Reaction to London 2012 Olympics rehearsal
Fri, 27 Jul 2012 10:28a.m.
A massive 60,000 strong audience were full of praise after leaving the event and the arena – gushing with descriptions of the spectacle they’d just witnessed.
"You can sort of put the bits in that we haven't seen and if they're even half as good as what we have seen, it's going to be just incredible," said Frank Callaghan of southeast London as he and his wife left the event.
"It was amazing. I'm really so gutted - I have to go. It was just epic," said Natalie Wood, whose mother is performing in the opening ceremony.
Crowd members had been told to "save the secret" as they left the event, a message that had got through to even the youngest of attendees.
"Yes definitely I won't be telling anyone," said young Riley McKilligan from London.
Dubbed the "Isles of Wonder," the event is reported to have cost £27 million to produce.
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8/01/2013 1:23:35 p.m.
A lot of Brit bashing. As for the openign ceremony for the Rugby world cup...doesnt really compare , does it.
Perhaps, some of the hate is due to the poor performances of the athletes by NZ and Australia ?
As for the idiot who said it's a sport event, if we'd done an opening about every sport that we'd einvented in britain (including the Olympics) then you'd be crying about the jingoism.
Some of you patently haven't watched an Olympic opening..ever. They are ALWAYS about the country, Barcelonas was very good. A for beijing, if you like seeing slaves make pyramids then yes, but it cheated several times (footprints, girl cast as singer).
But, the hate was pathetic and if you dont know what the NHS and GOSH is about then blame your TV.
22/08/2012 5:47:28 a.m.
the most boring opening of anything...
15/08/2012 12:33:39 a.m.
I've now read quite a number of forums from both Aus & NZ and have been shocked by the hatred of the UK spewing from many of the postings. The Brits have nothing but respect and admiration for the people down under and have always regarded them as our distant cousins. Yes there has always been some healthy sporting banter, but the undercurrent of detestation of all things British is really disturbing. Regarding the opening ceremony, if you spend 10 billion pounds on a 17 day bash, surely you are entitled to put on a show that will satisfy the tax payer, which according to all the polls has been achieved. The opinion in the countries that matter ( Europe & the America's ) was that it was a brilliant display of British humour, history and culture. Pity your disgust for us has coloured any objective view of the merits of the 2012 games.
11/08/2012 9:37:35 a.m.
The most boring opening ceremony ever...When watching the ceremony I felt I was in 1988, it was a bad, terrilble, boring and dissapointing opening ceremony
5/08/2012 10:38:11 p.m.
This opening ceremony felt more like a history class than a sporting event, so boring!!!!!!
5/08/2012 10:36:37 p.m.
Reading everybody's comments I am glad I am not alone, I found this opening ceremony so disappointing and boring, got up early just to see it and regret it, could have slept in, it was so boring and confusing, i honestly have no idea what was going on, Beijing get the Gold for best Olympic opening ceremony, sorry London you get the bronze.
31/07/2012 10:03:26 a.m.
So much Brit bashing..
Seeing as you compare it so much to Beijing, would be nice if any of you lot could explain to me what the Beijing opening ceremony was actually about without looking it up...no? OK, didn't think so...
31/07/2012 3:49:04 a.m.
I don't understand the harsh views expressed here?I thought it was an amazing ceremony. Sure there were bits that probably didn't make sense to everyone, but the soundtrack was fantastic, as were the effects around the stadium, the use of the LED pillars next to every seat was inspired.Surely the opening ceremony is about the host country. All the others have been, and I've seen a few. I thought this shed a bright light on the British and their ability to laugh at themselves and create order from chaos. Possibly my favourite opening ceremony in recent memory, and certainly more human that China's army of automitons (though I admit, Beigings was stunning in parts).Get off your high horses everyone and watch the ceremony again!!
29/07/2012 3:08:27 p.m.
beijing was far better, no comparison at all
29/07/2012 12:08:00 p.m.
This flashy gala of an opening event was simply another day in the house of lords dressed up as a play. How sad and how inconsiderate of Danny Boil-on-my-bottom to use this opening ceremony as a platform to spout his political beliefs at the cost of so much money and to try and win admiration from the leftist public camp. Remember Slumdog Millionaire and what has happened to its young actors? He is vile and a "user". Sorry but this whole fiasco has left intelligent audiences outside Britain scratching their heads.Yep, Danny Boyle DID indeed nail it into the coffin that it is. Better to bury and forget it for what it was - a pile of unadulterated politicised drivel .
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