Opening a Pandora’s Box
There is no doubt that the opening ceremony of an Olympic Games has become a massive Global event, but surely there has to be some common- sense applied before this becomes – if it is not already- totally grotesque.
We have to say we have never been big fans of opening ceremonies, until we watched the Sydney 2000 event. It was definitely a moment that made one proud to be Australian. China too had some magic moments, but do these ceremonies impact more on the host country than a well run games, and home grown athletes bringing home medals?
It seems crazy in these current economic times that British Prime Minister David Cameron should sanction the doubling of the 2012 Ceremonies budget giving organizers another GBP41million to play with.
Apparently Cultural secretary Jeremy Hunt and the British Prime Minister were given a sneak preview and felt that the investment was necessary to uphold or possibly boost Britain’s image. Surely such money could have been put to far better use?