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Old August 27th, 2008, 04:32 AM   #921
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This thread needs a big pic update otherwise it will end up in London vs Beijing discussion.
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Old August 27th, 2008, 04:54 AM   #922
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London will be a victim of comparison for the next 4 years.

And the Handover performance wasn't so impressive. For me, it's too broadway-ish and there's nothing really to look forward to for the Opening Ceremony in 2012. And... Leona Lewis? Are you kidding me? Is that what London has? Pop Culture? There's nothing spectacular about that. London doesn't have that rich cultural identity that Beijing has. That is probably why Olympic Athletes aren't so enthusiastic about London like they were 4 years ago when Beijing was the next host.

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Old August 27th, 2008, 08:54 AM   #923
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23rd August 2008

Stadium from the Greenway.

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Main entrance to the stadium.

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Check out the time lapse here.

Towards the Aquatics Centre site from the Greenway.

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The two cranes in the distance are part of the Stratford City development (See link below).

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Old August 27th, 2008, 10:21 AM   #924
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London will be a victim of comparison for the next 4 years.

And the Handover performance wasn't so impressive. For me, it's too broadway-ish and there's nothing really to look forward to for the Opening Ceremony in 2012. And... Leona Lewis? Are you kidding me? Is that what London has? Pop Culture? There's nothing spectacular about that. London doesn't have that rich cultural identity that Beijing has. That is probably why Olympic Athletes aren't so enthusiastic about London like they were 4 years ago when Beijing was the next host.
So much stupidity, such a little post.

I'm not even going to bother trying to correct such a delusional statement. I can only hope that it's actually sarcasm.
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Old August 27th, 2008, 02:10 PM   #925
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London will be a victim of comparison for the next 4 years.

And the Handover performance wasn't so impressive. For me, it's too broadway-ish and there's nothing really to look forward to for the Opening Ceremony in 2012. And... Leona Lewis? Are you kidding me? Is that what London has? Pop Culture? There's nothing spectacular about that. London doesn't have that rich cultural identity that Beijing has. That is probably why Olympic Athletes aren't so enthusiastic about London like they were 4 years ago when Beijing was the next host.
HAHAHHAHAHAAHAHAHAAHHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAAHAAHa

i can't even describe in words how stupid that post is.
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Old August 27th, 2008, 02:13 PM   #926
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London doesn't have that rich cultural identity that Beijing has. That is probably why Olympic Athletes aren't so enthusiastic about London like they were 4 years ago when Beijing was the next host.
Oh please.
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Old August 27th, 2008, 02:18 PM   #927
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I hope they will do something about those high tension electric poles if they dont they will be such a eye soar.
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Old August 27th, 2008, 02:21 PM   #928
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It seems everyone has already commented on that lost post by Saipao. I chuckled aswell.

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London doesn't have that rich cultural identity that Beijing has
Cultural identity is Londons strongest point.
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Old August 27th, 2008, 02:22 PM   #929
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I hope they will do something about those high tension electric poles if they dont they will be such a eye soar.
They are all going undergound!
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Old August 27th, 2008, 03:02 PM   #930
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From a Chinese point of view, they did all they could to ensure they didn't lose face and unsuprisingly the cost of this was that to most Westerners, it was very dull and lifeless.
Exactly, I enjoyed the games immensly but where was the usual fun for the Athletes at the closing ceremony?

London will be great. But it will be different (as it should be)
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Old August 27th, 2008, 10:15 PM   #931
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Most people don't hold too much hope for the London one for a reason, unlike Beijing, people was looking forward for the Beijing game, no matter they like it or hate it, they want to see how it come out. But the London one...people just don't care, London fail to create excitment
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Old August 27th, 2008, 10:56 PM   #932
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I'm sorry to tell you this Sexas but most people outside of China couldn't care less about Beijing in 2004. It was an event a long way off in a country most people I know didn't think should have it.

The excitement really starts to build in the months leading up to the Games. It's the same for all hosts, London will be no different.

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Old August 27th, 2008, 11:32 PM   #933
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Most people don't hold too much hope for the London one for a reason, unlike Beijing, people was looking forward for the Beijing game, no matter they like it or hate it, they want to see how it come out. But the London one...people just don't care, London fail to create excitment
Did you not see the party in London on the day of the handover then??

40,000 people in front of Buckingham Palace all having a good time, excited about the Olympics, looking forward to the Olympics - lots of atmosphere, lots of fun.

If this happens on the day of the handover, 4 years before the London Olympics, imagine what it will be like when the 2012 games begin.
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Old August 27th, 2008, 11:46 PM   #934
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Most people don't hold too much hope for the London one for a reason, unlike Beijing, people was looking forward for the Beijing game, no matter they like it or hate it, they want to see how it come out. But the London one...people just don't care, London fail to create excitment
London doesn't create excitement?

I dont understand why there are so many idiots on these forums. I thought it would at least have a majority with common sense!

Nobody knew what was happening in beijing because they couldn't bloody report it.
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Most people don't hold too much hope for the London one for a reason, unlike Beijing, people was looking forward for the Beijing game, no matter they like it or hate it, they want to see how it come out. But the London one...people just don't care, London fail to create excitment
people certainly dont care.

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I rest my case.
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Old August 28th, 2008, 12:01 AM   #936
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Have you ever wondered why London is littered with foreign nationals, tourists, sport events, concerts, movie premiers, fashion parades, carnivals?
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Now just imagine this in Beijing?

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Old August 28th, 2008, 05:20 AM   #939
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Yes, I mean why would one of the most multicultural, exciting, international cities in the world holding the Olympics be of any relevance to anyone?

In Australia I know the general vibe regarding Beijing was that it just didn't seem like the Olympics. The lack of a human side to the games and the general 'fakeness' rubbed a lot of people the wrong way.

It was good being in the same time zone though
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London doesn't create excitement?

I dont understand why there are so many idiots on these forums. I thought it would at least have a majority with common sense!

Nobody knew what was happening in beijing because they couldn't bloody report it.
Sometimes I'm absolutely astounded by how stupid, insular, ignorant and naive some people on here are.

I hope whoever it was that claimed London doesn't have culture is feeling absolutely stupid now. People like that really should be singled out and ridiculed. Have they even ever heard of London? Are they confusing it with Dubai or something?

The London games will be the best ones ever, I'm sure of it.

On a side note, the Australian media's going to town about Jacques Rogge not saying that the Beijing Games were 'the best games ever' - he didn't say it about Athens either, but he did say it about Sydney - so everyone here is assuming that it still stands and they [to date] they are still the best Games ever. I'm quite sure that he'll be saying 'the best Games ever' at the London closing ceremony.

I'm probably biased though, London's my home town and I love every single inch of the city.
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