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  1. I don’t know whether I should be proud or embarrassed, but here goes my post number 20,000 on GamesBids. It took almost 18 years to get here - and it’s not like I’ve ever been a reticent poster - so I guess it’s quite a mark. I think I’ve earned a self-indulgent thread of my own.It seems I’m only the second member to ever reach the milestone, but I doubt I’ll ever be able to catch up with @baron-pierreIV’s 37,000 plus posts (and counting). Thanks to all the friends I’ve made here - too many to name - who’ve stimulated some great conversations, debates and furious typings. And I guess thanks also to the many adversaries I’ve had here who’ve provoked furious reactions and heated exchanges. I hope we’re all still at it come Paris 2024 and beyond.
    6 points
  2. Yes, they can play a bloopers tape of all the minorities in the Commonwealth he offended. Might be a long ceremony.
    6 points
  3. I feel like the bold should go without saying, but also seems like that needs to be made clear. What you think the ceremony "needs" is based on your personal interpretation. The people running the Olympics know who their audience is. Suffice it to say, they likely don't think like you. So lets break this down point by point... The last daytime ceremony was Nagano in 1998 and that was for the benefit of American TV. Ditto with Seoul in 1988. Sunshine is friendlier for the crowd in the stands. But this is very much a TV event those days. The visuals look better at night which is why nearly every ceremony in the last 35 years has been after dark. Bear makes a good point that the 2028 opening will likely start during the day to suit NBC. It will without the slightest doubt end after sunset. The visual from 1984 of the flame making its way up to the cauldron would have been 100 times more dramatic if it was dark out. The flaming arrow in Barcelona. Cathy Freeman in Sydney. Li Ning in Beijing. All work so much better at night. We may never see a daytime ceremony again in our lifetimes. We'll see what tricks they have with the roof at SoFi. They'll make it work. Vancouver 2010 was in an enclosed stadium. Sochi 2014 had a roof. It's not as big a deal as you want it to be. The flagpoles.. seriously? There might not be another person on the planet who thinks that's something worth thinking about. The doves are a relic of the past. Watch animal rights groups get in a tizzy if that's suggsted. Not worth the trouble. The Olympic Hymn isn't herioc enough for you? LOL And Bear said it well.. if a choir makes sense, then sure. It is not a "need" Not to rehash what Rols said, but you could be a lot more well-received here if you didn't come off as some sort of spamming troll. Having a strong opinion about something like flagpoles all well and good. But try engaging in discussion rather than just making the same point over and over again and then dropping YouTube clips as if we have enough time on our hands to indulge your whims
    6 points
  4. I was just thinking yesterday that it’s a saving grace at least that you don’t have premium. You’re insufferable enough now
    6 points
  5. I can’t in good conscience watch this. It may not mean anything in the scheme of things, but I’ll be doing my own personal boycott - the first Olympic ceremony I’ll miss since 1976. I’m disheartened to see so many getting hyped for this grotesque perversion by the CCP.
    6 points
  6. But it’s at least adding to a “crowded field” of contenders…
    5 points
  7. My partner and I did the same just a couple weeks ago! Some of our takeaways: -If any ceremony fit the word "extravaganza" it's Sydney. -I forgot just how huge that ceremony was--it recalibrated my thoughts on Beijing being clearly "the biggest." Sydney felt on-par. That Olympic band was insane! -I forgot how long and awkward that glitch actually was. Still, what a beautiful concept. -It furthered my thoughts that fireworks are nice but overrated and best left for the Closing. Sydney had "just right" use of fireworks. Save the money for costume design, lighting, and props. -By the end my partner and I were both like, "another song?!" Just one-too-many 'centerpiece' songs. -Any conversation of "best-ever" that leaves out Sydney would be crazy-talk. There're aspects that haven't aged as well, but one cannot deny the triumph of sheer human effort, precision, and layers of ideas put into it.
    5 points
  8. It's the ghost of a stadium construction worker.
    5 points
  9. It’s taken me a while, but I finally got some image editing working again (good news for you @yoshi, you able to start polls now but I may be able to help with the grids). Aside from that, it also means I can update the Winners’ Roll. There a bit too unwieldy now for a signature, but definitely worth having up in the comps. Ladies and Gentlemen, here’s the Logo Comp Roll of Honour:
    5 points
  10. Have spoken with my cousin, who has now returned home. he is badly beaten but is now home with my Aunt and Uncle in St. Petersburg.
    5 points
  11. Oh, and that was my 3000th post here, congrats to myself
    5 points
  12. Lip-sync girl as a grown up?
    5 points
  13. Good on you boys… Socceroos make collective statement to speak out about Qatar’s human rights record
    4 points
  14. Shame more like - whilst he and his cronies where partying and breaking their own COVID rules, he maj had to sit alone at her husband of over 70 years funeral. That man is nothing but a monster - who plays the fool, but is cunning and as evil as other world dictators.
