Okay then, if you watched the Opening Ceremony for the 2012 Olympics in the USA, you stayed up very late, didn't you? Wow, I need to watch it when I have not had such a bad week, that always influences me and makes me feel more negative... Let's look on the bright side, shall we?
The highlights for me were the children's choirs singing Jerusalem, Danny Boy, Flower of Scotland and Guide Me Oh Thou Great Redeemer (sung to the Welsh tune of Cwm Rhondda). This hymn is one of my favorites that we sing in my own church and I was very glad to hear it in the Opening Ceremony of the Olympics! I have a link above to the BBC's video showing the children on the beach in Wales where this was filmed. Bless them, they must have been cold but so excited. It made me happy to see and hear this...just beautiful children singing on a gloriously beautiful beach.
And the song "Jerusalem" is one of my husband's favorites and one that I had never heard until I lived in England in 1985, but I like it very much indeed. And I know Richard's parents and friends in England were glad that this was the song that was chosen for England. Also, I must add that Richard was very happy to see Mike Oldfield but also wanted to be able to hear more of "Tubular Bells".
The National Health Service and the Great Ormond Street Hospital, I wonder how many owe their lives to that one hospital alone? J.M. Barrie, author of Peter Pan, left the royalties from Peter Pan to go to this hospital. You may read about it at http://www.gosh.org/gen/peterpan/history/peter-pan-and-the-hospital/ As a child, my husband spent a good bit of time there and feels he would not be here today if not for the care that he received there. I don't pretend to understand the staging during this segment but I was grateful to see the Great Ormond Street Hospical represented. (Maybe that giant baby looked better from a distance, in the stands you see, not close-up on TV!)
To end the ceremony with Sir Paul McCartney was, of course, the icing on the cake for me. As many times that he has sung "Hey Jude" over the years, I love that he seemed choked with emotion when he first started singing it...
The seven British teenagers lighting the torch was magical to me. They moved with such youthful, graceful energy and they were all so perfectly in time that it put all computer imagery to shame.
I cannot give all of those children bouquets of flowers, nor can I call Sir Paul and tell him how much I appreciate him but here is a daffodil which is, I think, very special to Wales and of course, is very much loved all over Great Britain. (I did a post this year about the poem "Daffodils" by Wordsworth.)
I don't have the children's choir from Wales singing for you,but I DID find a wonderful Welsh choir singing the same song that they sang, and this has the lyrics for you too. Please, turn it up so you might hear all their voices. You know I did!