Summer Olympics, 2012 edition, officially opened Friday night, in the Olympic Stadium from London and what is called the British, and not only, “the most beautiful show in the world”. Even if the rain has appeared on British capital’s sky, the festivities began early, with a flyover of the famous Red Arrows aerobatic formations over the arena.
While spectators from the stands were trying to avoid the rain as best they could, thousands of actors and extras they put on performances. Festivity was given responsibility director Danny Boyle, who had to stage a show to leave half the world’s population, so is expected to be rated, stunned.
The fresh champion of the Tour de France cyclist Bradley Wiggins, had the honor of opening ceremony, calling him a giant bell to kick off the 13 sketches prepared by Boyle. The first story showed British island evolution, since the vast plains-green and getting up during the industrial revolution, with its huge furnaces. Using steel on an industrial scale and brought about the creation of one of the five Olympic rings.
There followed an episode in which Queen Elizabeth II was brought to the Olympic stadium the actor Daniel Craig being part of an elaborate and spectacular overhead. Stories and storytellers size are an important part of British literature, so I just could not miss the opening of the Olympics. J.K. Rowling, author of Harry Potter, read a passage from Peter Pan, and then the bad guys, led by Lord Voldemort, have invaded the stadium. Fortunately, a small army of Mary Poppins intervened in time!
British humor is known and recognized around the world, so that none other than Mr. Bean and he made his appearance. Actor Rowan Atkinson has provided a masterly moment, in his characteristic style, with the London Symphony Orchestra. Great out of Great Britain and one of the selected event ambassadors, David Beckham, has brought the Olympic torch in a boat that has a clever maneuver by the waters of the Thames.
One of the highlights of the celebration was the parade of delegations of countries participating in the Olympics, in alphabetical order. Greece was, as usual, which opened the parade of 204 nations of the Hellenes with their history. Last delegation to enter the Olympic Stadium was the host in the UK. 7 billion of confetti was thrown from a helicopter above the arena.