28 July 2012

London Olympics 2012

I wanted to do a post today to acknowledge what I thought was an outstanding show from the London Olympics opening ceremony last night. It was directed by the English Film Director Danny Boyle, probably best known for Slumdog Millionaire, with the show being called ' The Isles of Wonder'...and what a wonder it was!

It began with an opening scene of rural Britain, with lovely green pastures and people playing in the fields throwing apples, horse drawn carriages brought men dressed in costumes from the Victorian era, suggesting how changes were soon to come. This then dramatically changed into scenes of the Industrial Revolution, industry rising from the ground in vast numbers with tall chimney stacks giving out plumes of smoke; portraying how rapid changes were for Britain during the 18th -19th Century. The forging from the industrial processes came together to form the Olympic rings which I thought was utterly fantastic!
Source: Sky News
Source: Sky News

The NHS (National Health Service) was also acknowledged within the performance, with real nurses from across the country taking part! Children’s Literature was also highlighted with J K Rowling doing a small reading whilst a large Lord Voldermort hovered in the sky amongst other childhood villains such as the Child Catcher, Cruella De Ville and Captain Hook! 

Mary Poppins to the rescue!

Source: Digital Spy
I was excited to see Mr Daniel Craig as Bond, taking the Queen to the games who then proceeded to leap out of a helicopter! Ok ok, I know she didn't really jump out but it was funny nether the less! The show then progressed to include British popular culture, including the well known radio programme The Archers. Dancers in all bright colours and get up danced to well known recent songs such as 'Bonkers' by Dizzie Rascal. 

Rowan Atkinson also made an appearance which for me was the highlight of the show, I found him hilarious trying to get a tissue whilst trying in vain to keep that one key playing on the piano.

One of the more poignant moments of the night included a tribute to the London 7/7 victims and those lost in the war, with 'Abide with Me' being sang by Emeli Sandé with dancers accompanying the rendition.

Source: Sky News
How can I forget Mr David Beckham who arrived all dashing on a speed boat down the Thames with the Olympic torch, I'm so pleased he was involved as I think he has been a great ambassador for the London Olympics. The torch was then handed to Sir Steve Redgrave a six times gold medallist who proceeded to light the copper petals which rose up to form the Olympic cauldron. The British designer Thomas Heatherwick designed it and I have to say it was stunning, such a beautiful piece of art work!

Source: Telegraph
Overall, I have to say the opening ceremony was absolutely incredible. I think Britain should be so proud of the show last night!

Good Luck Team GB!
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16 comments

  1. It was a brilliant opening ceremony, however at the start I thought 'Oh no, now we're going to be known as poor farmers forever' haha x

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    1. haha that's funny! I loved it so much, I thought it was like a scene from Lord of the Rings! :) xx

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  2. Great recap of the ceremony. I was totally blown away by it, it really surpassed my expectations. xxx

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    1. Thank you Catherine :)

      I think it surpassed everyones expectations! xx

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    1. Thank you!

      Go Team GB indeed! :D x

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  4. I was so proud to come from Britain last night!
    The lighting of the Olmpic cauldron was absoloutely stunning
    you're blog is gorgeous by the way :)

    Olivia
    thecollarobsession.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Me too, it was fabulous!

      Thank you so much for the lovely comment :) xx

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  5. It was a great ceremony, so proud to be British x

    A Scholar Life

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    1. Me too! :D

      Danny did us all proud xx

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  6. Hey! :)
    I just wanted to let you know that I gave you the Liebster Award. Read more here - http://turquoisedreaam.blogspot.com/2012/07/liebster-award-giveaway-reminder.html

    Miss K

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    1. Thank you very much, I will take a peek! xx

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  7. Loved watching the show!
    xo,
    http://missmelissafashionandbeautyblog.blogspot.com/

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  8. Love this post. I was out celebrating with my future mother-in-law the other day and unfortunately I didn't get to see the show, but I've heard mixed opinions. I really wish I was there at the Olympics this week though :(

    xxx

    www.forevermissvanity.com

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    1. Thank you very much :) I would have loved to have been there too, it would of been something to remember !

      xx

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