Did you watch the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics yesterday? Oh my goodness! I turned it on to see a preview and ended up watching the entire show. Danny Boyle and his amazing team provided us with a ceremony which encapsulated our nation’s history, our passions, our art and our mentality including the industrial revolution, the suffragettes, Mary Poppins, the immigration of those from the Caribbean and Asia, Harry Potter, dance through the years, our armed forces and oh course, our funny side. With music from David Bowie, Dizzee Rascal, Emeli Sandé, the Arctic Monkeys (who I only just heard of…) and Sir Paul McCartney, this was a truly diverse group and a real homage to our love of music.
I am guilty of complaining about the NHS (National Health Service) and using private medical care but I tell you something, this little island of mine is so lucky. Basically, like our education system, the NHS is mainly funded by the taxpayer. When you seek medical care whether for a sore throat, chemotherapy, are having a baby or need an operation, the NHS will take care of you regardless of your income/nationality and you will not have to pay a penny (as it comes out as tax each time you’re paid). Of course, there are many flaws in this system and it has been abused by many but I have to be honest, I am so grateful that homage was paid. You will hear ‘Great Ormond Street Hospital‘ being mentioned; this is the world’s leading specialist children’s hospital and again, it is part of the NHS. In my opinion, health care and education are the basics.
When James Bond portrayed by the delicious Daniel Craig walked through Buckingham Palace and Her Majesty said “Good evening Mr Bond“, I almost passed out! Damn, he looks so good in that suit! Fans self… That’s the British for you, we know how to have a giggle. The joke is that many people think James Bond is real and I don’t think this did anything to disprove the myth. The highlights for me however were the dance sequence by renowned choreographer Akram Khan and the lighting of the cauldron. I won’t give anything away. Watch and do let me know what you think.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: there is nowhere like London. I cannot believe the work that went into this production and the participants of all ages did so well. It is the most amazing, diverse and culturally-rich city and I am so incredibly happy and proud to be British!
Regardless of your beliefs or the country you support, let’s all hope for a safe, positive Olympics this year.
Do you have tickets for the Olympics? Will you be watching at home?
With the exception of the last image (of the tickets), all images are from the official London 2012 website.