Olympics Opening Ceremony – Danny Boyle’s opening extravaganza for the London 2012 Olympics has met with almost universal praise. The film director used a cast of around 10k people to help portray his Isles of Wonder vision of Britain. The crowd was treated to scenes of rural British life with cows and geese and village cricket. Maybe the first time a non-Olympic sport has featured in the opening ceremony? There were also scenes showing the impact of the Industrial Revolution on the British countryside with several large smoking chimneys rising up from the ground. During thus section Sir Kenneth Branagh portrayed Isambard Kingdom Brunel, climbing up a grassy knoll to deliver a speech from Shakespeare’s The Tempest. There was also plenty of other glimpses of British culture including plenty of music. One highlight was Rowan Atkinson as his alter ego Mr Bean playing keyboards with the London Philharmonic conducted by Sir Simon Rattle. Another couple of British institutions were on view in a specially recorded section featuring The Queen, her corgi dogs and Daniel Craig as James Bond. Whilst most of Britain would have enjoyed the numerous references to our culture dotted around such as The Archers and Eastenders theme tunes much of the opening ceremony would have probably confused those from other countries. Other big names taking part in the opening ceremony included Sir Paul McCartney, inventor of the world wide web, Sir Tim Bernard Lee and Harry Potter author J K Rowling. The mystery if who would carry the Olympic Flame on the final part of its journey was answered when Steven Redgrave ran into the stadium after picking up the flame from David Beckham who had transported it down the River Thames in a speedboat. Not everyone enjoyed the ceremony though with one Conservative MP getting into big trouble for his comments. Aidan Burley used Twitter to describe the Olympic opening ceremony as ‘leftie multi-cultural crap.’ Burley certainly appeared to be very much in the minority with many people saying that Boyle’s triumphant display of Britishness should be rewarded with a knighthood.
Olympics Opening Ceremony