Comment on the Opening Ceremony
by Pierre Tanner
Is it just me or did the Olympic opening ceremony seem a little leftist and one sided? Whilst the commentary was totally lacking and some of the scenes made no sense at all it would seem we went from Britain went from tending fields with a few geese and horses to an industrial revolution with nothing in between. What’s worse we went from the industrial revolution to the internet to pop music and nothing else. Oh and we are good at war!
Where were the sciences, the biotechnology advances, space science and astro physics? Britain has contributed so much more to the world than suggested on Friday night. Even the inventor of the television. The very medium a billion people were watching this unrepresentative crap on. Without the TV the Olympics would be nothing more than an obscure games some people read about in newspapers or see newsreels in the cinema. Indeed without TV, Daniel Boyle probably wouldn’t have the career he now has and would possibly be stuck in theatre. And what of the jet engine, without which all the teams and spectators would not have been so easily able to get here? So why this massive oversight?
And where was any mention of the DNA double helix discovery at Cambridge? No, I found the whole thing to be very working class. Maybe that’s who it was aimed at as it certainly wasn’t aimed at any foreign observer watching.
Indeed we have a massive amount of history to choose from and they showed hobbit hills with goblins emerging from under the tree and an industrial revolution. Yes we used to make stuff but then along came the unions who set about destroying it all and thus we now have little in the way of industry. We build no ships because British ship builders could not guarantee delivery on time. Neither could the car manufacturers.
So the world will now know Britain to once have been farmers and who used to make stuff. Oh and we have an NHS! It strikes me that the team behind this “show” had no idea what British-ness is. Neither do I as this is a very diverse nation. But they could have done so much better than that. I’m not especially patriotic as it’s all a bit tribal for me but the UK have a massive high tech industry and we still make precision appliances. But I think we have all been sold very short by Daniel Boyle and his team.
And the handing over of the Olympic flag to the military to fly was totally inappropriate. Whilst I totally respect and admire our armed forces for doing the job they are having to do with inadequate equipment, they are about war. The Olympic flag is supposed to be about peace and unity. Thus giving the flag to the military no matter how much they are respected was very wrong.
Oh and please can someone tell Paul McCartney he can no longer sing. He sounded awful.