London 2012 stadium
2012 Red Arrows
Bradley Wiggins opens London 2012 striking bell
Olympic rings are forged
Mr Bean with London Symphony Orchestra
London 2012 James Bond
David Beckham on motor launch
London 2012 Team GB
Team GB projected onto Parliament
Wow!!! Bravo!! Yiaaa!!! Beautiful Akram Khan choreography, the welded rings, Queen + 007, Dizzeeeee, audience LEDs, GOSH. Magical! Xx – Imogen Heap
Que responsabilidade para o Rio de Janeiro 2016… – Paulo Coelho
[World Wide Web] This is for everyone. — Sir Tim Berners-Lee
A countdown, then it started.
We fly through the countryside, along The Thames, into the stadium.
A huge bell, the largest in the world, is rung by Bradley Wiggins, winner of the Tour de France
Peasants wandering in the fields. Cricket on the village green. A strange mix of Constable, Shakespeare, Dickens, Thomas Hardy.
This pastoral scene, this green and pleasant land changes, smoke pours out of the hill, workers from the factories come pouring out, black and smoky, smoke and flames out of the hill.
Drums, a thousands drums. Chaos. The Industrial Revolution, dark and satanic mills, the countryside destroyed.
Huge mill chimneys rise out of the ground. Mill owners survey the scene.
The two World Wars. The Suffragettes.
The Swinging Sixties. Dressed as Sgt. Pepper.
Molten metal flowing, rings forged, hauled into the sky
A celebration of children’s literature and the NHS. Mike Oldfield Tubular Bells. Children experiencing nightmares.
A clear message to the ConDem government, Hands Off Our NHS!
I was thinking Vangelis, and as if on cue Chariots of Fire performed by the London Symphony Orchestra.
Mr Bean. I just could not stop laughing.
James Bond, special assignment, bring in the Queen.
Musical montage. Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton, The Who, The Beatles, Sex Pistols, Queen, David Bowie ….
Sir Tim Berners-Lee and his gift to the world, the World Wide Web.
Montage of the torch relay across the country.
Snippets of David Beckham in a motor launch on The Thames bringing the Olympic torch.
Athletes parade in. More nations than the UN.
Why did the Czech athletes all turn up in Wellies?
Palestine is at Olympics, why not UN?
Team GB march in to David Bowie Heroes. Team GB are competing in every single event. Billions of tiny pieces of paper fall from the sky. Each one representing one person on the planet.
For the first time all the nations will have women in their teams. Even Saudi Arabia.
UK is the home of sport, codified the rules of sport, the sense of fair play.
Back to the music. Arctic Monkeys. Angels on bicycles.
London is the only city to host the Olympic Games three times.
Size of the stadium huge. Like something out of a futuristic film.
A waste to turn into a football stadium Should be used for rock concerts and other special events.
The 30th Olympiad of Modern Era.
Fantastic to see Muhammad Ali but upsetting to see him so ill.
David Beckham arrives by motor launch, hands the torch to Sir Steve Redgrave.
A neat touch to have those who constructed the stadium to provide an honour guard for Sir Steve Redgrave as he brought the torch into the stadium and to have young athletes give a relay tour around the track.
Young athletes were then handed torches. Earlier we saw each team of athletes bring in a copper petal. We now found out what they were for. Each was at the end of a long thin stem. This was the cauldron, which the torches lit. But that was not all. The long thin stems then all rose up to form one huge flame.
Fireworks, not just the stadium, the entire site. To the music of Pink Floyd.
Then the Grand Finale Paul McCartney Hey Jude showing that at 70 he is the World’s Number One Rock n Roller.
Could anything match the Beijing Olympics Opening Ceremony?
Well now we know the answer.
Danny Boyle put the Beijing Olympics in the shade, turned it into a sideshow.
There were doubts, should it not have been Andrew Lloyd-Webber or Cameron Mackintosh?
Well we got our answer.
Words cannot describe how good it was: fantastic, phenomenal. Nothing measures up to it.
Hollywood eat your heart out. You could not match this no matter how hard you tried.
Danny Boyle deserves a knighthood at the very least.
Danny Boyle was worried about the BBC, that they would chat over the top.
He was right to be worried. It was unbelievable. Moronic chat ruining the show. It was like being at a concert or the opera and a group of jerks giving their mates a running commentary of what is going on.
But if you thought the BBC chat was bad, on an American network it was far far worse. The video quality very poor too. How can anyone enjoy the show with a constant back chat drowning out was was going on?
With the exception of the torch relay there had been little support for the London 2012 Olympics due to the all pervasive stench of corporate sponsorship. Overnight Danny Boyle converted the public to enthusiasts.
Seeing the artistic performance, the athletes walking in, is what it is all about. An inspiration to all. Not sordid sponsorship by McDonald’s, Coca-Cola. We must kick out the corporate sponsors which are tainting the Olympics and giving it a bad odour.
A very very hard act for Rio to follow in 2016.
All pictures are from Team GB on facebook, where more excellent pictures can be found.