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Re: The Olympic Closing Ceremony (10 pm 21 Aug 2012)

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The women's triathlon (or similar) was won by the Swiss woman, but it was a photo finish.

The Swede's appealed and she was awarded a joint gold.
It's not true. CAS has actually denied the recourse by the swedish team.

http://www.nzz.ch/aktuell/sport/lond...-ab-1.17467068
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Re: The Olympic Closing Ceremony (10 pm 21 Aug 2012)

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Now that the closing ceremony is over we have the Olympic legacy to consider. This includes the concreting over of one of the few green spaces left in London:



Manor Gardens Allotments was founded in 1900 by Major Arthur Villiers - the purpose being to provide deprived East Londoners with a place to grow vegetables. The plot holders were moved on to a temporary space - and they will be subsequently moved on again. The Olympic developers appear to be blind to the fact that it takes many years to establish an allotment.

100 years of work concreted over for 2 weeks excitement.....great!

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Allegedly they are getting it back (so says Wiki anyway).

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It's not true. CAS has actually denied the recourse by the swedish team.

http://www.nzz.ch/aktuell/sport/lond...-ab-1.17467068
Ah. Missed that one. In that case I don't know why there were 303 boxes.
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Old 14.08.2012, 14:42
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Re: The Olympic Closing Ceremony (10 pm 21 Aug 2012)

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Ed Sheeran singing Pink Floyd (was he even alive when that song came out?)
What a w**k comment . . . so that means no-one is allowed to cover any brilliant song?
You missed the point . . .the tribute was to Pink Floyd - possibly the greatest British rock band of all time. Cover superbly by one of the UK`s new stars.
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Re: The Olympic Closing Ceremony (10 pm 21 Aug 2012)

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What a w**k comment . . . so that means no-one is allowed to cover any brilliant song?
You missed the point . . .the tribute was to Pink Floyd - possibly the greatest British rock band of all time. Cover superbly by one of the UK`s new stars.
I don't think that no-one is allowed to cover a brilliant song, but I do believe that not anyone should be allowed to do it on essentially the largest International performance stage.

Would it still be a great tribute to Pink Floyd if say Justin Bieber was leading? (yes he's not British, but he is in the Commonwealth)

It was a personal opinion, and I just thought if they were to choose some one to lead a tribute to Pink Floyd, it would be someone who is a bit more established in the scene, not a new 'selling point' with potentially no lasting influence or contribution to music.
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Re: The Olympic Closing Ceremony (10 pm 21 Aug 2012)

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I don't think that no-one is allowed to cover a brilliant song, but I do believe that not anyone should be allowed to do it on essentially the largest International performance stage.

Would it still be a great tribute to Pink Floyd if say Justin Bieber was leading? (yes he's not British, but he is in the Commonwealth)

It was a personal opinion, and I just thought if they were to choose some one to lead a tribute to Pink Floyd, it would be someone who is a bit more established in the scene, not a new 'selling point' with potentially no lasting influence or contribution to music.
Well yes it would if he put his heart into it.
Ed sheeran is already an award winning act and again - I think the point is all about what they called `the legacy` . . the Floyd are no more but they inspired and continue to inspire countless new artists and bands. So in that respect, apart from the fact that Ed Sheeran is pretty good, they got it right I think.
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Re: The Olympic Closing Ceremony (10 pm 21 Aug 2012)

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Wow, first time I am surprised (shocked...) by EF response. I thought the closing ceremonies were fantastic and entertaining. Indeed, it was a roll through history of influential Brits (general pop culture, of course), but hey....wasn't it fun? The light show, the fire works, the choreography, the humour, the stars, etc...

I actually FORCED my 20 and 22 year old sons to watch it, with their friends, and they THANKED me. Additionally, our 24 year old Oxford student daughter kept constant contact with us, with her WhatsApp messaging. She loved it!

Take a happy pills, guys. I am only a descendant Brit, but I am proud of a job well done.
Proud mum
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Re: The Olympic Closing Ceremony (10 pm 21 Aug 2012)

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The women's triathlon (or similar) was won by the Swiss woman, but it was a photo finish.

