Saturday, August 9, 2008

Olympics Opening Ceremony - the London Way

For those who missed the party that the Chinese threw yesterday, you might like to see some photos here.

A couple of us were crowding around my computer screen yesterday while watching the Chinese Olympics Ceremony yesterday and some of the Londoners were clearly uncomfortable. "Oh gosh, just look at that... we're done for. What're we gonna do in 2012? Have some knights charging in perhaps?"

Actually, I was thinking that London 2012 should involve all the cyclists, whom Boris Johnson (Mayor of London) is so proud of, cycling into the Opening Ceremony in formation. But now I just couldn't get those knights, which seems to be a pretty cool idea, out of my mind.

Indeed, after the $20 billion extravaganza that the Chinese throw in Beijing this year, it will be a hard act to follow for London. The Opening Ceremony, however, is a showcase of the different cultures among the hosting nations and London should be playing on its strengths.

Now, what might that be? Any ideas?

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10 comments:

Joeru said...

Hey CK, I was nearly in tears while seeing the part where Li Ning was hang up HIGH and mid-air slow run the stadium to complete the light up. :D And yes, HUGE challenge for the Londoners, many were stunned 1st, ponder later.
I want to share this with you, since it's National Day (http://mrbrown.com/) under the 'Singaporeans in the UK, please report to your mobilisation centre' and tell me how you feel. :D

fragileheart said...

I didn't watch the opening ceremonies but I hope to be able to watch most of the games. :)

Eaststopper said...

Lets see, the Brits are good at getting really pissed, stabbing and protesting about human rights. I guess they could showcase all of that during the opening ceremony. There could be a relay of olympics touch snatching and then a march-in of seriously pissed teens...

Nomadic Matt said...

You could have gone down to the Tate...they were playing it on big screens. Good to see it live.

C K said...

@joeru,
Finally finished reading the entire post (on Mr Brown) and all its comments.

Like you, I am surprised that the High Commission has got no plans whatsoever. A couple of us were searching for Singapore Festival (online) to no avail. We ended up having a feast over at one of our friend's place.

Anyway, I think there's this guy called 'San' who's organizing such events. If I'm not wrong, the party this year was held in Leeds Castle.

C K said...

@fragileheart,
Oh yah... I'm bidding my time to watch the finals of the events. But I'm still looking for the games' schedule. Have you got any idea where I can get them?

C K said...

@eaststopper,
Eh... then we can have knights charging in to knock them out? Sorry, I'm totally obsessed with the knights now.

Also, I would imagine that the Scottish bagpipes would play a major role in the ceremony. I have always love how they sound: Majestic with a tinge of melancholy.

C K said...

@normadic matt,
Were you there? I couldn't possibly go there unless I call in sick that day...

But hey, my computer screen was good enough... I just had to sit a little closer, that's all. :p

waitingkitty said...

With that kind of budget and that kind of manpower in China(13 billion people to choose from), the show must be good. I think it will be really tough for London to come out with anything as spectacular as this...
Proud to be Chinese in race!

C K said...

@waitingkitty,
While the Chinese' strength lies behind its billion plus population, I think London's (or the UK for the matter) lies in her diversity.

I'm really looking forward to London 2012 and hope that I'll be in London to soak up the atmosphere. :)