Danny Boyle on turning down a knighthood and how he persuaded the Queen to join in the Olympic fun

'I almost quit Olympics over rooftop missiles': Danny Boyle's outrage over decision to mount weapons on East London towerblocks and how he persuaded the Queen to join in the fun , he was most famous for directing Ewan McGregor as a heroin addict in Trainspotting and for Slumdog Millionaire winning eight Oscars. After the opening ceremony of the Olympic games, though, the people of Britain unanimously awarded him a gold medal. In this, his first major interview since those heady days last summer when he made us proud to be British, Boyle reveals how he turned down a knighthood and how close he was to walking away from the opening ceremony

Boxing legend Muhammad Ali "could be dead in days" warns distraught brother

Boxing legend Muhammad Ali family locked in bitter feud as distraught brother says he 'could be dead in days' Rahman Ali said the health of his boxing great brother is in decline The former world champion has suffered from Parkinson's since 1984Made a frail appearance at the London 2012 Olympic opening ceremonyRahman claims the family are being prevented from seeing Ali by wife Olympic opening ceremony” class=”blkBorder” /> Ali, pictured with wife Lonnie, left, was very frail during his appearance at the London 2012 Olympic opening ceremony, pictured right with Liberty director Shami Chakrabarti He said that in the days when his brother could still communicate, he had told him he was not in pain, adding: ‘I’ve achieved everything I’ve ever wanted to accomplish.

2012: The year we felt that golden glow of resurgent Middle England (And not even my cringingly inept BBC could shatter the illusion)

2012: The year we felt that golden glow of resurgent Middle England (And not even my cringingly inept BBC could shatter the illusion) | UPDATED: 02:04 GMT, 30 December 2012 Analysis: Michael Buerk believes 2012 was a proud year for Britain – despite a few low moments It's difficult to pinpoint the exact moment the mood changed and impossible, even in retrospect, to explain why. For me, it came when I was standing in the drizzle, six deep in a crowd massed at a corner of a Surrey lane, waiting for my first glimpse of the London Olympics. The rain stopped

Instagram 2012 photo documentary captures the year in pictures

The year in Instagram: Photo-sharing website collects Top 10 images that capture the events of 2012 from freak weather to momentous politics | UPDATED: 09:45 GMT, 27 December 2012 From Great Britain to the United States, to Argentina to the Middle East, 2012 was undeniably a big year. And as one photo-sharing website will show, so was it for the people's ability to instantly share their experiences. Celebrating the year's highlights, website Instagram has released this photo compilation of some of the world's top 10 biggest events captured by none other than their now more than 100 million users.