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RE: Olympic Opening Ceremony - 13/8/2012 1:46:44 PM   
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elab, you realise it's just been called BBC News for over a year now, right?

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RE: Olympic Opening Ceremony - 13/8/2012 2:30:45 PM   
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Since the Mars landing this has now become an unimportant issue. The fact the police couldn't even police the rest of London properly to find a small 12 yr old girl here in South London who had vanished shows the neglect.

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RE: Olympic Opening Ceremony - 13/8/2012 2:38:05 PM   
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Since the Mars landing this has now become an unimportant issue. The fact the police couldn't even police the rest of London properly to find a small 12 yr old girl here in South London who had vanished shows the neglect.


Why bring this into a thread about the Olympics?

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RE: Olympic Opening Ceremony - 13/8/2012 2:42:40 PM   
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Because I believe the police didn't do their job properly looking for that little girl because they didn't have the man power. They had to draft in police from Olympic duties to do the job, hence all the police are focused on the Olympics and not much else which is wrong. The police had to make a public apology for their poor performance, its big where I am cos I live in Croydon and New Addington is not far away.

I also agree the Olympics have overshadowed the much bigger event of the Mars landing which is terrible, space exploration needs full coverage to maintain public support or else it will stop.

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RE: Olympic Opening Ceremony - 13/8/2012 3:02:55 PM   
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Because I believe the police didn't do their job properly looking for that little girl because they didn't have the man power. They had to draft in police from Olympic duties to do the job, hence all the police are focused on the Olympics and not much else which is wrong. The police had to make a public apology for their poor performance, its big where I am cos I live in Croydon and New Addington is not far away.

I also agree the Olympics have overshadowed the much bigger event of the Mars landing which is terrible, space exploration needs full coverage to maintain public support or else it will stop.


With all respect to the little girl, are you saying the olympics detracted the police already in the house from looking in the loft? This was all over the news too, the morning, lunch and 6pm bulletins- fully developing online on the BBC NEWS page and not the home page and on BBC 24.

Yes the olympics did overshadow it, but was there a live stream broadcast on tv? And this isnt the first mission to mars either.

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RE: Olympic Opening Ceremony - 13/8/2012 3:03:27 PM   
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Eh!?!? You think simply packing more police into the house where they failed to find her in the first place would have solved that!?!?

Not the thread for this argument tho...

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RE: Olympic Opening Ceremony - 13/8/2012 3:08:52 PM   
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Back on topic...

I was on holiday during the opening ceremony and missed a lot of it so I'm catching up now.
It's fantastic. The forging of the rings took my breath away.

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RE: Olympic Opening Ceremony - 13/8/2012 3:09:28 PM   
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Can we just mention that had they found the body in the loft when they first searched the house that they would have still found a body and not saved her life? It doesn't appear she was on the run for 3 days and then found and stuck in the loft...

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RE: Olympic Opening Ceremony - 13/8/2012 3:37:29 PM   
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I think the way the Closeing Ceremony has all the athletes coming into the stadium together is much better than the never ending parade of nations in the Opening Ceremony.

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RE: Olympic Opening Ceremony - 13/8/2012 4:02:18 PM   
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I think the way the Closeing Ceremony has all the athletes coming into the stadium together is much better than the never ending parade of nations in the Opening Ceremony.


Yeh the entrance of the athletes was very good, made it more personal than the other games. I really enjoyed last nights ceremony, One Direction was a bit of an odd choice, but they are big in the USA now so it must seem as though they are part of our culture here!! It really had something for everyone. I wonder how much coccaine George Michael was on :p. Really enjoyed the Freddie Mercury video and the crowd relaying back to him, half expected a hologram to appear, but Jessie J did pretty well.

Best bit was Annie Lennox and the ballet. Needed so much more of the ballet lot, and an extended london symphony orchestra wouldnt have gone amiss!!

Spice Girls. Tried to disguise it but I enjoyed that and a really good handover to Brazil too. I never saw the major attraction to that model through her pictures, but on stage i was captivated. And Pele

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RE: Olympic Opening Ceremony - 13/8/2012 5:10:48 PM   
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I think most of the show was great some of you just like to moan for the sake of it. I didn`t like the opening with Timothy Spall as Churchill that didn`t work in fact most of the opening segment was so so apart from Emile Sande who I think is wonderful. I pretty much loved everything else but was disappointed that Kate Bush and David Bowie didn't perform. Loved Posh Spice loseing her balence temporarily on the top of those cool lit up black cabs and Boris Johnsons dancing was wonderfully awful. It was overlong but Eric Idle was wonderful and The Who. I suppose it was a matter of taste you can never please everyone compliling a show like that with pop music someones always going to moan. Whereas with the Opening Ceremony it was emotional stirring and had fun musical set pieces. Too much miming though but I don`t think Annie Lennox was miming I could hear her singing and the mike playing up to start. 7/10 and the Opening Ceremony 9/10 as it was perfect apart from a out of tune and time Paul McCartney who couldn`t remember the words to his own bloody song!

