Good History Lesson In The Opening Ceremony of Olympics

@debrakcarey (19924)
United States
July 28, 2012 10:44am CST
We enjoyed watching the opening ceremony of the Olympics with the kids. There was much to discuss concerning history that was displayed and we even made a geography lesson out of the parade of nations. We discussed the costumes and cultures of the participating nations in all their glory. The musical arrangements during the skits also sparked some memories for each age group. The children fell asleep before Sir Paul's rendition of Hey Jude, which left us adults discussing the lighting of the torch, which to all of us seemed very emotional and appropriate as it included future atheletes and past gold medal winners from Britan. Did you find the opening ceremony interesting and entertaining?
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@RawBill1 (8542)
• Gold Coast, Australia
29 Jul 12
I missed it this year due to the time zone difference and the fact that I was pretty busy over the weekend. I was not home when it was televised here. I might not have watched it anyway unless the rest of the family was keen on seeing it as I have not really heard too much about the games in the lead up this time. It all has seemed very low key this year, at least to us in this household anyway. How was Paul's singing? Can he still belt out the song alright?
@debrakcarey (19924)
• United States
15 Aug 12
Again, I apologize for not answering in a timely manner, was offline due to moving. No, Sir Paul's voice was not up to par, but no matter, we enjoyed his presence anyway.
@RawBill1 (8542)
• Gold Coast, Australia
15 Aug 12
That is pretty understandable considering his age. Still, he would no doubt be better than me at belting out a tune!
• United States
29 Jul 12
I remember when I used to watch the Olympics, I am actually quite disgusted that it has turned into nothing more than another way to make money. I do believe the Olympic games was historically something where the greatest athletes of the world went to compete, and countries more or less set aside they're hatred towards each other. Now it's just a big TV production with exclusive licensing, half the people can't see it, and it has nothing to do with anything. The greatest worldwide tradition ever known to man, turned into a glorified I-pod commercial.
@debrakcarey (19924)
• United States
29 Jul 12
I am a bit down about the decision to not honor the victims of the Munich games, the Israelis. But all in all, if you consider what it takes to bring enemies together, I am proud of the results. We will see if it holds, this cooperation. I guess that is what makes me proud, the cooperation, working together to make it happen. I hope you can find something in this to ease your cynicism.
• United States
30 Jul 12
Yeah, the putting other things aside to compete in a civilized manner used to be a big part of the appeal of the Olympics to me. While it's never been problem free I feel like it's more like it's become more like the superbowl, most people just tune in to see the commercials and half time show.
@thezone (9451)
• Ireland
29 Jul 12
Britain did themselves proud. And I think raised the bar for other countries.
@debrakcarey (19924)
• United States
29 Jul 12
I was proud for them! But I love the UK anyway. I was watching the men's floor exercises in gymnastics, a young Irish lad that has overcome such physical hardship made my day. This is the human spirit and the world needs to see this positive showing. We've had so much heartache. Having Britan host this, being the Grand dad of western civilization, that's just icing on the cake.
@thezone (9451)
• Ireland
29 Jul 12
Yes I agree. The olympics have been so very uplifting, so far.
• Canada
30 Jul 12
I enjoyed the opening ceremony. I like how it touched on the industrial revolution, national health and hospitals, children literature and pop music. I got a kick out of all the music and bands played like the Stones, the Who, the Kinks and the Beatles along with Bowie, New Order, OMD, Mud, the Jam, Blur, Pink Floyd. It summed up pop culture in a few minutes.
@debrakcarey (19924)
• United States
15 Aug 12
We had three generations watching and could relate to the entire muscial rendition of history as well. Even the grandkids as young as three enjoyed it. My daughter is a Lennon/McCartney fan and was very happy to see Sir Paul sing, even if he showed his age. We talked about the song, Hey Jude, and why it was written. I was surprised at her knowledge of 'Beatlemania' and English pop music.
@Micmac (8519)
29 Jul 12
I've watch the entire ceremony of the Olympics and enjoyed every minute of it from beginning to end. Nice presentation of the English industrial era, the Queen's entry as a Bond Girl was hilarious and so was Mr. Bean's act at the orchestra, lol It was fun watching the Mary Poppins with the kids and English literature story book monster characters including Harry Potter books. The fireworks were spectacular! Parade of nations were interesting but too many dern commercials cut off half of the countries.
@debrakcarey (19924)
• United States
15 Aug 12
I've always enjoyed English humor. I concur with your assessment!
@didi13 (2927)
• Romania
29 Jul 12
Olympics began, and their opening ceremony in London, has made ??an entire planet amuteasca emotion. I've never seen so much greatness, so splendid, so much dignity in such an artistic showdown. I wrote the other day how much we need to move, forgetting an essential dimension of sport: fair play. Rules must be followed strictly, beauty fairness, joy to take the game to the end, even when you were defeated. For sports there are really losers and winners, there are only people brave souls of all those who enjoy watching them. Are there and our athletes, wonderful young who have taken the difficult mission to make us again proud to be Romanian. Let's keep our fingers, pray for them, follow them with all our love for them to feel power over our head. Come on, Romania! Thank you, dear Romanian athletes!
