Friday, 27 Julywebsite has posted the segment that was cut by NBC.
We didn't see the Opening Ceremony until Saturday morning because we had booked a cruise on a tall ship to commemorate the Olympics. The Royal Greenwich Festival included a parade of tall ships that will remain docked in Woolwich through the Olympics. The original plan was to offer high priced dinner cruises aimed at businesses wishing to entertain clients. But guess what? Surprise, surprise, freebie offers like this breach recent bribery legislation so the ships were left with no takers. They cleverly came up with a new marketing plan to sell tickets for 2-hour cruises on the Thames. Since the Opening Ceremony was to have fireworks, some bright light came up with the idea of extending the cruise to wait for the fireworks. The ceremony ran nearly four hours so we wound up, freezing cold and on the water until nearly 1:30 in the morning!
When I saw the opening segment of the Opening Ceremony with its trip down the Thames from source to mouth, I was happy we had been on the river while it was first broadcast.
|Boarding the tall ship Thalassa, a Dutch ship from Harlingen|
|Passing through the Thames Barrier that prevents London from flooding|
during tidal surges, but not if the Greenland glaciers keep melting this quickly.
|Our very newest Thames crossing transport: the Emirates|
Airline Cable Car from the Millennium Dome . . .
|. . . to the Victorian Docks|
|The Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich,|
last seen here on the blog as the Australia Stage at the River of Music
|Security and the source of . . .|
|. . . black helicopters scanning the skies|
|Another of the fleet of tall ships|
|Although we had to motor in the Thames, the crew raised|
some of the sails
|At long last the single set of fireworks we could see.|
The Olympic Park is not near the Thames.