So what did YOU think of the London Olympics 2012 opening ceremony? Reviews have been mixed but I personally thought Britain put on a good show. They're good at poking fun at themselves and captured the essence of British eccentricity, tradition and quirkiness - maypole dancing, a flock of sheep, the Sex Pistols, David Beckham in a speedboat with the Olympic flame,Mary Poppins, references to Industrial Revolution, dancing nurses and the highlight...the James Bond and Queen Elizabeth II video. It was encouraging her to see her assuming a less serious role for once and having some fun although she looked pretty solemn and miserable during the ceremony. Maybe she was sulking because she didn't actually get to jump out of the helicopter. And then of course there's the customary fireworks display.
The whole ceremony was conceived and directed by the filmmaker Danny Boyle who worked on it for two years. I guess they had a lot to live up to competing with Beijing's 2008 firework extravaganza. It hardly seems worth all the time and money just for one night but more people seem to be interested in the Opening Ceremony than the actual games themselves.
If you didn;t catch it on TV, here are some highlights: