Saturday, July 28, 2012

London Olympic Opening Ceremony 2012

Howdy folks!

The moment came when we had to put aside all the negativity surrounding the build up to these 2012 games and sit down with much of the world to see what Danny Boyle and his team had dreamt up for the opening ceremony. Aside from some confusing moments, it was a spectacle that went without a hitch (if you don't include Critical Mass cyclists being detained outside. What? You didn't think it would be all fluff, surely?)

Some of the highlights for us were local East Londoner Dizzee Rascal performing Bonkers and Scot Emeli Sande singing a beautiful version of Abide With Me (neither of these links are from the opening ceremony).

Possibly one the biggest moments was the inclusion of Sir Tim Berners-Lee. This is the man that gave us all the World Wide Web and for which we wouldn't be here discussing this on a little blog in our corner of the world to anyone out there wanting to read it.

The other big moment was a tribute to the NHS, represented by some of the staff and patients from Great Ormond Street Hospital and sparked this photo currently doing the rounds on facebook.

The Queen showed she had a sense of humour by welcoming James Bond into Buckingham Palace in a sequence that had her apparently sky-diving into the park. The big question everyone wondered throughout the ceremony was what the cauldron would be and who would light it.

It was a breath-taking moment when past British Olympians passed on seven torches to young up and coming athletes to light the flame. Those weird petal-like objects that had come in with every country represented in the Olympics suddenly became a huge flower, that rose in a graceful and elegant way to join and create an awesome blazing cauldron. It was designed by Thomas Heatherwick, who currently has a retrospective exhibition on at the V&A until end of September 2012.

Well done to everyone involved, to all the volunteers and people behind the scenes. It was truly a spectacular event. And good luck to all the athletes competing this year!

Regards to you all,

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