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RE: Olympic Opening Ceremony - 13/8/2012 5:43:56 PM   
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I can't agree with you guys, twas crapola, all of it. The models bit was absurd, like I said, another Eurovision pop concern with celebrities crammed in, a complete mess.

So we British are all about celebrities, popstars and models it now seems. Just a big promotion for various famous folk.

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RE: Olympic Opening Ceremony - 13/8/2012 5:56:12 PM   
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Who guys? The thread is pages of people saying it was tosh then Cruise saying he didn't agree 

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RE: Olympic Opening Ceremony - 13/8/2012 6:06:05 PM   
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I enjoyed it. Mostly. Although having to watch it with my drunk mother-in-law did sap my enjoyment somewhat; the woman's such a killjoy.

I did like the stage design. Liked Pet Shop Boys, Elbow, Kate Bush, Lennon. Loved the bit with Freddie. Liked Fatboy and his inflatable jellyfish.

Could've done without the models - that was pointless and shit - and the Spice Girls, and various other bits I am apparently too old to recognise or understand. Who the fuck is Distemper? Was that his name?

Driving around in the cars was a fairly cool idea.

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RE: Olympic Opening Ceremony - 13/8/2012 6:45:08 PM   
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Could someone tell me what TV theme tune the banghra dancers danced to during Eric Idle's bit? Nobody seems to have picked this up and assumed it was just a bit of multiculturalism but they were definitely doing a TV theme. 70s/80s show with a depressing harmonica...

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RE: Olympic Opening Ceremony - 13/8/2012 7:12:03 PM   
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I think most of the show was great some of you just like to moan for the sake of it. I didn`t like the opening with Timothy Spall as Churchill that didn`t work in fact most of the opening segment was so so apart from Emile Sande who I think is wonderful.


Call me an ignoramus, but I had never heard of Sande until the opening ceremony. I had no idea who she is - and all I know now is that she's a Scottish singer.

Also, why was she at both the opening and closing ceremonies? Surely they could have found someone else to sing at one?

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RE: Olympic Opening Ceremony - 13/8/2012 7:22:37 PM   
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I think most of the show was great some of you just like to moan for the sake of it. I didn`t like the opening with Timothy Spall as Churchill that didn`t work in fact most of the opening segment was so so apart from Emile Sande who I think is wonderful.


Call me an ignoramus, but I had never heard of Sande until the opening ceremony. I had no idea who she is - and all I know now is that she's a Scottish singer.

Also, why was she at both the opening and closing ceremonies? Surely they could have found someone else to sing at one?


She also followed the torch around the country and performed at all the towns it stopped at (or many of them anyway) she was working for Coca Cola (three of the bigger sponsors put an act on each at the torch parties) so they probably got her in the door.

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RE: Olympic Opening Ceremony - 13/8/2012 8:35:46 PM   
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I agree with most of this, in all the euphoria surrounding the games I completely forgot about most of these pre-games issues

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RE: Olympic Opening Ceremony - 13/8/2012 9:30:43 PM   
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I think most of the show was great some of you just like to moan for the sake of it. I didn`t like the opening with Timothy Spall as Churchill that didn`t work in fact most of the opening segment was so so apart from Emile Sande who I think is wonderful.


Call me an ignoramus, but I had never heard of Sande until the opening ceremony. I had no idea who she is - and all I know now is that she's a Scottish singer.

Also, why was she at both the opening and closing ceremonies? Surely they could have found someone else to sing at one?


She also followed the torch around the country and performed at all the towns it stopped at (or many of them anyway) she was working for Coca Cola (three of the bigger sponsors put an act on each at the torch parties) so they probably got her in the door.


IN fairness, she's also considered one of our most promising talents, both as a song-writer and as a singer. and won either the BBC or the Brits critics choice. Flat or not last night, her rendition in the opening ceremony was, I thought, quite lovely.


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RE: Olympic Opening Ceremony - 14/8/2012 6:00:42 AM   
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Loved the bit with Freddie.


Best bit of the night!!



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RE: Olympic Opening Ceremony - 14/8/2012 8:32:55 AM   
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I think most of the show was great some of you just like to moan for the sake of it. I didn`t like the opening with Timothy Spall as Churchill that didn`t work in fact most of the opening segment was so so apart from Emile Sande who I think is wonderful.


