The 2012 Olympic Games, London – Opening Ceremony

As I look at the stats of this blog, there are quite a number of readers from the UK and Europe. The huge bulk of readers come from USA and North America.

How many of you were in London for the opening of the 2012 Olympic Games? While there were millions in London alone, the USA recorded a 40.7 million high compared to the number during the Atlanta Opening ceremony. On a worldwide scale, I have yet to find the exact number but am sure it would exceed the 1 billion viewer mark.
Here is Wira Budiman’s posting from Facebook. He was there live :

(1) I came back late from watching the Opening Ceremony of the 2012 Olympics. I was among a crowd of Londoners from many different parts of the world, cheering on our home countries as well as our host country Britain. It felt like we fairly represented the diversity of this city: the only city in the world to be hosting the Olympics for the third time.

(2) I’m not sure if the Queen actually knew that her sketch with James Bond (Daniel Craig) would end with her jumping off a helicopter, but I’ve always imagined doing something like that with real politicians in Malaysia. I mean, a sketch with real politicians becoming the actors, and not the act of jumping off a helicopter with them (although some of them are always welcome to jump off whatever moving vehicle).

(3) I also enjoyed the other combinations of British icons and British pop-culture that seemed to go on and on throughout the show. As for British history, I noticed they left out the part about British imperialism and obviously the nasty things that Madam Britannia had done to the world in order to enrich herself. When the minute of silence (the pause) came, I personally dedicated it to all the victims of imperialism and war, including the slaves and the massacred civilians under the British Empire. After all, it wouldn’t be fair to only think about the victims of World War I and World War II.

(4) Although some British right-wing blokes are already complaining about the “liberal and multicultural Britain” portrayed in the Opening Ceremony, I do think that the show in which Danny Boyle had put together, was something that Britain could be genuinely proud of.

(5) Although some past news about the 2012 Olympics seemed to be tarnished by stories of big bullies among sponsor corporations, I hope these games would somehow still be about friendship, respect and fairplay.

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