I thought the ceremony was superb - something to be proud of instead of the whining and pretentious negativity that seems to pervade any thread on the subject of the games.
Some people seem to take a delight in pretending that they have no pride in what their country can do when we put our minds to it. I have no time for that attitude - they're the people who let others do all the work, while they sit back and grumble.
Every word of your post reeks of you having a massive chip on your shoulder. I wouldn't mind betting that if someone said to you 'Nice day, isn't it?' you would respond with 'it'll probably rain later'.
We're hosting the Olympic Games, and if tonight's opening was anything to go by we're going to make an excellent job of it. I don't consider it a waste of public funds, and as a Londoner I'm one of the people who are paying for most of it.
I have to say, I was hoping for something better. I do not share others enthusiasm and thought the whole start of it was boring and messy. I suspect others around the world will be left wondering what it was all about and after all, we are talking about a world-wide audience.
The were however touches of brilliance. The three outstanding for me, were Mr Bean, the inference of the Queen parachuting into the stadium (and all credit to Her Majesty for playing along) and the lighting of the cauldron, which really was very special.
My assessment; could do better and I really was hoping they would.
Ten maybe fifteen minutes of brilliance in three and a half hours, is not exactly world class entertainment.