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The Olympic Rings at St Pancras Station

After all the hype and hurrumph about the London 2012 Olympics last month’s opening ceremony was absolute genius.  Danny Boyle is to be commended for capturing the spirit of Britain’s past; her quirky characters, her obscure humour, her rebellious nature, her natural reserve  and cleverly incorporating it into one evening of extravagant, quirky and totally amazing scenes all gathered together into one.

I had planned my schedule around the Opening Ceremony and made absolutely sure that I was going to be at home to watch on TV.  We had been told that the best views would be via the TV, so I took them at their word, although to be sure…I would so have loved to be at the Olympic Stadium for the atmosphere….nothing beats that.  However, since we were not, I made a traditional meal of Bangers & Mash with peas (not mushy) washed down with a bottle of sparkling wine (JC leRoux – a nod to my roots) and for dessert we had…ice-cream!! 🙂

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our celebratory refreshment!!! 🙂 JC le Roux

I prepped and planned, and as the day sped by my level of anticipation grew!  We had decorated the house with flags and bunting; red, white & blue!

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flags and bunting galore……

With mounting excitement we settled down in front of the telly at 8pm, and tuned into BBC1 to catch the build-up and I wanted to make sure I didn’t miss a second!  I had been up with the sparrows that morning, headed to Hampton Court Palace to join the Yarmouth Belle and travel behind the Olympic Torch on the final leg of the relay to London.  (another blog will follow on that escapade!!).

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following behind the Royal Barge Gloriana and the Olympic Flame enroute to London

Finally and with a huge hurrah the Opening Ceremony began! I was beside myself with excitement, making my daughter laugh at my silliness. What an magical experience to watch the opening bell being rung by Bradley Wiggins,

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The Olympic bell

and then the scenes of Britain played out, quirky, funny, amazing, awesome, brilliant and overall humour aplenty!!!   I mean WHO could ever forget that moment when The Queen, our Queen Elizabeth II turned around to greet Bond!!!!! Have you ever!!!  It was beyond brilliant.  Certainly my highlight.  And the fun didn’t stop for a moment.  How proud we were to watch our teams walk by, all so proud with their flags held high.  We were lucky enough to be able to cheer twice; once for South Africa

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the South African Olympic Team

and again for the UK!!! Our GREAT Britain.

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#TeamGB – whoo hoo!!! and didn’t they do us proud!!

Pastoral scenes, the Industrial Revolution, Isambard Brunel, Miners, gold from the mines beaten into 5 rings, Glastonbury Tor,  The NHS, GreatOrmondStreetHospital, Mary Poppins, Mr Bean, Chariots of Fire, music across the decades, Tim Berners-Lee, our national Anthem, “God Save The Queen”… for which I made my daughter stand and my sister sent a text to say (I bet your Mother is standing for the Anthem!) LOL, damn right I am – spot on!! The lights, the energy, the noise, the excitement…..the stadium a heaving kaleidoscope of colour and energy, a swell of sound that must surely have been heard in outer-space!

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a kaleidoscope of colour

That unforgettable scene of David Beckham speeding along the Thames in a luminescent speedboat the flame proudly flaming up front, under the magnificent Tower Bridge accompanied by a magical explosion of fireworks, enough to dazzle the eye!!

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Olympic Torch speeds along the waterways of London 2012 to the Olympic Stadium

Sir Steve Redgrave waiting at the quayside inside the Olympic Park, and so finally we knew who would carry the flame and light the cauldron…but no, another surprise in store….the flame, very fittingly was handed over to the next generation – the London2012 motto “Inspire a Generation” – nominated by the athletes of past generations – 7 young athletes , who then carried the torch triumphantly in a final relay around the stadium! Brilliant!!  The Olympic Flag and the Union Jack carried with pride and raised aloft amongst the other countries carefully placed on the Tor…inspirational!

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the Olympic Flag being carried up the Tor

And then, the lighting of what is most assuredly the most magnificent of all Olympic cauldrons! 204 copper petals, one for each country, cupped and ready to accept the light!  What a wonder to behold as the stems all rose up into the night sky, a beacon seen from afar!!   Sheer inspiration!

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aflame; the London2012 Olympic Cauldron

and then the piece-de-resistance…the fireworks…no Olympic Opening Ceremony would ever be complete without a magnificent explosion of fireworks!! These did not disappoint!

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the London2012 Olympic fireworks

And so the Games began!!

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let the games begin!!!

I had tried ever so hard to resist taking photos of the TV screen as each scene rolled out, coz as you know photos off the telly are anything but good….but eventually I caved in and although they are no good from an artistic angle, for me they symbolise what was one of the most amazing events!  And I was here….in London, in 2012….awesome!!  I also have tons of newspapers to sort out! 🙂

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