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News round-up: Paralympic opening ceremony theme revealed

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Emma Emma | 09:43 UK time, Friday, 4 May 2012

London 2012's Paralympic opening ceremony will be called Enlightenment it was announced this week.

Disabled co-artistic director Jenny Sealey said of the August 29 spectacular, "We have a duty to make sure what we present is exquisite...We don't want pity."

3,000 adult volunteers, including injured soldiers and past Paralympic athletes, are due to take part in the event, which will showcase the skills of disabled artists.

Elsewhere in the news

Blind China dissident Chen Guangcheng, who escaped from house arrest last month, 'can apply to study abroad' (BBC News, Friday 4 May)

Roy Hodgson: Is it wrong to mock the way he speaks? (BBC News, thursday 3 May)

Dancers urge action on eating disorders (BBC News, Thursday 3 May)

Falklands War: Living with post-traumatic stress disorder (BBC News, Thursday 3 May)

Two blind British men have electronic retinas fitted (BBC News, Thursday 3 May)

Sir Philip Craven receives Lifetime Achievement Award at Sport Industry Awards (The Telegraph, Thursday 3 May)

Laurance: Hodgson won't care, but this could severely affect children (The Independent, Thursday 3 May)

Disabled jobless to miss out on Clegg help (The Independent, Thursday 3 May)

Rebecca McKeown's mother tells of 'years of hell' (BBC News, Wednesday 2 May)

Charity urges government to back new strategy on care jobs (BBC News, Wednesday 2 May)

The trouble with mobility scooters (Society Guardian, Wednesday 2 May)

Father of two with motor neurone disease wins right to die by blinking his eye after judge's landmark ruling (The Daily Mail, Tuesday 1 May)

Mother who had surgery to correct her 'S' shaped spine must now watch her daughter, 13, go through the same ordeal (The Daily Mail, Tuesday 1 May)

Blind daredevil takes on Channel swim (The Sun, Monday 30 April)

Our politicians and media could learn from my late dad, Jack Ashley (The Guardian, Monday 30 April)

'She made sure we got our voice heard' (The Guardian, Monday 30 April)

As sickness benefit cuts take effect, thousands face hard times (The Observer, Sunday 29 April)


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