Dang, three+ hours??? Some interesting stuff, but as my dad used to say, "they sure passed up a lot of good chances to stop." Sure, it was a nice event, but it ground on forever and the dance routines were superfluous. At this rate by next Olympics it will take a half-day for the ceremony. Give me an hour, two at the most, and then get it finished. I don't need David Beckham driving a neon-lit speedboat up the Thames, for heaven's sake. Do a 5-minute opening routine, play a song, walk the athletes in, shoot some fireworks off, light the torch, cue McCartney, then wrap it up.