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07-27-2012 at 02:48 PM

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What a great spectacle! In particular, I thought the Industrial Revolution montage and the music tribute was superb. Just wondering if the rest of the world ‘got it’ or did a lot of it go over your heads?

-- Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it.


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#1 posted 07-27-2012 at 02:58 PM

Here in the US, NBC is airing the Opening Ceremonies at 7:30pn Eastern time. (1.5 hours from now). I’m hoping they are good & the games are even better!!!

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#2 posted 07-27-2012 at 03:00 PM

In that case, I won’t spoil it for you.

-- Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it.

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#3 posted 07-27-2012 at 03:06 PM

Heard a great bit the other day about the Olympics.

A spectacle occurring every four years featuring athletes you’ve never heard of, competing in games you never watch, and playing by rules you don’t understand.

I only “got into” the Olympics one time. In ‘76, I was on a three month work assignment in Iowa during the winter games. One Saturday afternoon, the barkeeper had the games on the tube and some guy at the bar was giving a running commentary. It turned out that he had been a near world class downhill skier and knew several of the people competing. Some of his stories about them were hilarious and he was able to explain the finer points of the competition.

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#4 posted 07-27-2012 at 03:11 PM

Yeah…. Randy, sorry for you.
Lets not ruin it, but its a pretty awesome Olympic cermony.
Oh yeah, Someone from my school is at the Olympics :D

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#5 posted 07-27-2012 at 03:13 PM

Absolutely amazing. I wondered how many acids Danny Baker had had when he conceived it, that was during the very beginning when it looked like Hobbiton, but as it went on, I grew to like it. The Queen jumping out of the helicopter was a nice touch, as was Mr Bean. Those smokestack chimneys coming out of the arena floor were great.

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#6 posted 07-27-2012 at 03:20 PM

Mr Bean was not funny… IT WAS HILARIOUS!
THAT WAS THE BEST PART!

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#7 posted 07-27-2012 at 04:23 PM

Thanks for sharing this olympics i really enjoyed that.

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#8 posted 07-27-2012 at 04:28 PM

The Queen could have looked a bit more cheerful :-(

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#9 posted 07-27-2012 at 04:47 PM

Yeah I said that to my wife John. I saw her on Wednesday at the New Forest and Hampshire County Show. She walked right past me as I video’d her. She had the same expression then until from over my right shoulder my wife shouted: “Three cheers for the Queen, hip, hip….” That made her look at us and smile.

The cauldron was a triumph. What a work of art.

-- Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it.

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#10 posted 07-27-2012 at 04:52 PM

Haven’t seen it yet, we’re GMT -7, but will tape it and watch it with my lady clutching her hand in one hand and a glass of red wine with the other. We’re both really excited and I look forward to sharing your insights with her Andy.

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#11 posted 07-27-2012 at 11:37 PM

Great show Andy, particularly the industrial revolution piece. Sad to say the Queen sat stone faced throughout the proceeding and found it difficult to raise a smile even when those lovely kids sang their hearts out to the national anthem, put a bit of a damper on it for me, maybe she were parachute sick after her arrival (believe that and you will believe owt).

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#12 posted 07-28-2012 at 01:06 AM

Yes the cauldron was truly awesome! Good luck to all the athletes. Here’s to a great OLYMPICS.

IIve never been a sporty person- but I’m really looking forward to seeing these fine athletes competing at the very top of their game.

Cheers
John.

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#13 posted 07-28-2012 at 01:11 AM

I agree Bill. There were lots of elements that were quintessentially British that the rest of the world simply wouldn’t get and I’m not sure how I feel about that really. Part of me thinks, it should have had a more global appeal and part of me thinks sod it, whether the rest of the world like it or not, we shouldn’t apologize for who we are. It was certainly edgy and broke new ground in terms of intertwining video with the spectacular events happening in the stadium.

It was really impossible to take it all in in one viewing. Beijing was a masterclass in coordinated mass movement and we couldn’t have matched that. Danny Boyle was right not to try, especially in these austere times. Overall I think he and his team did us proud.

-- Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it.

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#14 posted 07-28-2012 at 01:12 AM

Here here John. Good luck to all the athletes from every nation.

I’m going to visit my daughter today. She lives around the corner from the stadium, so I’ll get to soak up some of the atmosphere myself.

-- Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it.

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#15 posted 07-28-2012 at 01:15 AM

Andy that was the best opening i have ever seen,well done .you can hold your head up high England done it right .it was stunning ,three cheers for the Queen, and James too, glad they didnt get hurt jumping out that helicopter :)

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