    4 points
  15. as someone from LA i hope they go all out with the city's history and culture... there's so much that LA84 did not show, and we finally have an opportunity to show it in an amazing manner. This should be our ceremony, showing our culture, and inviting those from abroad to experience an authentic LA and California. After all, these are the Los Angeles 2028 Games. If people really want an international show with no regard to the host culture, then they can go to EPCOT instead.
    4 points
  16. 10 years ago, eh? Jeez time flies. Time to look over my old albums from the games. To start, here’s me on my first day at London 2012
    4 points
  17. jesus thats a large image oops it is not yet the 23rd here in the US, but i see that it is for Australia and that's what counts, so here's a quick graphic i made in honor of Brisbane joining LA in being the only two cities that have experienced this 10 year to go milestone
    4 points
  18. Brisbane isn't in targeted dialogue for the 2034 Winter Olympics so Coates has informed Bach that there is no hurry.
    4 points
  19. Trust me. You're better off not watching that.
    4 points
  20. The Royal family are a group of inbred leeches.....if you want rude, I will crank it up!
    4 points
  21. Please spare us the racist card. Russia has been a blight for Sports reputation for a lot of years because of organized doping/cheating. What they've done to Ukraine this year is an invasion, no matter all the excuses, childish accusations of nazism and historic facts they want to use as coping to justify it. While I understand there are sport players who don't agree with what that their government is doing, right now, giving Russia even the smallest window of representation could be taken as a form of recognition/approval of them as a country who deserves to be respected. And if their sportmen/sportwomen only become more hostile and pro-invasion because of this, then it means they are showing their true colors. And yeah. Before you also play the Whataboutist card, its possible other countries did it too. The difference is Russian government wasn't even smart enough to make it subtle. Isn't that right, Sochi?
    4 points
  22. Nah, all Russian and Belarusian athletes need to be banned. It might not be fair in the normal sense of the word but the response to Russian Nazism and cultural genocide is to cut Russia from participating in normal events the rest of the world is involved in. That will include banning innocent athletes unfortunately, but as soon as you start making any exceptions the whole thing loses its impact. This way is the lesser of two evils. Russia is out in the cold until Putin is gone. Russians need to understand that.
    4 points
  23. (sigh) You need to get out of this mindset that what worked half a century ago should be the template for what to do now. We know that's what you want. But you fail to understand the notion of how people consume the ceremonies now than they did in the 1970s. You can wax nostalgic all you want about the good old days. It just doesn't sell to a much younger generation. You can bemoan that all you want, but that's what the 2028 ceremonies organizers need to consider. Not what 1 random contrarian in an internet forum thinks would suit his tastes
    4 points
  24. When the International Olympic Committeee (IOC) selects a host for the 2030 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, the winning bidder may not be revealed to the public. The IOC is currently in a dialogue with multiple bids to host the event with a final decision expected later this year or next. But GamesBids.com has learned […] The post IOC unlikely to reveal the winner of the 2030 Olympic Winter Games bid appeared first on GamesBids.com. View the full article
    4 points
  25. Took this in Trafalgar Sq yesterday. A multinational flashomb orchestra with a Russian conductor playing music by Ukrainian composers for the DEC appeal...
    4 points
  26. Akin? I'd say it IS spamming. They started their own "response of the IOC..." thread after Baron started this one. And they didn't bother to post in this one initially. But after they saw that hardly anyone was paying any attention to "their" thread (& rightly so, since this one was already started), they came in here & started hijacking it. It's as if they're nothing but an attention whore! As baron rightly pointed out, it's the same thing that Oly28 was doing. Even though it's still "on-topic", per se, but it's clearly downright spamming & totally disruptive. They should just stick to spamming their own redundant thread that they started & just leave this one alone for the ones that actually want to discuss, & not turn this thread into somekind of 24-hr. newsfeed thread. If I want the news, I just go to those sources directly.
    4 points
  27. Bolsonaro’s definitely on my list of world leaders I’d like to see suffer a violent demise
    4 points
  28. 100% They need to be frozen out and isolated. Apartheid South Africa is the precedent here.
    4 points
  29. A couple good wrap-up articles from the Calgary Herald: Calgary Herald: Scott Stinson: The Olympics were strange. May there never be another Games like it (Feb 20, 2022) Calgary Herald: Scott Stinson: The IOC looks forward to next Olympics, but tough memories will linger (Feb 21, 2022)
    4 points
  30. 4 points
  31. You're an absolute troll - I don't understand how you are not banned. Suck the air out of every room. Nauseating.
    4 points
  32. Here we go with the lame excuses ……
    4 points
  33. they should do what they should have done all along: ban "ROC" and let individual athletes compete under the olympic flag. of course they were too spineless to uphold the original 4 year ban so...
    4 points
  34. This cauldron is just as underwhelming as the opening ceremonies were. Big fat fail from China on all aspects - the medals are uninspired, the cauldron is a joke, the ceremonies were meh, the color palette of the indoor venues is dull.
    4 points
  35. I will watch it as a supporter of the Olympics and the athletes....
    4 points
  36. They found a swimmer frozen in the ice....
    4 points
  37. I for one will tomorrow at that time be at an Olympic venue myself. Swimming 1972, to be exact, imagining how this would have been this year's curling venue while I'm doing my laps...
