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OlymPricks? or OlymPicks? The highs and lows of the opening ceremony!

July 28, 2012

Less than 12 hours after the London 2012 Olympic opening ceremony and every paper was already bursting with images and articles on the £27 million display. Many articles are criticising the array of British culture but I personally don’t understand what was so terrible.

Understandably, there were some very dull moments but at the same time there was a lot of energy and some particularly funny moments such as Mr Bean and the Queen and James Bond, which reflected pieces of our British identity. Other pieces of British culture, media and industry were displayed. People like Isambard Kingdom Brunel, one of the worlds most famous Bristolian’s for recreating the way we travel and live. Authors that have had influence across the globe such as J. K. Rowling , or other pieces of iconic British media like Mary Poppins or Alice in Wonderland, although every film production has actually been developed by North America. The problem was there was no definition between sections. We were being thrown into different developments of history where as we should have just been taken through time and been shown the people or things that had the most impact in each decade.

The rather random love story was extremely unjustified until it came to the moment where iconic kissing scenes were shown, but again, a lot of these scenes were actually American produced, not so British in my opinion. I was also expecting a slight more focus on The Beetles as John Lennon has influenced generations, communities and countries through his musical talent.

With such an extent of a budget, you would have thought they would have been able to make every piece of the ceremony clear and concise in relation to what they were trying to portray. Most of the show was thought out but poorly constructed, although it wasn’t all-bad. As a viewer in the audience though, I highly doubt they had the same detailed experience as viewers at home.

But what were your thoughts? With so many cock ups being printed in the news papers, such as the issues with the Korean flag or the lack of airport security when a young boy boarded a plane with no passport or boarding card, bares the question, “Is London really as prepared as they could have been to host the Olympics?” What do you think?

 

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