Last night's Paralympic
opening ceremony confirmed a couple of things: 1) London is very good at opening
ceremonies; 2) You can always count on a Tory MP or former MP to put their foot in it on Twitter during such events.
During the Olympic opening ceremony it was Aidan Burley (of 'Nazi' stag party fame) who branded the whole thing too "multicultural" for his liking. Last night it was Edwina Currie who tweeted that "Italians are gorgeous even in wheelchairs".
Elsewhere on Twitter the other major talking points included Channel 4's handling of the ceremony and a public outcry about the cutting to lengthy commercial breaks while the action was taking place in the stadium.
At one point Channel 4 cut to a break for almost the entire time it took the US team, the largest team competing in the games, to parade around the track. Perhaps the broadcaster was just giving homesick US expats a taste of NBC's coverage. NBC aren't really showing the US paralympians either.
Others had their own theories:
The peerless Clare Balding was sadly under-utilised while Channel 4 newcomer Alex Brooker proved a welcome breath of fresh air.
Of course, it's not really Guru-Murthy's fault. He's an excellent presenter. But such events just don't need the kind of commentary that broadcasters seem to insist upon. The fear of silence is both unmistakable and unfathomable given the sights and sounds of the stadium would have been more than enough without needing to be told "these are great scenes".
His "they've got cameras" and "some of them might be texting" chatter only served to detract from the show. The dedicated audio description service available on More 4 for visually impaired viewers absolutely had a clear purpose. I'm not sure the same could be said about Guru-Murthy on the night.
Back in June Guru-Murthy even noted that doing commentary during such processions, in that case the Jubilee regatta, is the 'job from hell' for presenters. Last night he found that out first hand.
But minor gripes aside however, the overwhelming response online appeared to be hugely positive.