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London 2012 Olympics Thread

Thu Jul 12, 2012 2:12 pm

With only 15 days to go untill the greatest sporting spectacle on earth (Moon olympics would be pretty epic) I am beginning to get pretty excited (maybe too much) and thought it time to start a thread devoted to it. I would like to keep this thread away from "oh the olympics costs a bajillion pounds and we will never see a positive ROI" I didn't get a positive ROI last time I bought a bike but I'm still glad I did it. Olympics = bajillion poounds well spent I think.

I have manged to get tickets for the dressage finals on august 7th, I didnt manage to get 100m final but I get to see a medal ceremony and my fiance is a riding instructor and I have had horses all my life so we are happy. I may make a trip down to london to see the cycling time trial (no tickets required) and maybe the marathon. I have always watched the olypics on TV whilst growing up (I remember sally gunnel and linford getting golds in atlanta despite only being 5 and have always stayed up till stupid o'clock to see the events. The olympics are very special to me as my father competed in 2 (did quite well) and coached in another.

I love how sport completely ignores any prejudices and can bring people together so well. It doesn't matter what colour skin you have, who you voted for in the last election, how much money you have (mostly), your sexual preference or whether you had both parents in your life its simply the first accross the line, the one who can jump highest, shoot straightest and make least splash who win. Simple and unadulterated!

So:
have you got tickets?
What are you going to see?
Which part are you most excited about?
Who do you think will win what?
What will the scandals be?
Have you any stories or strong memories from other olympic games?
Did any of your family or friends compete? or even you?
Where will you be watching?
Are you having any parties to watch?
Who will win the medals table?
Will the weather hold out?
What is your favourite part about the olympic games?

Lets make this a nice fun thread for the olympics!

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Thu Jul 12, 2012 2:37 pm

Not to be a piss on the parade, but I'm really not looking forward to this.

We get all the news of it where I live (Up North) but none of the events so it doesn't really make a difference. I'm sure it will be great but I'd rather the money spent on the horrific debt the country has.
 
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RE: London 2012 Olympics Thread

Thu Jul 12, 2012 2:59 pm

Like ajd, I'm of the opinion that I can take it or leave it. It is not exiting me one iota.

I've certainly made a consious decision to avoid London and all points south for the duration of the games. My opinion has long been towards what people can 'make' from the games and not the true Olympic spirit of participation and friendship. Highlighted in a recent TV programme where a US lawyer was selling 4 x 100m tickets for £25,000 each and charities who have had there funds reduced or stopped because the money they were supposed to get was diverted towards the Olympics.

Each to their own though, the UK will deliver a quality event which will be enjoyed by millions.
 
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RE: London 2012 Olympics Thread

Thu Jul 12, 2012 3:34 pm

Sorry to say I kinda went off it when I saw those silly mascots (gremlin and merville) which I think are actually quite frightening.

I have detested all the attempts at design; the red aerial tower thing which is too un-British and the awful athletes kit. The BA 'Dove' scheme was the final nail in the coffin.

And to top it all I can't watch it if they continue to use live animals in the opening ceremony. Cruelty is not fun.
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Thu Jul 12, 2012 7:19 pm

Question: Is soccer (association football) really this downplayed in the olympics?!

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Fri Jul 13, 2012 6:45 am

I have heard very little on the TV about the Games so far. But then I haven't been watching the TV nearly as much as I generally do, so I'm rather "out of touch" as to what's been going on in London, getting ready for the games.

In the past I've always spent hours and hours glued to the TV while the Olympics are going on; It looks like the U.S. has a fabulous basketball team this time, even better that the 08 team, so I'll be trying to watch as much basketball as possible; other than that, I'll probably just watch what ever is best each day.

My grandson has been in London for about 9 months or so, and will be there for about 3 more months, so I'm hoping he has an opportunity to see at least an event or two.

Speaking of the Olympics..................my very favorite big city to visit, (mainly because it's relatively nearby), Chicago, was making a huge "push" to get a future Olympics until not so long ago, but with their "year-to-date" murder rate currently breaking all existing records, I'm sure the Olympic Committee would never give them a second look, (even if Rahmfather could come up with a "scheme" to finance the thing). So I'm sure I'll be obliged to just continue on, watching the Olympic action on "the tube" as I always have.

