Author Topic: The Olympic opening ceremony  (Read 28665 times)

gordon taylor

The Olympic opening ceremony
« on: July 24, 2012, 09:09:16 am »
Along with thirty or forty thousand others, I watched a rehearsal for the London 2012 opening ceremony last night. Danny Boyle himself asked the audience to refrain from tweeting too many details - #save the surprise.

IMHO, it was sensational and will blow the minds of the billion or so who'll watch it on Friday night. It is clever, cool, funny, moving and completely British. The old woman beside me kept shouting and pointing to make sure I was seeing everything.

I know that some of you are friends of individuals in the cast of thousands who perform - let them know that it was stunning.

 :thumbsup:

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Re: The Olympic opening ceremony
« Reply #1 on: July 24, 2012, 09:14:29 am »
After the handover section in the last closing ceremony (remember the double decker with Beckham, Jimmy Page and Leona Lewis?  :sick:) I didn't hold out much hope for our opening ceremony. However, when the job was given to Danny Boyle I was much more confident that it would be cool and at the very least not cringeworthy. I'm now quite looking forward to it.
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Re: The Olympic opening ceremony
« Reply #2 on: July 24, 2012, 09:23:43 am »
It'll be better than good.

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Re: The Olympic opening ceremony
« Reply #3 on: July 24, 2012, 09:25:41 am »
I'm watching it tomorrow night, as Miss Emily is a performer. :thumbsup:
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Re: The Olympic opening ceremony
« Reply #4 on: July 24, 2012, 09:27:43 am »
No spoilers please, chaps.  I'm quite looking forward to watching it.
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Re: The Olympic opening ceremony
« Reply #5 on: July 24, 2012, 09:36:57 am »
I'm watching it tomorrow night, as Miss Emily is a performer. :thumbsup:
May see you there...

gordon taylor

Re: The Olympic opening ceremony
« Reply #6 on: July 24, 2012, 09:42:27 am »
I'm watching it tomorrow night, as Miss Emily is a performer. :thumbsup:

I advise the use of a large rubber band or maybe a pyjama cord as the only way of stopping your jaw hitting the floor.

Re: The Olympic opening ceremony
« Reply #7 on: July 24, 2012, 09:45:46 am »
This kind of thing doesn’t normally interest me (I hate musicals, for example; all that dancing around and singing does nothing for me) but given it’s Danny Boyle I’m reckoning on it being worth watching…

Re: The Olympic opening ceremony
« Reply #8 on: July 24, 2012, 10:07:26 am »
Stupid question, and I can Google, but what is the starting time for the ceremony?

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Re: The Olympic opening ceremony
« Reply #9 on: July 24, 2012, 10:12:50 am »
Did the stage stay up ok?
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Re: The Olympic opening ceremony
« Reply #10 on: July 24, 2012, 10:17:16 am »
 I do hope that lesley Garrett will be singing again - that was such a highlight of Sunday's celebrations in Paris.

Re: The Olympic opening ceremony
« Reply #11 on: July 24, 2012, 11:23:16 am »
I won't be watching it, not that it makes any difference to anyone else.

Danny Boyle has lost all credibility for working for this corporate wankfest disguised as an orgy of mindless jingoistic flag waving.

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Re: The Olympic opening ceremony
« Reply #12 on: July 24, 2012, 11:26:49 am »
Checks location.

Yes, I was right, this is The Pub and not POBI.  ::-)
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Re: The Olympic opening ceremony
« Reply #13 on: July 24, 2012, 11:40:15 am »
Transfer of £10 billion+ of public money going into the hands of corporate chums, for 2 weeks of a few people jumping around and throwing things around. And it's not POBI?


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Re: The Olympic opening ceremony
« Reply #14 on: July 24, 2012, 11:49:00 am »
Checks the location again.

Nope, this is definitely The Pub.

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Re: The Olympic opening ceremony
« Reply #15 on: July 24, 2012, 12:50:03 pm »
It is ... completely British.
I'm expecting cups of tea, tutting, queuing, stoicism in the face of adversity, complaining about the weather, and chips.
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Re: The Olympic opening ceremony
« Reply #16 on: July 24, 2012, 02:03:27 pm »
It is ... completely British.
I'm expecting cups of tea, tutting, queuing, stoicism in the face of adversity, complaining about the weather, and chips.

Sorry, no chips - Macdonalds won't allow them.

I'm gonna limp to the pub and drink 'til the rest of me is as numb as my arse.

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Re: The Olympic opening ceremony
« Reply #17 on: July 24, 2012, 02:10:06 pm »
I believe we'll be at tomorrow nights dress rehearsal as we were just offered some tickets  :thumbsup:.

Re: The Olympic opening ceremony
« Reply #18 on: July 24, 2012, 02:18:57 pm »
I'm off to see it tomorrow too. I take it there won't be objections to me taking my DSLR + telephoto? It comes in at under the 30cm limit.
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Re: The Olympic opening ceremony
« Reply #19 on: July 24, 2012, 02:23:17 pm »
I'm off to see it tomorrow too. I take it there won't be objections to me taking my DSLR + telephoto? It comes in at under the 30cm limit.

Depends on which camera manufacturers (if any) are sponsoring the Games.  :demon: ;)
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Re: The Olympic opening ceremony
« Reply #20 on: July 24, 2012, 02:34:12 pm »
I'm off to see it tomorrow too. I take it there won't be objections to me taking my DSLR + telephoto? It comes in at under the 30cm limit.

Let us know how you get on. I'm under 30cm too, but wonder how religiously it will be implemented.
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Re: The Olympic opening ceremony
« Reply #21 on: July 24, 2012, 02:46:22 pm »
My better half will also be going to tomorrows rehearsal - and my youngest cousin (I think) is singing. Something todo with being one of a group of 120 walking down a hill with a tree on top..

Anyhow, looking forward to Friday if I can get near a decent telly..
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gordon taylor

Re: The Olympic opening ceremony
« Reply #22 on: July 24, 2012, 03:48:14 pm »
I'm off to see it tomorrow too. I take it there won't be objections to me taking my DSLR + telephoto? It comes in at under the 30cm limit.

No problem. There were many people around me with serious cameras.

Re: The Olympic opening ceremony
« Reply #23 on: July 24, 2012, 03:50:16 pm »
I'm off to see it tomorrow too. I take it there won't be objections to me taking my DSLR + telephoto? It comes in at under the 30cm limit.

No problem. There were many people around me with serious cameras.

 ;D :thumbsup: 8)
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Jacomus

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Re: The Olympic opening ceremony
« Reply #24 on: July 24, 2012, 04:35:32 pm »
What about taking a personal supply of London Tap WaterTM into the grounds?

I can imagine that it will be banned in a 'no! It could be a bomb. Put it in this bin next to me with all the other potential bombs.' kind of thing.
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