Opening Ceremony of Olympics in London – Hyped in Press but Not Loved By All

Posted on July 28, 2012

Foreign and Brit press all seem to have glowing reports of the opening ceremonies of the Olympics. Was I wearing the wrong glasses? I found it boring and not that good – a messy jumble of images and sounds. The culture of Britain will not be killed by immigrants. It has been dispatched by the director of this spectacle, Boyle.

Many in my range of friends on FaceBook were of the same persuasion – several tuning out and watching their favorite television programs or enjoying an outdoor event while the weather holds.

It did not appear that the Queen herself thought much of it if pictures are, in fact, worth a thousand words:

Then again, it did not look as if the Queen was her old fit self last night:

When this writer went to review the video of Bond and Queen parachuting into the stadium, the message “removed by uploader” popped up.  It was also not easily found on YouTube.  Perhaps second thoughts will prevail.

Boyle represents a continuum from the darkness of Dickens to the darkened state of British health care – another aspect of the evening that got a gloss over.

And when did pop music dominate the last 40 years of the British music scene?  OK, if  you were a member of the masses and clearly that was the target audience of the evening.  But wherefore art thou Andrew Lloyd Webber or the talent that brought us the remarkable staging and play “War Horse”?  Too upper class?  Too tuneful?  Too literate?

If I want to see rabble, I will go see a re-staging of “Oliver.”  Give me a little more true entertainment sans lecture.  This whole thing takes me back to other areas of decline in standards such as dragging down the language of the Elizabethans in the Anglican prayer book to the level of the common man today.  Why aren’t we looking up and setting higher goals rather than trying to befriend the lowest common denominator?

The show more than demystified the monarchy – it was a misstep in Queen Elizabeth’s drive to bring the crown into the present time.  It was the kind of thing that changed perceptions entirely and in a way that would be wildly misinterpreted by her people.  They will now think of her as one of them.  Only Bond came out of it in tact.  He’s still an icon and face it: he delivered up the Queen to pop culture.