Mon, September 23, 2013

The best and worst of the Olympic Opening Ceremony

By Rob Longley, Toronto Sun


Actor Rowan Atkinson, known for his role as Mr Bean, performs during the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach



LONDON - Rob Longley rates the Olympic Opening Ceremony

Top Five

1. Britain Rocks. The music throughout was outstanding, capped by the Sir Paul McCartney rendition of Beatles classic Hey Jude at the end

2. Industrial Revolution. The tranformation of the stadium from a rural scene to early industry was visually stunning.

3. Mr. Bean. The British comedian never gets old and he appeals to a world-wide audience.

4. God Bless The Queen. Playing along in the James Bond skit was sheer brilliance in her first official acting role.

5. Becks on the Boat. The final journey of the flame on the Thames with David Beckham in command was a nice capper.

Bottom Five

1. Is it over yet? No wonder some athletes pass on the opening ceremony. The Canadian team marched into the stadium shortly after 10:40, a full 40 minutes later than scheduled and the show didn’t end until 12:45

2. Silence Please. A moment of silence was held for British no longer with us but the IOC still refuses to honour the memory of 11 Israeli Olympic athletes massacred 40 years ago.

3. Where is he? Lighting for the Paul McCartney finale was terrible in the Stadium.

4. Roll With It. If we could hear the Sex Pistols as part of the musical collage, why not more Rolling Stones?

5. Tomorrow today. By the time the cauldron was fully lit it was 12:30 making the official start a day late.