Olympics 2012 opening ceremony: Oscars all round for a spectacular feelgood fantasy of modern Britain

Melanie Phillips The Daily Mail [UK] 29 July 2012

…we had for starters a bucolic scene of merry medieval peasants, and men playing cricket — giving way to a stunningly produced but deeply tendentious image of cloth-capped workers slaving in the inferno of the Industrial Revolution.

But life in the Middle Ages wasn’t a rural […]

This could be you, America


Starless The Conservative Commune 7/28/2012

It used to be that the premiere occasion for showcasing a nation’s greatest was at a World Exposition (just ask St. Louis, they’ll tell you all about it). Nowadays, you really have to look to the Olympics for the same sort of global popular appeal and interest, and […]