The opening ceremony started late, compared to those in other countries. Perhaps it was in order to be shown around the World. Time difference can cause problems. The event ran until around 00:45 BST. The length of the ceremony had been cut in recent weeks in order to ensure that the crowds could travel home on transport provided.
Was the ceremony a success? Well that depends. Many people loved its eccentricity and quirkiness whilst others felt it did not portray Britain at its best. Certainly London did not have the amount of money to spend on the ceremony that China did for the previous games. Perhaps part of the problem too was following China. After all it is always easier to follow a failure than a huge success. For us we enjoyed the colour, humour and Britishness but found it did drag on a bit.
Now though it is all about the games. At time of writing British competitors have yet to win a medal. Normally the host nation is very successful in the Games but the pressure to succeed could have a negative impact. Time will tell.
In the UK BBC1 is offering full coverage of the Games which has meant this weekend that it has aired Olympics, News and not much else. In fact nothing else.
Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney was one of many high fliers who attended the opening ceremony. In London to raise funds for his election campaign his stay was brief. He is now in Jerusalem, hoping to raise more money. It is a certainty that his Monday fund raiser at the King David Hotel will raise millions. Blood money we suppose. Money for promises made. Such is the event that Mitt has barred any representatives of the media from attending. So it will be dodgey deals behind closed doors. Selling a seat in the White House overseas, although many attending will be Americans flown in for their wealth.
Syria has continued along its destructive path. Each side blames the other. The West has issued more warnings to the regime but one has to wonder how western governments would react faced with violent rebels. Of course the difference is that Bashar Assad is a dictator and we have free and fair elections, don't we?
Well if you take a look at Mitt Romney's quest for campaign money you have to wonder how free and fair the elections are. Do they not simply go to the highest bidder? The UK is not much better though and it must surely lead many to believe that an overhaul of our elective processes is long overdue.
Strange weather has continued to dog the world. For now the British Summer has returned which is good news for Olympians. It is not set to last though. Too many countries have faced weather extremes this year. Some have to be due to mankind's terrible track record on caring for our environment. China is currently experiencing torrential flooding in parts of the country and heat waves in the south.
Whatever is behind the strange weather patterns may never be known. It could just be one of those things, but we doubt it. Taking care of our environment should be top of our list. Without the World we are no more, when all is said and done. Of course each person wants others to make the necessary changes rather than do so themselves.
Whatever you are up to this week have fun, stay safe and spare a thought for the environment. Remember every action has a reaction. It would be good.
Footnote: We have not mentioned the Eurozone as it is becoming an unmentionable. Heaven help us all.