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RE: London 2012 Olympics Thread

Fri Jul 13, 2012 7:29 am

Quoting flipdewaf (Thread starter):
With only 15 days to go untill the greatest sporting spectacle on earth (Moon olympics would be pretty epic) I am beginning to get pretty excited (maybe too much) and thought it time to start a thread devoted to it.

Honestly, the Olympics really don't do that much for me. A bunch of relatively unpopular sports get shown for two weeks or so and then the athletes who are shamelessly shilled and have their stories thrown at us constantly fade back into obscurity for another four years.

Quoting flipdewaf (Thread starter):
Who do you think will win what?

USA will dominate men's basketball, which is frankly the only thing I'm really interested in watching.

It's unfortunate that Wade and Bosh both pulled out, since I was hoping for a quasi-continuation of the basketball porn we got last month in the NBA finals, but it will still be a good show. You're talking about some of the best players in the world on the same team. There's gonna be some spectacular plays along with some suffocating defense and solid technical offense if the Heat and Thunder's performance is anything of a preview. Yes, olympic basketball is a far inferior product, but I'm in basketball withdrawal and I'll take whatever high flying action I can get.

Also, I'll be watching and rooting against the UK basketball team so that Luol Deng will play as few minutes as possible and get into surgery and/or rehab to be as ready as possible for the Bulls' season. Thankfully Joakim Noah has already pulled out of the French effort.

On a slightly odd note, if it's the same as 2008, NBC will briefly bring back their old basketball theme called Roundball Rock. It's the best sports theme ever, and to me anyway, is the soundtrack of the Bulls' dynasty. I just wish they'd let Stacey King work the USA games at the Olympics and just be as over the top as he wants, plus he is good for normal analysis too. (Much more than, say, Dickie V)

Quoting ajd1992 (Reply 1):
Not to be a piss on the parade, but I'm really not looking forward to this.

I'm glad Chicago didn't get 2016.
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RE: London 2012 Olympics Thread

Fri Jul 13, 2012 8:40 am

The only Olympics Ive been to was the Sydney games.

A few personal highlights:
The opening ceremony dress rehearsal
Cathy Freeman's Gold medal
Watching Ian Thorpe break yet another world record on the big screens
During the closing ceremony, singing with Slim Dusty and 110,000 people

During the Paralympics, I think it was the men's 5000m. Everyone had finished except this one bloke. As you can imagine, he was getting the biggest cheer from the crowd. He ran off the track and started to do his lap hi-fiving the crowd. An official came out and tried to disqualify him. After a period of loud booing, he was allowed to finish and was presented with a bouquet of flowers.

Before the games, the government was warning about how bad the traffic would be, and encouraging people to take time off work. The traffic ended up being better than its ever been since.

A couple of London questions:
How were the tickets allocated? Ballot or first in first served?
Do they still have the day passes for the Paralympics? See whatever you want during the day?
 
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RE: London 2012 Olympics Thread

Fri Jul 13, 2012 9:31 am

I knew it was a complete joke when they unveiled the uniforms for volunteers:



Why couldn't they be white, blue and red for goodness sake?

And as for the opening ceremony, they've got a Teletubbies set, Eastenders logo and other nonsense... why not have models of HMS Victory, a Spitfire, Hurricane, Lancaster. Perhaps a scale model of HMS Belfast too. How about including figures of Lord Nelson, Winston Churchill, Douglas Bader, Captain James Cook and as a reminder of Waterloo the Duke of Wellington? Instead we have this:



Then there's the logo, which looks like Lisa Simpson giving head to a guy who's got his pants down:



Then there's the ugly tower they've built, apparently to rival the Eiffel Tower. It looks more like a partially built rollercoaster that has collapsed.

http://www.willgoto.com/pictures/b/London_ArcelorMittal_Orbit.jpg

I think it represents the UK very well.... a complete mess  
 
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RE: London 2012 Olympics Thread

