Okay I'll start my take on the opening ceremony with a a few niggle.
Why were the Scottish Kids allowed to sing Flower of Scotland whilst the Welsh kids sang Cwm Rhondda (in English) and not He Wlad Fy Nhadau?
And showing Rugby clips of each "Nation" ? Didn't anyone tell them that Ireland are not part of team GB?
Interesting to note the singing of God save the Queen contained just the first and third verses, missing out the bit about
O Lord, our God, arise,
Scatter her enemies,
And make them fall.
Confound their politics,
Frustrate their knavish tricks,
On Thee our hopes we fix,
Or part of the original
Lord, grant that Marshal Wade,
May by thy mighty aid,Victory bring.
May he sedition hush,and like a torrent rush,
Rebellious Scots to crush,
God save the King.
Of course it doesn't rhyme with Queen in it. Perhaps Charles will bring it back?
But for the most part Danny Boyle did a suburb Job
The salute to The NHS must have made Cameron blush and the third section and the theme of a romance involving a mixed race teenager and the use of multimedia seems to have enrages Conservative Tory MP Aidan Burley, sacked as a ministerial aide for attending Nazi-themed stag party,
In his first tweet Burley wrote: "The most leftie opening ceremony I have ever seen – more than Beijing, the capital of a communist state! Welfare tribute next?"The Parade of Athletes was probably won by Mexico but who told the USA wearing Berets was a good idea . They looked like far Militaristic.
A minute later Burley tweeted: "Thank God the athletes have arrived! Now we can move on from leftie multicultural crap. Bring back red arrows, Shakespeare and the Stones!"
The carrying of the flag by people who had fought for Justice and Human rights and to be touched by Muhammed Ali brought a tear to my eye. He's still the greatest.
The Lighting of the Torch by seven young Athletes was Inspirational and one other organisers are going to have to think about.
So 8/10 to Boyle and his team . It still hasn't made me more British and I still long to see Cymru following Cuba into the Stadium but compared with the militaristic edge to Beijing it was a tonic.