The Oscar-winning movie director who is the man in charge of the opening show has said that he wants to show the world our “green and pleasant land.” At today’s media briefing at Three Mills Studio in London Boyle showed a model of how the stadium will look on the big day.
It seems that at one end of the stadium there will be a recreation of Glastonbury together with a mosh pit with 100 members of the public. At the other end there will be a Last Night at the Proms theme together with another mosh pit. The Last Night at the Proms end will also feature a 27 tonne bell, the largest harmonically tuned bell in the world. The bell is called Isles in Wonder after a speech from Shakespeare’s play The Tempest. When it is rung Boyle says the sound can be heard all through the Olympic Park.
In the middle of the stadium the audience will see a village cricket team, a meadow, farmers ploughing fields, rivers, people picnicking as well as a selection of real farmyard animals including 30 sheep, 12 horses, three cows, two goats, 10 chickens and three sheepdogs.
In total there will be 10k volunteers involved in the opening ceremony including a number of NHS nurses who Boyle wants to feature in the ceremony. The volunteers have already had 157 rehearsals and Boyle said: “I’ve been astounded by the selfless dedication of the volunteers,” he said. “They are the pure embodiment of the Olympic spirit and represent the best of who we are as a nation. The best way to tell that story is through working with real people.”
There are several details about the opening ceremony that have not yet been revealed including what part the Queen will play and exactly where the cauldron and flame will be located. There have been rumours that the Queen will be featured in a special James Bond movie which was filmed earlier in the year with Daniel Craig at Buckingham Palace. There is also not much news yet on what music will be featured although we have been told that Sir Paul McCartney will be closing the ceremony.
In case you are wondering what the 4 small white patches are above the model on the photo they represent clouds and Danny Boyle says that at least one of them will produce rain if Mother Nature doesn’t see to that herself on the opening day!
The opening ceremony on 27 July will be watched by an estimated 1 billion people throughout the world and is estimated to have cost around £27 million. Anyone living near the stadium will probably not need to have the tv on as the opening ceremony will feature a 1 million watt sound system.
Scottish Fashion Awards 2012 – supermodels, reality tv stars, music stars and Doctor Who stars were amongst those celebrating Scottish fashion last night at the awards ceremony held at the Clyde Auditorium in Glasgow.
The awards were celebrating their 7th year and the event was hosted by Alexa Chung who is fast becoming the go-to host for these events. Alexa wore an outfit from Christopher Kane’s 2012 collection and presented the designer with the top award of the night, Scottish Fashion Designer of the Year.
Other winners on the night included Annie Lennox’s daughter Tali who took the award for Scottish Model of the Year for the second year running. Doctor Who star Karen Gillan took the award for Scottish Fashion Icon. Model and face of Chanel, Stella Tenant was inducted into the Scottish Hall of Fame.
Dundee-born Brian Rennie won the Fashion Innovator Award. Rennie is known for his celebrity clients and has designed outfits for Halle Berry, Jerry Hall, Catherine Zeta-Jones and the late Princess Diana. He also designed Jennifer Lopez’s wedding dress and KIm Basinger’s outfit for the Academy Awards.
Amongst the plentiful eye candy on the night were Made in Chelsea’s Millie Mackintosh, who wore a grey SuperTrash gown and Sugababe Jade Ewen who wore a very revealing plunge fronted outfit which was partly made out of black leather. It appears that Jade might have quite a thing for leather as she turned up a couple of days ago for a film premiere wearing a black leather bikers jacket.
The male eye candy for the evening came courtesy of D&G model David Gandy who looked his usual stylish self in a dark 3-piece suit.
As well as all the fashion on show guests were treated to performances from 13-year old Scottish soul singer Tallia Storm and Amy Winehouse’s goddaughter Dionne Bromfield.
VIP guests also got to leave with an Oscars style goodie bag worth over £350 which contained a Radley purse, a Mary Portas scarf, Swarovski’s Aura perfume all contained in a limited edition designer bag from Holly Fulton.