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2012 London Olympics

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Post by Divia » Thu August 2nd, 2012, 12:37 am

[quote=""EC2""]' Hated the whole NHS sequence, was unimpressed by the music sequence and I don't rate The Arctic Monkeys. Paul McCartney is waaaay past his sell by date and the ending should have been at the lighting of that glorious, stupendous Olympic flame.[/quote]

In American the commentators thought the doves looked like ET or reminded them of teh movie ET. :D And after they said that I was like oh yeah....
It's the Lord of the Rings isn't it?
Someone posted on facebook frames from the LOTR movie and frames from the olypmics. And yeah after I saw the two side by side I was like ohhh hey... lol
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Post by Divia » Thu August 2nd, 2012, 12:38 am

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Post by annis » Thu August 2nd, 2012, 1:13 am

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Hated the whole NHS sequence
Some of my English friends have been quick to point out the political ironies attached to this sequence- here's a typical response:

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Post by SonjaMarie » Thu August 2nd, 2012, 2:25 am

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Post by Madeleine » Thu August 2nd, 2012, 8:51 am

Interesting comments from everyone. I thought the "doves" looked like the flying sequence in ET too, and the industrial bit also really reminded me of the Mordor scenes in LOTR. However I have to admit that I thought the country scenes seemed, to me at least, to border on looking like a Monty Python sketch. I agree about the music choices, Arctic Monkeys were bleugh, and Macca was slightly cringeworthy, although Hey Jude is always a good singalong. I also agree it should have finished with the lighting of the flame and cauldron.

A lot of people here have mixed feelings about the NHS scenes - it was all a bit bizarre and Mary Poppins-y, although I thought it had a certain cutesiness about it, but why include puppets of Voldemort (I thought it was a witch at first) and that hideous giant baby - I know they had lots of other things from children's literature like Cruella de Vil etc, but that should have been a separate tribute section. It did all seem a bit of a mish-mash.

I think the closing ceremony might be more of a traditional concert.
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Post by EC2 » Thu August 2nd, 2012, 12:09 pm

[quote=""Divia""]In American the commentators thought the doves looked like ET or reminded them of teh movie ET. :D And after they said that I was like oh yeah....


Someone posted on facebook frames from the LOTR movie and frames from the olypmics. And yeah after I saw the two side by side I was like ohhh hey... lol[/quote]

That's interesting. I was so struck by the LOTR symbolism that I did wonder if it was intentional.
Re the doves. I was told that they used to use real doves in the ceremony until the Seoul olympics when a lot of them got barbecued in the Olympic flame, so now they tend to be symbolic!
Les proz e les vassals
Souvent entre piez de chevals
Kar ja li coard n’I chasront

'The Brave and the valiant
Are always to be found between the hooves of horses
For never will cowards fall down there.'

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Post by Divia » Thu August 2nd, 2012, 4:34 pm

okay is it bad that I laughed that the doves got barbecued by the flame. Too funny
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Post by annis » Fri August 3rd, 2012, 12:15 am

Too cute! Animated Lego Olympic scenarios :)
http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/series/brick-by-brick

BTW, is this the weepiest Olympics ever? Every time you look there's some miserable athlete sobbing their heart out somewhere in shot!
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Post by Divia » Fri August 3rd, 2012, 2:21 am

[quote=""annis""]BTW, is this the weepiest Olympics ever? Every time you look there's some miserable athlete sobbing their heart out somewhere in shot![/quote]

It might be. But to be fair I really think the Koreans got a raw deal on the whole fencing thing. That really sucked and was ridiculous
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Post by SonjaMarie » Fri August 3rd, 2012, 2:36 am

Great day for USA with 6 gold medals today.
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