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The London Olympic Games were a revelation. Who knew that the British could be such splendid, inspirational athletes? Or even more astoundingly, that the average Briton, when he or she chooses to, could be overwhelmingly friendly—and even happy?

While American myself, I am married to an Englishwoman, and so I have seen inklings of these capacities among her tribe before. But only the confluence of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the Olympics could have brought about such a widespread miracle of enthusiasm across this nation.

London is perhaps the most multicultural city in the world. Walking even in previous years…

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