The host of three Summer Olympics

1908, 1948 and 2012 

London is the only city to host the Summer Games three times.

olympic stadium by Juliamaud

Today the eyes of the world are on the London Olympics again as the Opening ceremony is staged. While Beijing’s opening ceremony had 2008 pounding drummers and cost a reported $100m, the Oscar-winning director Danny Boyle was given a budget of £27m to work with

“I would have thought the difficulty is how you cram in all that is great about our country,” British Prime Minister David Cameron said Thursday. “Whether it is sport, art, literature, history, contribution to world events, there are so many things to celebrate about our country that packing all that in to these hours must be a pretty tough task. But I am confident they have done a good job.”

Boyle’s vision is to represent not just London, but Britain.inspired by William Shakespeare’s play “The Tempest” the ceremony’s theme is “Isles of Wonder.” It stretches from idyllic pastures through Industrial Revolution to popular culture. It will feature a cast and crew of 10,000 plus 70 sheep, 12 horses, 10 chickens and nine geese. Exact details of the show are still being kept secret. Those of us lucky enough to attend a rehearsal have been urged to #savethesecret. Considering this is the first social media Olympics, to be able to “save the secret” so well for so long is an achievement in itself!

And will it still be spectacular? Having seen part of it I can say “Yes”. Organisers did not show us the whole show, so I’m looking forward to the bits I don’t know about as well as re-seeing the ones I already loved.

So at 9pm make yourself a cup of tea, or pour the wine, and wave your flag in front of the big screen if you weren’t lucky enough to get tickets to the stadium. It’s going to be a great show.

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