The Closing Ceremony

The Olympic Stadium

The Daily Mail has a fantastic set of photographs from last night’s London 2012 Olympic Closing Ceremony, including some lovely clear shots of Damien Hirst’s Union Jack.

Although the event didn’t quite clear the bar set by the Opening Ceremony, the event certainly served as a poignant reminder of all the great and wonderful things that have occurred over the past two weeks.

Moreover, beyond the official Ceremony, the BBC — who have done a fantastic job throughout the Games — had some truly phenomenal videos in the lead-up to last night’s broadcast. For those of you in the U.K. that didn’t have a chance to watch live, iPlayer has the various retrospectives in full.

The Opening Ceremony

Opening Ceremony

Yet another fantastic InFocus photo-set from the London 2012 Opening Ceremony.

The Beijing 2008 Opening Ceremony was never going to be an easy act to follow, but I tend to think that London performed admirably. With some utterly memorable moments from the Queen, Daniel Craig, Rowan Atkinson, and Kenneth Branagh, the ceremony far exceeded my expectations, and I walked away feeling thoroughly patriotic and proud.

As a testament to the instilled sense of excitement in the British populace, over one million spectators have lined the roads today for the men’s cycling road race. Out in my local town, I can honestly say that I’ve never seen as many people congregated there as I did today. A truly fantastic feeling.

For those of you that are interested, I’ll be posting photographs to Instagram (username: mattalexander) and Path throughout the Games.

London

London

Having had plenty of success meeting up with readers during MacWorld and WWDC 2012, I thought I’d extend the same opportunity for those in the homeland. I’m visiting London for the next two weeks, and would love to meet up with you for a quick coffee/pint if you’re in the general vicinity.

Whether you want to discuss your company, app, ideas, or just generally chat, I’m going to be in and around the West-End for the coming weeks. Please feel free to reach out on Twitter or via email.

Moreover, next Thursday (during the day), Myke Hurley and I will be meeting up during the day before we record Bionic 005. We’d love for you to come along and meet with us. If you’d like more details, please feel free to reach out to either of us on Twitter or via the 70Decibels Contact Form.