The Bulgarians are marching in. Obviously, we feel a particular affinity, given the Burgas terror attack just nine days ago. Up to a billion people around the world — two billion, according to some reports — are watching this opening ceremony unfold.
If so, a lot of them are going to be off making the tea right now.
There are something like 80,000 people in the stadium — a purpose built facility in Stratford, East London, a fairly depressed part of the capital that is meant to enjoy a post-Olympic revival. The stadium has been hailed as revolutionary, and derided as looking like a bowl of blancmange. It is partially roofed — not too much as to invalidate world records; not too little as to run the risk of wind disrupting world record bids.