Here’s the great thing about the Olympics: for two weeks, there is always something interesting to watch on TV. Â Â (How often can you say that?) Â Here are my thoughts about what I’ve seen so far.
– An opening ceremony that includes Shakespeare, Mr. Bean, fireworks, and a fleet of Mary Poppinses? Â That’s a ceremony after me own heart.
— Regarding Shakespeare, above: not to knock The Tempest, but I was kind of disappointed that they didn’t opt for the “This England” speech from Richard II. Â “This royal throne of kings, this sceptred isle,/This earth of majesty, this seat of Mars” … it’s one of my favorite passages from the Bard. Â (I really am an English teacher geek, aren’t I? )
— After Friday, I don’t think anyone can accuse the Queen of being humorless.
— The Parade of Nations always makes me want to slink off sheepishly to my room and lock myself in with an atlas. Â I hope that Judgment Day will not involve a geography quiz.
— Watching gymnastics, like watching figure-skating, is about as stressful as it comes. Â My Â heart stops on every jump, every release, and every scissory kick on the balance beam. Â Still: I love it.
–Call me hopelessly out of the loop, but I’d never heard of synchronized diving before. Â (Had you?) Â Mighty impressive.
— This is going to be great for the boys. Â What amazing exposure to a wide variety of sports, and what a great chance to develop a global consciousness. Â Matthew was intrigued by the bike racing, and I think the gymnastics are going to blow his mind.
Are you watching? Â What are your impressions so far?