Fri Jul 13, 2012 10:35 am

Quoting ajd1992 (Reply 1):
Not to be a piss on the parade, but I'm really not looking forward to this.
Quoting Delboy (Reply 2):
Like ajd, I'm of the opinion that I can take it or leave it. It is not exiting me one iota.
Quoting babybus (Reply 3):
Sorry to say I kinda went off it when I saw those silly mascots (gremlin and merville) which I think are actually quite frightening.
Quoting geezer (Reply 5):
I have heard very little on the TV about the Games so far. But then I haven't been watching the TV nearly as much as I generally do, so I'm rather "out of touch" as to what's been going on in London, getting ready for the games.
Quoting BMI727 (Reply 6):
Honestly, the Olympics really don't do that much for me.
Quoting Hywel (Reply 8):
I knew it was a complete joke when they unveiled the uniforms for volunteers:

If you're all so un-interested, why contribute to the thread?

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RE: London 2012 Olympics Thread

Fri Jul 13, 2012 10:50 am

Quoting mariner (Reply 9):
If you're all so un-interested, why contribute to the thread?

Its a common occurance, I come accross it all the time at work. People find it very easy to pick holes in things and think they are being critical but bring very little to the table in a constructive way. When asked to come up with a new product they will tell you exactly what it is you don't want to do.

Will you be watching Mariner?

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RE: London 2012 Olympics Thread

Fri Jul 13, 2012 11:44 am

Quoting flipdewaf (Reply 10):
Will you be watching Mariner?

Sure I will, the swimming and equestrian events especially.

All the competitors have dedicated their lives to trying to achieve something extraordinary, the pursuit of excellence, and I admire them for that. I find it exciting and sometimes quite moving.

And I'll watch the opening and closing, for the sheer spectacle - I thought Beijing was fantastic. I don't care if London is better or not as good - I doubt it will be dull.

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RE: London 2012 Olympics Thread

Fri Jul 13, 2012 12:09 pm

Quoting mariner (Reply 9):
If you're all so un-interested, why contribute to the thread?

.... Because it's an opinion and we're entitled to have one considering it's in our country paid for with our tax Sterling?
 
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RE: London 2012 Olympics Thread

Fri Jul 13, 2012 1:48 pm

I am lucky enough to have been invited to see two events by one of my Customers.

I will be there on the 29th July (having just arrived back from two weeks holiday) to see the womens 10m air pistol and skeet shooting.

I did not apply for tickets (nor would I have bought them personally) but I knew there was a very good chance of getting tickets for at least some of the shooting events.

I am looking forward to the games but as I will be working do not expect to see too many of the events (apart from highlights on the television).
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Fri Jul 13, 2012 3:02 pm

Will be keeping an eye on the Equestrian Team Dressage, where the Danish team have two repeats from the team that won bronze in Beijing. Sadly we're without Andreas Helgstrand (look up Blue Hors Matine on Youtube), but we still have a pretty good team. We even have a Princess riding for us!  

And having watched the European Athletics Championships not too long ago, I'll be interested in seeing how Andreas Bube, who managed to grab silver in the Men's 800 metres, will fare against the somewhat stronger competition he'll be facing in London.

And finally, there's no way I'll be missing the Men's lightweight coxless fours, seeing as Eskild Ebbesen has the chance of winning his 5th consecutive Olympic medal in a single event. His tally so far is gold in Atlanta, bronze in Sydney (since one of his then team mates had shattered his knee a month before the Olympics, they were far and away gold favourites), gold in Athens and gold in Beijing.

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RE: London 2012 Olympics Thread

Fri Jul 13, 2012 5:32 pm

Quoting Hywel (Reply 8):
Lord Nelson
Quoting Hywel (Reply 8):
and as a reminder of Waterloo the Duke of Wellington

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Fri Jul 13, 2012 5:41 pm

Im looking forward to it but not over excited. I just hope all goes well and no terror attacks. With the recent cock ups with security and having to draft in the army I do have concerns .

Olympic security chaos: depth of G4S security crisis revealed

http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/2012...-g4s-security-crisis?newsfeed=true

Then there was the structural issues with the M4 bridge between LHR and London .


