A Five-Ring Opening Circus, Weirdly and Unabashedly British
By SARAH LYALL The New York Times LONDON — With its hilariously quirky Olympic opening ceremony, a wild jumble of the celebratory and the fanciful; the conventional and the eccentric; and the frankly off-the-wall, Britain presented itself to the world Friday night as something it has often struggled to express even to itself: a nation secure in its own post-empire identity, whatever that actually is. The noisy, busy, witty, dizzying production
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