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Beijing’s Opening Ceremonies - A Lasting Impression!

by Sachin Balagopalan on August 9, 2008 · 1 comment

“Wow!” is probably the expression that came out of most peoples mouths after watching the opening ceremonies from Beijing last night. If you ever wonder what slightly north of $300 million can buy you - this is it! It was probably one of the the best “shows” I’ve ever seen on television and watching it on high definition with theater sound felt like you were there at the Bird’s Nest Stadium. Kudos to China and it’s people for treating the rest of the world to a spectacular display of lights, sound, fireworks, dancing, music and acrobats.

It’s hard to pinpoint the highlights because the whole thing was just amazing. For me the 2008 drummers at the opening of the show pounding in unison has to be on top of the list along with the lighting of the cauldron. And of course the parade of the nations gave you a quick lesson about the country - Saudi Arabia for instance does not allow women to participate and I never knew there were two Congo’s, a Democratic Republic of Congo and a Republic of Congo.

The run-up to the opening ceremonies was of-course marred with a slew of controversies - protests regarding the Tibet issue, disruptions of the Olympic torch by protesters, the Darfur genocide problem and the latest smog “crisis” in the city of Beijing. With the exception of the smog problem I think these are all serious issues and need to be addressed but not during the Olympics IMO. As far as the Smog - I think the athletes walking out of the airport with black masks on their faces was in bad taste and quite frankly shows how ignorant they are. I mean seriously if they were really concerned about the health effects and their ability to perform under those conditions why show up at all? Stay home. In any case the masks are not going to help.

One can only hope these controversies recede and we can watch and enjoy the games in the next couple of weeks.


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Luca Govoni 08.09.08 at 7:29 am

It’s hard to pinpoint the highlights because the whole thing was just amazing. For me the 2008 drummers at the opening of the show pounding in unison has to be on top of the list along with the lighting of the cauldron. And of course the parade of the nations gave you a quick lesson about the country - Saudi Arabia for instance does not allow women to participate and I never knew there were two Congo’s, a Democratic Republic of Congo and a Republic of Congo.

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