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#16 Natalia

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Posted 29 July 2012 - 05:40 AM

Those ugly industrial smokestacks reminded me of Ratmansky's Firebird.

Basically a grim, gloomy rather 'untidy' opening cerem. So this is what $40mill buys? (That said, I loved Mr. Bean's bit with the 'Chariots of Fire' and the Queen with James Bond. That's it.)

Great Britain is a LOT more beautiful than than. They deserved a display of beauty, brightness and dignity...and professional movements from professional dancers. Where on earth was The Royal Ballet in this? Does Danny Boyle only like punk-street dancing? At least he cannot mess-up the beautiful vistas in and around London, such as the gorgeous Sussex countryside I'm now seeing in the bicycle road racing.

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Posted 29 July 2012 - 06:07 AM

Those ugly industrial smokestacks reminded me of Ratmansky's Firebird.

Basically a grim, gloomy rather 'untidy' opening cerem. So this is what $40mill buys? (That said, I loved Mr. Bean's bit with the 'Chariots of Fire' and the Queen with James Bond. That's it.)

Great Britain is a LOT more beautiful than than. They deserved a display of beauty, brightness and dignity...and professional movements from professional dancers. Where on earth was The Royal Ballet in this? Does Danny Boyle only like punk-street dancing? At least he cannot mess-up the beautiful vistas in and around London, such as the gorgeous Sussex countryside I'm now seeing in the bicycle road racing.


Well the industrial revolution was really incredibly beautiful, with gleaming smokestacks covered in glittering gold. Happy workers dancing in the streets for joy at their marvelous working conditions and sunshine, rainbows and lollipops everywhere!

It encouraged great progress but also a lot of human misery. The UK was instrumental in the Industrial revolution and as it was critical to the modern world as we know it I can see why it featured so prominently in the opening. I'm rather glad it wasn't whitewashed over though.

And the first section, with a verdant england focusing on Glastonbury Tor was quite beautiful.

Honestly from what I read I thought it was going to be a bit "weirder" than it was.

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Posted 29 July 2012 - 08:44 AM

It would have been nice, however, to get a little more Vaughan Williams and less pop.


What was the deal with having British athletes parade in to David Bowie’s Heroes? The tone of that song is desperate and wistful and ironic. The heroism there is fantasy. I couldn’t hear the lyrics well last night, but I’m guessing they at least cut out the lines about how “you can be mean and I’ll drink all the time.”


At skating championships, the International Skating Union has played "We Are the Champions" when the medallists take their victory lap. Talk about tone deaf.

I thought Boyle's approach was fascinating. I wonder what it was like to be in the stadium. I'm assuming they had big screens and/or an internal frequency to allow people to see close-ups on their cell phones. (in Vancouver, they jammed cell phone reception in at least the closing ceremony.). The entire Jubilee has been full of pomp. There's no way the Olympics could compete with that. I'm glad they took a different approach with the Opening Ceremony.

I thought Queen Elizabeth was great in the Bond video. She's in her '80's and has had months of Jubilee-related events. I thought she looked tired more than dyspeptic during the ceremony.

The CTV people were great at keeping quiet through most of the Opening Ceremony. Unfortunately, during the Parade of Athletes, the info they gave was mostly useless.

CTV didn't cut the choreography, but I think you had to be in the stadium to get the effect of the patterns and mass of people. It wasn't very photogenic, and I fast-forwarded through most of it.

After the children's choirs, my favorite part was the clip of "Gregory's Girl" shown during the mindless romance section. I loved the cauldron, the idea of passing the torch from one of the greatest British Olympic athletes to a group of children, and how they used the "petals" carried in my kids accompanying each nation in the Parade of Athletes to created the cauldron. I thought the Olympic Rings thing in the sky was splendid, and I love all fireworks.

Were the Great Britain team uniforms supposed to be ironic? Why did the US uniforms make them look like members of the Canadian military?

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Posted 29 July 2012 - 09:43 AM

It encouraged great progress but also a lot of human misery. The UK was instrumental in the Industrial revolution and as it was critical to the modern world as we know it I can see why it featured so prominently in the opening. I'm rather glad it wasn't whitewashed over though


You're of course quite right about the UK's role in the Industrial Revolution and the miserable conditions the poor suffered during it. But there are times to tell the hard truth and times, not to whitewash, but to celebrate what merits celebration, and I think the Olympics is one of the latter.

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Posted 29 July 2012 - 06:07 PM

Were the Great Britain team uniforms supposed to be ironic? Why did the US uniforms make them look like members of the Canadian military?

I wondered if Stella McCartney designed the uniforms as a throw back to glam rock (all the lame'). Regarding the US uniforms, plenty of criticism of the berets, that they are French, and therefore "unamerican". But the US Military has a long history of wearing the berets: US Army Special Forces have worn Green Berets since they saw the British wear Red ones in WWII. US Army and US Air Force have worn berets for at least 25 years. The US Army Rangers have worn Black berets for over 50 years. And 10 years ago, the US Army Command changed all US Military uniforms, to include the beret. So I think of berets as quite American!

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Posted 29 July 2012 - 09:55 PM


Those ugly industrial smokestacks reminded me of Ratmansky's Firebird.

Basically a grim, gloomy rather 'untidy' opening cerem. So this is what $40mill buys? (That said, I loved Mr. Bean's bit with the 'Chariots of Fire' and the Queen with James Bond. That's it.)

Great Britain is a LOT more beautiful than than. They deserved a display of beauty, brightness and dignity...and professional movements from professional dancers. Where on earth was The Royal Ballet in this? Does Danny Boyle only like punk-street dancing? At least he cannot mess-up the beautiful vistas in and around London, such as the gorgeous Sussex countryside I'm now seeing in the bicycle road racing.


