The glittering opening ceremony of the XXI Commonwealth Games narrating the universal story, inspired by the peoples and landscape, cultures and history of Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia.
Team Scotland was the first nation out into the arena for the opening ceremony of the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia's Gold Coast.
Attempts at secrecy took a knock when Australia's Channel 9 broadcast excerpts from the ceremony dress rehearsal - and had its accreditation suspended as punishment. The audience was told: "Migaloo serves to remind us that, whoever we are and wherever we are, we live in the same place; we share the same fantastic planet; we are all connected".
Up to 100 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander protesters gathered outside the stadium around 7.30pm, just before the ceremony was due to begin, to protest against the games.
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The quadrennial Games feature mainly nations and territories from the former British empire. Ace Indian shuttler PV Sindhu, one of country's brightest gold medal at the Commonwealth Games, is not new to handling pressure.
Most of the countdown passed in a blur and when it ended, a burst of pyrotechnics created a blue dome of light, representing planet earth at the center of space.
Chrstine Anu sang, as did Ricki-Lee Coulter, Delta Goodrem and Torres Strait rapper Mau Power.
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The traditional practice is commonplace among many indigenous communities and involves burning various native plants to produce smoke to "cleanse oneself" and connect with each other and with the land.
If the Australia's constitutional future is unclear, so to arguably is the fate of an event which is in its ninth decade.
Australia's reputation for tough but fair competition took a hit when Test cricketers admitted ball-tampering, a scandal which prompted much debate and soul-searching. The 11-day extravaganza will see more than 4,500 athletes from 71 nations fighting for 275 gold medals across 23 events.
It does correctly list England's "magical moment" as the "miracle mile" of 1954 when Roger Bannister beat Australian John Landy with both men running a mile in under four minutes - the first time two athletes had done so in the same race.
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