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Re: The Olympic opening ceremony
« Reply #25 on: July 24, 2012, 04:38:00 pm »
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Re: The Olympic opening ceremony
« Reply #26 on: July 24, 2012, 04:39:02 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.

Take a refillable water bottle. You will not be allowed to take more than 100ml in with you but there should be plenty of water points available inside the venues (or so I have been led to believe). Obviously taking a Pepsi bottle would be a bad thing.. :)
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Re: The Olympic opening ceremony
« Reply #27 on: July 24, 2012, 05:01:41 pm »
Generally bottles and cans are frowned on at crowd events – they roll and get underfoot, leading to falls, and all kinds of potential squishy nastiness if there's a need to evacuate a venue quickly. Particularly true for stadium events with lots of steps and inclines.
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Re: The Olympic opening ceremony
« Reply #28 on: July 24, 2012, 09:08:36 pm »
I heard somewhere that Danny Boyle was frustrated at not being allowed to set up the cameras to get the angles the way he wanted. (The lympix wanted to use their own production crew, and wouldn't allow Boyle to bring in his own). Anybody know if this issue has been resolved?
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Re: The Olympic opening ceremony
« Reply #29 on: July 24, 2012, 11:53:04 pm »
Stupid question, and I can Google, but what is the starting time for the ceremony?

Tomorrow is 7pm, Friday is 9pm I think.


No outside liquids allowed in.

Looks like there'll be a large YACF gathering. But I do have access to a hivision video feed :D Sadly I don't have the monitor resolution :(
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Re: The Olympic opening ceremony
« Reply #30 on: July 24, 2012, 11:58:46 pm »
I heard somewhere that Danny Boyle was frustrated at not being allowed to set up the cameras to get the angles the way he wanted. (The lympix wanted to use their own production crew, and wouldn't allow Boyle to bring in his own). Anybody know if this issue has been resolved?

Speaking to him the other day it would seem not. But then you don't want to know what he had in mind lol
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Re: The Olympic opening ceremony
« Reply #31 on: July 25, 2012, 12:15:19 am »
There are water stations throughout the park. Free. The pre-am starts at twelve minutes past eight (20.12) the main ceremony starts at 9pm when it's dark enough for the AWESOME fireworks to be seen. The pivotal moment is Laugh Out Loud hilarious. Self-deprecatory is awfully British.

Re: The Olympic opening ceremony
« Reply #32 on: July 25, 2012, 03:28:59 pm »
five of us are going tonight: we're in row 60 of block 252 tonight, in case there are known yacfers nearby

I've bought a telly (and having an aerial fitted tomorrow) on account of filial participation on Friday. 

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Re: The Olympic opening ceremony
« Reply #33 on: July 25, 2012, 06:05:24 pm »
My better half (the other Dr Martin) is in row 60 as well, seat 565. Say Hi and it will surprise her somewhat.
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Re: The Olympic opening ceremony
« Reply #34 on: July 25, 2012, 06:16:34 pm »
My better half is in Block 228, Row 48, Seat 674.
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Re: The Olympic opening ceremony
« Reply #35 on: July 25, 2012, 06:32:30 pm »
I do hope that lesley Garrett will be singing again - that was such a highlight of Sunday's celebrations in Paris.

I do hope my irony detector is working correctly.  Ms Garrett's wailings were cringingly awful.  Put a sock in it, you screeching bimbo.

And yes, I do appreciate a decent soprano, i.e. not her.
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Re: The Olympic opening ceremony
« Reply #36 on: July 25, 2012, 07:39:44 pm »
To be fair she did have no note on which to start and no foldback. Singing in tune into a void after watching Brad win must be quite hard. But it was rather painful to say the least.
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Re: The Olympic opening ceremony
« Reply #37 on: July 25, 2012, 11:08:30 pm »
Early reports from TODM are that it was very loud, a bit incomplete and absolutely brilliant. Tune in on Friday..
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Re: The Olympic opening ceremony
« Reply #38 on: July 25, 2012, 11:57:15 pm »
That was staggering.
If I wore one, I'd be doffing my hat to Danny Boyle.

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Re: The Olympic opening ceremony
« Reply #39 on: July 26, 2012, 12:02:38 am »
That was staggering.
If I wore one, I'd be doffing my hat to Danny Boyle.

 :thumbsup:

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Re: The Olympic opening ceremony
« Reply #40 on: July 26, 2012, 12:31:27 am »
 I'd echo TODM's view: a bit incomplete and absolutely brilliant. Tune in on Friday...

