Well done Danny Boyle.
I am not that keen on watching sport, and not really very interested so the Olympics are lower on my radar than on many others (the likes of my son in law for instance). However I have been impressed by the torch route and the efforts to make in involve so many people, and have been curious about the opening ceremony since I heard Danny Boyle was doing it. The Chinese reached the limit of marching bands and synchronised people so what next? After our acceptance bus with Boris anything would be an improvement, and I think it took some vision for Coe to give it to Boyle and let him get on with it.
I thought overall it was brilliant.
I loved the opening film sequence from the source of the Thames, and then we had the horses and maypoles plus cricket as promised. But the change to the industrial revolution, the forging and flying of the rings were stunning. The use of the lights in the audience was genius. Mr Bean was hilarious. Liked the drumming, the kids choirs (noted that the Welsh one was the only one singing in harmony).
Got a bit bored by the story and the journey through pop music, and think they should have left Paul McCartney off the end because it was so stunning up to then that he was - old Beatle fan that I am - a bit of a letdown.
To my surprise I had tears in my eyes when the people were announced who were carrying the Olympic flag.
I love, love love the cauldron, made by the kettles carried by every nation.
I loved the youngsters lighting the cauldron.
Loved James Bond, especially the helicopter flying through Tower Bridge.
It was original, some of it much too British for others to understand but - so what!
It was inclusive of lots of people who will never achieve sporting excellence, or gain fame and celebrity which was refreshing.
I shall set the tv to record the cross country event on Monday while I am at work, and watch it when I get home (equestrian) and maybe see Nic who will be there. I like the horses and the gymnastics, and the rest will watch the highlights so I can see the exciting bits (I am someone who thinks all football matches should be penalty shoot outs).
Plus the National Eisteddod is taking place in Llantwit Major this year. This is an annual celebration of Welsh culture with competitions for poetry, prose, singing, speaking(public), visual arts, and lots of other things. It moves every year, one year in S Wales, next year in the north, and this year it is here. Although I don't speak Welsh I will go next week when it opens, because it is a little like the local cultural Olympics. The main tent is brilliant - literally - because it is vivid pink and looks like it escaped from Disneyland. Pictures to come.