We Rocked the Olympic Opening Ceremony

Yesterday, I wrote about how I was concerned that we were going to make a mess of the Olympics. I was mainly worried about the security side of things and the fact that it didn’t seem like we really knew what we were doing.

However, the Olympics Opening Ceremony last night made me feel much better about our ability to host the Olympics.

I didn’t even watch the Olympics Opening Ceremony on TV last night, because I just assumed that we’d see a few famous people, some fireworks and some aeroplanes. Incidentally, we saw all of those things but there was much, much more to it!

I was half-heartedly following the Olympics Opening Ceremony on Twitter by searching for

Peatree Bojangles’ tweet

#OOC (Olympics Opening Ceremony) and I started to see some quite bizarre things being mentioned. I started reading through the tweets in a little more detail and I suddenly realised that I was missing out on something big.

Danny Boyle was in charge of the Olympics Opening Ceremony and overall, it seems like he did an excellent job. One Twitter user, PeatreeBojangle (you should follow her- she’s one of my Twitter favourites) said:

“It’s like Danny typed ‘British things’ into Google, printed off the Wikipedia page and handed it the organisers; stained in beer and ash”

PeatreeBojangle is more than open and usually right about what she says, so I’m going to assume that her description is an accurate summary of the Olympics Opening Ceremony.

After looking on YouTube for various clips from the night (it’s amazing how quickly things appear on the internet), I’ve decided that my two favourite clips were Mr Bean with the Royal Harmonic Orchestra and James Bond escorting the Queen from Buckingham Palace. There was a clip of this on the ‘s YouTube channel, but the clip and the channel have since been removed. However, if you search YouTube, you’ll find other clips of this.

I wanted to show you a clip of James Bond Escorting the Queen from Buckingham Palace but it seems that all clips of this on YouTube have been removed due to copyright violations. That’s a bit of a shame really, but keep checking YouTube as I’m sure it will appear on there again at some point. In summary, James Bond walks out of Buckingham Palace with the Queen, they board a helicopter, fly through London where everyone looks up and waves (are there really Olympic rings painted on the roofs of buses? I don’t really see the point) before they both parachute out of the helicopter and into the Olympic stadium.

Mr Bean, James Bond and the Queen are as British as you can get so hopefully the world fins all of this as funny as we all did. Yes, Britain has a sense of humour and doesn’t take itself too seriously. Yes, even our Queen joined in on the silliness.

I personally hate crowds- it scares the crap out of me to be so close to so many people. But after watching clips of the the Olympics Opening Ceremony from last night, I wish I had been there in person– sod watching it on the TV!

I have every confidence that we can and will pull this off; I just need to relax and have a little faith in our country. If we can arrange a party like that, then we can easily organise the Olympics and show the rest of the world how it’s done.

What I did notice last night on Twitter was a lot of people saying how the Olympics Opening Ceremony made them “proud to be British” or “proud of their country”. I’m willing to bet that it’s the first time for a long time (if at all) that most of those people have said that. Surely, if you’re so proud to be British, you’d say it on a regular basis, not just when something big is happening? Just a thought.

I’ll leave you with a live Twitter feed showing tweets with the #OOC hashtag, so you can see what I saw last night.

2 Replies to “We Rocked the Olympic Opening Ceremony”

  1. I honestly think that we spend too much of our lives surrounded and bombarded by relentless media imagery, that is either out of context or only a bit part story with the a much bigger contextual frame work. Social networking is great, but on the other hand, its filled with negativity, scare tactics, sensationalism just as the real media is too. You have to sort the wheat from the chaff so to speak. As I said to someone yesterday, if the Olympics goes smoothly, it appears there will many “disappointed” people who seem to want it to go wrong. Forget the politics of it all or whether you agree with it the political side, the commercial and how it was funded. I could not really care less about the event…however, I do not want it to fail like many seem to want. I m sure it will all go fine. The security will be fine too. Again I think that was blown out of proportion. Humans have a tendency to get things done and to pull though when needed. Was the same in India with commonwealth games. Months of negative news, that it would not be ready, it would be a shambles…turned out a great event…same with the Euro 2012 in Ukraine and Poland…Panorama running reports about seriously dangerous underground society, footballers families coming home in body bags,,,,don’t travel etc…all reports back suggest it was a great event at ground level, little violence….same when Greece held it also….media loves the negative, the partial, the untrue, the spin, the sensationalism. Same with Western media views of places like Iran, Lebanon, Syria…a paint brushed, blanket of stigma is put out to us….Iranians are some of the most friendly places on earth…I know people who cycled through it…people took them in, fed them, gave them a bed for nothing…A far cry from what we hear on the media. Anyway I m rambling. The key to a happy life is to “believe nothing of what you hear and half of what you see”

    1. Your comment was detailed and thought-provoking, but entirely irrelevant to this article. I was not writing about or mentioning the media’s influence and ability to emphasise on the negativity of any event. I was simply writing to say that the British know how to arrange a party and that I have every faith in our ability to manage the Olympics successfully throughout the duration of the event.

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