- The Washington Times - Saturday, August 9, 2008

Postcard from Beijing

Here are some leftovers from Friday’s Opening Ceremonies at the brand new “Bird’s Nest.”

The stadium’s framework consists of 45,000 pounds of steel.

Eighteen people composed the 110 minutes of music for the event.

Some performances had been rehearsed for 13 months.

The elevating platform used during the ceremonies measured 36 meters long and 30 meters wide.

A total of 204 countries entered the stadium. First was Greece. The 100th was Liberia. The 200th was the Republic of Moldova. The last was China.

Countries Sir Scribble had never heard of until they walked out of the stadium tunnel: Tuvalu, Palau, Djibouti, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Gabon and a couple others.

cBefore heading to the stadium, the U.S. men’s basketball team’s news conference provided the major action of the afternoon. It was chaos. Photographers and cameramen threw elbows and nudged writers out of the way with their shoulders and volunteers got in the way to snap pictures. It was like having Super Bowl Media Day … in a closet.

cOne thing about the Main Press Center - besides the uncomfortable warmth in the media work area - is the escalators. They’re backward. The up is on the left. If Scrib had a dime for every time he chose the wrong path, he’d have about $5; if Scrib got a dime for every time everybody went the wrong way, he’d have $5 million.

- Ryan O’Halloran

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