March 8 - News today of a new pin to celebrate the summer-long London 2012 festival programme. The pin uses the London 2012 logo in pink without the Olympic rings on a silver background with the word 'Festival' recessed in the background.
Pin 1065 will be priced at £5 and should be available by the end of the week. No information on issue size at the moment.
At the Opening Ceremony of the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin future French First Lady Carla Bruni played a starring role. She appeared in a section of the event which paid tribute to the Italian flag. Bruni, a former model and well-known singer, followed 26 Olympic medallists in white suits and gowns marching in two files into the Stadio Olimpico Bruni wore a sparkling gown by Giorgio Armani, inspired by crystal and ice. She met French President Nicolas Sarkozy the following year and they married in February 2008.
The Olympic flame is set to visit the Eleonas Refugee Camp in Athens later this week for what will be a high-profile visit. But, as Philip Barker reports, the Olympics has always tried to accommodate athletes who are stateless or are victims of war and civil unrest