Some 10,000 performers took part in the ceremony, which was watched all over the world on TV by an estimated one billion people before athletes from all participating nations, except
Security was very tight in the
Larger rallies were reported to have taken place in
Analysts say it is the most politicised Games since the Cold War era.
The build-up to the event was overshadowed by worries over air pollution and criticism of
But is it possible to keep politics out of these Beijing Olymic Games?
Is it even right to do so, given
's poor human rights record? China
After the controversy of the run-up, the opening ceremony certainly changed the focus of attention.
An estimated 91,000 spectators packed the brand new Olympic Stadium which is known as the ‘Bird's Nest’ because of its steel lattice construction looks somewhat like a bird's nest and they cheered the performers of the wonderfully choreographed and spectacular show, which took seven years of planing , and is estimated to have cost a record-breaking USD$40 billion (£20 billion) (RM 126 billion)
The opening ceremony started at 8 minutes past 8 on the evening of the 8th day of the 8th month of the year 2008, reflecting the belief widespread in
More than three hours later,
The grand finale to the evening's absolutely fabulous and lavish opening ceremony performances was when China's champion gymnast Li Ning was winched up to the rim of the stadium carrying the Olympic torch at the end of its journey around the world.
Then suspended, he ‘ran’ around the upper rim of the Bird’s Nest Stadium and used the torch to ignite the Olympic cauldron, which is a huge torch towering above the stadium; then immediately afterwards a fantastic display of fireworks rounded off an extravaganza extraordinaire
Meanwhile, security remained a serious concern for the Chinese authorities.
An additional 100,000 troops and police have been deployed in and around
Several areas, including
The weather is hot and humid, these are conditions which may actually improve athletic performance, recent research suggests.
However any smog, or high concentrations of suspended particles could have the opposite effect.
Recent reports from the BBC state that the air quality is still not good in Beijing, so let us hope that it will improve, and that any air pollution will not have an adverse effect of the peak performance of the world athletes.
Come on Malaysia, we are eagerly awaiting your first 2008 Olympic medal!
Meanwhile back to reality, in the real wicked world.........
in the real wicked world.........
WAR LOOMS IN
and has the support of
There has been fierce fighting overnight.
some 150 Russian tanks and other military vehicles have entered South Ossetia.
President Saakasvili has vowed to restore
The fighting is intensifying and escalating.
There is a real fear of an all out fully fledged war
Dulce bellum inexpertis
- War is sweet for those who haven't experienced it.