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Far right The noise levels inside the Olympic Stadium reached a crescendo when Britain's Mo Farah won his second gold of the Games in the men's 5,000mRight Fans travelled from all over the world to attend the Games, creating a carnival atmosphere in every venue'Energy and enthusiasm beamed from Britain across 16 glorious days of sporting competition... The noise at the ExCeL boxing arena reportedly hit a high of 113 decibels for the arrival of Irish star Katie Taylor'there was something for everyone, with 12 million people taking advantage of the Cultural Olympiad programme, which saw a 12-week-long calendar of events and performances take place across the country, designed to complement the Games and promote British culture. From the BT River of Music concerts to the avant-garde German play Big and Small starring Cate Blanchett, there was a stream of performances staged everywhere from the Giant's Causeway to Hadrian's Wall. Other notable events included a Lucian Freud exhibition and a David Hockney show at the Royal Academy. Neil Jenkinson, who lives in south London, visited the ExCeL Arena to watch several table tennis sessions and also took in some weightlifting events. He felt the most unique side effect of the Olympic Games happened far away from the venues. "I've lived in London most of my life and people generally keep their heads down and don't chat socially but that's changed during the Games," he said. "The Games have made London and Britain a more friendly place to be."Whether people enjoyed the atmosphere close-up, or travelled to the Games from half a world away, it was clear that this was a Games where the passion and the energy of the fans was befitting of the incredible sporting action on show. ?OLYMPIC REVIEW 67PARTY GAMES