I visited the Olympic area in Stratford and more pics can be seen in my TR :

British Airways Returns To Ireland+Etihad F Lounge (by OA260 Jun 30 2012 in Trip Reports)

http://i955.photobucket.com/albums/ae40/PhilipOA260/BADUB1/file-117.jpg

http://i955.photobucket.com/albums/ae40/PhilipOA260/BADUB1/file-128.jpg


BBC HD are showing the Olympic's in 3D so since having got my 50'' 3D TV I am quite looking forward to seeing it .

Today the new restriction zone was enforced in the London area for flights.

Personally I made the decision ages ago to avoid London for the whole time the Olympic's are on . I will enjoy from the comfort of my own home.
 
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RE: London 2012 Olympics Thread

Fri Jul 13, 2012 7:37 pm

Quoting PHX787 (Reply 4):
Question: Is soccer (association football) really this downplayed in the olympics?!

Not really, it's just that the Olympic tournament is played with the (I believe) Under-23 tournament rules. Which mean the players in the squads, with the exception of 3 players, have to be under the age of 23. This naturally leaves out a pretty large number of top flight players (and on top of that, the regular season in some countries have also begun by the time the Olympics are under way).
 
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RE: London 2012 Olympics Thread

Fri Jul 13, 2012 8:03 pm

Quoting mariner (Reply 9):

If you're all so un-interested, why contribute to the thread?

Can I restart the topic for actual appreciation and enthusiasm for the Olympics? This one is such a downer.

Quoting ajd1992 (Reply 12):
.... Because it's an opinion and we're entitled to have one considering it's in our country paid for with our tax Sterling?

Countries take their turns (vying for it), and paying for, the opportunity to host the most successful and agreeable meeting of nations on the planet. Sure, national rivalries continue, but nobody dies. One of the whole points is friendship and better understanding, which almost all the athletes -- apart from a few superstars and most of our NBA players   -- take home. It's massively popular. An entire planet is focusing on the competition your country is now hosting. It's a good thing.

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Fri Jul 13, 2012 9:11 pm

A poll has been released based on what the British public feel about London 2012 :

ComRes/ ITV News Olympics poll: Three quarters disagree that Olympics will benefit lives in their area


A new ComRes poll conducted for ITV News will reveal today that three quarters of the public disagree that the London 2012 Olympics will benefit the lives of people in their area, two thirds disagree that the ticketing system was fair and half do not believe the event is worth the public money being spent on it.

A large majority (71%) believe that the London 2012 Olympics will not benefit the lives of people in their area with a tiny 13% who think it will and 16% who are unsure. Similarly, two thirds (61%) think the Olympics will only benefit London and the people living in the capital.

http://www.comres.co.uk/poll/502/itv...news-2012-london-olympics-poll.htm
 
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Fri Jul 13, 2012 9:54 pm

Quoting OA260 (Reply 19):
A large majority (71%) believe that the London 2012 Olympics will not benefit the lives of people in their area with a tiny 13% who think it will and 16% who are unsure. Similarly, two thirds (61%) think the Olympics will only benefit London and the people living in the capital.

Typical small picture. I doubt it does benefit individuals much. (Yes, it may be sold that way, but it shouldn't be, nor expected.) But the sum total of goodwill toward the UK for hosting the event is hard to put a price on. Goodwill, unless of course the rest of the world catches on to the disgruntled UK majority that permeates, in which case, they don't have to hold an international event in the UK again. Rio, Havana, Istanbul, and Durban can take over. No loss to the IOC. That negativity certainly exists in the U.S., I know.

Despite my misgivings about China, and their huge manipulations to present Beijing in a good light, it was an impressive sports spectacle that many will remember.

But, it's worth mentioning, the leading nations that do host (such as the UK, Australia, Japan, the US) are more likely to derive logical use from the facilities after the games. Beijing and Athens haven't done so well on that. There was an earlier thread about establishing a permanent Olympic Games location. Alternately, each country could contribute toward building infrastructure in the host nation as it rotates between countries (proportional to the size of the team, perhaps?). Necessarily, there would be some minimizing in facilities. Some facilities are simply too grandiose and costly for use afterwords.