    4 points
  38. If Tokyo proved anything, it’s that the success of an Olympics DO NOT depend on its ceremonies. And it’s OC was NOT a “catastrophe” - it was a modest and respectful event dictated by and reflectant of the existing global circumstances. It was only a disaster for those demanding profligate and extravagant entertainment. The world is NOT “starving” for a “good” (read gigantic) Olympic show - a handful of ceremony enthusiasts on GamesBids.com are starving for one and are gleefully and will fully ignoring and dismissing basic decency and morality to get their fix. No, GamesBids is precisely a forum where one can express opinions on politics directly affecting the Olympic movement. A thread on the Beijing opening ceremony is exactly the appropriate place to express opinions regarding the politics and morality of the event. And this board has a long and proud tradition of doing so - go look at the similar threads for Beijing 2008 and Sochi. Politics and the Olympics are inextricably linked, and this board reflects that. I will be doing the same as Stefan. That is also the policy of the Australian government and other governments who are pursuing a diplomatic boycott of the games. It’s called supporting the athletes, but not supporting CCP propaganda. I will make no apologies for bringing up the politics of Beijing 2022 in the GamesBids threads. If I’m raining on anyone’s parade and that makes some people here uncomfortable or forces them to question or defend their choices... Good!
    4 points
  39. My submission for Glasgow is loosely based on a snowflake and the pipes of bagpipes bursting with passion!
    4 points
  40. Yeah, but that had more to do with the Japanese getting weary & anxious over the extra added expense & logistics the one-year postponement Tokyo 2020ne was causing. When the Japanese first won 2020, back in 2013, they were estatic as can be. I was fully expecting Tokyo 2020 to be a full-on success (pre-pandemic) like London 2012 was. All signs before Coronavirus were pointing to that, particularly in 2019 when the Japanese hosted a successful Rugby World Cup. But as we all sadly know now, that wasn’t the case. That said, though, we should really treat this as a case-by-case basis. Or in this instance, a city-by-city basis. It should be no great surprise why the citizens of Tokyo were getting Olympic fatigue by the summer of 2021, but would the people of Sapporo feel any different about the Winter Olympics coming to their city in 2030? Case in point, look at how the people of Boston rejected their 2024 Olympic bid, but Los Angeles was all gung-ho to bid in their place instead. So in other words, can’t really judge an entire country over Olympic support with one brush when the difference in different sections of some countries could be drastically different. Especially when we’re talking about large populated countries like the U.S. & Japan, where many POV’s & attitudes are as different as night & day.
    3 points
  41. On Friday night, I attended a vigil in my local town, where the colours of the Ukrainian flag are being projected onto public buildings every night this week as a gesture of solidarity with the people there who are currently under attack. Among those present was a Ukrainian national, who has lived in our area for the past 18 years and has family near Kyiv. It was my task to interview her and that interview was one of the most emotional I've ever done. One line from what she said will probably stay with me longer than any other. It was: "It's really difficult not knowing what tomorrow will bring." It's hard to think of a moment for that nation and its people when those words have been more apt than they are right now. Like I'm sure most people are, I'm worried about what could still happen to the Ukrainian people. But it seems to me that this is already a massive miscalculation on the part of the Kremlin. It appears clear that they have already encountered far more substantial resistance than they ever expected to and that issue is being exacerbated by the extent of international support for Ukraine. Not only that, but Russia is now well on the way to the status of international pariah that Putin's regime has frankly deserved for years. Whatever the outcome of this war militarily, the broader consequences for Russia are likely to be far-reaching and long-lasting.
    3 points
  42. i know this is probably inappropriate but does anyone else think that Ukrainian president Zelensky is hot?
    3 points
  43. @fatixxx I wouldn’t stress too much about it. I interpreted it as more a mild request. The “verdict” thread in the general section is a long time tradition of this forum at the ending of a games, and is usually intended as a general summing up of the total games from ceremonies to sports to atmosphere to how member’s national teams went. The ceremonies threads are self explanatory. And there are many members such as the ones you mentioned who are far more focussed on the ceremonies than the other aspects of the games. That’s fine, that’s their thing. Now, it’s fine to discuss the ceremonies in the general verdict thread, but there’s really no need to double post a verdict on the ceremonies themselves there if they’ve already had their detailed say in the ceremonies thread. Those people more focussed on ceremonies know exactly where to look for ceremonies comments (and probably know each other and follow each other’s posts already). Generally double/repeat postings of anything are considered a bit impolite. Again, it’s not like any major “rules” were broken. It’s more a matter of etiquette.
    3 points
  44. No, he’s thinking “Great, another games for Russia”
    3 points
  45. That was a ceremony in Russia and this one is in China. Maybe let's not be singing the praises of those countries that they're putting on spectacular ceremonies
    3 points
  46. Congratulations Australia..... the right decision. Too many people have had to sacrifice many things during this pandemic. Those who refuse to get vaccinated should not be allowed to hold those who are ransom and today's result is a win for us who want to do our part to get things back to a more pre 2020 state of affairs.
    3 points
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