Olympic Opening Ceremony – Bond, Voldemort and 204 countries later

London 2012 has officially kicked off and I can quite honestly say that anyone who was anxious of tonight and whether we really would be the laughing stock of the world can safely eat their words! Tonight was a true spectacle and a reason for every British citizen to feel proud of this country! Some of my personal highlights:

Danny Boyle = wow! What a show he put on. This man deserves an award – can you be nominated for an BAFTA for that? Although it wouldn’t surprise me if he ended up on the Queen’s honours list at New Year. What a genuinely entertaining, beautiful, and dynamic show -well and truly British to the end! Brava Danny Boyle!

James Bond and The Queen – Words cannot describe my reaction to this. I first heard a rumour about this a couple months ago and I prayed it was true and low and behold here it was happening in front of me. Kudos to Boyle and his team gaining access to the Buckingham Palace and the Queen for going along with the sketch. Truly brilliant!

Giant Voldemort/Cruella De Vil and dozens of Mary Poppins – enough said really. Fantastic display of some of this countries literary greats. Great to see J. K Rowling as well!

Move to the Beat – Even though the story within this was a little boring, it was great to see a fantastic mix of music that has come from Britain and influenced several generations, and will influence in years to come.

THAT Cauldron – so breathtakingly beautiful. As all the separate branches rose up to make one cauldron, I had goosebumps. Beautiful creation.  A true testament to unity.

Paul McCartney – what a way to end the night but with Paul singing ‘Hey Jude’. He looked visibly moved to be there and it really was the best way to round up the evening.

The Games have now officially opened and I’m very much looking forward to keeping up with the action! I always love the Olympics whenever they come round and this year is definitely no exception!

Happy Olympics Everyone! Leave your own comments about the ceremony and what you thought!

Rach

“The most important thing in the Olympic Games is not winning but taking part; the essential thing in life is not conquering but fighting well.” Pierre de Coubertin (primarily responsible for the revival of the Olympic Games in 1894

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