What Bracknell Thinks: Was London 2012 opening ceremony worth a gold medal?By Becky Barnes
August 03, 2012
THIS week we asked our What Does Bracknell Think panel whether they watched the Olympic opening ceremony on Friday and what they thought of it.
We also asked whether they thought the Olympics would benefit anywhere other than London.
Peter Smith, of The Better Business Alliance: “The Olympics opening ceremony was an extravaganza to meet the expectations of even the harshest critics.
“True, it seemed a little slow at first and for many from distant lands there could have been a degree of confusion.
“UK history was depicted in a brilliant and artistic way and the music and spectacle was extraordinary.
“It was difficult to see the reaction of the Queen after she had arrived by parachute but hopefully ‘we were amused’.
“The biggest secret kept right until the end was the lighting of the cauldron which was done in a particularly brilliant way involving so many well-known British sporting celebrities and handing over to a new generation of athletes.
“Not only was this organised cleverly it was a feat of engineering as the petals were lit and then combined to form the cauldron.
“Of course my favourite bit of the whole thing were the comic antics of Mr Bean in the orchestra but then I do tend to lean towards laughter rather than pomp.”
Henry Ellis, of Bracknell Aikido Club: “I watched some of the opening ceremony. Mary Poppins and the Dickensian theme amongst others was fine until some idiot half-wit decided to put a rapper on centre stage.
“I thought he was there for the night and switched off as it was akin to having one’s head nailed.
“I can see the Olympics being good for London – beyond London no good at all.”
Winkfield artist and author Jonathan Greenyer: “I watched the Olympics opening ceremony on one of the new channels with no commentary.
“It was superb (highly recommend watching with no commentary, without those idiots at the BBC spoiling everything with their eternal pointless chatter).
“The opening ceremony was exciting, bonkers, innovative and bizarre. Very British, and if the rest of the world hadn’t got a clue what it was about – great. I did not expect the breadth of content.
“So much happened. That NHS section was strange and a bit spooky, but that’s okay too.
“Will the Olympics benefit anywhere, but London? Yes Windsor and Weymouth. Duh! It will have a longer term effect via the positive PR.”
Ed Glasson, of Defend Our Community Services (DOCS) group: “I didn’t actually watch it, but, given the saturation of media coverage, it was hard to avoid.
“The event obviously aimed to focus on specifically British accomplishments rather than the kind of universal aspirations which should be at the core of any Olympiad.
“Having said that, I was pleased to see the NHS to the fore.
“Pity that it’s being privatised right now for the benefit of the same kind of grasping exploitative corporations which will be in our face throughout the Games seeking to persuade us that they’re really quite nice people.”