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Thoughts on Olympic Opening Ceremony?

The summer Olympics are underway. What did you think of the opening ceremony?

More than 80,000 people filled the stands at Olympic Stadium to watch the ceremony in London and NBC estimates more than one billion people watched it on television.

The show began with a history lesson of sorts, showing the progression of British history. Through short videos, dances and excerpts from famous books, the opening ceremony had a little of everything. Queen Elizabeth made her debut with actor Daniel Craig, who played James Bond. The two were in a short video together, which made it look like the Queen and the legendary actor arrived by jumping from a helicopter. Soccer star David Beckham brought in the Olympic torch via a motorboat, and of course, the ceremony included the parade of athletes.

The opening ceremony went on for three hours. What did you think of the ceremony? There was a lot of talk about the last opening ceremony in Beijing, was this better or worse? What did you like? Dislike? Let us know what you thought in the comment section below.

Jose de Herrera July 29, 2012 at 08:16 PM
Was this Summer Olympics opening atrocity what best exemplifies the best England has to offer for any of you ? A horrifyingly lousy, poorly presented and garishly disjointed hodgepodge of a theatrical production not even worthy of any West End venue?. Please forgive me but I can not buy into the limited version envisioned by Danny Boyle, far from an accentric embrace it is an ignominius disservice to the achievements of a great nation. By the way Laszlo about your comment on the monarchical system being so last centrury it has served the British well close to two thousand years of proud history. And you are correct to say that the US is much better at doing things, after all England is the mother country of your language and culture, so it comes as no surprise that Yanks should surpass Brits in exploiting to the fullest the downtrodden masses and polluting the environment, both inescapable by products of the Industrial revolution. You are 100% right to say that no one does it better than you, athough, I must say Japan does make much better cars.
A.N.Other July 29, 2012 at 09:59 PM
Enjoyed it,rather British but then it was the London gamesThe NHS works, it's what we need.
Jim July 30, 2012 at 02:59 AM
Herrera seems to be turning a critique of an event into a platform for a bed wetting liberal statement.........downtrodden masses and environmental pollution.....yeah right that's what these international athletes are all about......go way Jose
Jose de Herrera July 30, 2012 at 08:11 PM
Au contraire, dear sir, I am an avowed conservative monarchist, a bit anachronistic for some. My views are pragmatic not liberal, perish the thought. Pollution and mass exploitation are historical facts. It was Industrial revolution waste that poisoned the rivers and oceans. You ever hear of high mercury levels among fish? Yes, these are man made problems, but the highest green gas emissions come from herbivore flatulence not from all the cars, airplanes and smokestacks around the world. The earth has a warming and cooling cycle on its own just like sun spot activity creates solar flares and man can do nothing to stop it and environmentalist incessantly blame mankind while hugging the nearest dying tree and yet most live in wooden houses. However, the fact is that our planet’s resources are finite and I hope not to see when the ticking time bomb of an exploding population detonates. This is unavoidable and inescapable even if we stop all our wasteful ways. Perhaps you need to ponder what subliminal message was intended for English speaking audiences. Do you really think it was only meant for the British and their stalwart Commonwealth partners? Think again.
Jose de Herrera July 30, 2012 at 08:21 PM
As far as the modern Olympics is concerned, it has been debased by the presence of professional athletes, so, it no longer embodies the ideals and values that brought about its revival in 1859. It was utterly and systematically destroyed with each change that included activities the ancient Greeks would have considered as barbaric exploits. Nay, Jim, few athletes today carry in their hearts the true Olympic spirit perhaps it may still be found among those who are not bent on winning medals at all costs.

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