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post #1 of 33
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What did you think of the show?    I was kind of disappointed and somewhat bored.  Doesn't measure up to the Beijing ceremonies.

 

I did like 2 things though --- Queen Elizabeth with 007 and her "parachuting".   And Mr. Bean!  Just loved him.

 

Aside from that I didn't care for it and actually fell asleep.

post #2 of 33

It was certainly impressive.  I wondered about the brass "utensils" that each country carried in.

 

I love London.  I wish I was there to see it.  Or...maybe not, right now.
 

post #3 of 33
Being British myself I thought it was amazing, it showed how country has deveolped through the ages, and respected the memory of those that lost their lives in the wars, and the music was fantastic.

I wish I could of been there because its a once in a life time thing but at nearly £500 a ticket it wasn't happening
post #4 of 33
I almost missed the whole thing. For some reason I thought it was going to be today. By the time I checked the TV guide to see what time it started, there was only about half an hour left. I turned the TV on just about the time the torch was carried into the stadium. They did repeat the program in the middle of the night and I recorded that. I may actually find time to watch it one of these days.
post #5 of 33

I enjoyed most if.  I loved the scenes of London.  Having visited London many years ago, it was really cool to realize I had seen all those sites in person.  Thought the part about the health care and kids books was a bit too long, but the rest of it I enjoyed.  Loved the music parts.

post #6 of 33
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Being British myself I thought it was amazing, it showed how country has deveolped through the ages, and respected the memory of those that lost their lives in the wars, and the music was fantastic.

I wish I could of been there because its a once in a life time thing but at nearly £500 a ticket it wasn't happening

I thought it was great as well. I had no idea it was so expensive though. 500 quid for the cheap seats? Wow! I didn't like it that much. I enjoyed Mr Bean as well. I also thought the transition to the Industrial Revolution was cool. It all just looked like a grassy hill before.
post #7 of 33
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I thought it was great as well. I had no idea it was so expensive though. 500 quid for the cheap seats? Wow! I didn't like it that much. I enjoyed Mr Bean as well. I also thought the transition to the Industrial Revolution was cool. It all just looked like a grassy hill before.

Yeah one of my partners friends took his wife they paid I think it was 470 I ticket so its not far off 500.

It's been floated round it cost 27mill for the ceremony which I didn't think was to bad as it was Saud on facebook that a couple of footballers cost 35 and 50mill haha
post #8 of 33

l enjoyed the bits and pieces l caught of it.

Nice to see the old country put on a show!

l'd love to have gone back, but l don't miss the weather. Everybody always looks frozen.

post #9 of 33

I was at work for most of the ceremony, so I taped a rerun of it. I'm glad I did!  I found much of it very boring, and was glad to have the ability to fast forward at times.

 

So far as "my personal review" of the opening cermony goes, I wasn't very impressed. It looked like a great deal of work and planning went into it, but I found it to be very political in some areas, and quite chaotic and overly  "busy"  with far too much going on all at once that it made it look haphazzard at times. dizzy.gif

 

I fast forwarded through much of the boy meets girl cell phone "story." 

 

The industrial revolution segment was great but then we got the NHS segment (who cares) and then it just got disjointed and frankly boring. I still can't figure out how that whole healthcare bit fit in.  confused.gif

 

I loved the Queens entrance though. She seems like she has a wicked sense of humour and would be a blast to just hang out with.

Personally I think 4 years ago Beijing put on the best opening and closing ceremony in the history of the Olympics.  So I think in my eyes, a ceremony coming so close to that one, would have a hard time measuring up to what I perceive as the new  "gold standard" of ceremonies.
 

post #10 of 33
Beijing spent a rumored 100 million dollars on their ceremony though...

The commies thumbed their noses at our recession & "made it rain"biggrin.gif
post #11 of 33
The NHS was in there because its our heritage part of our culture so the British care

I loved the forging of the rings to

But I do get how it doesn't appeal to everyone though
post #12 of 33

I thought it was a wonderful show!

post #13 of 33

I thought it was beautiful!  I loved how varied it was.  From a more "classical" theater like entertainment in the beginning (I did miss the first 30 minutes) to the more modern like entertainment.  The music was wonderful.  I loved watching how every scene evolved from one to the other. 

 

The torch was really neat till they lifted it up...Now it just looks weird to me.  At leat from the side.  From the top it's still beautiful.

post #14 of 33
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The torch was really neat till they lifted it up...Now it just looks weird to me.  At leat from the side.  From the top it's still beautiful.

