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2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony

Like billions across the globe, we watched the London 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony Friday night–the entire 4 hour broadcast! I have to say that the best part was from the beginning up through Rowan Atkinson’s performance of Chariots of Fire. After that it became a test of endurance. (Was anyone else amazed that the drummers could perform for that long without cramping up??) I had no idea there were so many tiny, obscure countries competing in the Olympics. There were several I had never even heard of before. The Parade of Nations was a visual lesson in geography and culture.

The children’s choirs were inspiring and dreamy. Great Britain has a heritage of rich, beautiful music! The historical re-enactment of the change from simplicity to the Industrial Revolution was cool, but, of course, the Queen parachuting out of a helicopter to join the games was awesome! What a good sport the Queen of England is! 🙂

In spite of all the great elements, my favorite part was Rowan Atkinson and the London Symphony Orchestra. Here’s a clip of it in case you missed it (or need to watch it again, like me.) <iframe src=”″ width=”500″ height=”281″ frameborder=”0″ webkitAllowFullScreen mozallowfullscreen allowFullScreen></iframe> <p><a href=”″>Rowan Atkinson at Olmypics 2012 Opening Ceremony</a> from <a href=””>Babu</a> on <a href=””>Vimeo</a>.</p>

1 thought on “2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony

  1. Mr. Bean was definitely the best part! While watching the parade of nations, I had no idea that there were actually independent athletes competing! I found that very intriguing.

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