No matter what China's politics are, or what we may or may not think of them, for sheer colour, spectacle and technological wizardry, the Opening Ceremony was hard to beat.
I didn't watch the parade of athletes because it was 11.30 pm and I was rather tired, but I did watch what went before. I loved the 2,000 drummers...so perfectly co-ordinated that the overall effect was of a movable checkered mosaic. The costumes of the Confucian students were mind boggling when one thinks of the amount of work that went into the making of these.
I've never seen anything like it...
I loved the fireworks at the beginning...starting 6 km away from the Bird's Nest and making footprints towards it...remarkable. But then, I'm a sucker for fireworks and as China invented this colourful entertainment (albeit originally to frighten bad spirits away), they have the best displays...Friday night was no exception.
It was a sight to overload the senses...I can only imagine what being in the actual stadium must have been like.
Now...all we have to do is see who wins the medals...especially in the swimming. That's a competition between two countries really, the USA and Australia. Makes for good TV viewing.
Good luck to all athletes...may you win your medals honestly and fairly.