It watched by millions across the world and after the Beijing Olympics and seven years of planning expectations were high for Britain and the man behind the plan, Danny Boyle.
It was a very British celebration, very cultural, historic, and diverse. If the Brits know how to do anything, it’s to put on one hell of a show, and to show the world how great we are. For example, the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Concert earlier this year, and the Royal Wedding last year. It is incredible that even in times of economic and financial uncertainty that our little nation can be so proud and patriotic of its history and culture which make Britain what it is today. And yes the walk through of every country participating in the Olympics was a bore but it’s not our fault! It would have been quicker if we were still an empire and owned half of those countries. But hey, you can’t win them all.
It included everything from agriculture, the Industrial Revolution, the NHS, Jame Bond, the Queen, J.K. Rowling, Mr Bean, British music new and old and everything that screamed what a proud nation we are. And shame on you Americans tweeting Sir Kenneth Branagh was dressed as Abraham Lincoln when he was actually dressed as Isambard Kingdom Brunel who played a major role in the Industrial Revolution (a little history lesson for you there).
What did irritate me is the number of tweets and Facebook status’ which I saw at the beginning of the Ceremony of people complaining they didn’t understand what was happening. These are people who were born here, grew up here, and went to school here yet are so blatantly unaware of their own nation’s history and culture. Admittedly, the Olympic Ceremony was not a complete representation of Britain today due to the reforms, and high cost of living and the NHS most definitely is not what it used to be (courtesy of David Cameron) but it did represent the best of British.
It was a very different ceremony to Beijing, however, we live in a very different country where we are, when the occasion rises, proud. 99% of Brits will agree that it was a fantastic Opening Ceremony and that Danny Boyle is incredibly imaginative. Okay, he’s no Nicki Minaj ‘You a stupid hoe’ (lyrical genius!). I doubt it will take long for him to become Sir Danny Boyle, and quite rightly so. James Bond and the Queen = Genius.