Olympic games opening ceremony

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    Jul 28, 2012 2:03 AM GMT
    im just wondering what people around the world thought of the opening ceremony of the london 2012 Olympics

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    Jul 28, 2012 3:23 PM GMT
    I was extremely underwhelmed. It didn't even come close to the pageantry and far more contemporary modern LOOK and SOUND of the Beijing Opening, or even the Vancouver Winter Olympics Opening. It was long and drawn out, typically British I suppose, but the high points (the Queen and James Bond, the chimney's rising from the stadium floor) were few and far between. At times it seemed to just be one great big frenetic mess, so much happening at once, none of it seeming to mesh well. The Paul McCartney ending number seemed not only an odd song choice with "Hey Jude" (picked I suppose for it's global recognition for generations) but it went on....and on....and on...and freaking on. Another major disappointment was the Olympic flame itself. I kept expecting it to rise into the air higher than the stadium, much like the smoke stacks had done earlier in the show, to reveal a flame that, like in most every other olympics, could be seen burning from all over the city, but I guess the British went for something different this time --- though not sure that was a better idea. Kudos to NBC however who, as always, did a first-rate job of bringing the ceremony to the masses, and making the most of what, in my opinion, was a less than stellar kickoff to the games.
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    Jul 28, 2012 3:25 PM GMT
    CuriousJockAZ saidThe Paul McCartney ending number seemed not only an odd song choice with "Hey Jude" (picked I suppose for it's global recognition for generations) but it went on....and on....and on...and freaking on.


    Didn't it?! Geez...he sounded shaky too.

    Would have been better suited to the closing ceremony.

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    Jul 28, 2012 3:32 PM GMT
    seanp7 said

    Didn't it?! Geez...he sounded shaky too.




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    Jul 28, 2012 3:35 PM GMT
    CuriousJockAZ saidIt was long and drawn out


    I particularly enjoyed the 20 minutes that was spent changing the set from the grassland to industrial revolution.

    I mean, really?
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    Jul 28, 2012 3:38 PM GMT
    It was (for me) mostly annoying and dreary, with a few amusing points. The worst part was having to listen to Matt Lauer running his mouth. Geez - we were a captive audience while he did his best to inform and teach the poor insipid viewers ALL ABOUT EVERYTHING. Why couldn't we have Somebody Else in his place? The girl (Merideth Vierra) was no better! Memo to talking heads - - - - don't just talk - actually SAY something, or just shut up!
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    Jul 28, 2012 4:26 PM GMT
    apolo_delfos said
    I don't care about england's history since this as the Olympics and is about the entire world not just england. I would never like openings like these in which countries uses them to promote "their greatness".


    London probably has the most culturally and ethnically diverse population of any city in the world, so you could argue there was no need to present a rather plastic Beijing-style 'global village' montage. Of course we were never going to be able to compete with the massive scale of the Beijing ceremony, but then I am not sure our ceremony volunteers would have put up with having to wear nappies (diapers) and all the other regimentation that a one-party state has the luxury of imposing upon its people.

    Most of the ceremony I thought was excellent, other bits I did not care for, but it was very British, very quirky and mostly very well received.
  • ciizer

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    Jul 28, 2012 4:38 PM GMT
    I really enjoyed the whole atmosphere and pace of the ceremony. I feel that it has its character and charming surprises. I am most fascinated and proud of the volunteers and the scale of community involvement in this ceremony. I would have never thought the NHS would be part of this.

    At first, i was feeling rather sceptical how they would pick off where Beijing left it. But my doubts disappeared as i saw the setting, it was already bold and creative. To begin with, the first performance truly inherited the concept of London 2012- which was a sustainable olympic park/setting. It was genius and very ambitious of them to change from the countryside setting into the factory setting. just like how the olympic park/stadiums would change after the games.

    To me, Beijing is all about perfection in precision and discipline. You'd probably need to rehearse 18 hours a day for months, or be extremely talented in acrobats to be in the show. However the London 2012 was spectacular because it was more friendly and spontaneous; volunteers beating on pails to look as if they were drums- they just look so much cheerful and warm than stone cold chinese performers.

