The opening ceremony of the 2012 London Olympics was, in my view, the greatest artistic display befitting the Olympic tradition that has ever been staged.
While watching the equivalent in China four years previous, one could only worry for London, in terms of “how can they top that” as the ceremonies put on by the Beijing organisers were indeed incredible in their creativity but also in their sheer scale.
What I believe fundamentally happened in London was the precise opposite of “How can we do it bigger” argument, and instead focused on “How can we do it better“.
And do it better they did. I was very happy for all the people of London and The UK in general, for so many of my work colleagues and friends who had such justifiable pride in how their country responded, and delivered upon, the challenge posed by hosting an successful Olympic Games.
The opening ceremony (minus the athletes parade at the end) is 1.5 hours long, and it is something that really everyone should watch at least one time in their lives, all the way through. Trust me, it will be time well spent.
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