in calories and fat. Make 2 cups of fruit and 2 1/2 cups of vegetables your daily goal.

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Try the following tips to enjoy more fruits and vegetables every day.Variety abounds when using vegetables as pizza toppings. Try broccoli, spinach, green peppers, tomatoes, mushrooms and zucchini.  Mix up a breakfast smoothie made with low-fat milk, frozen strawberries and a banana.

If you are in need for "how to" information, weather in the house, office, garden...check the eHow Web Site for answers:

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For people who love their plants, gardening is one of the highlights of summer. But it may be more problematic than usual this year for gardeners with allergies: Experts are predicting that 2012 is going to be worse than previous allergy seasons because extreme weather, mild winter and record rainfalls in some parts of the United States have caused levels of pollen to spike.  But allergies should not keep you from gardening, which is an outdoor activity that many people love doing during this time of the year. The key is knowing what trees to leave alone, flowers to grow, and tasks to avoid. 

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The wealth of benefits that cucumbers may provide to youir lifestyle and health:

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  • Cucumbers contain most of the vitamins you need every day, just one cucumber contains Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B3, Vitamin B5, Vitamin B6, Folic Acid, Vitamin C, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium and Zinc.
  • Feeling tired in the afternoon, put down the caffeinated soda and pick up a cucumber. Cucumbers are a good source of B Vitamins and Carbohydrates that can provide that quick pick-me-up that can last for hours.