We watched the opening ceremony back to front – we were out on Friday evening and came home as the second half of the athletes were parading into the arena. So last night we caught up by watching the first half on BBC i-player.
The thing that impressed me was how technically brilliant it all was, and how it went without a hitch. The potential for calamity with all those people involved must be huge, but it looked perfect to me.
I was also enormously impressed by the professionalism of all those who took part. Every time you saw a close-up of the performers they were putting their hearts and souls into it.
There were bits that went on too long and that I didn’t see the point of, such as the pop music and dancing section, and I also found the part about the NHS rather odd but the Mary Poppins bit was lovely !!
I have never watched any previous opening ceremonies so I have nothing to compare it with. You can debate endlessly whether or not we should have spent so much money (although I have no idea how much) on such a spectacle – or even hosted the games at all – when we are in recession – double dip, no less. But for me I think it was a job well done and I enjoyed it.