The actual Glastonbury-Tor
I loved the Glastonbury Tor they created – a holy hill in south west England – and the giant oak where later all nations flags were planted. There was so much happening in the opening scene, a story that was being told and I had my daughter questioning every part, I realized how little I knew of history. Then the pounding of the drums began, and ushered in Britain’s industrial revolution, slowing transforming the stadium before our own eyes, I couldn't take my eyes off trying to see every detail and masterpiece of Danny Boyle, director of Slumdog Millionaire.
My favorite - well I had many favorite moments, such as Bond and The Queen but Musician Mike Oldfield playing Tubular Bells as the tribute to the world of children’s literature begun really took me away, flashback to childhood bedtime stories, my daughter enjoyed it too. In a rare public appearance, Harry Potter author JK Rowling started the tale.
And the nurses you see in the picture were real nurses, not actors or dancers! How amazing it must have been for these people and these children to take part of this grand event.
My daughter and I had created our own Olympic torches, we took white paper that we drew on with markers, then rolled it into a cone. Four square light tissue papers in colors of orange, red, and yellow, were crunched to lool like the flames, simply place the four tissues on top of each other, pinch the middle, turn it over, crunch the top and tape the pointy bottom. We then placed the flames in the cone and voilà!
Each time our Country entered the stadium we waved our torches, and I say each time as we have three to root for, our motherland, my country of birth, and the one we adopted. But always the one you grew up in is the one your heart belongs to.
Overall, it was great, as it always is. And we turned the evening into a family event, after a long hard week, it was delightful to see The Queen parachuting down from an Helicopter and hear my daughter scream, "look mommy!! It's Mr. Bean!!"
After all this entire amazing Spectacle wouldn't have been right without Rowan Atkins, let alone Paul McCartney at the closing.