Here in San Francisco where the weather seems to be becoming ever cooler, most people are talking about the 2012 Olympics and the Opening Ceremony that took place yesterday.
Over in London, the country has just seen some hot temperatures and the weather over there has finally broken from its 30 degree mark.
“I just loved the 2012 Olympics Opening Ceremony. I laughed so hard when I saw Rowan Atkinson, as Mr. Bean, playing the piano. The expressions on his face are priceless. He showed us just how important it was for the show to go on, even in the midst of a sneeze”, says San Francisco resident, Katie Adler.
The antics of Rowan Atkinson were performed with a background of music. The theme of “Chariots of Fire” was played by the London Symphony Orchestra.
Here are some details from the 2012 Summer Olympics Opening Ceremony:
Danny Boyle’s event was chock full of stunning views, thunderous music and glimpses of humor that kept the crowds glued to their seats. Nobody knew just quite what to expect.
Movie director, Danny Boyle is famous for movies like “Slumdog Millionaire” and “127 Hours.”
The event was held at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London. This is the third time London has hosted the Olympic Games. It is believed that a billion people watched the 2012 Olympics Opening Ceremony.
The ceremony started with a tribute to the Industrial Revolution and one of the highlights was seeing liquid fire fall from the five Olympic rings that were hanging from the roof.
Daniel Craig, the star of the James Bond movies made viewers smile as he was seen skydiving from a plane with Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II behind him.
Children of the Kaos Singing Choir for deaf and hearing children put on a beautiful performance. Children also sang God Save the Queen. “Their voices were beautiful and it was a very moving part of the show,” says San Francisco resident, Donal Witham.
The audience was also treated to a show on health care. The display of nurses, doctors and children showed what could happen when a child goes off to bed.
During the Parade of Nations, First Lady, Michele Obama greeted the atheletes from the USA.
The all-important Olympic flame was brought to the stadium by speedboat and by David Beckham, the soccer icon and by Olympic champion, Jade Bailey. The torch was then given to Sir Steve Redgrave who ran with it into the Olympic stadium.
The Olympic flame has now traveled 13,000 miles.
One of the highlights of the 2012 Olympics Opening Ceremony was watching as 200 copper leaf peddles on long, high stilts, were lit. They then joined together to make one, beautiful torch.
A fireworks display had the crowd ‘oohing’ and ‘ahhing’ as Sir Paul McCartney sang out “Hey Jude.” Everyone in the crowd joined in singing with him.
It was a beautiful and emotional start to the 2012 Olympics and a ceremony that made everyone in the UK proud to be British.
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