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The Olympic Opening Ceremony – What Did the Rest of the World Think?

Posted in Uncategorized by nickchristian on July 29, 2012

With the exception of a few Tory MPs and Daily Mail bloggers, the opening ceremony of the Olympics appeared to unite the British literary class, of all stripes, in pride and positivity. Leftie commentators in particular, although described by Andrew Gilligan this morning as “suckered“, were charmed into a temporary suspension of cynicism by an extraordinary portrayal of ordinariness.

But what would the rest of the world think? With in jokes galore, even Danny Boyle acknowledged that much of it may have gone over the heads of those without an intimate sense of the British chronicle, culture and character. But would it? And if it did, would it matter?

With a little help from Google News and a lot from Google Translate, I decided to look into it. The Russian response made me smile.

Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters

Nicaragua

Lo mágico cobijó la ceremonia olímpica

The magic swept over the Olympic ceremony.

Colombia

La inauguración de los Juegos Olímpicos cautivó las miradas del mundo.

The opening of the Olympics captivated the eyes of the world.

Cuba

Una espectacular ceremonia de color, música, magia y sentido del humor inauguró los Juegos Olímpicos de Londres 2012, en la que no faltó nada de lo que caracteriza al Reino Unido.

A spectacular ceremony of color, music, magic and humor opened the 2012 London Olympics, which did not miss anything that characterizes the United Kingdom.

France

JO 2012 : une cérémonie d’ouverture magistrale lance les Jeux

2012 Olympics: a masterful opening ceremony launches Games

De la musique, des people, des jeux de lumière et beaucoup de magie : hier soir, Londres a célébré le début des JO en grandes pompes dans le stade de Stratford.

Music, celebrities, lighting effects and a lot of magic: Last night, London celebrated the start of the Olympics with great fanfare at the stadium in Stratford.

Germany

Spektakulär und schrill, aber auch besinnlich und anrührend

Spectacular and flashy, but also thought provoking and moving

Russia

Жаль только, что сама королева без особого энтузиазма отнеслась ко всему происходящему.

The only pity is that the Queen herself reacted with little enthusiasm for anything happening. Only once, when it was shown on the big screen on the face of Elizabeth II could we see the barely noticeable smile.

Middle East

ليكون أحد أبرز الفقرات إن لم يكن أبرزها على الاطلاق في هذا الحفل الذي تضمن التاريخ والتراث والفقرات المرحة أيضا.وجاءت الفقرات المثيرة والخلابة لتجذب أنظار متابعي الحفل الذين بلغ عددهم نحو 62 ألفا في المدرجات بخلاف نحو مليار مشاهد أمام شاشات التلفزيون.

The opening ceremony, including history and heritage as well as moments of comedy. Exciting and beautiful sequences were designed to attract the attention of those following the ceremony, who numbered about sixty two thousand in the stands and more than a billion viewers watching on television around the world.

ورصدت هذه الصورة كلا من الريف الإنجليزي ومراعي بريطانيا والثورة الصناعية وفقدان حياة الآلاف في الحربين العالميتين الأولى والثانية وأزمة الثلاثينيات من القرن الماضي وخدمة الصحة القومية التي ظهرت في 1948 ومجموعة من أبرز الأفلام والموسيقى والقرن الحادي والعشرين بما فيه من إعلام إجتماعي دون نسيان أي شيء.

The picture was of the English countryside and pastures of Britain which gave way to the Industrial Revolution and the loss of thousands of lives in World Wars I and II, the crisis of the thirties of the last century and the National Health Service, which appeared in 1948. The ceremony moved from featured clips of prominent British movies, to pop music the birth of the world wide web and social media.

China

直到激昂的音乐响起,劳作的人们拆掉了草皮,几根烟囱平地而起,直插云霄——工业革命改变了英国,也改变了全世界。

The ceremony began with authentic English countryside scenery, the opening ceremony of the warm performances. Performers walk around holding several flowers and huge man-made white clouds, rural youth clumsily playing badminton; Mara move the plow, hard milking women, picnic, family Edwardian village cricket team, and dance people .

Until the passionate music sounded. The work of the people removed the turf and a few chimneys sprung into the sky – the Industrial Revolution changed the United Kingdom, as it has changed the world.

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