The opening ceremony London 2012.
So We are to be treated to a spectacular visual delight next year,
at the opening ceremony of the Olympic games 2012.
After all the commotion of the people Having found their seats and have settled down.
The Head of State of the host country is received at the entrance of the stadium,
by the President of the IOC and by the President of the Organising Committee (OCOG).
The parade of the participants then follows.
Each delegation must be preceded by a nameboard bearing its name and must be accompanied by its flag.
The delegations parade in alphabetical order according to the language of the host country,
except for Greece, which leads the parade, and for the host country, which brings up the rear.
The President of the OCOG gives an address, then adds these words:
“I have the honour of inviting …, President of the International Olympic Committee, to speak.”
The President of the IOC then gives a speech which he ends with,
“I have the honour of inviting … (the Head of State) to proclaim open the Games of the Olympiad of the modern era.”
While the Olympic anthem is being played, the Olympic flag, unfurled horizontally,
is brought into the stadium and hoisted on the flagpole erected in the arena.
The Olympic torch is brought into the stadium by runners relaying each other. The last runner lights the Olympic cauldron. The Olympic Flame shall not be extinguished until the closing of the Olympic Games.
Then the symbolic release of the pigeons ( I like that bit).
The flag bearers of all the delegations form a semicircle around the rostrum. A competitor of the host country mounts the rostrum. Holding a corner of the Olympic flag in his left hand, and raising his right hand, he takes the following solemn oath: “In the name of all the competitors I promise that we shall take part in these Olympic Games, respecting and abiding by the rules which govern them, committing ourselves to a sport without doping and without drugs, in the true spirit of sportsmanship, for the glory of sport and the honour of our teams”. ( “yea yea yea” I have heard those words before )
Immediately afterwards, a judge from the host country mounts the rostrum and, in the same manner, takes the following oath: “In the name of all the judges and officials, I promise that we shall officiate in these Olympic Games with complete impartiality, respecting and abiding by the rules which govern them, in the true spirit of sportsmanship.” (Rubbish)
The national anthem is then played.
This is followed by the artistic programme designed and developed by the organising committee for the opening ceremony. We all know what that means. Pretty fireworks and people dancing around like morris dancers etc. Making lovely geometric configurations in the centre of the arena.
The original cost for all this pomp and ceremony and god knows what else, was to be £40.000.000. But suddenly the cost has doubled to a massive £80.000.000. Now I thought England was on the very verge of bankruptcy, hence , cuts , cuts and more damn cuts. So tell me Mr Cameron, just where did all this money come from. ? It came from the £50 cut you and your Thatcherite government made to the £250 Winter heating allowance for the needy and elderly. This winter over 2.000 people are forecast to freeze to death, because they can not afford to keep themselves warm. While the olympic flame burns their £50 notes to ashes.
I could go on and on. But I think this post is long enough and I think I have got my message across.
Have a wonderful week all, and keep yourself warm