The lighter side of the Olympic Games

A look at the lighter side of the Olympic Games:

LONDON - The prime minister of Antigua says he wants Caribbean airline LIAT to name one of its planes after sprinter Kirani James, who gave the island of Grenada its first gold medal.

Baldwin Spencer says naming an aircraft after James would be a fitting tribute.

The 19-year-old won the 400 metres final in London and was also applauded for his sportsmanship after he traded name tags with South Africa's Oscar Pistorius, a double amputee.

Antigua is a major shareholder of LIAT along with other Caribbean islands.

LIAT released a statement earlier Friday saying it plans to honour James but did not provide details.


LONDON - Love is in the air during the 2012 games, it seems.

The question has been popped an estimated 25 times under the large, multi-coloured rings inside Olympic Park.

Bram Lobeek, from Utrecht in the Netherlands, finally found the moment he had been looking for all year.

After watching the Dutch men's hockey team beat South Korea this week, he convinced his reluctant girlfriend of almost 10 years to line up for a photo by the rings.

He didn't explain his motive - and fretted as she started to look bored.

His girlfriend, Hetty van der Pennen, recalled wondering why she was wasting her time there.

"So I was standing and I said 'what is he doing?' and he was pointing at the Olympic rings and he said 'well, these are yours,"' she said Friday.

"I said: 'What?' Then he went down on his knees."


LONDON - Get ready for a star-studded spectacular: Olympic Stadium is being transformed into a giant jukebox of British pop and pizazz for the closing ceremonies of the London Games.

The Spice Girls and The Who are among the acts prepping performances to celebrate the end of the Olympics.

Although organisers have tried to the ceremony under wraps, many details have leaked out in the British media, and some of the performers have let the cat out of the bag themselves.

The Who, George Michael, Muse and Ed Sheeran have all said they will take part in a show that will include performances of 30 British hit singles from the past five decades.

The Pet Shop Boys, Annie Lennox and Fatboy Slim will also be on hand to get people dancing, and there's speculation The Spice Girls, Queen and Ray Davies of The Kinks could make an appearance.

Director David Arnold is calling the production "the greatest after-party in the world".

"If the opening ceremony was the wedding, then we're the wedding reception," Arnold told the Daily Telegraph.


LONDON - Police say they've detained and cautioned a 38-year-old man who was caught in the act of painting a British postal box gold.

The Royal Mail has been bestowing this honour on specific post boxes nationwide to mark the home cities, towns and villages of Britain's gold-winning athletes.

But the public are supposed to leave this symbolic gilding to the experts.

The man in question got a little too much into the spirit of the Olympics at 2:50 am in a south London neighbourhood.

The result: a post box now half-red, half-gold.

Police have declined to identify the man but said he was apologetic.

"It was meant to be a bit of fun and part of the Olympic fever," he told police.


LONDON - If there were an Olympic medal for hospitality, the Uzbekistan taekwondo team might just get it.

Taekwondo matches usually start off with competitors bowing to one another as a sign of respect.

At the London Games, Uzbek fighters have added their own twist: presenting each of their rivals with a hand-made Uzbek doll before trying to kick them in the head.

"It's a souvenir of my country so that they will remember this moment," said men's heavyweight fighter Akmal Irgashev.

He presented the doll to Mali's Daba Modibo Keita, a two-time world champion.

Irgashev's teammate, Natalya Mamatova, offered a similar doll - a little mustachioed man in traditional dress - to top-seeded Anne Caroline Graffe in the women's 67-kilogram plus category.

Irgashev said they've received T-shirts in return from European athletes, but never anything hand-made.