Call me an ignoramus, but I had never heard of Sande until the opening ceremony. I had no idea who she is - and all I know now is that she's a Scottish singer.

Also, why was she at both the opening and closing ceremonies? Surely they could have found someone else to sing at one?


She also followed the torch around the country and performed at all the towns it stopped at (or many of them anyway) she was working for Coca Cola (three of the bigger sponsors put an act on each at the torch parties) so they probably got her in the door.


IN fairness, she's also considered one of our most promising talents, both as a song-writer and as a singer. and won either the BBC or the Brits critics choice. Flat or not last night, her rendition in the opening ceremony was, I thought, quite lovely.



Oh yeah, that too

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RE: Olympic Opening Ceremony - 15/8/2012 4:47:41 PM   
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Yeah she was great - I knew of that 'Papers' song but didn't know it was her. I actually thought she was American

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RE: Olympic Opening Ceremony - 15/8/2012 5:04:41 PM   
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I think most of the show was great some of you just like to moan for the sake of it. I didn`t like the opening with Timothy Spall as Churchill that didn`t work in fact most of the opening segment was so so apart from Emile Sande who I think is wonderful.


Call me an ignoramus, but I had never heard of Sande until the opening ceremony. I had no idea who she is - and all I know now is that she's a Scottish singer.

Also, why was she at both the opening and closing ceremonies? Surely they could have found someone else to sing at one?


She also followed the torch around the country and performed at all the towns it stopped at (or many of them anyway) she was working for Coca Cola (three of the bigger sponsors put an act on each at the torch parties) so they probably got her in the door.


IN fairness, she's also considered one of our most promising talents, both as a song-writer and as a singer. and won either the BBC or the Brits critics choice. Flat or not last night, her rendition in the opening ceremony was, I thought, quite lovely.



She wasn't just flat. She was also sharp. Often in the same phrase. That's pretty hard to do, tbh...

I've had this discussion elsewhere, but I feel that if you're going get someone for a gig as big as the opening or closing ceremony, then you have to make sure you give it to someone who can deal with the pressure. "She was on a truck", "there were a lot of people", "she wasn't that flat" are not valid arguments for someone chosen to perform at such a high-profile gig. (Also that last one isn't true, because she was atrocious.)

I thought she was awful. I'm not saying I could do any better - but one's own (in)ability to do something has never been a valid argument against criticism - but to have her perform not once, but twice, in the closing ceremony, was a huge mistake in a ceremony full of them.



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RE: Olympic Opening Ceremony - 15/8/2012 5:18:40 PM   
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The big problem with the closing ceremony was the sound - the vocals were just sounding crap at times, and this includes people like Ray Davies and Annie Lennox - someone somewhere fucked something up. And it's a shame because they whole point of it was to showcase British music!

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RE: Olympic Opening Ceremony - 16/8/2012 4:10:46 PM   
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Loved the bit with Freddie.


Best bit of the night!!




I agree! That and the Kate Bush bit which I thought was quite cool. the rest was pretty much arse though. How could the get it so wrong when the opening ceremony was so good. Shame to end it on that note but never mind was still a great olympics.

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RE: Olympic Opening Ceremony - 16/8/2012 4:32:14 PM   
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The big problem with the closing ceremony was the sound - the vocals were just sounding crap at times, and this includes people like Ray Davies and Annie Lennox - someone somewhere fucked something up. And it's a shame because they whole point of it was to showcase British music!


I don't think the fact that they tried to 'build' the music helped. A lot of the opening numbers were very downbeat and it felt like a funeral rather than a party! It's a sad day when it takes the Kaiser Chiefs to kick something off. Completely agree about the sound quality too, it was dire and just exacerbated the problem. Oh, and I'm a fan of George Michael, but he looked like that uncle you're always warned about as a child ... "now sweetheart, if he asks you to sit on his knee, run, run for the hills!"

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RE: Olympic Opening Ceremony - 29/8/2012 7:00:46 PM   
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I was going to post a picture of C-3PO from The Empire Strikes Back, in the Millennium Falcon standing on one leg, with the caption underneath saying "Here we go again," but I then I realised I might get told off for it

So anyway, bump! Channel 4 this time, the countdown is starting now.

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RE: Olympic Opening Ceremony - 29/8/2012 7:04:33 PM   
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And E4 I think - or the other one. Rather bafflingly they seem to be showing exactly the same thing on 2 different channels? 

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RE: Olympic Opening Ceremony - 29/8/2012 7:17:16 PM   
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At the moment it sounds like the flame may miss the ceremony as it is about two hours behind schedule.

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RE: Olympic Opening Ceremony - 29/8/2012 8:06:49 PM   
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Oh shit Cameron's there, we're going to fail!

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