The Opening Ceremonies of the 2012 London Olympics lived up to its publicity. Billions around the world tuned in and were awed and amazed by the spectacle put on by “Slumdog Millionaire” director Danny Boyle. The theme of “Isles of Wonder” was known beforehand and some of the elements were expected, however, there were still plenty of surprises:
The traditional rendition of “God Save The Queen” Replaced with “Three Cheers for Pippa’s Bottom”.
Warlord Joseph Kony was the flag bearer for Uganda.
Author J.K. Rowling was paid $1 million per word for her reading of Peter Pan.
While Irish Sinead O’Conner was not selected to sing the Olympic Hymn, she still did manage to get on stage a tear up a picture of former IOC Chairman Juan Antonio Samaranch.
The tribute to Britain’s industrial past featured real orphans with black lung.
American country music singer Kellie Pickler’s scantily clad salute to US troops seemed out of context but nobody complained.
Prior to lighting the Olympic Cauldron, the Olympic Torch was used to make S’mores by members of the Canadian Filed Hockey team.
The homage to the film “This Is Spinal Tap”, a miniature Stonehenge was used feature dancing midget druids.
Not enough sick children had been available to honor Britain’s National Health Service, so Olympic Officials sparked a minor cholera epidemic in West London on Wednesday.
No Spice Girls were harmed during the production.
Event Update: Gymnastics competition is in full swing and so is the judging controversy. For some background on past gymnastics disputes check out:
Trooper Thorn is an avid outdoorsman and naturalist. He is a regular contributer to magazines and periodicals, as well as having written two previous novels.
Trooper lives on Vancouver Island with his wife, six children and an active yellow Labrador.