There's been so much to read today about last night's Olympic opening ceremony that anyone who's interested must already have had their fill. But I'll link here to two pieces I found interesting.
In the first of them, Alex Wolf compares last night's do with the opening in Beijing four years ago - to London's advantage: 'To speak one's mind or assert one's rights', he says, 'is as irrepressible a human instinct as running or jumping.' (Via.)
The other is by Etan Smallman, one of the thousands of volunteer performers last night. He tells how that came about and of their long preparations.