Well weren’t they an amazing opening to the 29th Olympic games. The work that has gone into those games has just what can I say, just intense.
The critics around the world are saying “An eight became a perfect 10 in Beijing tonight.”
The opening ceremony of the 29th Olympics Games began at precisely 8pm on the eighth day of the eighth month, 2008.
Right from the start at the countdown I knew that this was going to be an amazing show. The absolutely amazing light show drum box thing with all those which counted down the last minute with synchronised rhythms and lights… then, came a flying Buddhists who sprinkled dust to make the Olympic rings… then… and I’ve no idea how this was done (and I don’t care either… the dust was picked up on its own and flown through the air. I just watched with my mouth open at that.
Following that was a gigantic glow-in-the-dark opening scroll that filled the entire arena floor! Then these guys ran out and started dancing, somehow painting a picture on the floor with their paint-brush hands. It was sensational stuff! Better yet was the gigantic set of dancing tiles that looked like some crazy board. They lifted and fell and pulsated in perfect precision. And the thing that amazed me the most is that it was all done by people tucked away underneath , lifting and heaving this great thing… all as tribute to movable type, one of the greatest inventions of ancient China… along with paper, gunpowder and fireworks.
There was apparently over 15,000 people who were involved in the show which encapsulated the old and the new, the traditional and the hip. The precision which the performers work in was absolutely staggering. It was a real tribute to china for putting on such a great show and making their country look so dam good… I want to go visit the place now. The culture looks very interesting.
Lets hope that none of the terrorist threats turn to anything over the time of this worldwide event and that it goes off without any glitches as it looks as though China have put such a huge amount of effort into these games.
I wish all the team from New Zealand all the Best over their in the hot humid weather. They will do our little country proud I’m sure.
I am not sure how much real estate will be going on over the next few weeks, whether people will be switched off and in TV mode or if they will still be out and about. I for one will be glued to the box I know that. I hope you all enjoy watching the games, apparently at least 4 billion people will be watching these games from their homes over the next 18 games. Just amazing how the world can come together over sport.