In 57 pictures: the Olympic Opening Ceremony

Posted at 1:54 am, July 28, 2012 in Olympics & Paralympics
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The Olympic Opening Ceremony. Celebration of Britain’s history – or all-out cringefest? A crew of our most hardcore critics assembled on the roof of Time Out towers this evening for a collective breakdown of Danny Boyle’s magnum opus. It seemed that each new dramatic revelation divided our braintrust further with cries, tears and squeals of horror/delight. ‘Genius’ cried one. ‘Cliche’ cried another. Relive some of the most memorable moments below and let us know what you thought…

We get our Olympic tattoos on in prepration…

The Red Arrows flew directly over our office. Great view. Cheers guys.

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Photo: kjbar

Red Arrows over Time Out.

And then it was off to middle earth..

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Nice of Sue Perkins to do a spot of drumming.

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Turns out it was Evelyn Glennie. Damn. We all tended to agree it looked better from a distance.

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This section was mill a minute.

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Colourful Beatles made a fleeting appearance.

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Before every stereotype took to the arena: hello Chelsea Pensioners.

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Don’t forget the Pearly royals.

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Glad someone is putting in the hard graft.

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Suddenly, this ring smelt awesome.

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Total eclipse?

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Nope it is the moment you have all been waiting for.

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And swiftly on to 007 and his latest Bond Girl.

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Creepy Churchill had to get a wave in.

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Go on Liz, give us a bloody smile.

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Isn’t it past their bed time?

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OMG LMFAO

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Two in a bed. Is that what the NHS has been reduced to?

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NHS we can.

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LOL JK. Pottermouth.

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Nice to see you Noel Fielding. #gothdetectives

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Simon Rattle gives it a shake.

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Bean and gone.

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Runner Bean.

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Nonsense French segment. Quoi?!
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Oh Michael, there’s something fishy going on.

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Status anxiety.

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Quick game of badminton, anyone?

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Peace out y’all.

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Nice ‘Trainspotting’ plug.

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This guy is just bonkers.

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Now that is what we call a real hero.

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Nothing finishes off an Opening Ceremony first half like a spot of interpretive dance.

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And then there was a longggggg interlude where 204 countries came out…and we put the kettle on.

tea time

Phew, and we are back. Alex Turner is here dressed as a rockabilly to come pay tribute to the fab four.

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I’m loving angels instead.

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Is that David Beckham on a winged horse? or ET?!

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Nope, it is Seb Coe. He was obligated to make a speech. He went for a while but we kind of zoned out.

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Jaques Rogge went on for a little while. This guy was stifling a yawn.

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It’s time for the peacekeepers with the Olympic flag.

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Phew, Becks is here to save the day. At last.

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Careful, Steve.

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And he is off for the final lap…

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Past all the suited and booted builders…

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And finally, the torch arrives in the Stadium. POW. Opening Ceremony

And it burns, burns, burns, like a ring of fire…

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Flamin’ brilliant.

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Golden eye.

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And the moment we had all been waiting for. BOOM!

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BANG!

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Extra terrestrial rings even want to get in on the action.

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Macca arrives. Better late than never.

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Cue lots of swaying.

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A happy ending for all. And we predicted 15 of these things would happen. Go us.

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Let the Games begin. Good night and good luck. Stay classy London. Sonya Barber

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