"Please can you gather between the two placards...If you could please gather between the two placards that would be really great...we would REALLY love it if you could get between the two placards so we can move off on time...It's 22:11, let's go time to move off!"
Wow, what a show! Danny Boyle has shown why London is one of the world's great centres for the creative arts by turning the Olympic opening ceremony into a compelling piece of theatre depicting our progress from "ye olde England" to the modern, eclectic society we have become today.
I worked on the advertising campaign of original Olympic application. To win the bid London had to prove that the UK Olympics would mean progress, not just in sport but for the nation. Ten years later I wonder if the billions of pounds that have been lavished on the games meant a step backwards rather than forward.
So says Tolkein, anyway. And wandering and roaming is exactly what we want to do in our rainbo van. To that end, we decided last week to spread our wings and leave Leather Lane behind in search of new horizons and mouths to feed.
David Cameron has slapped down Tory MP Aidan Burley for making "idiotic" comments about the opening ceremony of the Olympic
It is with a heavy heart that I refrain from waxing lyrical about Friday's Olympic opening ceremony. It has been done countless times already by far more qualified writers than me. My comparative lack of lexical flair will only detract from the sentiments I wish to convey.
The Olympic Cauldron has been temporarily extinguished as organisers move it to another area of the stadium. Witnesses reported
Months of early-morning dance rehearsals all come down to this. Immune to 80,000 noisy ticket holders outside, all we hear are instructions from Gina, our Manc director and segment chartist, on our in-ear radios. It's 9.57pm on Friday 27th July 2012, and we're about to be watched by an expected more than a billion people for the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games.
"The isle is full of noises", read the tempestuous pledge on the giant Olympic bell. From the moment that our latest British sporting great, the Belgian-born cycling hero Bradley Wiggins, rang the giant Whitechapel bell, and Kenneth Branagh began to narrate a story of this sceptred isle, Danny Boyle's opening ceremony certainly delivered on the promise.
'Leftie Multicultural Cr*p' it Was Not - But Did the Opening Ceremony Give Us the Legacy of Diversity That We Need?
The 2012 London Olympic games were born in the melting pot of multiculturalism. As we were reminded on Friday, the tragedy of 7/7 happened on the day after the announcement of the success of the London bid. The London games arrived in 2005 with the London bombings. Thankfully, we have come a long way since then.