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  1. Something tells me the Chinese wouldn't be allowing something like this if that thing was actually the cauldron: More pictures here: http://en.chinafotopress.com/index/onegroup?gid=2265650
  2. I can also very much imagine the lighting using the Phoenix theme, but I dunno, I can't see the actual cauldron being a huge fire-breathing phoenix. Seems kind of out there. Btw Baron, Phoenixes are suppose to be born from the ashes of another Phoenix and its cinnamon-twig nest, so an egg wouldn’t play a part.
  3. I don't know, the inflatable thing looks temporary, not to mention an eye sore. Maybe it's just a covered auxiliary area for workers putting up the more permanent looking lattice structure?
  4. Very, very odd, to say the least. I'm not sure what to say about the inflatable structure, but I think the lattice structure could hold up a cauldron right beyond the rim of the roof, making it possible for a cauldron to be seen by everyone, both inside and out of the stadium.
  5. The guy really must be under a tremendous amount of pressure. A billion people expect him to make that 110M Hurdles final and win it all at home. Can't wait to see what happens.
  6. Finally found one that shows the south side of the stadium's roof: If this was taken recently, there's nothing new...
  7. There are these pics, probably taken not too long after the first ones that showed the thing... They are taken from a subway station at the Olympic Green, but north from the stadium. So whatever that thing on the roof is, it's the same one we've always seen.
  8. I've always thought so too. I was just commenting that I now don't think that this thing will turn out to be the actual cauldron, but I do think it could turn out to be part of the cauldron's support structure - I can imagine 4 'bases' anchored to the roof with 4 respective supports (the thinner, curved / bent piece of the thing seen) curving down into the stadium and supporting the cauldron above the field. There's nothing to say that the stadium's roof was not designed to support the added weight of the cauldron's support. However, I'm starting to see a possible flaw to this theory. That thinner, bent / curved piece appears hallow, so it may not be very sturdy and capable of supporting a cauldron. That is, at least, for now.
  9. ^Personally, a dragon would seem hostile and not very fitting at all. I'd like to see them continue with the cloud theme and have the cauldron be a larger version of the cauldron that’s used at the end of each leg of the torch relay: And I don't think that thing on the roof is the actual cauldron. It could be associated with it, but I can't see that thing, specifically, burning any flame.
  10. Do you rehearsals for the ceremonies?... then yes, as said, they always pencil those in for the last few days before the big night. But, unless someone is willing to completely defy Chinese authorities, we won't see much of anything until the actual Ceremony begins. As for "Good Luck Beijing" Test Events at the National Stadium... those have ended. The Bird's Nest is closed to the public until the Opening Ceremony, and that may include most of the Olympic Green as well. By the way, looking at some new pictures and their captions, I can make out that this thing on the roof is on the north eastern corner of the stadium, directly horizontal from the running track's finishing line if seen from inside. I’m starting to think that if 3 more of these things are put up at the other three corners, there's a decent to good chance this may be part of a suspended cauldron's support.
  11. Don't crap your pants, everyone, this could be anything! But if you ask me, I would guess they're setting up the suspended cauldron's support because (1) where it sits on the stadiums (on a corner, possibly suggesting that 3 more of these things will sit at the other 3 corners, suspending the cauldron), and (2) how it looks like. Just thoughts.
  12. CCTV-International interviewed Juan Antonio Samaranch, and at the very end of the segment they cut to the old man standing up, saying something to the extent of "Go China! Best Games Ever!", all while doing this exact same cheer. Pretty funny, to say the least.
  13. Why? Because it's pretty ridiculous for something like this to be introduced, but I suppose with Beijing's case, it’s probably not the most surprising thing.
  14. Of course. I meant, in addition to the impressive fireworks displays that will surround the stadium, they may want to something on ground level at the same time, allowing that top tier to see something (however small and restricted it may be).
  15. Yeah, it looks they will get screwed then. Though, I'm wouldn't rule out the possibility of having fireworks encircle the athletes or something, Torino style. But, let's just hope the god-forsaken cauldron won't be lighted that way.
  16. There's a lot more plans and renderings of the stadium here, under the "Associated Documents" tab: http://planning.london2012.com/publicacces...o=K0LTMFSZK0000
  17. Why exactly did they recommend this?
  18. Oh okay, I see the lighting now. But, along with those tarp-wrapped objects, wouldn't all this be special lighting for the Ceremonies as well? And I'm assuming that they may still have some special lighting on the stadium's surface that still needs to be installed. By the way, do they keep all, or at least most, of that stuff installed through the Games' two weeks so that they won't have to scramble on the last weekend to get things ready for the Closing Ceremony?
  19. Well, they'll probably have plenty of time during the summer (once test events and Olympic trials are finished), perhaps a month or so, to completely change the stadium's surface (as well as add some special lighting, cameras, etc.) for the Opening Ceremony. And configuring it back to host Athletics for the Games in just a week is really nothing unheard of - Sydney and Athens had to the same (not sure about Barcelona and Atlanta, it looks like they just put a tarp or something over their track and field).
  20. Architectural lifespan, you mean? I'm not sure how that can even be answered to be honest. As for how long it will actually stand before they decided to scrap the thing - perhaps 50-100 years, tops...?
  21. Well, for one thing, if Beijing goes with a lots of fireworks like Athens did, those top tier seats will really get screwed over: http://www.photofans.cn/album/showpic.php?...mp;picid=379424 And that Athens-esque whole in the middle will (most likely) produce this: http://img241.imageshack.us/img241/5381/20...12288749lw9.jpg And then there's also that rather large rectangular stage spotted right before the Bird's Nest held its first test event. (Sorry, can't find any good pics of this). That's really all the details that I can think of at the momment.
  22. Yeah, that's her. And on the topic of whether or not they should mention the earthquake during the Opening Ceremony, I say no. The last leg of the torch really before the flame enters Beijing has already been moved to the area devastated by the earthquake. That's great, but isn't that enough disaster exposure through these Games? I hate to say it, but why keep SO relevant? I mean really, set the TONE for next two weeks? A bit too much, I think.
  23. She’s a Chinese gymnast that lost her chance at an Olympic medal(s) due to a an injury she suffered back in 1998 that left her in a wheelchair She's now very well known in China, advocates for the disable, was an "ambassador" for Beijing's 2008 bid, and hosts her own show about the Games. But, I believe she will be / has already been a torchbearer somewhere in the relay.
  24. Recent and professionally shot photographs of Beijing's Bird’s Nest: More pics here: http://www.photofans.cn/forum/showthread.p...;threadid=44845
  25. I always thought Yao Ming had "competition" with Liu Xiang (winner of China's first Athletics gold, and another poster-boy for these Games) and some other Chinese athletes for the honor of lighting the cauldron on August 8th. I mean, it's not like Yao Ming is not the only athlete/distinguished person that China have to choose from. Unless, of course, it's been confirmed that Ming is the one.
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