Love it or hate, the Olymics are here for the next fortnight. I watched the 3. 5 hour BBC coverage of the Opening Ceremony and found it stunning, quite stunning! The event is really a son et lumière (sound and light) production as it was purposely staged to take place at night. At so many levels the whole production worked; it was very, very impressive.
This epic event purposely had a London feel to it: e.g. the Queen, present throughout, was also involved in a clever James Bond film sequence and at the end, Paul McCartney - no show without Punch - was on stage leading everyone with "Hey Jude".
But ... what do the British do best? Humour!... a unique kind of self-deprecating humour! These film industry people SHIPPY ... who are they?... made this 2.54 minute video for the BBC TV programme. Oh how I laughed and laughed at Rowan Atkinson, playing the keyboard piano (as I do myself!), and Sir Simon Rattle, conducting the London Symphony Orchestra in the Chariots of Fire theme. If you have ever had to keep counting the bars through a piece of music you can relate to this fun piece! As they say in Glasgow "Pure Dead Brilliant"!
|Rowan Atkinson, comedian. Photo: Wikipedia|
Someone in the The Telegraph newspaper said about the evening: "bonkers, bold and brilliant - and so British"!
* ... or as wee Alastair says "the Limpics"!