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RE: London 2012 Olympics Thread

Fri Jul 13, 2012 10:56 pm

I have tickets for the olympics

Both are for basketball, including the ladies bronze medal playoff game.

Got a fantastic deal on train tickets down to London Kings Cross £40rtn in first class
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Fri Jul 13, 2012 11:05 pm

Quoting Hywel (Reply 8):
Then there's the ugly tower they've built, apparently to rival the Eiffel Tower. It looks more like a partially built rollercoaster that has collapsed.

Agreed. that thing looks like crap. Like the tower from the Trinity Bomb after it was done with it   
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Fri Jul 13, 2012 11:27 pm

Quoting rampart (Reply 20):
But, it's worth mentioning, the leading nations that do host (such as the UK, Australia, Japan, the US) are more likely to derive logical use from the facilities after the games.

For sure the one thing that London will have and I do believe it after visiting the site is that the locals in Stratford itself will benefit from the new shopping outlets/public spaces and upgrading of what once was a complete dump. So I do feel its positive from that point of view.

Athens and Beijing put on good shows. Athens got a new Airport which was badly needed and a metro system again which was needed. Had it not been for the Olympic's I doubt the ''rush'' would have been there to get it done. With regards to the stadiums alot are now empty and falling apart and Greeks will be paying for it for decades to come but I still think much was gained in Athens . Many said the Greeks couldnt pull it off and wouldnt be ready in time and they proved everyone wrong. Of course these days there are more important issues in Greece than the Olympic legacy but they still have the infrastructure.
 
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Sat Jul 14, 2012 12:21 am

I live in London and often work in the East End so I have witnessed the amazing transformation some areas have had, just seeing it everyday and feeling the building atmosphere has been great. I think London is set to put on a brilliant show, the images of the opening ceremony rehearsals look really good, I've seen some of lighting at night above the stadium as well which was fantastic. A lot of things have happened in London already this summer, the Jubilee, Wimbledon, The Hackney Weekend festival which was just around the corner from the Olympic Park and the external completion of The Shard skyscraper.

I really dislike the branding they've gone for though, it all started with that horrible logo and continued with the garish colours and uniforms, ugly structures and weird mascots. Maybe it was all a desperate attempt at making Britain look modern and contemporary but whatever the idea was, it just ended up looking silly instead.

The BBC advert is really good in my opinion though; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4cVrjFlt4hI

One thing I do seriously worry about is the transport system and the Tube in particular, I just don't think it will cope during the games. It's a great system, the trains and stations are way cleaner than any I've seen in North America or Europe, it's also so easy to use with the Oyster Card which covers every possible mode of public transport in the city, everything from London Underground to Thames River services to London Cable Car! When something goes wrong however, it really is a nightmare, it only takes a signal failure, someone under a train or a security threat to suspend an entire line for hours.

Oh and the weather is going to be awful but there's nothing we can do about that.
 
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Sat Jul 28, 2012 3:20 pm




The first Gold medal has been won by China .


China's Yi Siling shot straight into the history books today, clinching the first gold medal of the London 2012 Games in the women's 10m air rifle discipline.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/oly...of-the-Games-in-10m-air-rifle.html

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Sadly the first victims of failing anti doping test . Hysen Pulaku  the Albanian weightlifter. Two Turkish weightlifters Fatih Baydar and Ibrahim Arat.

http://www.sacbee.com/2012/07/27/466...urkish-albanian-weightlifters.html

 
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Sat Jul 28, 2012 3:52 pm

Quoting OA260 (Reply 25):
China's Yi Siling shot straight into the history books today, clinching the first gold medal of the London 2012 Games in the women's 10m air rifle discipline.

And a major bummer for one of the Danish shooters, who missed out on the final by virtue of a single bullet/pellet shoot-off, resulting in a 9th place.

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Sat Jul 28, 2012 5:40 pm

Such a dull opening ceremony. For warmth and friendliness, I prefer Sydney. For faux spectacle, Beijing. This one looked like some self-absorbed inside joke.
 
