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Old July 30th, 2012, 04:29 AM   #541
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beat our Chests? - No statement stadium - No large cauldron -
( every previous games got bigger and bigger ) and having some sole.

Sydney had sole.
Sole????? Thats on the bottom of your foot!
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Old July 30th, 2012, 05:19 AM   #542
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beat our Chests? - No statement stadium - No large cauldron -
( every previous games got bigger and bigger ) and having some sole.

Sydney had sole.
Exactly, the Beijing games was pure propaganda.

Just look at how strict the drummers were at the beginning, the precision just shows how much they have been brainwashed in that communist country. Unlike in London, which is a democracy, the Chinese weren't able to run around freely and express their freedom.

The mass crowd performers during the Beijing olympics looks extremely soviet and old school

The fireworks polluted the already heavily polluted Beijing sky, people were barred from the games and told to stay at home to watch, it was more of showing how powerful the communist government was.

The stadium looked oppressive and lifeless, the entire village looked grey and dull

Fake fireworks, fake singing, fake ethnicity, running overtime etc, I don't understand why it was seen as impressive at all!!!!!!

That's all the excuses I can come up for now, please add to them if think I have left some out
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Old July 30th, 2012, 06:22 AM   #543
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I thought the representation of Chinese history over thousands of years, Confucianism and the four great inventions China has given the world, was very impressive.
All Olympic opening ceremonies are about the host nation's own propaganda - Look at us, aren't we fabulous! Its not unique to China or other dictatorships.
The NHS segment in the London show was propaganda, for better or for worse.
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Old July 30th, 2012, 10:36 AM   #544
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Exactly, the Beijing games was pure propaganda.

Just look at how strict the drummers were at the beginning, the precision just shows how much they have been brainwashed in that communist country. Unlike in London, which is a democracy, the Chinese weren't able to run around freely and express their freedom.

The mass crowd performers during the Beijing olympics looks extremely soviet and old school

The fireworks polluted the already heavily polluted Beijing sky, people were barred from the games and told to stay at home to watch, it was more of showing how powerful the communist government was.

The stadium looked oppressive and lifeless, the entire village looked grey and dull

Fake fireworks, fake singing, fake ethnicity, running overtime etc, I don't understand why it was seen as impressive at all!!!!!!

That's all the excuses I can come up for now, please add to them if think I have left some out
Your comment is purely an anti-communist prejudice comment, and got little to do with the actual ceremony.

Fake? You do what is necessary to make it impressive, I am sure the James Bond bit was produce live. I am sure the Queen did jump off the plane.
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Old July 30th, 2012, 03:23 PM   #545
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Jersey, we know you love everything to do with the London games, but understand that if you spend 27 million pounds and most of the world fails to get it, it hasn't quite hit the mark.

Sometimes things are done with good intentions but don't always go the way you feel they will. It happens.

Continuing to try and defend it to those who were not fans of the product is wasting your energy.
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Old July 30th, 2012, 03:30 PM   #546
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I loved the bit with the industrial revolution, the last social networking bit was boring though, Mary poppins V voldemort was epic!
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Old July 30th, 2012, 04:41 PM   #547
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great bit - fireworks going around Orbit.
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Number one across the world..

The soundtrack of the Olympics opening ceremony has stormed to the top of the charts, taking four No 1 slots across Europe.

The album, which went on sale as a download minutes after Friday's ceremony ended, is topping the iTunes album chart in the UK, France, Belgium and Spain.

It reached Number Five in the US, and was Number Five on the overall British album chart less than two days after its release.

Slumdog Millionaire director Danny Boyle's spectacular opening ceremony was a celebration of British music.

His Isles Of Wonder extravaganza depicted a Britain wrenched from its rural past by the Industrial Revolution before being thrust into a fast, exciting new world - all propelled by the throb of homegrown music.
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Old July 31st, 2012, 01:56 AM   #550
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Wow they sure demolished that flag mountain rather quickly!
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Old July 31st, 2012, 11:42 AM   #551
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Wow they sure demolished that flag mountain rather quickly!
Thats what happened in the industrial revolution - landscape was removed for the era of mass production!

