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I Told You It Would Be Awesome

Now that we've got the opening ceremony behind us, I can share some of my photos from the rehearsal. I wish I'd have twigged it was Kenneth Branagh at the rehearsal though, but he did have his had down low over his head and he wasn't always facing the cameras, so I just thought "He's very good, isn't he? Do I know him from somewhere?" Lol.

Anyway, hope you enjoy a few pics:

A green and pleasant land

Drummers make their way to the stadium through the audience

The industrial revolution and the people who made it

Wheels of industry in motion

Dark satanic mills

20th century and the Jarrow marchers

The rings are forged

White heat

In celebration of the NHS and Great Ormond Street Hospital

Children's literature

British popular music and culture

It was such a stunning show, and I loved how, having seen such a spectacular show at the rehearsal, there was still so much they'd kept back or merely hinted at. Not sitting near the orchestra I didn't know about the Mr Bean joke, although we did see Rowan Atkinson onscreen at the end so I worked out that something of the kind must've happened. And the James Bond helicopter just hovered into place over the stadium, with the music playing. And it was fun to see the Queen in the James Bond sketch, right up until she turned round I thought they'd use an actress, not the real Queen.

I always love the parade of athletes, wonderful to see the less-often-seen national costumes, the more unusual formal suitwear - loved Czech Republic's wellies, obviously they'd paid attention to the recent British weather, & a few other teams were carrying umbrellas. Great also to see how excited everyone is to be here ♥ And so fabulous when Team GB finally walked into the stadium. The flame was amazing too, a fabulous idea to have something from all the countries come together and the flame being lit by future star athletes.

And now the action is well underway, so far I've watched snippets of football, cycling, gymnastics, equestrianism, swimming, tennis, and now volleyball. It's thrilling to see all the fantastic venues with the Olympic rings and London 2012 everywhere. After so many years (decades) of dreaming, it's happening and it's real.


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Jul. 28th, 2012 08:01 pm (UTC)
Those are some wonderful pictures! You had a really good view for the rehearsal, I love the ones you've taken of the industrial revolution! Voldermort is pretty huge isn't he? ;)

Well done for keeping it a secret!
Jul. 29th, 2012 04:23 am (UTC)
Thanks for sharing! Great pics, and you must have had the most amazing seat :)
Jul. 30th, 2012 09:53 pm (UTC)
It was amazing. Mr. Boyle did himself and his countrymen and women proud. Some of it was pretty surreal, but what the heck. I just wish we'd gotten Benedict Cumberbatch over here, instead of our own BC, Bob Costas. It's hilarious how part of the aftermath here is the wing-nuts kvetching about the NHS tribute. Either it was done to support President Obama's re-election AND/OR, it actually proved how terrible NHS is...there were no old people...BECAUSE NHS KILLED THEM ALL!

I will say that Sir Paul's pipes sounded a bit rusty, but his heart was clearly in the right place.
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