Big Ben chimed to mark the beginning of the end inside the Olympic Stadium, where the wonderwall of music included a virtual Freddie Mercury and a jolly postscript echoing Monty Python: “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life.” Four years after the militant efficiency of Beijing 2008, George Michael crooned “Freedom 90,” an impromptu anthem for the irreverent London Games. “We Will Rock You,” the British promised. And with surprisingly few major gaffes, they did.
The group Madness sang “Our House,” and that’s what these Olympics were. Britain threw a party for the world, but, first and foremost, for