DITTO. It was absolutely stunning, and very thought provoking. A clever opening ceremony.
I had many favourite moments, but the absolute best are:
1. Hammond(?) Hopeful 2016 Paralympian flying in with the torch then handing it to the blind athlete, who guided ran and handed it to Margaret Maughan, who won an archery gold at the first Paralympics in 1960. She then lit the flame.
2. Prospero telling Miranda to fly up and break the glass ceiling.
3.Six paralympians and former competitors, including the legendary Tanni Grey-Thompson flown into the stadium in gold wheelchairs.
4. Sir Philip Craven's Speech ( President of the International Paralympic Committee) .
5. Richard Hawkins' speech:
'The Paralympic Games is about transforming our perception of the world. We are all different. There is no such thing as a standard or run-of-the-mill human being but we share the same human spirit.
'What is important is that we have the ability to create. This creativity can take many forms, from physical achievement to theoretical physics.
'However difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at.'
6. The guy performing the flying ballet
And of course Beverly Knight singing "I am somebody, I am what I am!"
I loved this because one could see the tremendous time, effort and thought the performers and organizers had put into the wonderful show.
I loved how excited Sir Philip Craven was unlike Jacques Rogge
He was as grouchy as Will & Kate