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

West Ham handed Olympic Stadium: Club wins three-year battle for arena

West Ham United win three-year battle for 429m Olympic Stadium after being named preferred bidder Club named top choice after competing with Tottenham Hotspur, Leyton Orient and Intelligent Transport Services | UPDATED: 15:07 GMT, 5 December 2012 After a three-year saga over the fate of the Olympic Stadium, it looks like it will become the new home of West Ham United. The east London football club have been named as the top choice to move in to the Olympic Stadium when it reopens, it was announced today The London Legacy Development Corporation board (LLDC) unanimously made the decision in favour of the Premier League club ahead of rivals from Intelligent Transport Services in association with Formula One, UCFB College of Football Business and Leyton Orient. We're moving, lads: West Ham are ready to leave their Upton Park home A new dawn: The Olympic Stadium is set to host football in the future Tottenham Hotspur competed against rivals West Ham for the keys to the arena LLDC chairman and London Mayor Boris Johnson said: 'We had four good bids, as everybody knows.