    Put into perspective, London picked up after Berlin in 1948- which was one heck of a monumental Olympics. The same goes for Beijing which was just overwhelming in scale of delivery. But the British ceremony really got me to feel humble, I could relate to every performances, from the Queen to Sir Tim Berners-Lee; nothing in the show was strange or alien to me.

    As for all the other symbolic analogy, i really like how simple the cauldron was, Thomas Heatherwick is a genius!!! It is so simple, and it is a little part of every country to make a magnificent whole. (he also designed the british pavilion for shanghai expo- which is an analogy of a seed given to china to grow). and the people whom constructed the olympic park was part of it too- simply amazing!

    In my humble opinion, there won't be any other ceremony like the London 2012, only they can pull off something so pop-cultured and hippy yet live up to the spirit of Olympics. Yes it did feel like a gigantic musical/concert, but that is what London is all about- diversity and partying icon_smile.gif
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    Jul 28, 2012 5:05 PM GMT
    I too was underwhelmed, nothing seemed to fit together...I liked the opening sequence of flying down the thames and the queen with 007. NBC didn't even show the olympic oaths being said, nice cut and paste job, since they were actually 4 hours behind the live opening, I liked how they kept saying the parade of nations was moving so fast, really? that's only because they weren't live and showed each team for 30 seconds! but whatever, i have Canadian tv lol

    The cauldron lighting was amazing, I thought it was clever and really classy since they had young future athletes instead of some over-inflated ego like David Beckham, I hope this is a tradition that other countries follow for years to come!
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    Jul 28, 2012 5:15 PM GMT
    CuriousJockAZ said
    seanp7 said

    Didn't it?! Geez...he sounded shaky too.




    And is it just me, or did Paul McCartney look a whole lot like a lesbian? icon_eek.gif


    It's not just you. A lesbian with cheek implants was my first reaction. icon_cool.gif

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    Jul 28, 2012 8:25 PM GMT
    It was just superb, I had the pleasure of watching it on large screens with a huge crowd in the east end of London at Victoria Park.

    It was spectacular. The crowds response when we are realised it actually was HRH in the video clip with 007, the short burst of Eastenders' theme music and generally the bravery to try something different. Large stadiums are great places for lots of drumming, regimented dancing and marching, but Danny Boyle and his team were able to try something different. They showed the contributions that Great Britain made to the world, with lines from Shakespeare, the industrial revolution, celebrated the national health service, and recognised that the world wide web was a british invention.

    The injection of humour worked so well, as did the emotional and touching 'abide with me' (apparently cut from NBC's coverage).


    It was typically British and being british I am very proud of the display London has made to the world, and no I don't care that my opinion is heavily biased, I was in the East end last night and it was just amazing.


    Now I just have 24 HD channels from the BBC covering the games, and then am off to watch some Beach Volleyball mid week.
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    Jul 28, 2012 8:40 PM GMT
    "Underwhelmed" is a good adjective. Yes, I knew it wasn't going to be the spectacle (the amazing spectacle) of Beijing. But now things are back to normal, right? The next one doesn't have to up the ante too much.

    The one thing I didn't really get was the storyline with the girl, the guy and the phone. Not because I didn't understand it. But if I paid $2000 to sit in the stadium, would I have understood that there WAS a storyline? Without a narrator and a camera man, it seemed that it would have only made sense to a television audience.

    The other negative to me was the whole Bond thing. Really? The Queen jumping out of a helicopter? They say she has a good sense of humor, but they could have skipped that.