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Sat Jul 28, 2012 5:42 pm

Happy to see the NZ crews dominated on the first day of the rowing regatta.
 
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Sat Jul 28, 2012 6:04 pm

Quoting BarfBag (Reply 27):
Such a dull opening ceremony.

I only watched the first part. I thought it was really strange. I did not like it so I stopped watching, also it got very late. I should have waited... they say the athletes parade (after all this is what the Olympics are all about) was very nice and colourful. They will have the athletes at the closing ceremony, I hope without the gloomy stuff so I will try to watch it, time permitting.

 

A faux Queen but also a faux James Bond jumped off a helicopter and parachuted themselves down into the stadium.
When I saw this live I knew right away it wasn't the Queen when they parachuted but I thought the James Bond who jumped was the real one but he wasn't.

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The English monarch made an exception to her public policy of speaking only in formal settings in order to perform a scene with Bond actor Daniel Craig that ended with stunt doubles resembling the pair leaping from a helicopter above the Olympic Stadium.

http://sports.yahoo.com/news/olympic...ess-for--slumdog-millionaire-.html

  
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Sat Jul 28, 2012 7:20 pm

The medal tally so far :

 
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Sat Jul 28, 2012 7:39 pm

Quoting MadameConcorde (Reply 29):
A faux Queen but also a faux James Bond jumped off a helicopter and parachuted themselves down into the stadium.
When I saw this live I knew right away it wasn't the Queen when they parachuted but I thought the James Bond who jumped was the real one but he wasn't.

I can't think there are many people in the world - if any - who thought it was actually the Queen parachuting from a helicopter. She is an 86 year old woman, whose physical safety is of high importance..

I think it is an entertaining idea that she should but I'm a little alarmed that you would want the actual Queen to do it.

Equally, I'm not sure why Mr.Craig is a "faux" James Bond. He is (the current) face of James Bond because - in reality - there is no such person. Bond is a fictional creation.

Mr Craig's personal safety is also of high value (to Hollywood and the insurance companies at least) . The stunt carried elements of danger and he doesn't do most of the stunts in his movies, either.

It's show biz.

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Sat Jul 28, 2012 8:20 pm

Well I thought the openign ceremony was pretty awesome, maybe too much music for the old timers but I enjoyed it plus I learned the names of some new countires. They're not new but I'd never heard of them.

I spent pretty much all day watching different sports. Maybe I have no life but it only happens every 4 years so I thought I'd make the most of the great coverage from the BBC. I'm looking forward to watching the badminton on Thursday and seeing Lin Dan play. He is awesome  
 
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Sat Jul 28, 2012 8:24 pm

This opening ceremony is getting weirder and weirder

this one was highly suspicious...

A German dignitary at the Olympic Opening Ceremony appeared to greet his country's athletes with a Nazi salute, causing Boris Johnson and Camilla Parker-Bowles who were sitting nearby to explode into a fit of giggles.

pictures and video here

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...thletes-Boris-Camilla-look-on.html

 Wow!
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Sat Jul 28, 2012 8:28 pm

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RE: London 2012 Olympics Thread

Sat Jul 28, 2012 8:57 pm

Quoting MadameConcorde (Reply 34):
this one was highly suspicious...

A German dignitary at the Olympic Opening Ceremony appeared to greet his country's athletes with a Nazi salute, causing Boris Johnson and Camilla Parker-Bowles who were sitting nearby to explode into a fit of giggles.

I did spot that, not that it's anything to do with the actual organisation and artistic choices of the ceremony itself.
Most likely the camera angle gave that impression, those nearby who are well used to having to think of how they look under media scrutiny, well versed in avoiding wrong impressions from camera angles, likely made the same connection and anticipated how it might appear?
 
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RE: London 2012 Olympics Thread

Sat Jul 28, 2012 10:19 pm

Best thing going at Olympics right now - Misty May & Kerri Walsh taking 1st set.   
 
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RE: London 2012 Olympics Thread

Sat Jul 28, 2012 11:33 pm

Quoting GDB (Reply 35):
I did spot that, not that it's anything to do with the actual organisation and artistic choices of the ceremony itself.