 

No need to worry about that. It's only visibile from inside the building, which is private, and you need to buy tickets to get into.

post #15 of 33

There's always going to be some that doesn't like something, but personally l was quite impressed, especially with our Queen laughing02.gif

post #16 of 33

Didn't watch it. Any of it. Nor do I plan to.

 

I think I'm the only person on the face of the earth who has absolutely no interest in any kind of sports whatsoever. anon.gif

post #17 of 33
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Didn't watch it. Any of it. Nor do I plan to.

 

I think I'm the only person on the face of the earth who has absolutely no interest in any kind of sports whatsoever. anon.gif

I won't be watching any of the Olympics, l just wanted to see the opening ceremony, because like you l hate sport with a passion

post #18 of 33
I watched it on and off, but the end was the best part to me. Love the lighting of the cauldron and the fireworks were spectacular and dazzling. Very beautiful show and the music was great too! I enjoyed it. I love watching the Olympics even though I am not a big sports fanatic.
post #19 of 33

This is pretty much the only time I willingly watch sports.  DH makes me watch Track & Field stuff when it is on; but thats it thankfully! LOL

post #20 of 33
I didn't see it because the TV doesn't actually have any channels on it... I think it might have something to do with that switch back in 2008... I think that was the year at least. I do enjoy the olympics even though I'm not a sports person really, especially the winter olympics. However this year I'm interested in the air rifle because it's something that I do. I'm surprised that so many people say that the air rifle competition doesn't deserve to be in the olympics because they don't think it's a real sport. What's worse is when people act like the gun does everything for you. I think they should actually try!
post #21 of 33
I'm liking this tribute to British music (closing ceremony) ~~ Annie Lennox!!
post #22 of 33
The tribute to British music was good. It was getting too late here (one hour ahead of British time), so I only watched till they raised the Greek flag and missed The Who.
post #23 of 33

We did good!!   clap.gif

post #24 of 33
We did brilliant! It was a brilliant end to a brilliant games

The who were amazing! Only thing that was a bit ropey was Jessie j covering queen
post #25 of 33
I loved both the opening and closing ceremonies. Thought they were interesting and really well done. The fireworks were amazing - must have been brilliant to see in person. Here, they showed a shot of Prince Harry singing along with Eric Idle - "Always Look On The Bright Side of Life" - great!!

I watched some of the events, because I love the Olympics. The marathons are my favorite event. I got up early on both Sundays to watch it live. (6 AM here in NYC). I watched Andy Murray win his gold, which was very exciting, and I'm not even a tennis fan! (But I know his story, and I'm addicted to Scotland). Yesterday I watched the mountain biking which was so intense!

Pretty spectacular 2 weeks, I would say, and congrats to London for brilliant hosting!! biggthumpup.gif
post #26 of 33

I really enjoyed the closing ceremony!

 

The first part with the cars and trucks covered in news paper completely lost me, but the rest of it was really enjoyable!

post #27 of 33
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Originally Posted by Winchester View Post

Didn't watch it. Any of it. Nor do I plan to.

 

I think I'm the only person on the face of the earth who has absolutely no interest in any kind of sports whatsoever. anon.gif

No Pam -- you're not the oly person who isn't interested in sports.  I feel the same way.  However, I do enjoy the ceremonies.  Didn't like the opening too much, but enjoyed the closing ceremonies.   I didn't get to see the whole thing as I fell asleep! -

post #28 of 33

I really enjoyed watching the closing ceremony too, it looked like everyone was having so much fun!  I watched some of the Olympics,(kind of off and on) and I think the British did an absolutely fantastic job hosting this event.  clap.gifclap.gifclap.gif

post #29 of 33
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I really enjoyed the closing ceremony!

The first part with the cars and trucks covered in news paper completely lost me, but the rest of it was really enjoyable!

Oh was that the Pet Shop Boys singing "West End Girls"? They're known for sublime artistic expression, much of it kinda odd at times. What's sad is that I only really remember Annie Lennox and then the Spice Girls on top of the cars... Oh yes and Eric Idle too~~ Hilarious. My memory's not what it used to be=(
post #30 of 33
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Only thing that was a bit ropey was Jessie j covering queen
Why didn't they have George Michael do it? He did it at the Freddie Mercury tribute concert way back when and was really good.

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Oh was that the Pet Shop Boys singing "West End Girls"?
Yep, but IIRC, those costumes were from another video.
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