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Bernard wrote:Taken from the official write-up..
Actor Kenneth Branagh performs during the Opening Ceremony
Actor Kenneth Branagh performs as Shakespeare's Isambard Kingdom Brunel during the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on 27 July 2012.
http://www.london2012.com/photos/galler ... g-ceremony
Jumper wrote:I cringe at the descent into the blanket acceptance of the Ã¢â‚¬â„¢pop cultureÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ that anything that is presented by a commercial entity as cultural or good for us, must be so. The curiously desperate yearning of the media or celebrity based supporters to be seen as the most enthusiastic, and the acceptance of the general public after repeated doses of indoctrination of what is good for them, is scary. Any history student who approaches his subject with an open mind will recognise events as being familiar. Ã¢â‚¬ËœBread and CircusesÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ come to mind. If many of those scenes had been presented in any other outlet, say, certain newspapers now regaling themselves in reflected glory, they would be accused of Jingoism and being Little Englanders. Curious.