Spectacular fireworks errupted around the Olympic Stadium after the lighting of the cauldron.
Full of scepticism before it all started, but by crikey Mr Boyle I loved the opening ceremony from start to finish. You've made an already proud Great Britain the proudest he has ever been to be British
Loved it, loved it LOVED IT!
The ceremony was great!
Tough luck if people from abroad could not understand what was going on!
Anyone with a basic grounding in history will know about the industrial revolution in the UK.
Brunel, Boulton and Watt helped lay down the foundations to our modern world.
Besides the point, I don't know anything about Chinese history, but that didn't stop me from enjoying the Beijing opening ceremony!
And our NHS? Well, I work for that organisation!
Perfect it isn't, but it is still the envy of the world. Even the (advanced?) U.S. does not have anything
like it. At the end of the day it's better to have mostly free healthcare, rather than being judged whether or not you have private health insurance. - Which maybe makes the difference whether you live or die?
I was really pleased to see Mike Oldfield playing there. He is a musical genius.
I would give the whole ceremony 9.5+ out of 10.
The only down points were Muhammad Ali, He looked far too ill and frail to be there.
And dare I say it, Paul McCartney.
I'm a real Beatles and McCartney fan, but his voice was totally shot.
Either it's his advancing years catching up on him, or it is due to him being on purpertual tours
in the U.S.?
He should look after his voice, as he is no spring chicken anymore.
I cringed to hear him trying to sing Hey Jude, it was very sad and plain embarrasing.
I saw him at the o2 a couple of years ago, and his voice was in much better shape then,
so I think it's the latter... - Anyway good luck to Team GB!
Wow what an opening ceremony. ! Drama by the bucket load and humour British style. It was wonderful. Well done everyone -you did us proud
Are we a nation of Victor Meldrews? Come on, enjoy, this is our country stop putting us down all the time!!!!!!!!
what can i say.
excellent from start to finish.and the begining of the opening ceromony was out of this world,and mr bean was also playing chariots of fire,and that was the funniest part.
and i wish team gb the best of luck in the olympics,and lets show them our support,and i hope that team gb can bring home some gold and silver medals,so best of luck team gb.
Rowan Atkinson (Mr Bean to many) was a star and the epitome of eccentric Britain. What a pity there were not more moments like it. The Show? I was a bit sceptical to start with but was finally won over, especially when the chimneys arrived. Thought the NHS bit went on a bit longer than necessary and I have to agree with many posters that Sir P McCartney is now well over the top and ought to hang up his vocal chords (mind you, I thought that after the Jubille Celebrations as well).
All in all I thought Danny did a pretty fair job. (I don't think Beckham was really driving that boat, was he?)