Goodbye Olympics

13th August 2012

Considering I’m British and I haven’t blogged about the Olympics, I feel that I have a duty to do so. Especially after the Closing Ceremony, which was probably one of the greatest things I have ever seen.

I saw the Closing Ceremony as Great Britain giving the middle finger to the Eurovision Song Contest. Every year we come last in that contest and last night we proved to the world that Eurovision means nothing. We have the greatest music in the world and you can’t argue with that.

Firstly I guess I should apologise for One Direction. We don’t really wanted to be associated with them and their poor excuse for music. We will say no more on the matter and pretend it never happened.

There was a tribute to John Lennon which was so touching, and they played Imagine with always makes me cry. It’s just such a powerful song and it gives me goosebumps. I was also impressed with the video clip of Freddie Mercury who still manages to entertain crowds despite having been dead for over 20 years. I wasn’t so impressed with Jessie J performing with Queen and I think they should have just shown Freddie singing it like they did with John Lennon and Imagine.

I was dying for a drink and so when Ed Sheeran came on I thought it was a good opportunity to get up and get one. I’m not saying I don’t like Ed Sheeran, it’s just I assumed he would be performing one of his songs, and having listened to them everyday without a choice on the way to college, I’d had enough. I came back in to the room and found Mike Rutherford on my telly. You know, one of the original members of Genesis. Everyone laughs at me because I like Genesis as they are supposedly crap, but I don’t care. Genesis all the way!

Once I heard the start of Pinball Wizard, I couldn’t help but think “Roger? Pete? Are you there?”. And then the scooters came in and to my surprise it wasn’t The Who at all. It was Ricky Wilson from Kaiser Chiefs, one of my favourite bands. And on the stage were the rest of the band. I think they did a fantastic job of Pinball Wizard. Ricky has the perfect voice for it.

Apart from the music, there were lots of other tributes to Britain. Including the classic scene from the TV show Only Fools and Horses, where Del Boy and Rodney dress up as Batman and Robin. Apparently an NBC commentator said ‘That is not actually Batman but a British folk hero known as Del Boy. Sort of like Robin Hood’. This was the funniest thing I heard all night. True or not, that is the worse description of Del Boy I have ever heard.

Then at the very end I heard the start of Baba O’Riley and I said to myself “It’s got to be them this time.” And it was. I saw Roger Daltery and I couldn’t believe it. Then I saw Pete Townshend and I almost cried. You see I don’t believe in God; I believe in The Who. I never thought I would get to see them perform live together again, but there they were. What a perfect performance!

Basically, the closing ceremony was the greatest concert in the world and I would have killed to be there. I do actually know someone who was there and I am completely jealous of them.

For possibly the first time in my life I am proud to be British. *Waves a union flag* :D

(Pictures are not my own.)

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  1. Gillian

    Yes we are in Lisbon. I hadn’t even heard of Algraive. It sounds fun though. I wish we had time to go there but our schedule is packed. :(

    I heard fantastic things about the Closing ceremony. It’s nice to have a British person explain what was happening so people like me can understand the meaning behind things haha. Since I’ve never heard of those British tv shows.

    Yes I will give you that. The British do have the best musicians and music. I’m glad to hear that you thoroughly enjoyed the ceremony. I only saw one band perform and then went to bed. Since I’m touristing in Portugal, I was exhausted and it was late xD

  2. Michael

    I watched the ceremony last night; I thought it was ok, but not as good as the opening ceremony. :S

    The spice girls were good; I liked when Boris Johnson was dancing to spice up your life. :P haha.

    Michael

  3. I started screaming at my screen when One Direction came on. Sigh. The tribute to John Lennon definitely made up for it, though. That bit was so beautiful.

    So, for obvious reasons, I haven’t listened to any NBC commentary but I heard that Americans absolutely hated their coverage of the Olympics. Haha. I can’t hear Baba O’Riley without thinking about CSI.

    I did really like the closing ceremony, but I think the opening ceremony was better :) Still, the Spice Girls definitely spice up my life.

  4. Mutay

    Sadly the highlight of the Closing Ceremony was John Lennon, the models Naomi, Kate and all. Also THE SPICE GIRLS. And not much else, I don’t think the TV coverage was good.

    I’m really sad that the Olympics is over though :( Its been a day and I miss them. London really pulled it out the bag I think.

  5. Wow, sounds like it was amazing! I didn’t see the Closing Ceremony but I heard that NBC cut out a bunch of stuff which is really stupid. I’ll just look it up on Youtube. :)

    I think it’s funny that they had The Who and Queen perform and then it’s like OMG ONE DIRECTION! AAAAH! I guess they just wanted to appeal to as many people as possible, which is understandable. But I wonder how many people facepalmed as soon as they came on?

  6. I thought that Great Britain did a wonderful job hosting the Olympics this year! I didn’t have the chance to watch the opening ceremony since I had to work, but I loved the closing ceremony! I’m a huge fan of the Beatles, so I loved all the songs that they performed. I wasn’t crazy about Jessie J with Queen, and I thought she kind of ruined it… but whatever.

    NBC commentators are so stupid. I really wish that you could just put them on mute. There was one point where one of them was like, “Here are black taxi cabs!” Thank you, thank you for telling me what that black object was because I did not know. Eye roll. NBC did a really bad job overall just covering the Olympics, but another rant for another day…

    I’m so sad they are over though, I don’t know what to do with my evenings now! :P