Well the industrial revolution was really incredibly beautiful, with gleaming smokestacks covered in glittering gold. Happy workers dancing in the streets for joy at their marvelous working conditions and sunshine, rainbows and lollipops everywhere!

It encouraged great progress but also a lot of human misery. The UK was instrumental in the Industrial revolution and as it was critical to the modern world as we know it I can see why it featured so prominently in the opening. I'm rather glad it wasn't whitewashed over though.

And the first section, with a verdant england focusing on Glastonbury Tor was quite beautiful.

Honestly from what I read I thought it was going to be a bit "weirder" than it was.


I thought the William Blake set the tone - the contrast of the beautiful land and the dark satanic mills. There's no reason why a celebration of this kind can't include references to struggle and triumph over circumstances - quite appropriate to the Olympics, when you think about it.

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Posted 29 July 2012 - 09:55 PM

NBC needs to keep a camera on Mama Raisman at all times......

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Posted 30 July 2012 - 05:49 AM

Were the Great Britain team uniforms supposed to be ironic? Why did the US uniforms make them look like members of the Canadian military?

I wondered if Stella McCartney designed the uniforms as a throw back to glam rock (all the lame').


The GB parade uniforms were designed by the clothing chain Next, not by Stella McCartney - she did the 'performance' kit.

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Posted 30 July 2012 - 07:10 AM

NBC needs to keep a camera on Mama Raisman at all times......


Agreed! Her reactions were priceless.

Enjoyed the 3-meter synchronized diving competition. Congratulations to Abby Johnston and Kelci Bryant on winning the silver!

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Posted 30 July 2012 - 08:12 AM

Wu and He, though, were incredible, just gorgeous in the air.

With the bronze Emilie Heymans became the first Canadian to win medals in four consecutive Olympics. Like Wu, she won a medal with her second synchro partner, and for Heymans, it was in another diving discipline: she had to give up platform diving because of injury. Congratulations to her and Jennifer Abel, her partner.

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Posted 30 July 2012 - 09:48 AM

More about NBCs editing of the opening ceremony.


Choreographer angry that NBC cut segment
David Bauder
Associated Press – Sat, Jul 28, 2012
http://news.yahoo.co...7--finance.html

[font=arial,helvetica,clean,sans-serif][size=3][size=4]NEW YORK (AP) — The choreographer of a somber segment in the London Olympics opening ceremony said Saturday he's disappointed that NBC decided not to show it to an American audience.
Spectators were asked to display photos of loved ones who could not be there during the segment. The music, a hymn called "Abide With Me," was described in the ceremony's program as an "honest expression of the fear of approaching death."
NBC producers did not air it, instead showing American viewers Ryan Seacrest's interview with swimmer Michael Phelps.
"I am disappointed," said Londoner Akram Khan, who choreographed and danced in the segment. "I am really sad that I couldn't show the work in America, and that really upsets me, because I don't think it's any more or less than the other pieces. It brings to mind the question ... that maybe it's too truthful."
The ceremony's program describes the performance as dramatizing "the struggle between life and death using such powerful images of mortality as dust and the setting sun."
Some in the British press have interpreted the segment as being a tribute to victims of bomb attacks in July 2005 that killed 52 commuters and four suicide bombers on London's transit network. During the BBC live coverage of the ceremony, commentator Hazel Irvine made the connection while the dance was taking place: "The excitement of that moment in Singapore seven years ago when London won the games was tempered with great sorrow the very next day," when the terror attacks took place, she said.
NBC said it had no indication that the segment was a reference to the terrorist attacks.
Although in many places the ceremony was aired in full, NBC aired it on a tape-delayed basis and made editing changes. The network said there are often such production decisions when showing a taped version of a ceremony.
"Our program is tailored for the U.S. television audience," said NBC Sports spokesman Greg Hughes. "It's a credit to (ceremony director) Danny Boyle that it required so little editing."[/size][/size][/font]


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Posted 30 July 2012 - 10:43 AM

Miachael Phelps looked like his old self again in the men's 4x100 freestyle relay . He's not the one who lost the race. It was Ryan Lochte-(who seems to be such a favorite now)-, who choked away Team USA's big lead on the final leg.
Judging from Phelps' amazing swim, I need to predict that his time as a dominant force in men's swimming is far from over. He was superb in his leg of that relay, posting the fastest time by anyone except for France's Yannick Agnel. Then we have to consider that the 100-meter freestyle isn't even Phelps' best event. He doesn't even compete in the regular 100-meter freestyle sprint. He's been better throughout his career in the longer sprints, and his specialty is the butterfly. Go Mikeyyyyyyy, gooooooooooo!!!! Posted Image

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Posted 30 July 2012 - 10:52 AM

If Phelps couldn't beat Agnell's time, I wouldn't be so hard on Lochte. It might have been a wrong strategic move to have Lochte swim the anchor leg, but I'm not sure Phelps would have been able to do much better as anchor.

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Posted 30 July 2012 - 11:03 AM

If Phelps couldn't beat Agnell's time, I wouldn't be so hard on Lochte. It might have been a wrong strategic move to have Lochte swim the anchor leg, but I'm not sure Phelps would have been able to do much better as anchor.


Unfortunately, this time Lochte cost himself and two other teammates a victory. He hit the water with a 0.55-second lead over France and touched the wall 0.45 seconds after Agnell.

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Posted 30 July 2012 - 11:13 AM

Relays are a combination of all of the times. Unless any of the team members had a personal best -- which as far as I've been listening and reading did not happen -- each one of them is responsible for their overall placement.


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