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  1. With 112 pages on this thread, and 3 weeks to go, I thought I'd create a poll just to get a snapshot of what Gamesbidders think when it comes to the location of the cauldron. Let's keep the discussion here in this thread, but the poll is in a separate thread: Cauldron Location Poll
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  2. Just to add to that. When I was on Atlanta's OC cast, the opening crew (the 5 colored tribes) then became the track-tarp Uncovering crew. So while the magical moment of the Zeus temple sequence was happening, I/we couldn't really watch it live, even though we were on the same field because we were busily removing the covering on the track, to make it ready for those darn sons-of-a-gun athletes, working in the dark and then throwing it into the pit. I really hated that part of it...but no choice. That was the job designation. Do it or don't come back. And even if you're there, your section won't probably see the other parts, because you are either waiting in the corridors for for your cue; or you're hidden in some prop...so you'll never really see the whole thing until you get home and play the tape. The ushers and those section cheerleaders have the best part in terms of being able to watch the whole show w/o any stress or being sent home early.
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  3. Speaking from a British point-of-view, I am hoping and to some extent expecting something exciting, unexpected and innovative. These are values which we would like to present to the world .. we have so much heritage and history to draw from when composing a ceremony, yet we really need to show we're still relevant and embrace those sentiments I mentioned. Hence, I am hoping the end of this story is a "nice one UK" and not a disappointed yawn. I'm no patriot particularly, but I rather feel we'll do a pretty good job! At worst, it can't be as bad as the London bus with "modern" dance in the handover segment in Beijing!
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  4. Let's be clear. Time isn't "running short" for London. It's not as if they've been procrastinating and are left with their backup plan. They are implementing a plan developed years ago according to a carefully mapped timetable. They have exactly the time they need to realize their vision. Instead of lamenting all the things that are "sadly no longer possible" (as if that ship has sailed!) let's just wait and see what emerges.
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  5. Waltzing Mathilda as an upbeat power anthem? File under "Things you have to be Australian to understand". Anyway, reminds me of one of the better closing cermony moments of all time:
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  6. Should be hitting very soon. I just made a check to see if it was uploaded already. But no. I'd say give it another week. The last batch of sportscasters for the Canadian Olympic Broadcast Media Consortium has yet to be announced and so is the fuller breakdown of the hours for each network involved and what sports. But CTV Olympics announced yesterday after the Canada Day weekend a slew mixing beloved features and segments with new ones ready to hit between now and during the Olympics on CTV, TSN, Rogers Sportsnet, and RDS like the Summer Olympics version of the Difference Makers (hosted by Rick Hansen in English and Chantal Petitclerc in French), Superbodies, The Experts, Canadian Performances, Snapshots, Upclose, Gold Medal Moments, and newbie Raising an Olympian. The excellent Stephen Brunt returns for the Olympics with his brilliant essays that will now be a more frequent part called Stephen Brunt Essays (closest thing to that here in the US recently were the Olympic Moments and Jim McKay's Essays). One thing in what made him so damn good and moving in Vancouver was Brunt wasn't frequent in them during the Games, just only a few times, like in the closing one that won him a Gemini Award. Just hope he won't get overexposed this time around, like CanadianSports says in his post. Hope to bring a few clips in the next few posts here. http://bellmediapr.ca/olympics/ http://canadiansport...akers-and-more/ Some women's pre-Olympic soccer friendly involving Canada on Sportsnet One in Canada and NBC during this past Canada Day weekend http://canadiansport...riendly-on-nbc/ Two new Olympic Games promos from Argentina's TyC Sports deal with two themes under the tagline "The Olympics. Where an Argentinian can defeat another Argentinian", produced by Young & Rubicam Argentina. Both are very good and use classical music setting the tone. All of it making it sound divine. Maybe it could've used more of TyC Sports personalities for them. The first one of the TyC Sports Olympic promos here is called "Contrasts". Here, Argentinians everywhere discuss in their everyday conversations Argentinians athletes in sports other than soccer, which obviously doesn't occur very much down there. Second one is "SABEMOS COMO SE SIENTE" (or "Know How It Feels"). That is, feeling all of the rang of emotions that will come from Argentina's Olympians in action. Much of the footage comes from the Guadalajara Pan Am Games 2011 though there is Olympic footage like with the dejected Leonas in their loss to the Dutch