The Opening Ceremony of London 2012
Except if you’re currently living in another galaxy, you’ve heard about the Olympics in London. The opening ceremony was held last night at the Olympic Stadium in Stratford, 15min from my flat, and it was absolutely brilliant. Directed by British cineast Dany Boyle (Trainspotting) the show was mind blowing showcasing the history of Great Britain through ages in a set-up inspired by the countryside and the modern Britain. The ceremony was full of clichés, showcasing the strengths of the country like the industry, the pop culture with a very dynamic show featuring a lot of dancers and a good mix of English music, but also the famous Mary Poppins. I’m not sure about the NHS (British Health System) tribute as in my opinion, this is not something they should be that much proud of.
In another hand it was also full humour, very British, and this was ace. The part with Daniel Craig aka James Bond and the Queen parachuted in the Olympic Park was absolutely brilliant, as well as the part with Mr Been. This is amazing to see how the Brits can laugh about themselves but also doing stuff over the limits. I mean this thing with the Queen was really fun and unexpected, big respect for that.
After the teams walk which lasted 2 hours (204 countries, 10500 athletes) they finally introduced the flame brought by boat via the Thames by David Beckham, and again the Brits went against all the expectations; indeed the Olympic flame was lighted by 7 young British athletes representing the new generation, instead of the usual old famous athlete. All the bookies were wrong then, and me as well as it was totally unexpected.
Finally the show was closed by a performance of Paul McCartney and a bunch of fireworks that I could hear from my flat! Priceless! The Olympics started in my city and I’m very excited and happy to be here, that’s going to be an amazing experience. First event for me next monday with boxing! Well done London, Well done Great Britain, last night you were the greatest country in the world.