Wow, what a spectacular opening ceremony this has been! The show had it all: James Bond whizzing the Queen from Buckingham to parachute her into the Olympic stadium (!!), 400 NHS nurses (but lets not get started on the reality of the English health care system) and David Beckham in a speedboat. An ode to Britishness with references to Harry Potter and Mary Poppins, industrial might and of course the best of Brit Pop with songs from the Beatles, the Sugababes, the sex pistols, the Clash, David Bowie, Annie Lennox plus live appearances from the Arctic monkeys and Paul McCartney.
Despite living in London, I haven’t been very excited about the spectacle in the run up to the Olympic games. But in the last few days, it has been impossible to ignore the collective excitement. The $42 million show was made possible with the help of 15,000 volunteers, many of them my colleages and friends who auditioned to be part of this lifetime experience.
Above: I am proudly showing off the Olympic old medal (I had to wear cotton gloves!) whose metal is provided by Australian mining giant Rio Tinto
Olympia Lane at Blackfriars Bridge
London in summer 2012 with two of it’s landmarks: St Pauls cathedral and the “gherkin”
The city (here Regent Street) decorated in the Olympic spirit