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Re: The Olympic opening ceremony
« Reply #41 on: July 26, 2012, 01:06:59 am »
I would add joyously subversive too. I'm very impressed  with what Boyle has achieved (and got away with)

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Re: The Olympic opening ceremony
« Reply #42 on: July 26, 2012, 09:02:13 am »
Despite my antipathy, I might watch this.

*goes off to google Danny Boyle*
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Re: The Olympic opening ceremony
« Reply #43 on: July 26, 2012, 01:34:23 pm »
Despite my antipathy, I might watch this.

*goes off to google Danny Boyle*

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Re: The Olympic opening ceremony
« Reply #44 on: July 26, 2012, 01:41:58 pm »
To be fair she did have no note on which to start and no foldback. Singing in tune into a void after watching Brad win must be quite hard. But it was rather painful to say the least.

Heather was at Thorne Grammar at the same time as Lesley and appeared on stage with her in musicals, and I've ridden in the same club TTs as Bradley. So the spectacle of the two of them was a bit surreal. It's hard to think of anything in the Olympic opening cermony matching it.

Re: The Olympic opening ceremony
« Reply #45 on: July 26, 2012, 01:49:59 pm »
Despite my antipathy, I might watch this.

*goes off to google Danny Boyle*

I see he almost went to St Joseph's seminary. People who did go, but did not become priests. include Paddy Mc'Aloon of Prefab Sprout and Johnny Vegas.
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Re: The Olympic opening ceremony
« Reply #46 on: July 26, 2012, 05:32:37 pm »
My thoughts on seeing it last night:

Getting there I travelled by tube from the City, which was about as painful as I had imagined it would be - it was so rammed that I didn't even have space to read my Kobo! The short journey was given a comedy moment for those passengers standing with me in the vestibule area of the carriage I was travelling in. I was one of 6 or 7 people stood right in the door, hunched over. It was blindingly obvious that there was no more room. At Mile End a mother waiting with her three small children (aged between 6 and 10 at a guess) decided to replicate that famous Japanese technique of cramming even more people onto a train by brute force. Bellowing 'make room!' she pushed her kids onto the train. There was a lot of swearing (under the breath of course) from those already onboard as she slowly managed to force them into what little space there was. Sadly for the four of them, the bell sounded and the doors closed, knocking her arms aside and leaving her standing on the platform and her children inside the train.  :D

As I walked into the Olympic Park there were a lot of warnings about 'prepare for airport style security checks'. Thusly I prepared myself to stand in a zig-zag line for an interminable time as crying children manage to bring time to a standstill, only to be ignored or treated to a grunt at best whilst going through the checks. Not so. I can see why they say 'airport style' security, because of the familiar metal detector and bag x-ray, however that is where the similarity ended. The pace of progress was astounding. The RAF personnel staffing the point I went through were courteous, friendly and highly efficient. Just goes to show what happens when you actually put enough staff on duty at the same time.

The stadium is quite cool and the centrepiece is very impressive, though different to what I imagined from it's description. My only criticisms are the usual impossibility of sitting comfortably if you are over 5'5", that the big screens (which are essential) are difficult to see thanks to lots of aerial cameras and stuff, though I do recognise that my seat was particularly unlucky in this respect - others would have an unrestricted view.

The first part of the show started out as 'pretty damn cool' but rapidly turned to '£27million? What the hell has Danny-bloody-Boyle spent it on, this is rubbish'. The answer came about 40minutes later in the form of part two, which is best described as jaw-droppingly-good. It is difficult to articulate how good it is, especially without actually describing it, but damn its good! Part three is a little weaker, though my not-MiL enjoyed it a lot more than me as she 'got' far more of it than I did.

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Re: The Olympic opening ceremony
« Reply #47 on: July 26, 2012, 06:30:00 pm »
....The RAF personnel staffing the point I went through were courteous, friendly and highly efficient. Just goes to show what happens when you actually put enough staff on duty at the same time.

It's not quantity, J, it's quality, and professionalism IME.
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Re: The Olympic opening ceremony
« Reply #48 on: July 26, 2012, 07:19:12 pm »
So it starts at 9, and this morning on BBC Breakfast they said the cauldron would be lit at about midnight. Is it really that long? Or is that including all the teams walking in and stuff?

I must say, you're all whetting my appetite, but as I'll be a MFWHTBAB's I don't want to impose for the whole evening if he isn't bothered....

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Re: The Olympic opening ceremony
« Reply #49 on: July 26, 2012, 07:24:20 pm »
What did Boris just say?!! "We're going to win enough gold, silver and bronze to bail out Greece and Spain!"

Or something like that. Fucking idiot  ;D
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