Yeah I noticed it as well.   My first thought was "boy I hope he isn't German!", but apparently he is. Well I guess it's safe to say that he didn't intend to do a Nazi salute, he's probably just stupid (and possibly senile).

Great to see Boris Johnson nearly pissing himself though   He could have intervened, having some experience with kraut-handling: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iWIUp19bBoA
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RE: London 2012 Olympics Thread

Sun Jul 29, 2012 12:14 am

Quoting Hywel (Reply 8):
Why couldn't they be white, blue and red for goodness sake?

My guess? Because everyone else will be wearing or more likely to be wearing something that is white blue and red and all the other colors of their countries. With these outfits they really stand out because no one in their right minds would be wearing something similar. Gotta admit, you'll be able to spot these volunteers!

Quoting MadameConcorde (Reply 33):
A German dignitary at the Olympic Opening Ceremony appeared to greet his country's athletes with a Nazi salute,
Quoting GDB (Reply 35):
I did spot that, not that it's anything to do with the actual organization and artistic choices of the ceremony itself. Most likely the camera angle gave that impression, those nearby who are well used to having to think of how they look under media scrutiny, well versed in avoiding wrong impressions from camera angles, likely made the same connection and anticipated how it might appear?
Quoting Rara (Reply 37):
Yeah I noticed it as well. My first thought was "boy I hope he isn't German!", but apparently he is. Well I guess it's safe to say that he didn't intend to do a Nazi salute, he's probably just stupid (and possibly senile).

That is not a Nazi salute. Not even close, among other things it's the wrong arm and the wrong motion. We have just gotten so far from the horror that was the Nazi's that we have started to imagine we see stuff in all sorts of innocent things. He was just dong a big waving action so his wave/greeting could could be seen by the athletes down on the field. I know, I have done the exact same wave before. Go ahead and try it your self and you'll see what I mean.

You want to see real salutes from that era, go here and you can see:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=95zvP1ZuNlA&feature=related

But lets leave this nonsense behind as it has nothing to do with the games or the German officials there for their country and athletes.

So far I am happy with what I have seen of the ceremony and the Olympics! I hope all goes smoothly for London and Britain overall.

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RE: London 2012 Olympics Thread

Sun Jul 29, 2012 12:47 am

With the massive and 'distinctive' opening ceremony over, finally real action.

I saw this morning in the USA a good part of the men's long road cycling race live. Was pretty much of a fight to the end, a crash near then end and a somewhat surprising winner. Too bad the UK guy didn't win. The crowds were huge and almost continuous along the routes out their on the main loop and all the way to the finish. That was cool to see such support, but then again, it is one of the few free public events to spectators.

I guess the big story of the day - for USA watchers - was how Phelps barely got into the 400m Freestyle and came in 4th place, just missing a medal, but his fellow USA competitor. Ryan Lochte getting gold.

So far, so good, no major glitches or complaints.
 
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RE: London 2012 Olympics Thread

Sun Jul 29, 2012 11:22 am

New Zealand beat Australian rivals

New Zealand drew first blood in the women's Hockey with a close 1-0 victory over neighbours Australia at the Riverbank Arena.

http://www.london2012.com/news/artic...ealand-beat-australian-rivals.html

Congrats to NZ I bet there was great rivalry between these two nations.

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Some nice photos from the day one swimming events :

Swimming highlights from Day 1 of the Olympic Games

http://www.london2012.com/photos/gal...6/#kosuke-hagino-reacts-after-race

 
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RE: London 2012 Olympics Thread

Sun Jul 29, 2012 12:14 pm

Quoting BarfBag (Reply 27):

Disagree. These opening ceremonies was probably the best I've seen, very well directed and very well played! I enjoyed seeing the show! The special effects used was totally amazing, especially the lighted blankets that the kids used. AND...... The deaf was represented quite well! Too bad I speak ASL and not BSL. It was neat to see otherwise.
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RE: London 2012 Olympics Thread

Sun Jul 29, 2012 12:51 pm

Quoting AirframeAS (Reply 41):
These opening ceremonies was probably the best I've seen, very well directed and very well played! I enjoyed seeing the show! The special effects used was totally amazing, especially the lighted blankets that the kids used. AND...... The deaf was represented quite well! Too bad I speak ASL and not BSL. It was neat to see otherwise.