@debrakcarey (19924)
• United States
29 Jul 12
Your response made me smile. It is so heartening to see national pride. And yet also show encouragement for all the athelets. That is the true Olympian spirit! I will help cheer for the Romanians with you!
@CODYMAC (1357)
• San Diego, California
29 Jul 12
I love some of the responses but I do like the olympics for just it being a break from the ordinary. It only happens every 4 years so it is a nice distraction... Yes, there is great history behind it and I think that the people representing the nations should describe what their nation means to them. I mean it is a competition so they might as well make that part of it as well... Anyway it was good to watch.
@debrakcarey (19924)
• United States
29 Jul 12
That would be an excellent addition to the ceremony. But I heard one commentator say they were hurrying up things a bit in deference to the elderly Queen. I wished SHE would have smiled. lol
@veganbliss (3903)
• Adelaide, Australia
29 Jul 12
We reckon Sydney 2000 Olympics was much better! All-in-all, not a bad effort, but do you really think it justified the time & the monetary expenditure? I think it was a fairly good effort that lived up to the promised "very British & quite eccentric"; I just hope that their tourism industry & economy in general gets a big boost out of it. I reckon Sir Paul did a fairly good job of Hey Jude... & if you squint a bit & tilt your head to the side, you might say he resembled himself many years ago??? He still has quite a bit of energy for his age, don't you think? I reckon Sir Paul did a better job at the Olympics than Englebert Humperdink did at the Eurovision Song Contest. Now it's on to "digging for Gold"!
@debrakcarey (19924)
• United States
29 Jul 12
Well, you got to spend money to make money they say. I've heard commentators say London needed the shot in the arm economically. I love British humor, Mr. Bean was a hoot! Sir Paul is showing his age, but it choaked me up to see him get choaked up. Memories...of better days. As far as having military in the opening, I'd of liked to see the valiant RAF make a showing, in memory of their bravery in WWII. But perhaps England wanted to concentrate more on world peace? All in all, these Olympics will be very memorable for me.
@Sandra1952 (6052)
• Spain
28 Jul 12
I thought the whole thing was excellent - a real spectacle, with touches of typically British humour. I would have liked to see a bit more of the military - perhaps a military band or something similar - but I thought overall it was something to be proud of. I do think Paul McCartney is way past his best, though. The torch was sensational.
@debrakcarey (19924)
• United States
29 Jul 12
I've heard the same thing on Sir Paul's performance from family here. We've always been great fans of McCartney, but yes, he is showing his age. Still, it was touching to see his performance. The lighting of the torch WAS the highlight! I agree.
@subhojit10 (7384)
• India
28 Jul 12
Yes the opening ceremony was very much interesting and eye catchy as it threw the entire world about the history that many are not even aware of. In fact opening ceremonies of the Olympics have always been special in terms of the history and celebrations that are being made. And London Olympics was no different.
@debrakcarey (19924)
• United States
28 Jul 12
Yes, they have always been interesting. I remember this one as the one I watched with my grandkids. I hope they remember it that way as well.
@petersum (4526)
• United States
28 Jul 12
Couldn't see it! Obviously the BBC was not prepared for the games. The basic website took minutes to load and the important pages just wouldn't come. Even now, bbc.co.uk takes 35 seconds for anything to appear and hasn't finished loading after 4 or 5 minutes. It's got stuck loading something called "ichef". It is only what we have come to expect from Britain. There will no doubt be a lot more failures yet!
@debrakcarey (19924)
• United States
28 Jul 12
I'm sorry you missed it.
@ram_cv (16516)
• India
28 Jul 12
I liked the opening ceremony. It was well designed and executed. The theatrical and the musical aspects were well thought off. But what I loved were those moments of British humor which was being played out such as the helicopter jump by Queen Elizabeth with James Bond at her service. Mr. Bean was his immaculate best on the piano as well. :) Cheers! Ram
@debrakcarey (19924)
• United States
28 Jul 12
Yes he was, which prompted a short trip down memory lane...watching Monty Python and Benny Hill other great examples of British humor.
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@dragon54u (31617)
• United States
28 Jul 12
I would watch in years past but without someone to watch it with it doesn't really interest me. I am very disinterested in the Olympics. I must say, though, that your family is watching TV as it's supposed to be enjoyed, as an social activity. I like the way you remark on things and discuss ideas. I see so many people just staring at the set, it's as if they're all in soundproof pods and isolated from each other.
@debrakcarey (19924)
• United States
28 Jul 12
My enjoyment is tempered with the refusal to honor those killed in Munich. But, my love of history and all things Anglo got me to watch the opening ceremonies. I did fall asleep to the thoughts of what a wonderful world it would be IF we all really got on together so well as when we are 'on show' to the world.