Olympic torch bearer Amber Charles holds the Olympic flame on a floating pontoon in front of Tower Bridge in London July 27, 2012.  (Reuters photo)
Photos: A look at London before the Olympics

Olympic torch bearer Amber Charles holds the Olympic flame on a floating pontoon in front of Tower Bridge in London July 27, 2012.  (Reuters photo)

Photos: A look at London before the Olympics

THE BIG PICTURE
Olympics 2012: Athletes in training 
In just over a week, the years, months, days, and minutes athletes have spent training will be put on display. The 10,000 competitors who will be vying for medals in 26 different sports have begun arriving in London.
(Leon Neal/AFP/Getty Images)

THE BIG PICTURE

Olympics 2012: Athletes in training

In just over a week, the years, months, days, and minutes athletes have spent training will be put on display. The 10,000 competitors who will be vying for medals in 26 different sports have begun arriving in London.

(Leon Neal/AFP/Getty Images)

BOSTON CAPITAL
Why the Libor scandal matters to everyone 
The story about Libor interest rates and their manipulation speaks to big issues like the corruption of global markets and the persistent ethical failure of big institutions.
 (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

BOSTON CAPITAL

Why the Libor scandal matters to everyone

The story about Libor interest rates and their manipulation speaks to big issues like the corruption of global markets and the persistent ethical failure of big institutions.

(AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

Few Massachusetts spectators expected at London Olympics 
The Olympic torch lands in London in two weeks, but don’t expect many Massachusetts spectators to make the journey.

Few Massachusetts spectators expected at London Olympics

The Olympic torch lands in London in two weeks, but don’t expect many Massachusetts spectators to make the journey.

Mitt Romney reveals London fund-raising events 
On the eve of the Olympics, Romney is planning two separate fund-raising events in central London hosted by banking industry officials.
(RICK WILKING/REUTERS)

Mitt Romney reveals London fund-raising events

On the eve of the Olympics, Romney is planning two separate fund-raising events in central London hosted by banking industry officials.

(RICK WILKING/REUTERS)

Chelsea Physic Garden: London’s hidden secret
LONDON - Gone are the days when Celtic warriors painted their faces blue for battle with a mixture of crushed woad leaves soaked in urine. Gone too are the days when French courtesans used toxic belladonna to make their eyes sparkle and witches rubbed an ointment of reptile blood and mandrake on their bodies to enable them to fly. Yet in London’s Chelsea Physic Garden woad, belladonna, and mandrake flourish.
(ANNE GORDON FOR THE BOSTON GLOBE)

Chelsea Physic Garden: London’s hidden secret

LONDON - Gone are the days when Celtic warriors painted their faces blue for battle with a mixture of crushed woad leaves soaked in urine. Gone too are the days when French courtesans used toxic belladonna to make their eyes sparkle and witches rubbed an ointment of reptile blood and mandrake on their bodies to enable them to fly. Yet in London’s Chelsea Physic Garden woad, belladonna, and mandrake flourish.

(ANNE GORDON FOR THE BOSTON GLOBE)

THE BIG PICTURE
Olympics 2012: Carrying the flame 
- The Olympic flame began its ceremonial journey to the site of the Summer Games in London this month. The flame is being carried in a relay by 8,000 torchbearers to spread the message of peace, unity, and friendship. It arrives at the opening ceremonies in London on July 27.

THE BIG PICTURE

Olympics 2012: Carrying the flame

- The Olympic flame began its ceremonial journey to the site of the Summer Games in London this month. The flame is being carried in a relay by 8,000 torchbearers to spread the message of peace, unity, and friendship. It arrives at the opening ceremonies in London on July 27.

Prime Minister David Cameron says his government will look to cities like Boston in tackling the gangs he blames for helping spark Britain’s riots. Without diminishing the seriousness of that situation in any way, we did feel compelled to ask the question: What else could London learn from Boston?

Prime Minister David Cameron says his government will look to cities like Boston in tackling the gangs he blames for helping spark Britain’s riots. Without diminishing the seriousness of that situation in any way, we did feel compelled to ask the question: What else could London learn from Boston?

THE BIG PICTURE - London riots
- Two nights of rioting in London’s Tottenham neighborhood erupted following protests over the shooting death by police of a local man, Mark Duggan. Over 170 people were arrested over the two nights of rioting, and fires gutted several stores, buildings, and cars. (26 photos total)

THE BIG PICTURE - London riots

- Two nights of rioting in London’s Tottenham neighborhood erupted following protests over the shooting death by police of a local man, Mark Duggan. Over 170 people were arrested over the two nights of rioting, and fires gutted several stores, buildings, and cars. (26 photos total)

Kate Middleton arrives at Westminster Abbey in London on her wedding day.  Her wedding gown was designed by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen.  » more photos
(Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

Kate Middleton arrives at Westminster Abbey in London on her wedding day.  Her wedding gown was designed by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen.  » more photos

(Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)