Beijing? We've got Madiba magic!

2008-08-29 00:00

The Opening Ceremony of the 2008 Olympic Games, staged at the Bird’s Nest stadium in Beijing, was variously described as “spectacular” (Agence France Presse), “magnificent” (BBC), “exhilarating” (U.S.A. Today), “astonishing” (Antena 3) and “a firecracker of a show” (Deutsche Welle).

Sitting in the stand, amazed as the first of many lavish batteries of fireworks lit up the sky, Sebastian Coe, chairman of London 2012, reportedly nudged Boris Johnson, Mayor of London, in the ribs and said: “Just that lot would have blown half our budget. How are we going to follow this?”

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