The Swede's appealed and she was awarded a joint gold.
Um, you're wrong. The appeal was denied and Nicola Spirig (from Winkel, ZH) is the only gold winner.
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Re: The Olympic Closing Ceremony (10 pm 21 Aug 2012)

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Well yes it would if he put his heart into it.
Ed sheeran is already an award winning act and again - I think the point is all about what they called `the legacy` . . the Floyd are no more but they inspired and continue to inspire countless new artists and bands. So in that respect, apart from the fact that Ed Sheeran is pretty good, they got it right I think.
Pretty good? Really? He couldn't even manage the Dave Gilmour Intro solo to Wish You Were Here, even I can manage that and I'm just a (very) part-time (very) amateur guitarist, not a professional musician like Mr Sheeran. Nice enough lad, but certainly the wrong choice for a tribute to Pink Floyd.

The closing ceremonies (which I had recorded, so could fast forward through the dull bits) was very much the proverbial Curate's Egg - parts of it were excellent. But the show did very much underscore how underwhelming the new artistes are compared with the "old folk". JessieJ attempted to sing "We Will Rock You" (and not very well, IMHO), but whilst JessieJ may be currently a popular act, but will she be remembered with the same affection in 20 years as Freddie Mercury now is remembered? Highly unlikely.
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Re: The Olympic Closing Ceremony (10 pm 21 Aug 2012)

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Um, you're wrong. The appeal was denied and Nicola Spirig (from Winkel, ZH) is the only gold winner.
Correct again mate!
http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/olympics/19214132
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Pretty good? Really? He couldn't even manage the Dave Gilmour Intro solo to Wish You Were Here, even I can manage that and I'm just a (very) part-time (very) amateur guitarist, not a professional musician like Mr Sheeran. Nice enough lad, but certainly the wrong choice for a tribute to Pink Floyd.

The closing ceremonies (which I had recorded, so could fast forward through the dull bits) was very much the proverbial Curate's Egg - parts of it were excellent. But the show did very much underscore how underwhelming the new artistes are compared with the "old folk". JessieJ attempted to sing "We Will Rock You" (and not very well, IMHO), but whilst JessieJ may be currently a popular act, but will she be remembered with the same affection in 20 years as Freddie Mercury now is remembered? Highly unlikely.
Look, I see what you mean - you picked up the mistakes on `wish you were here` - I have to say that I missed that . . probably because you are a bigger fan of the floyd than me and also you are a musician.
I did wonder from your comment, how many times have you played that intro? Probably hundreds . . but what the hell.

I am neither a fan of Jessie J or Ed Sheeran and for sure there are very few contemporary artists that can stand anywhere near King Freddie. but what do you do? Do you find someone who sounds just like him . . or do you make an interesting mix of new and old talent/style personally I think the latter was pretty good.
Just because today`s artists cannot stand up next to the giants of yester year what do you do ignore them?

I am not sure why you question Ed Sheeran`s talent because he undoubtedly has a lot maybe not to your taste, I do appreciate that.

What I find a bit sad, in a way, is the how people have to dissect every aspect of the `show` because that`s what it was not a concert and find minute faults.

So what if Jessie J was driving around in a big expensive car that was RR (I think . . but I am sure someone will correct me if I am wrong).
The whole point was that Rolls-Royce is another iconic British symbol.
Wait! I hear you say . . . RR is no longer a British owned company!!
However if you ask most people in the world `With which country would you associate Rolls-Royce?` they would definitely say the UK - except mybe if you are one of those Jeromy Clarkson sycophants.

I actually enjoyed most of both the opening and closing ceremonies I thought that compared to all previous ones they were a good attempt at something new.
From what I saw most of the many thousands in the stadium enjoyed it too.

` . . . whilst JessieJ may be currently a popular act, but will she be remembered with the same affection in 20 years as Freddie Mercury now is remembered?` well I am sorry mate, I remember my parents saying something similar to me about the Bay City Rollers . . .er, I mean The Floyd . . so I did have a larf at that . . .yawn.
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Re: The Olympic Closing Ceremony (10 pm 21 Aug 2012)

What are you people talking about!? The closing ceremonies haven't even happened yet!
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