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Saturday, August 9, 2008

The Games Begin in Beijing

China staged the world's most glittering and glamourous spectacle to open the 29th Olympic Games in Beijing, Friday night. The show involved an excellent blend of high-tech digital displays, pyrotechnics and logistics with the grace and precision of the country's most famous gymnasts to an audience of nearly one hundred thousand people at the purpose-built Birds Nest Olympic Stadium in the presence of some of the top leaders of the world. Movie projection, laser lighting and flawless choreography fused together beutifully in a four-hour long presentation that began at 08:08 PM China time on 08/08/08. The highlight of the spectacular show was the dramatic lighting of the Olympic Torch. 'Li Ning, who as a gymnast [and] stunned the world with gravity-defying turns and somersaults, lit the Olympic cauldron after "space-walking" over the heads of 91,000 spectators at the National Stadium on Friday night,' reported China's Offical News Agency Xinhua in a story published in China's offical Olympic Games Website. That certainly was an awesome spectacle.

The BBC which had a team anchored by Mishal Husain and CNN which had a team anchored by Anjali Rao were disappointing in their lack of coverage of the opening ceremony from within the Birds Nest Stadium. In fact, anchors and newscasters of the two channels seemed totally unaware of the proceedings within, even as they were being broadcast live by others. This was despite the fact that a multitude of heads of state were in the audience including US President George Bush, French President Nicholas Sarkozy, Russian Prime Minister, Vladimir Putin and Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse, to name just a few.

Hats off to Dubai Sports for showing the entire four-hour ceremony live.

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Loved and mentored by parents with values and discipline and a passion for good English; guided by teachers who wouldn't spare the rod to ensure excellence; copywriter; on-line journalist; editor-in-chief; and at long last, giving into the passion; Freelance Writer.

Nurtured in advertising and PR from freelance copywriter to account director and agency head; engaged throughout to humanitarian work in NGOs including the Red Cross and the UNDP; and experienced in both public and private sectors.

Looking forward to a future of writing on diverse subjects; sharing knowledge and experience; enriching the lives of others; but most of all, acquiring more knowledge and using it to make the world a better place for all.

More of my writing:
* Fuelling the Peace Process * Concepts for decentralisation of government * PEACE: Is it still an elusive dream? * Interview with the late Major General Trond Furuhovde first Head of the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission * How polar bears are affected by global warming * Red Cross takes lead in clean water for Sri Lanka flood victims * The poorest hardest hit by Sri Lanka floods *