Getting ready for the London 2012 opening ceremony
By 5 live's John Murray - Olympic Opening Ceremony commentator
For my London 2012 opening ceremony preparation I've been listening to CD's of previous opening ceremonies. Peter Jones in 1988 in Seoul; Barcelona in 1992 with John Inverdale, Terry Wogan and Karen Keating; Jon Champion in Atlanta 1996 and Sydney 2000; and Nick Mullins in Athens 2004 and Beijing in 2008.
All that listening has really got me in the mood for what is one of the great moments in sporting history.
I know there have been, and will be, criticisms over the cost of the event, but the one thing I would say to people is that you can't put a price on the general feeling of worth that it brings to a country - and how the ceremony will showcase the city and the country.
I was at the final rehearsals in the Olympic Park on Wednesday evening and I think that Danny Boyle and his team have achieved that for London's ceremony.
There are points where people could criticise some of the ceremony but I am massively impressed by the job done.
Boyle was very specific about what he was trying to do in reflecting the British sense of humour and eccentricity, and I think that comes across really well.
However, there's still quite a lot of detail I don't know. There were various points in the rehearsal where I genuinely don't know who is going to be the person doing certain things; I can only guess and prepare for who it might be.
But I'm used to expecting the unexpected in football commentary so at points I will have to work like that and just be honest in my commentary when, inevitably, something unexpected happens.