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UK press hails "Greatest" opening ceremony of Olympic Games

07-28-2012 22:05 BJT Special Report:2012 London Olympic Games |

LONDON, July 28 (Xinhua) -- The action is underway and Britain is still waiting for its first gold medal, but the country already considers itself to be a winner after Friday night's opening ceremony of the 30th Olympic Games.

The British press have universally hailed Danny Boyle's opening show as a huge success: it certainly was on an audience level with 27 million Britain's tuning in to watch the show that saw the "Queen" parachute out of a helicopter, David Beckham pilot a speedboat and take viewers through a spectacular potted history of the islands' history and culture.

"London sets the world alight," headlined the Independent newspaper, a paper not known for its strident nationalism. The Independent showed a photo of the five gold Olympic rings forced during the "Industrial Revolution" segment of the show.

The Guardian, another liberal paper described the show as a "Night of Wonder", playing on the name "Isles of Wonder", Boyle had given to his ceremony.

The Times believes the ceremony was "The Greatest Show", while the Sun splashes a photo of the spectacular firework display to describe the historic event as "Flaming Fantastic", saying it contained "Parody, pageant and the (Sex) Pistols," and was perfect.

The staunchly conservative Daily Mail focused on the role played by the Queen in the ceremony in which she appeared in person in a sketch including James Bond actor, Daniel Craig, the Mail wonders, "who managed to persuade her to do that?", although the paper, which has consistently taken a negative view of the Games, looked for something to criticize, highlighting a photo of a man who appeared to be making a nazi salute as the German team entered the stadium.

 

Editor:James |Source: Xinhua

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