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Old 28.07.2012, 14:11
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Re: The Olympic open ceremony thread

I think that the part which a lot of people did not get was that there was a lot of "British Humour" .

The Queen as the new "Bond girl" - how on earth was she persuaded to do that?

I really enjoyed it and it was a real triumph having the next generation of sporting youngsters to light the flame.

Sorry to say that the thing that ruined it at the end was Macca - time to hang your singing live hat up - didn't he learn his lesson after the Jubilee?

Loved "Dark side of the Moon"
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Re: The Olympic open ceremony thread

As someone who called London home for more than 20 years I'm actually from Dublin, I thoroughly enjoyed the whole ceremony. It was visual and inclusive, quirky, stylish and a lot of fun, and yes maybe they could have had more of this or that, but in the time they had I thought it was excellent, well done to all involved especially Mr Boyle, you nailed it!
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Old 28.07.2012, 14:56
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Re: The Olympic open ceremony thread

Smoke stacks ,hospital beds = cancer awardnes week =depressing
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Old 28.07.2012, 15:19
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Re: The Olympic open ceremony thread

A relatively good summary of what the world's press is saying.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-19025686

Of course, I've no idea how those particular articles were picked, and hence opinion skewed, but interesting nonetheless.
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Smoke stacks ,hospital beds = cancer awardnes week =depressing
I can't believe they had an Olympics theme considering what happened in Munich in 1972.
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Old 28.07.2012, 15:45
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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.
Being a cultural simpleton all I could see was a load of people flailing about which jarred with a beautiful rendition of a wonderful song, no matter what they represented (and I come from London, was working on London on the day of the attack as was my now wife), I have no wish to watch it again thanks.

PS. Why highlight 'dancers', are they not considered such?
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Old 28.07.2012, 15:55
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Re: The Olympic open ceremony thread

How quintessentially British the show was last night.

I must admit, I was not looking forward to whatever we was going to do. I was expecting to be embarrassed but boy did we do ourselves proud.

Take a bow Britain, take a bow.

After Beijing showed off their firework and technics display, the world was in awe. We all said how could that be topped. Well, whether it was topped or not I dont know, but it was new, innovative, different, captivating, with humour and creativity.

From the showcase of the industrial revolution to the technological age, the childrens stories and films, the making of the rings was excellent visuals and of course, the lighting of the flame was simply AWESOME. With a dash of British comedy the many probably didn't fully understand, but who cares, the world has saluted and said jolly good show!

Well done Britain, you did well and I am proud.

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such a tacky ceremony, a big Disney show will plenty of cliches.
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Old 28.07.2012, 16:10
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such a tacky ceremony, a big Disney show will plenty of cliches.
Troll comment.

Plus you can't spell.

But, glad you watched it

P.S. Do you know what Disney is????
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Old 28.07.2012, 16:16
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Re: The Olympic open ceremony thread

To preface I dont like Opening/ closing ceremonies, parades etc. in general.

I watched this from the time the smoke stacks came up to half way through the countries. Must have gone to bed before the Germans as I missed the "controversial" wave.

The Queen was brilliant, Mr Bean was funny as always, I even enjoyed Beckham driving up the Thames.

The music montage was ridiculously poor. I lived in London I know most the songs. I really didn't enjoy it and the story of the kids could be anywhere in the world. For me that was a waste of time. Celebrating the NHS also weird.

The theme was different and it was very modern in terms of showcasing texting, Facebook, the new media world we live in. I learned a brit scientist invented the www.

Ill watch the lighting of the flame later, that seemed to impress the missus.

It wasn't great overall. The feedback from my friends back was home was not good but there were plenty of Aussisms in the Sydney ceremony that I had to explain to my wife and think a lot of people missed a lot.

I fought with the wife over weather Voldermort was he or someone else. I didn't see it (and I've watched a lot of Harry Potter). Also not sure how many people would get the girls with skirts that made them look like dialects.

I also was in London July 7th and missed the bombings by about 15 minutes. Never really realized how close the Games announcement was.

The poppy bit was reference to the wars, no?

Give me a pretty fireworks show anyway. and even then this sort of 2 hour hoopla isn't my cup of tea so Im probably not the target audience.

Bigger news. Why are the Australian swimmers wearing white caps? I can't follow them. I guess Im cheering for Sweden in the pool now
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Re: The Olympic open ceremony thread

I loved the whole show and especially the British Humour that was involved..
Who could think even the Queen would be the part of it?
Great job!
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Old 28.07.2012, 16:39
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Re: The Olympic open ceremony thread

Most people I know, especially when I've lived in/visited Asia, think the NHS is a wonderful idea.

Even those in the UK with private health insurance ... if you get hit by a bus or have a heart attack, are you really going to call Bupa and book an appointment? I don't think so. You're going to call 999 and expect an ambulance to come quickly (helicopter if necessary) and take you to hospital where you're kept alive. All for free (at the point of use - obviously it's funded by the govt mainly through taxation).

So I believe the main group of people rolling their eyes at the NHS thing would be expat Brits and rich people living in the UK. Who usually don't have to use it or buy their way out of it.
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Old 28.07.2012, 17:24
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Most people I know, especially when I've lived in/visited Asia, think the NHS is a wonderful idea.

Even those in the UK with private health insurance ... if you get hit by a bus or have a heart attack, are you really going to call Bupa and book an appointment? I don't think so. You're going to call 999 and expect an ambulance to come quickly (helicopter if necessary) and take you to hospital where you're kept alive. All for free (at the point of use - obviously it's funded by the govt mainly through taxation).

So I believe the main group of people rolling their eyes at the NHS thing would be expat Brits and rich people living in the UK. Who usually don't have to use it or buy their way out of it.
Having recently been back to the UK for a few day's I had to be taken to hospital and spent a full day there,ambulance alone would have cost 500 CHF here, 100 extra for the siren . They were great and offered me some great advice and told me that half the medication I had been taking I did not need( prescribed by Swiss doctors) Not only do I feel so much better but I am saving a fortune on medication!

So A big shout for the NHS from me. Anyway back on topic, I thought the ceremony was fantastic and original.

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Re: The Olympic open ceremony thread

Well I liked the scenes with David Beckham in the speed boat. He really had that glazed look in his eyes. Great actor!!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pddCbtZee9w
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Re: The Olympic open ceremony thread

I thought it was brilliant... cultural, serious, but also modern and humorous in parts. Felt really proud to be British last night!
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the best part was mr bean..hilarious!
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Good to see a few " no name" musicians
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Is the queen about to jump from a plane? Yep. Answered that one. She got down fast
She must have been coached by George H.W. Bush.
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Just cannot fathom why integrating many handicapped volunteers can be perceived as voyeurism

The rendition of God Save the Queen by deaf children was so moving.

Ooops , edited. What a booboo! Sorry

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Re: The Olympic open ceremony thread

I was very impressed with what I saw of the opening ceremonies last night. Unfortunately, not only did NBC not give me or my fellow countrymen the opportunity to see the ceremony live, they decided not to air the part which honoured the victims of the 7/7 bombing seven years ago.

My only criticism of the ceremonies was this---it's not often that you get the chance to hear the Olympic Hymn sung in English, so I was disappointed in the organizers' decision only to play an instrumental version when the Olympic Flag was raised.
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