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Old 28.07.2012, 13:25
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Sorry guys, it was awful. <we shouldn't be promoting this/that/the other>.
Well, if you wanted a fake opening ceremony, like the one in China, then you wouldn't have liked the UK one yesterday. I loved it. It wasn't a fake re-telling of history, and focussing on periods and authors that only the intellectual elite would immediately recognise. It was real, based on what most people in the UK know and understand. Such as the facebook/phone/love montage thing.

I wanted a real history of the UK and I got it.

And the NHS staff did do well for non-dancing-trained volunteers taken temporarily out of their jobs as hospital staff.

No pretty girl dubbed by an ugly girl with a good voice.

Real people, in all their shapes and sizes, representing the average person in the UK, having a great time and feeling proud.

Did I say I loved it? I did.

And the torch - wow. Won't be staring at it on youtube for weeks trying to work out if the arrow actually missed it (Spain). Just walk up to it, light it, and watch the art work do its stuff.

The UK is happily quirky, not showy, inventive and creative. The opening ceremony reflected that. And, especially in times when it's a common sentiment that the UK no longer "does" or "makes" anything (outside of failing financial services) it's good to see.

Plus. the wholeworld knows Mr Bean (and, unfortunately, David Beckham).
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Old 28.07.2012, 13:33
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It is also a great tourism booster IMO. I think East London will feature more prominently for tourists.
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Re: The Olympic open ceremony thread

Moving on...

Stunning Olympic coverage on BBC TV with up to 24 channels in HD. 153 on freesat...
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Re: The Olympic open ceremony thread

Coming from London, my friends and family are very much against holding the Olympic games in our back yard. But wasn't the show brilliant?

I agree, without the commentary on BBC1, outsiders like Mr C. R. would have had trouble following the presentation. It was about Great Britain: what we think are the best bits. That we started the industrial revolution a long time before Germany, France and Italy. That we had free medical help in 1948, something which Great America has still not managed. Our literature for children has still not been equalled by any country, something which might be the reason we are so very creative.

No bridges, no trains? Well Boyle just didn't have the space to put everything in did he? No motor cars, no hovercraft, no cheap jet travel, no pharmaceuticals: but it was just entertainment pure! Mr C. R. should visit the London museums which unlike most other capital cities are Free!

My one criticism was, why oh why, after Paul McCartney's weak recital at the Queen's Jubilee, did we have him again? Tom Jones would have given us a better ending.

Congratulations to everyone! You must be very proud today!
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Old 28.07.2012, 13:41
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I bet you're a bundle of laughs on a night out.

Ok so why do I not want to enter debate with you?
In your post you decided to mention only negatives from last night, if you cannot bring yourself to find anything positive from last night then there is simply no point in debating with you.
So its not because I can't debate with you and by the looks of things I would have the majority agreeing with me, its simply because sometimes there is no point in doing so.
Really? I point out specifics (on every theme) that made it not work (for me).

Complaining for the sake of complaining is just saying "I didn't like it". If you can't see the difference...

Anyhoo. Just because only people loving it are posting, don't assume that represents everyone.

http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/ti...itain-herself/

At least Adrian made an effort rather than going for the ad hominem.

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WTF?! So a British person isn't allowed to comment? Is it only Londoners and specifically East Londoners?

In talking about museums and our (my) heritage you make my point nicely for me. Thank you.
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Re: The Olympic open ceremony thread

did anyone see paul mc cartney's performance?? well,the intro was totally playback..and also the beginning of hey jude was not in timing,so you could hear him saying later words that were already heard,and in the end they stopped the playback and let him sing live...wasn't that crazy???
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Well, if you wanted a fake opening ceremony, like the one in China, then you wouldn't have liked the UK one yesterday. I loved it. It wasn't a fake re-telling of history, and focussing on periods and authors that only the intellectual elite would immediately recognise. It was real, based on what most people in the UK know and understand. Such as the facebook/phone/love montage thing.

I wanted a real history of the UK and I got it.

And the NHS staff did do well for non-dancing-trained volunteers taken temporarily out of their jobs as hospital staff.

No pretty girl dubbed by an ugly girl with a good voice.

Real people, in all their shapes and sizes, representing the average person in the UK, having a great time and feeling proud.

Did I say I loved it? I did.

And the torch - wow. Won't be staring at it on youtube for weeks trying to work out if the arrow actually missed it (Spain). Just walk up to it, light it, and watch the art work do its stuff.

The UK is happily quirky, not showy, inventive and creative. The opening ceremony reflected that. And, especially in times when it's a common sentiment that the UK no longer "does" or "makes" anything (outside of failing financial services) it's good to see.

