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      2012 Olympics

      The opening ceremony starts in a couple of hours. Unlikely that it will rival the ridiculously lavish spectacle at Beijing, but I think it should still be pretty awesome.

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      I wish I could watch it live. They're not going to air it here in the US for nearly seven hours yet. =/

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      They (the media) reckon it will either be Sir Steve Redgrave or Sir Roger Bannister who will light the cauldron with the torch.
      Earlier, people were thinking it might be Bradley Wiggins as he is the first Brit to win the TDF. Others said David Beckham has a part as well.
      It will be interesting to see who does, although I don't think anyone can match when Muhammad Ali lit the flame at the Atlanta games back in 1996.
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      Could be the Queen of course.

      I wonder who's performing. I know McCartney's gonna do an epic round of Hey Jude which should be pretty sweet.
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      Yawn. Even the Muslim suicide bomber has fallen asleep by now.

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      Absolutely fantastic opening ceremony... Danny Boyle is my hero!

      Started off slowly but the whole industrial revolution scene was amazing, and just got better! Just wow.

      He deserves a knighthood for that.

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      Last edited by Seroquel; 07-28-2012 at 03:38 AM.

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      Like Patrick says, it started off really slow and I thought it was gonna be terrible. Then comes the Industrial Revolution and the show really begins.

      It was very impressive and fun to watch. Danny Boyle should be proud.
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      Watching now. Is there any site that streams it live? Or at least, sooner than what my timezone receives?
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      For me the beginning was the highlight with the forging of the rings, and the cauldron was a great idea too.

      Oh and Mr. Bean of course. Atkinson is the master of his face.

      Worst bit was probably the 'teenagers' scene, don't really appreciate my generation being portrayed as a bunch of vacuous, boring hedonists, after the greatness of past generations like that of Brunel.

      Queenie cemented my opinion of her of a grouchy old hag, she just frowned all night and it was hilarious at the end when the British team emerged and the beeb switched to her just sat there picking her fingernails... for somebody's who's essentially supposed to be the embodiment of etiquette that's just an aggressive level of ineptitude.
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      teeheeeheee

      you british are so silly

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      Quote Originally Posted by Xei View Post
      Queenie cemented my opinion of her of a grouchy old hag, she just frowned all night and it was hilarious at the end when the British team emerged and the beeb switched to her just sat there picking her fingernails... for somebody's who's essentially supposed to be the embodiment of etiquette that's just an aggressive level of ineptitude.
      Lol, I know. She always looks bored at these kinds of things. It's hilarious the way the presenters always try to paint her as being cheery and ecstatic when she actually looks quite moody and disinterested. There was one point in the ceremony where the BBC presenter said something like "And there's the queen, looking on intensely at the event". The camera pans to the queen, looking like one of the corgis has pissed on her new shoes.

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      The opening ceremony was... umm... different .
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      i only saw some of the opening ceremony.
      i usually look forward to the marathon run they have towards the end.

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      It seems that most Brits loved it and that most other people didn't really get it.

      Having said that I heard some Aussies praising it yesterday.

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      Quote Originally Posted by Heavy Sleeper View Post
      Lol, I know. She always looks bored at these kinds of things. It's hilarious the way the presenters always try to paint her as being cheery and ecstatic when she actually looks quite moody and disinterested. There was one point in the ceremony where the BBC presenter said something like "And there's the queen, looking on intensely at the event". The camera pans to the queen, looking like one of the corgis has pissed on her new shoes.
      At this moment My Commentator said "This Is a Moment the Queen will never Forget."


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      Quote Originally Posted by Patrick View Post
      It seems that most Brits loved it and that most other people didn't really get it.
      I read an article in the papers today; basically everybody across the world except the yanks really liked it, for some reason. What with Romney's awful gaffe and dressing their team up in military inspired uniforms, they're not exactly endearing themselves right now. Apparently their media also cut out the memorial to the 7/7 attacks, and the brief lesbian kiss (which was, however, shown on Saudi television)... nice goin.
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      Personally I quite liked it, up until the whole 80's cellphone/txt mssge thing. I think the ones who didn't were the millions upon millions of Joe Six-Packs and Suzie Homemakers who seem to proudly suckle at the teat of Fox News and Rush Limbaugh. They seem to lead the world in anti-intellectualism and anti-traditionalism - even though these are the same people who spout off all the time about what they call 'traditional family values' they're contemptuous of the traditions and values of any other country or people.

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      didn't watch, don't care.

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      Quote Originally Posted by IndieAnthias View Post
      didn't watch, don't care.
      Great post.


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      the nbc coverage here in the states has been crap

      I just wanted to watch some buff guys swing around on silver hoops, why is that so hard? It felt like the entire coverage was the pommel horse. And when the winners were neither american or british the coverage doesn't give any love or care for the chinese. So chinese are the enemy now? Theres no chinese americans?

      Damn, I remember years back when they would always give the national anthem of the winner regardless of who it was in sportsmanship, but now the coverage is so biased its lame.

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      They're cutting out foreign anthems now? Wow, American parochialism really seems to be reaching new heights this year. It's kinda concerning. :/

      (Typing this as 'Deutschland ueber alles' plays on the BBC in the background, lol).
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      Quote Originally Posted by juroara View Post
      the nbc coverage here in the states has been crap

      I just wanted to watch some buff guys swing around on silver hoops, why is that so hard? It felt like the entire coverage was the pommel horse. And when the winners were neither american or british the coverage doesn't give any love or care for the chinese. So chinese are the enemy now? Theres no chinese americans?

      Damn, I remember years back when they would always give the national anthem of the winner regardless of who it was in sportsmanship, but now the coverage is so biased its lame.
      I didn't watch it last night because the freaking news told us we came in fifth before it even aired and I couldn't turn the damn channel fast enough, but I think the reason they cut out the anthem was because we didn't place. I've heard several foreign anthems throught the Olympics, and every time we either got a silver or bronze.

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