Andre Lowe, Staff Reporter
WOW! That's all I can say to last night's amazing opening ceremony of the Olympic Games here in London.
Soul, technology, intrigue, action; it was all there as London put its best foot forward in a clear sign to the world that the city was ready to deliver on its promise of the most successful Games ever.
I've been blessed to have seen quite a few opening ceremonies and had convinced myself that I would perhaps never live to see anybody outdo the Chinese, but I gotta say, it's pretty close - London 2012 certainly excited.
It certainly doesn't get better than Muhammad Ali and Paul McCartney bringing down the house, I tell you that much!
Unnu tell the truth though, the Jamaican opening ceremony outfits shat! (Translation: looked good) I'd love to hear what you think about the outfits and the ceremony. Tweet your responses to @andrelowe_media and you just may see it in The Gleaner.
Our flag-bearer Usain Bolt was certainly having the time of his life. He seems quite good at this flag-bearer thing actually, perhaps him can beg Junior Gong a work because he gave the Marley's flagman a proper run for his money.
Apart from the chills felt in the top tier of the stadium, it certainly brought a sense of real pride and joy to witness our athletes parade around the stadium to deafening cheers from the over 80,000 persons, who packed the magnificent facility. It was also my first time in the stadium and I look forward to my return when track and field starts in a few days.
We just like to kiss
So Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller and I created a little scene the other day as she made her way through the Olympic Village for the flag-raising ceremony shortly after the Jamaicans had arrived at the Athletes' Village.
After going up to greet Madam Prime Minister, I was promptly greeted by a kiss to the cheek. I'm not quite sure why I was even surprised because it's not like it's not common knowledge to me that it's the PM's trademark.
One of my colleagues from France was quite startled, however.
"That's the Jamaican Prime Minister no?" she asked. "Yes."
"But she just kissed you. You must all be very close to her?"
"No, we just like to kiss in Jamaica," I replied with a straight face and before you start getting any ideas, that's where the story ends! She's knew better than to take me too seriously anyway.
Before all of this though, former world record holder Asafa Powell turned me into a mini-celeb here in London. All of a sudden everyone wants interviews and now seems to think that myself and the sprinter are neighbours.
All because of a joke that he pulled on me at the Jamaica press conference the other day that made several websites such as BBC.
Powell, after fielding several questions from Japanese reporters and struggling to understand what they were saying, decided to have a laugh at my expense when the familiar Jamaican accent blared through the speakers as I got my question in.
"I'm sorry, can you repeat the question, I couldn't understand the accent," he joked and BOOM, I'm a walking celeb in the media areas.
Stay tuned, I'm thinking of my book and own reality series next. LOL.