The Olympic Opening Ceremony

The details about the opening ceremony have been released. Oh. My. Goodness. A Meadow. With Animals. Real animals. This could be a whole load of crap – and you can take that one of two ways. Or both. One can but hope that it has a few twists and the odd special effect here and there. One thing is for sure, this will not be ‘a Beijing’. I know times are tough and things have to be to a budget, but surely we could have thought up something a bit more imaginitive than this. Then again, by setting our hopes and expectations so low, it does make it easier to spring a pleasant surprise.


  • Remember, “Real Animals and Real Grass.” Should I repeat that?


    Green and pleasant? Yes.

    But how often do you hear the word “pleasant” in the same sentence as “entertaining?” or “exciting?”

    Of course the Chinese weren’t paying British Union Labor rates either for the spectacle they put on.


    Kim G
    Boston, MA
    Where we think the entertainment value of meadows is highly overrated.

    • Sheep and cow fanciers will have the time of their lives. For the rest of us….meh. Or, dare I say, meh-dows. I expected more of Boyle. He’s made some fantastic movies.

    • It was an economic wasteland, that’s for sure. And without doubt the area needed work to be done. A lot of people will moan about the cost of the Olympics, but to be fair a pretty big chunk of the cash spent has gone on urban renewal that was long overdue.

  • Oh, my. My words, as well.

    What topped it for me were the cheesy drafting lamps. The only thing missing were the lead soldiers reenacting Waterloo.

    But that would have lacked the post-postmodern appeal of an ironic meadow that everyone knows is not a meadow but just the essence of what a meadow once looked liked.

    I would have preferred the Waterloo reenactment.

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