Now I thought the opening ceremony to the Olympic games was excellent. It lasted approximately 4 hours and I only fell asleep for about 20 minutes. I say that partly serious and partly in jest because the real difficulty here is making something which is intrinsically boring actually quite interesting.
I am not talking about the fantastic show which opened the ceremony and completed it. No. I am talking about the bit where the teams come into the stadium. No matter how exciting it is for the athletes to come into the stadium...it sure as hell loses its sparkle when the 10th team has walked in and there are another 95 to go. So good old Danny Boyle got rid of all the stuffiness that usually comes with processions and said to the athletes just relax and have fun. It made the whole show go much faster than it usually does and Boyle should be commended for that.