Longrider is scathing about the whole “corrupt junket, Lord Coe’s appalling, expensive and wasteful vanity project” but by the end, like so many others, I was in two minds about it.
On the plus side were the fantastic athletes themselves and their dedication, passion and spirit. Then came the volunteers and the camera crews who sent superb images back via relay – they made the whole thing more immediate. Then you could include the crowds themselves who were the British and many from around the world having a good time.
It was infectious and on this last night, they all poured into the stadium in order to enjoy themselves and party – heck, nothing wrong with that – they’re young people and that’s what they do. Elements of that show were OK but more on that below.
On the down side were the appalling doings of G4S, LOCOG, Them and the officious little officials who even managed a PR disaster by taking Bolt’s baton from him in front of a billion people or so. The navigation at the online Beeb was awful – there were no direct links to latest results, one had to go through a three-click process to get anything and the scores were not kept superimposed at all, leaving sometimes minutes with no one knowing who was where. The less said about the commentators the better.
On balance, a terrible opening ceremony, so heavily politicized that the Labour Party was delighted about its embracing precisely the opposite values to those of the athletes – i.e. hard work, dedication and achievement, plus competition – yet lifted by the athletes, crowds, camera work and volunteers in the days subsequent to that.
Then came the closing ceremony. Meaningless drivel in so many ways, reflecting both diseased minds and lack of artistic ability but we’ll let that pass. The entry of the athetes through the crowd was nice, the mixing of all the flags was OK. The bottom line was that the athletes were there to enjoy themselves and were totally unaware of the politicized and arcane elements.
The formal part of the presentation to the marathon runners was nice. The array of flags was nice – all the traditional parts were nice.
However, the way that flame was positioned, the dark, pagan atmosphere, the uniformity of the slaves in faceless masks – they were one thing. When the pyramid appeared in the middle of the union flag, that was one step too far but no doubt the crowd and viewers were unaware what that and the flame signified. Again, let that pass.
Then came the unforgivable element. Of those nations, I know of none which were atheist except China, many were devout for their form of the Deity. Yet this disgrace then occurred:
Young children taught to sing: “Imagine there’s no heaven; it’s easy if you try,” then going into a godless “brotherhood of man”, precisely the message of the enemy, back by its tribalistic, warlike agenda which is enslaving the world right now and which all those young people there were blissfully unaware of.
If they’d some lowlife singing that, then OK – it’s British. But to get little children to do that – the organizers should be incarcerated.
It showed utter disrespect for the underpinnings of the majority of countries there. The sad thing is that the young would be unaware, brainwashed as they are by leftist claptrap. The singing which followed it was dire and that’s where I tuned out, chagrined.
Just briefly tuned back in and saw that excrescence Brand prancing around on top of a carriage pretending to sing. Who TF is Brand to the world?
People, this ceremony is awful, an utter disgrace. No one there wants that godless or pagan, arcane c**p – they just want to party and when the so-called music is finally allowed to approximate a concert, the athletes are able to relax and enjoy:
OK – the formal part was all right and then came Them again – the phoenix, for goodness sake, over the flame. Half the world now knows what that symbolizes – this is worrying – they’re not even trying to hide it any more. People, we’s in big trouble, the world.
It gets worse – the Olympic flame is extinguished, a flame which at least represented hope and guess what is left burning brightly, high in the air for all to gaze on – yep, the phoenix of the global elite – and how many would be aware of what all that was about?
That has to have been one of the worst hijackings of the Olympic spirit ever, it’s getting worse and the deep-captured kids have no idea – bless them all because the baton’s in their hands now to get us out of this stranglehold, if only they could see they’re in one. Here is one commenter a few minutes ago at the Telegraph:
I enjoyed the Brazil presentation, the rest was missable. We have great orchestras, military bands and ballet but these were not much in evidence, except for a bit of Darcy Bussell. The Queen was right to stay away.
Right, now Brazil have promised us some samba and a dancing street sweeper. One thing’s for sure – it can’t be as bad as the one we did in Beijing. I like to think I speak for Team GB when I say: Can this finish quite soon, I’m a bit tired?