Saturday, 28 July 2012
I do however like a spectacle. I missed the first hour or so of the Opening Ceremony, but stayed up until around 2.30am watching the rest of it.
It was in my opinion a pretty amazing show, and I can really appreciate how much effort it must have taken to organise such an event. Well done to Danny Boyle...I think he got it just right. And well done to the thousands of volunteers who made it all possible.
The cauldron was magical.
I love the fact that the olympic torch would have travelled within an hour of 95 per cent of people in the UK on its way to London. The were so many torchbearers who had a story to tell, and for whom this task was a privilege. I particularly loved the ex-Liverpool footballer Owen, carrying his torch through Batterseas Dogs Home, with a pitbull on a lead, with other pıtbulls forming a guard of honour. What a fitting memory to Lennox, and all pıtbulls being condemned to death for no reason.
And a great historical moment. Saudi women taking part in the games for the first time ever. Brilliant!
One part of the ceremony I didn't like was the way the great Mohamed Ali, now a very sick man, was handled like some kind of puppet. His total incomprehension at what was expected of him was uncomfortable to watch and it actually made me cry. Why couldn't he have just been there, watching, that would have been enough.
I also felt that Paul McCartney was totally wrong for the climax. He can no longer sing and it was embarassing. I'm sure there's far more talent to choose from.
All in all though, it was pretty good, and something that should make the British feel proud.
Now I'll just withdraw from all this for the next two weeks, and look forward to the closing ceremony!
Did you watch last night? What did you think of it?