The opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics

Last night, Vee and I spent four hours watching live on BBC television the opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympics Games here in our home city of London. We have waited seven years for this time and I even volunteered to be a London Ambassador for the Games (but I was not chosen).

The organiser of the event, filmmaker Danny Boyle, did a brilliant job with limited resources.

We didn’t always know exactly what was going on and we certainly didn’t catch every cultural allusion in an immensely rich tapestry, but the whole thing was exuberant and inventive and it reflected wonderfully the history, creativeness, diversity and values of the UK, all the way from the Industrial Revolution to the World Wide Web. I wonder what Americans made of our celebration of the National Health Service which was created in the year of the last hosting of the Games in London and the year of my birth.

Boyle was serious in commemorating the dead and injured on 7/7, but there was a lightness of touch all the way from the Morrris dancers in rural England to Paul McCartney’s “Hey Jude”. I especially loved the humour exhibited in the sequences involving James Bond and Mr Bean. So here is a reminder of my favourite moment:

One Comment

  • Phil Holt

    Was pleasantly surprised especially the NHS bit. As the Guardian commented the Government will find it harder to break it up! Also liked the Rowan Atkinson contribution to Chariots of Fire which was made near we live. The Suffraget part with the active participation of 2 descendants of Sylvia Pankhurst made the retreat of Saudi Arabia on women´s representation all the more poignant. In the end good stuff. I bet there many Tories not too happy.


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