in field hockey. NOTTV will offer the 2012 London Olympics coverage, both live and delayed, on the latest models of smartphones in Japan that BS will offer. http://translate.goo...ved=0CEUQ7gEwAA http://translate.goo...ved=0CCMQ7gEwAA British viewers are a bit ambivalent to the really nice and new BBC 2012 Olympic campaign that was doled out. I can definitely see remnants of The Incredibles in it with a lot of video game aspects. But what the reactors need to be reminded of is the fact for the Olympics all of Britain is the sports stage, to paraphrase Shakesphere. http://london2012.bl...t-does-it-mean/ Team GB men's and women's Olympic soccer teams take the field for a couple of pre-Olympic matches this month in Middlesborough. And BBC One will be there for all of them, capturing every second. Just like BBC One will be there for their opening games before the OC http://www.bbc.co.uk...ympics/18710666 Lithuanian pay-TV operators are furious over national broadcaster LRT sold the Olympics and UEFA Champions League HD rights to incumbant telecommunication company TEO LT, and they claim secretly. TEO LT operates IPTV and DTT service as Gala. http://www.broadband...-dispute-grows/ On the very busy month of July with Olympics rapidly approaching, ESPN Star Sports Asia launches the "My Country, My Cheer" Facebook app. The way how it's reported, this is India-only. But with the wide reach from West Asia (starting with Afghanistan) to almost all of Southeast Asia, it ought to be encompassing for those numerous nations. http://www.bestmedia...r-facebook-app/ I already mentioned this eons ago on this thread but it's worth mentioning again as a reminder. Starting on July 9, TVE's La 1, Teledeporte, and rtve.es will show all of Spain's men's pre-Olympic tuneup basketball games across Spain (except for one trip to Paris to face Eurobasket silver medalists France there on July 15 during its Bastille Day time) with the Euro champs Spain taking on Olympic hosts Great Britain culminating with a match against Team USA in Barcelona on the 20th anniversay of the Dream Team's magical run there. This report is a lot more detailed than what I first submitted. http://satcesc.com/w...pica-de-espana/ It's been made aware that the Japanese Association Independent Television Stations (JAITS) is also part of the Japan Consortium with NHK, TBS, Nippon TV, Fuji TV, Tokyo TV, and TV Asahi during the Olympics. As you may expect, it acts like the Canadian version during this in its Olympic functions. You could say it is the original one. Markus Rogan, Corinna Kuhnle, Yvonne Schuring, Viktoria Schwarz, Ludwig Paischer, Sabrina Filzmoser, Thomas Farnik, Victoria Max-Theurer zu Wort were all interviewed on ORF Sport +'s Olympische Spielen 2012: Countdown to London several days ago. http://www.live-pr.c...r1049575129.htm Televisa Deportes Network's Olympic theme song is "Adelante" ("Forward"), performed by Paty Cantu, Ha*Ash, Mary Limbo, and Rodrigo Motel. Cantu wrote the lyrics for teh TDN song. http://www.informado...-televisivo.htm http://translate.goo...KEpIA5Imb2ficFQ
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  7. On the topic of promos, also love the London Calling promo ad on BBC networks around the world (also being used on UK:TV here in NZ). http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ugAMcMFnG1I
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  8. My guess, Michael, is when the NBC family of networks unveils its Olympic TV and Internet schedules, which is the only major significant thing remaining after all of the anchors, reporters, play-by-play and analyst sportscasters were named to the NBC London 2012 broadcast team for us American Olympic fans to get excited and plan for (and also for Canadian Olympics who may be interested in watching some of the coverage up north on at least on NBC proper in addition to CTV Olympics). I expect the schedule will be released sometime within these two weeks. More likely later this week with the likes of FOXTEL already making known their schedules. As for the media guide itself, I expect NBC's London 2012 media guide to be a massive affair with a lot of stuff outside of the aforementioned items and will be bigger than what NBC and publishing companies put out from its past viewing guides since 1988. But since Quaker2001 beat me to it with his finding of Pittsburgh's NBC affiliate's schedule, I need to see if media guide is since uploaded. BBC finally brings out an Olympic promo and intro for their massive London coverage. It's animated like with its previous ones for Beijing and Vancouver, but this time computer-generated animation rule the day, showing athletes training and competing in sports in various parts of the UK like the London streets and in the English Channel that was inspired by the Stadium UK concept. All of it using Elbow's "First Steps". Really nice. With its premiere already at EURO 2012 Final halftime, BBC1 will bring forth the full 2:40 version tomorrow. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WxQNtDEhVgE http://www.theweek.c...-sequence-video BBC's brief London Olympic promo with Usain Bolt, Rebecca Adington, and Sir Chris Hoy winning in Beijing that tied us over until the big one just unvieled with M83's excellent "Midnight City"
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