Agreed. Not at all 'self absorbed', in fact it was hugely inclusive and free of monolithic, nationalistic chest beating.
Danny Boyle has said he took his main inspiration, for previous Olympic openings, from Sydney in 2000.
And a nice nod to Brazil in 2016, with the Brazilian schoolkids being shown around Buckingham Palace when a certain man 'on her Majesties Secret Service' arrives.

My mother saw some of the 1948 games in London, mostly held at the old Wembley Stadium. But that was a time so different from now as you could imagine. The country was still damaged, bankrupted from WW2, big bomb damaged gaps in London, nothing new was built for the games, including accommodation.
There was no money for anything like that but in 1948, there were far fewer nations competing anyway, fewer events.
But no one else seemed to want to host the first games after the war, or was in a position to, so London it was.
 
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RE: London 2012 Olympics Thread

Sun Jul 29, 2012 1:09 pm

Quoting GDB (Reply 42):
And a nice nod to Brazil in 2016, with the Brazilian schoolkids being shown around Buckingham Palace when a certain man 'on her Majesties Secret Service' arrives.

I know I'm being a bit pedantic here but shouldnt Her Majesty have addressed him as Commander Bond not Mr Bond?
I thought it really suprising, enjoyed the industrial revolution bit and loved the way they simulated a tube train to the Jam's Going Underground.Also the Arctic Monkeys were far better than Paul McCartney.
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RE: London 2012 Olympics Thread

Sun Jul 29, 2012 1:10 pm

I found the 'Mr.Bean' skit quite amusing in the OC and good show overall. Norway wins bronze in the Road Race on the first day!
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RE: London 2012 Olympics Thread

Sun Jul 29, 2012 5:16 pm

Quoting OA260 (Reply 40):

Congrats to NZ I bet there was great rivalry between these two nations.

I was on the edge of my seat watching that game this morning!
 
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RE: London 2012 Olympics Thread

Sun Jul 29, 2012 6:47 pm

When I first read that the theme from Benny Hill was on the PA during breaks in the beach volleyball events on Horse-guards Parade, I assumed it was satirical reporting, apparently not;

http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/blog...2012-beach-volleyball-horse-guards

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/oly...-Hill-at-the-beach-volleyball.html

[Edited 2012-07-29 11:50:27]

Apparently Prince Harry was due to see the women's beach volleyball, being familiar with Horse Guards from his royal and army life he'd be on hand to dispense advice.....of course.


[Edited 2012-07-29 12:04:54]
 
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RE: London 2012 Olympics Thread

Sun Jul 29, 2012 7:50 pm

Quoting GDB (Reply 46):
When I first read that the theme from Benny Hill was on the PA during breaks in the beach volleyball events on Horse-guards Parade, I assumed it was satirical reporting, apparently not

It's unfortunate that it was cold enough during the women's beach volleyball events today that all the women were wearing full body leotards...

I watched the women's archery events today. I think they're playing at a Cricket club. It was a beautiful venue.
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RE: London 2012 Olympics Thread

Sun Jul 29, 2012 7:53 pm

Quoting canoecarrier (Reply 47):
I watched the women's archery events today. I think they're playing at a Cricket club. It was a beautiful venue.

The archery is taking place at Lords - yes, it's a fabulous place and oozes atmosphere.

Congrats to Lizzie Armitstead and Becky Adlington - first medals for Team GB today! Hopefully the first of many!
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RE: London 2012 Olympics Thread

Sun Jul 29, 2012 8:05 pm

Quoting canoecarrier (Reply 47):
It's unfortunate that it was cold enough during the women's beach volleyball events today that all the women were wearing full body leotards...

Yes, rained some here today, but they got good weather saturday, which considering it's been very unusually wet for much of the past couple of months was fortunate.
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