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Hawking to narrate Paralympic opening ceremony

It has been announced that world-renowned physicist Stephen Hawking will narrate a scientific “journey of discovery” as part of the opening ceremony of the 2012 Paralympic Games, which takes place on Wednesday 29th August 2012, beginning at 20:30 BST.

Professor Hawking, who has motor neurone disease, is famous for his work around the Big Bang theory and his book A Brief History of Time. One of the Paralympic opening ceremony’s artistic directors, Bradley Hemmings, said “We worked very closely with Professor Hawking to develop a series of messages which are very much integrated into the storytelling of the ceremony.

This downloadable Olympics 2012 Guidance for Employers guides employers through the various potential issues that the Olympic and Paralympic Games are posing for businesses. It deals with flexible working, volunteering, annual leave requests and unauthorised absence.

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