Plus. the wholeworld knows Mr Bean (and, unfortunately, David Beckham).
Which goes to prove you can please some of the people all of the time and all of the people some of the time, but you can't please all of the people all of the time.
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Old 28.07.2012, 13:46
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I did find the bit about the NHS to be odd - as I didn't think it was held in high regard with long wait times for treatments and old equipment and hospitals (based on experiences from family members who lived or live in the UK now).
I said to my husband last night that people would immediately jump to "why are they celebrating an ailing health service", then roll out anecdotes of waiting times and malpractice but I saw it as a celebration of the ideal, as it was intended. When the health service was formed after the war it was a world leader with free and fair health care for all.

Much of the ceremony can be easily viewed through the eyes of a cynic (and judging by the dumb remarks I saw on Facebook last night, it seemed anyone and everyone was willing to put the boot in) and I think many people were just waiting for the whole thing to fail. In essence, the ceremony was perfectly orchestrated and the ideas were pitched at such a level that it reflected GB's modern history whilst not going completely over the heads of the rest of the globe.

Oblique references to chavs, ASBOs and obscure authors would have made the whole thing disjointed and non-sensical.
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Old 28.07.2012, 13:52
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Best part, the singing of Abide with me, worst part, dancing to Abide with me.
The "dancing to Abide With Me"?

The 'dancers' represented the spirits of the 52 people who died in the 2005 London bombings, the day after London was awarded the Games.

Watch it again, it is incredibly moving. They represent energy and vitality, making the point that they continue to inspire, and continue to live through the memories they left behind. It was beautiful.
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One of the comments I got from my (non-English) partner is ... why pick some random dude who invented the internet? Why pick random bands that no one has heard of? The ceremony could have done more to promote the UK as a tourist destination. Pick decent artists like Adelle. Have Annie Lennox sing something rather than just a recording from the Eurythmics.

And get more people that foreigners have seen or heard of.

All valid points. Being British I don't need a tourist film, but for most people (and the UK economy) I think my boyfriend has a good point.
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Yeah, now I think about it, I wish there were more things from your list.
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I said to my husband last night that people would immediately jump to "why are they celebrating an ailing health service", then roll out anecdotes of waiting times and malpractice but I saw it as a celebration of the ideal, as it was intended. When the health service was formed after the war it was a world leader with free and fair health care for all.

Much of the ceremony can be easily viewed through the eyes of a cynic (and judging by the dumb remarks I saw on Facebook last night, it seemed anyone and everyone was willing to put the boot in) and I think many people were just waiting for the whole thing to fail. In essence, the ceremony was perfectly orchestrated and the ideas were pitched at such a level that it reflected GB's modern history whilst not going completely over the heads of the rest of the globe.

Oblique references to chavs, ASBOs and obscure authors would have made the whole thing disjointed and non-sensical.
But that's exactly what it was 'disjointed and nonsensical'
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outsiders like Mr C. R. would have had trouble following the presentation
He's not an outsider. He's probably one of the few who understood all that was going on even without the commentary. It's simply that he didn't like it.
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Give me six lines written by the most honest man in the world, and I will find enough in them to hang him.

If one really wishes to, one can find faults in just about anything including this Opening Ceremony.
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One of the comments I got from my (non-English) partner is ... why pick some random dude who invented the internet? Why pick random bands that no one has heard of? The ceremony could have done more to promote the UK as a tourist destination. Pick decent artists like Adelle. Have Annie Lennox sing something rather than just a recording from the Eurythmics.

And get more people that foreigners have seen or heard of.

All valid points. Being British I don't need a tourist film, but for most people (and the UK economy) I think my boyfriend has a good point.
i appreciated G.Britain presenting itself,its history and culture...i think the musical part was ridicolous....i mean,ALL innovative artists came out are British,you could have made a "never-made-before" list of evergreen artists to show up there...instead of"arctic monkeys" doing"come together"? who needed that? especially after mike oldfield??? this is businness to me....and the guys record company must have paid ALOT to allow them playing there....
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Give me six lines written by the most honest man in the world, and I will find enough in them to hang him.

If one really wishes to, one can find faults in just about anything including this Opening Ceremony.
Yep! come to think of it, a reproduction of Ludgate Hill with a few heads on stakes might have been an improvement.
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On the whole I liked it but there were some bits I was uncomfortable with. Like getting the choir of deaf kids to sing "God Save The Queen". Also the kid who sang "Jerusalem" had a hand missing. Not that I have anything against people with disabilities taking part, but the voyeuristic way in which it seemed to have been portrayed. But the choirs were really good so nitpicking really.

the UK has an extremely rich culture and history and there are all sorts of things they could have portrayed but the opening ceremony would have been weeks long if you put everything in.

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This whole show was "pop culture". Skin deep at best.

How disappointing.
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At least they avoided two world wars in the opening ceremony...
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At least they avoided two world wars in the opening ceremony...
But I'm sure they could have found room for the fake horse from War Horse.
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And one World Cup....

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Apparently the jokes for the salute have started...

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