Ceremony was embarrassment
ALONG with friends at my bowling club, we waited in excited anticipation on Friday night for the opening celebrations for the 2012 Olympics.
It began. We watched in silence, amid the odd comment like, "What on earth? What is this all about? I can't believe this."
How are the rest of the world supposed to interpret this?
Initially, I was afraid to say that I hated it. I was relieved to hear the comments of my compatriots.
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I found it disjointed, lacking fluency, flashing from one subject to another, telling a story which, I believe, many would not understand around the world.
Some of the content astounded me. Mr Bean, demeaning Sir Simon Rattle. Dancing nurses, which I was embarrassed by and thought hideous. The NHS is hardly at a point in its history which benefits from being showcased.
With the greatest respect, I have felt for a while now that Sir Paul McCartney should retire gracefully, and not do a Frank Sinatra, carrying on trying to sing long after the best of his voice had gone.
His performance was cringe-making.
As a group, we were incredulous that this mish-mash was supposed to be representative of our wonderful country.
I saw it as a one-man indulgence at the expense of the British people. His own folly.
I am very much aware that some folk liked it.
Indeed, they have said, "Didn't you understand the theme of it?"
Of course I did. I just feel, with the amount of wonderful pageantry we have at our disposal, representative of Great Britain and its people, this whole episode was a travesty, and in many quarters we may appear a laughing stock.
The amount of time, expense and human effort could, I am sure, have better represented us as a very proud nation.
It will soon be forgotten in the Press, whose reports so far are mixed, as well as in pubs and private homes.
I just know that the athletes' performances will outweigh any opinions, and for that I am grateful.
Sadly there will not be another opportunity to shine for Britain in my lifetime, and for that I am very disappointed, along with many folk, I fear. It will be interesting to read of other opinions in The Sentinel.