    And yes, Paul looks like a lesbian.
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    Jul 28, 2012 9:10 PM GMT
    It was boring and bland. I think we all knew that they would not be as grand and spectacular as the Beijing Opening Ceremony but they missed a lot of opportunities to make it more spectacular. The lighting of the cauldron was not as originally planned. It was suppose to be the largest cauldron in history just outside the stadium with stairs rising out of the floor of the stadium carrying the final torch bearer. Not sure why they switched to that small cauldron that will have to be removed for the track and field events. Oh well! Let's hope the events are more exciting!
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    Jul 28, 2012 9:13 PM GMT
    A bit too much on the "propaganaish" side.........NPH stretchers ???....very disappointing.......icon_cry.gif
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    Jul 28, 2012 9:15 PM GMT
    jessetriguy saidIt was boring and bland. I think we all knew that they would not be as grand and spectacular as the Beijing Opening Ceremony but they missed a lot of opportunities to make it more spectacular. The lighting of the cauldron was not as originally planned. It was suppose to be the largest cauldron in history just outside the stadium with stairs rising out of the floor of the stadium carrying the final torch bearer. Not sure why they switched to that small cauldron that will have to be removed for the track and field events. Oh well! Let's hope the events are more exciting!


    I actually liked the cauldron a lot, especially after reading into it:

    "What resulted was an elaborate creation involving 204 moving pieces, each representing the coming together of the competing countries"

    "Unlike other recent Olympic host cities, which traditionally have displayed the flame atop the main stadium, the London cauldron will remain inside the stadium in keeping with the 1948 London Olympic games."

    "When the flame is extinguished, the cauldron will be disassembled and each country will be provided with a scorched petal to carry home."


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    Jul 28, 2012 9:20 PM GMT
    If you watched it with the Beijing Opening Ceremonies in mind, of course you would be disappointed. All OC's should be taken for what they are and how they reflect the host country. Based on the reactions here and on FB, all the ones who say they were underwhelmed are either A.) not British. B.) have never been to London. or C.) don't possess or understand the British sense of humor.

    To each their own, but for what it was I enjoyed it. I will admit a part of me enjoyed it more than Beijing knowing that the volunteers were probably at least allowed to take a bathroom break during rehearsals.
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    Jul 28, 2012 9:46 PM GMT
    I thought the James Bond/Daniel Craig sequence came to Buckingham palace and got the queen to jump out of the Helicopter into the Stadium was AWESOME !!! icon_cool.gif I thought her majesty was about to have a heart attack but no, she did fine.
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    Jul 28, 2012 9:47 PM GMT
    I thought it was great. I loved that they told a story instead of just producing a flashy opening. It was an opening CEREMONY. Ceremonies are designed to mean something, not just entertain. I think last night's was a story told in epic proportion. I loved it.
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    Jul 28, 2012 10:04 PM GMT
    Ex_Mil8London probably has the most culturally and ethnically diverse population of any city in the world


    I would argue New York City.


    It had its moments. I enjoyed the transformation into the industrial era, Voldemort, and the Queen finally did something fun. But yes the whole love story was not very entertaining.

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    Jul 28, 2012 10:06 PM GMT
    That lost mobile phone bit was a mess. It made absolutely no sense at all.

    I did love all the music (Paul McCartney's awful voice the lone exception). I can't believe they played a bit of the Sex Pistols' "God Save the Queen" while the actual Queen was in attendance. That's rock 'n roll. And lighting the torch to Pink Floyd's "Eclipse" was just sublime.
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    Jul 28, 2012 10:07 PM GMT
    I liked the torch lighting, the queen skydiving and voldemort.
    Of course it wasn't going to be as grandiose as Beijing, they don't have that kind of money or volunteers. Plus London doesn't need to prove itself to anybody.
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    Jul 28, 2012 10:14 PM GMT
    I will never forget Czech republic walking in to the stadium wearing bermuda's and rubber boots......

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    Jul 28, 2012 11:16 PM GMT
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    Jul 28, 2012 11:34 PM GMT
    turbobilly saidA bit too much on the "propaganaish" side.........NPH stretchers ???....very disappointing.......icon_cry.gif


    NHS (National Health Service). Do try and keep up. icon_wink.gif

    The NHS is the world's fifth largest employer, comprising approximately 1.7 million staff. Most people in the UK are very protective of it and very proud of the universal healthcare it provides. It is a big deal and we are happy to tell the world about it.
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    Jul 28, 2012 11:39 PM GMT
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    Tell me if Atlanta or LA were better mofo?