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A short guide to the Olympics 2012 in London

If you are planning a jaunt to Great Britain to watch the Olympics 2012 in London live, you should plan on thoroughly enjoying yourself. London has hosted the Olympics twice before -- in 1908 and 1948 -- and the city and its inhabitants are quite familiar with putting on international shows.

If you're concerned with safety while traveling overseas, take heart in the fact that the International Olympic Committee has given a positive reaction to the city's safety and security planning measures. In fact, ensuring the public's safety at the games isn't just a local effort, it is a national effort. Eight major agencies along with smaller local departments have been coordinating security efforts to provide the most comprehensive security possible. Because England is quite densely populated, you should always be on your toes safety-wise when venturing out, especially if you aren't familiar with the surroundings.

When you get on your way to exploring the Olympic venues, consider catching a game at the most exalted tennis courts in the world. Wimbledon has hosted tennis tournaments since 1877, and was recently renovated with new seating and a retractable roof for the Olympics. Just a fortnight before Olympic tennis begins, however, the 2012 grand slam tournament will occur. It shall be a busy month for the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, to be sure.

Eton Manor was once a disused sports club since 2001. When it was decided to be the site of an Olympic venue, the old building was demolished and a new one was built in its place. Not only will Eton Manor host the Paralympics 2012 wheelchair tennis competition, but it will also serve as a swimmers' training facility. With three 50-metre pools for competitive training and smaller pools for water polo and synchronized swimming training, Eton Manor will be the perfect site for sports enthusiasts interested in watching athletes train and compete. The official Olympic 2012 website, london2012.com, is loaded with more information about sports and venues.

If you've never been in England before, be aware of the locals' use of nicknames and terms of endearments. Consider it a compliment if someone calls you "duck" or "mate," and never, ever be late if a local invites you to dine with them. Britons value punctuality and consider it extremely rude to be even five minutes late. Of course, they'll be too polite to point out your rudeness, but nonetheless, make every effort to be on time. Projectbritain.com has a wealth of advice for visitors regarding customs, habits, and etiquette.

Wherever you decide to go when visiting the London Olympics, be aware of your surroundings, respect local customs, and enjoy yourself! Cheerio!

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