London 2012: What the world thought of the opening ceremony
The world watched as the London 2012 Olympic Games opened with director Danny Boyle's ode to England, but what did they think?



http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/oly...-ceremony.html
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Old July 31st, 2012, 03:48 PM   #552
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Old July 31st, 2012, 04:42 PM   #553
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High on the list of technologies that delivered such a memorable and moving London 2012 opening ceremony were the ‘pixels’ that turned every seat in the Olympic Stadium into part of a giant video screen. These were used for colour effects – such as a Union Flag when the Queen and James Bond apparently parachuted into the stadium; for video – including rippling effects during a section related to the sea; and animated graphics, such as displaying song lyrics.

Each seat was equipped with a tablet containing a 3x3 array of LEDs. These – all 70,500 of them – were manufactured by Tait Technologies, using the Barco FLX platform. Fitted with handles, the tablets could be removed from their holders and held by hand – as happened during a section of audience participation paddles were waved to produce a shimmering effect.

The tablets measure 134mm square, and the pixel pitch is 50mm. Each pixel is individually programmable. The viewing angles are 180º both horizontally and vertically.

Although the pixel tablet is part of Tait’s rental inventory, the set-up at the Olympic Stadium, for the eight-week duration of the Olympics and Paralympics, was treated as a permanent installation. Some 370km of cabling were installed by a local ten-person crew over five weeks. In all, the system installation took ten weeks with five technicians and six local crew members.

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Old August 1st, 2012, 01:06 PM   #554
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My very British mother said, "What the Hell is this?"

My very British father fell asleep.
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Old August 1st, 2012, 02:19 PM   #555
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High on the list of technologies that delivered such a memorable and moving London 2012 opening ceremony were the ‘pixels’ that turned every seat in the Olympic Stadium into part of a giant video screen. These were used for colour effects – such as a Union Flag when the Queen and James Bond apparently parachuted into the stadium; for video – including rippling effects during a section related to the sea; and animated graphics, such as displaying song lyrics.
Not so much technologies, I think the technology is trival, but it is very creative to make the entire audience the stage.

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Each seat was equipped with a tablet containing a 3x3 array of LEDs. These – all 70,500 of them – were manufactured by Tait Technologies, using the Barco FLX platform. Fitted with handles, the tablets could be removed from their holders and held by hand – as happened during a section of audience participation paddles were waved to produce a shimmering effect.

The tablets measure 134mm square, and the pixel pitch is 50mm. Each pixel is individually programmable. The viewing angles are 180º both horizontally and vertically.

Although the pixel tablet is part of Tait’s rental inventory, the set-up at the Olympic Stadium, for the eight-week duration of the Olympics and Paralympics, was treated as a permanent installation. Some 370km of cabling were installed by a local ten-person crew over five weeks. In all, the system installation took ten weeks with five technicians and six local crew members.
Rental! who else is going to rent it.
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Old August 1st, 2012, 07:17 PM   #556
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Old August 2nd, 2012, 02:33 AM   #557
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My very British mother said, "What the Hell is this?"

My very British father fell asleep.
hahahaah, quintessentially Britannique.
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Old August 3rd, 2012, 08:41 AM   #558
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London an inspiration - “wonderful and unforgettable”.

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Mr Putin described the event directed by Danny Boyle as “wonderful and unforgettable”.
The Opening Ceremony, which featured workers overcoming the oppression of Victorian landlords and a section devoted to the National Health Service, was described by some as too “socialist.”
But it appeared to have gone down well with the Russian president, a former KGB agent.
He said: “I would like to thank the distinguished Prime Minister for the invitation to come to London to meet him, and to attend the Olympic Games.
“I would like to start my statement with congratulations to the United Kingdom, all the nationals of the UK, the distinguished Prime Minister, with regard to the wonderful and unforgettable opening ceremony of the Olympic Games.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/9447...to-Russia.html
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Old August 4th, 2012, 05:18 AM   #559
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... but watch as he takes note carefully and completely overshadows London with Sochi 2014.
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He'll use the mighty Russian army to be part of Sochi's opening ceremony. It'll be another propaganda machine on Mother Russia's greatness and how it's overcoming Western influence.
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