After a long eager wait to the London Olympics 2012 it graced our screens on Friday 27th July with a spectacular ‘through the ages’ Great Britain Opening Ceremony. It is beyond belief that one man, Danny Boyle, managed to fit the most key points into the major highlight of the games.
Throughout the weekend I have heard comments made about the games. For instance one person commented that “Darwin should have been involved and a key figure like this was left out.” While I agree with this that some key figures were indeed forgotten, Darwin being just one, the ceremony made up for that with amazing affects and tributes to the NHS, notably one of Great Britain’s main ground breaking achievements of the 20th century.
An American article written about the games also continued the complaints with comments such as “worst Opening Ceremony in memory” and “it was putting me to sleep.” This was thrown with comments complaining about the article itself. Maybe the writer misunderstood the meaning of parts of the ceremony or maybe just jealousy?
Some also compared the Ceremony to Beijing’s in 2008 and this must be countered by the fact Beijing had a much higher budget than we did and the fact that each and every country will have a different tradition and take on what they want to do for the ceremony. No ceremony should be compared with past or future countries that hold it.
The ceremony started off with rural Britain, with cricket players, sheep grazing in the fields and a hillside topped by a huge tree. Then the sound of drums engulfed the stadium and brought with them the industrial revolution. Volunteers for the Olympics dressed in costume filled the stadium, bursting out the of hillside and pulling up the turf, taking the sheep with them. Up came the large chimneys which bought work and wealth into Britain. Along with a tribute to the NHS and the literature we have created which included the highlight of a giant Voldemort appearing from the ground. It concluded with the Olympic torch being lit by the athletes into a ‘cauldron’
Despite the complaints that the ceremony received the event to me was one not to be missed. A once in a lifetime event for London and Great Britain and the ceremony certainly did it justice. Hats off to Danny Boyle and all the volunteers, people and businesses who made the ceremony so grand and possible. And lets not forget the Queen’s role played with James Bond 007 , an episode of the event that was liked by all.
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