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Colonel Iredale

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  1. Is it not a violation of the Olympic Charter to smoke in Olympic venues?
  2. Of course full credit to Aasda and Rochette for getting over 200 - it was all down to their. I do remember Usain Bolt saying that he never raced against the clock, the only thing that spurred him on to get the sort of times he did was the thought of Tyson Gay et al right behind him - it was only the very fast times of Gay/Powell that made him get the times he got.
  3. What is particularly impressive about Kim's achievements is that in the Worlds she was the first ever female to break the 200 barrier under the new scoring system. In the Olympic competition, not only has she broke the world record once again, raising the bar even higher, but she has pushed her competitors to achieve over the 200 mark.
  4. Oh yes! Excellent result!! I hope UK Sport are paying attention!
  5. Has anyone in Vancouver been to the Panasonic 3D theatre at David Lam Park? If so, what do you make of it? Is it stereoscopic (requiring 3D glasses) or autostereoscopic (3D signal in built into the TV itself)?
  6. In the UK we have both the BBC and Eurosport. It seems there are so many advantages and disadvantages to watching either broadcaster - I guess in Europe we are lucky to have a choice with the current EBU deal (not for much longer!).. BBC is good due to no adverts and multi screen - you can almost watch whichever event you want as they have 4 or 5 things on at the same time. Eurosport has a superior HD channel with 24/7 coverage and one of the highest bitrates of any HD channel (about 18Mbps), expert commentary as the channel show winter sports all season long and the adverts are very strategically placed so only when there is no action taking place (The Opening Ceremony was non stop, for example), but you can only watch one thing at a time, meaning if it ain't being broadcast, you can't watch it on Eurosport.
  7. It seems there are so many advantages and disadvantages to watching either broadcaster - I guess in Europe we are lucky to have a choice with the current EBU deal (not for much longer!).. BBC is good due to no adverts and multi screen - you can almost watch whichever event you want as they have 4 or 5 things on at the same time. Eurosport has a superior HD channel with 24/7 coverage and one of the highest bitrates of any HD channel (about 18Mbps), expert commentary as the channel show winter sports all season long and the adverts are very strategically placed so only when there is no action taking place (The Opening Ceremony was non stop, for example), but you can only watch one thing at a time, meaning if it ain't being broadcast, you can't watch it on Eurosport. Which stations do other Brits watch? How does other coverage compare in other countries? Oops, just noticed to other thread, will repost in there, please delete (when you get time)!
  8. I know, it would be like a Disney film if that happened and they won - picking up the medals during a medal ceremony in the Closing... Of course, it's not going to happen... I just have an over active imagination!
  9. Looks like Gold will elude Canada after two full days of competition. Any thoughts? It won't happen, but just a thought to put out there... imagine if Canada's Gold drought continued and all hope rested on the Men's Hockey team... how dramatic would that be!?
  10. The "Special Relationship" must also extend to our postal services..?
  11. Hi YellaBelly, The far-right British National Party planned to "give the 2012 Games back to Athens", had they won the London mayoral elections last may. Didn't make them winners, though.
  12. The artistic director of the London 2012 handover segment.
  13. The Beijing Closing was well made and well produced, just like the Opening Ceremony. My only criticism, if a criticism at all, is that it seemed quite an odd thing to have a two hours closing after a 4 1/2 hour Opening Ceremony - ah well. The Chinese should certainly be proud of what they achieved at these Games. Each Ceremony is unique and leaves its own mark. This is one reason I never like to compare ceremonies, in terms of ranking etc. Of course I should be very biased both Athens and London, having worked on the Athens Ceremonies and being British. The Greeks did a great job in 2004, as the Chinese did this year... and I'm sure we'll put on a great show in London in four years time. Athens was great, Sydney was great, Beijing was great, London will be great too. I don't really have a problem with the pre-recorded "footprints" fireworks... I mean they would have looked much better done live, but they still looked good. The "link" with the International Space Station in the Athens Opening was pre-recorded too. Although the young girl being replace for "image" purposes was unfair and diabolical. One point where I envy the Greeks is that no matter how much effort you put in to making an Olympic Games great, they are only yours for 16 days... they are Greek forever. Stephen Powell and his team certainly did a great job too, I have to say (but then I guess I would, wouldn't I?)! A certain "PYRROS2004" needs to stop acting so childish and grow up... then I guess hyperbole is a Greek tradition.
  14. Wow, what to say? Where to start.... Stu, I think referring to the child as an earthquake "victim" is not the most accurate choice of words... It appears that one of our Greek friends has a chip on his shoulder... it seemed the ceremony was terrible before it even began! Well I can say I was certainly impressed with the Opening. It was well designed, well put together and worked excellently. The athletes parade has always (in recent history, of course) been a long one, this nothing new and with 204 nations (the Brunei officials are a disgrace and should be ashamed of themselves) taking part in the parade, a long parade can only be expected - it's too much to blame the organisers for the length... at least once the athletes were all in the centre, they weren't waiting around for too long. These Games in Beijing are set to be the most lavish in history... the hosts care most about a spectacular Games at any cost, with money seemingly no object. They have achieved a huge amount in their preparation for these Games (they have even, in a huge number of ways, achieved so much in terms of environmental protection and innovation - sadly there are a lot of issues in planning and mindset that have countered their efforts, leaving the world seeing the smog all around the place). The smog would have been much worse had it not been for the Games and the innovation sought for the Games, controversies over issues such as Tibet etc have lifted the lid on China... had it not been for the Olympic spotlight, I doubt many people around the world would be aware of such issues had China not been hosting the Games. For these reasons I do not agree with the arguments that China should not be hosting the Games. The Olympic Movement is changing.. money is being thrown at the Beijing like nobodies business, and as Vancouver and London talk about or worry about the cost, Beijing gives us a huge party at whatever the price - it's the quality that counts only. And so too I expect with the ceremonies, budgets will become more limited, but this should not limit innovation and creativity. London and Vancouver have a hard act to follow, it's true, but they will do so in their own way, reinventing and reinterpreting the ceremonies to create their own spectacles. It's this grand, lavish reputation that Beijing has earned itself that has created so much expectation for these ceremonies, pleasing everyone is not always possible. I thought the staging was fantastic, the use of technology and so much under the stage was so effective and worked well... the props were fantastic - although I still have no idea how they got them on and off stage SO quickly (the drums at the start, for example). The costumes were beautifully designed and much effort was put into making the Athletes Parade entertaining. The effects (floor & roof rim projections) were perfect, as were the 20,000 fireworks (apparently requiring 600 staff alone). Numbers would also have something to do with the huge budget - they were rehearsing for much longer than Athens (a year compared to around 6/7 months) with many more performers (15,000 compared to 6,000 in Athens) and I assume many more support staff. The only thing I did not like was one part of the artistic segment where a guy was pretending to paint the paper with a brush, which seemed so fake and tacky, whilst at the same time there was some horrid singing in the background that sounded like a cat was being skinned alive. Some team's clothing were more memorable than others, but they were all smart and, of course, fit for purpose. I loved Irena Szewinska (Polish IOC Member) wearing the same clothing as her team... it would be good to see more IOC Members doing so (maybe HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco did?). All in all it was an absolute pleasure to watch, a technologically, aesthetically, musically brilliant, innovative piece of stadium theatre. Well done Beijing!
  15. British Olympic Association: Team GB Reveal Parade Wear
  16. More at USA Today: "Poll: Doping questions cloud Americans' view of Games"
  17. Does anyone know when the IOC will have the election of the 123rd IOC Session Host City (Durban or Hong Kong) in the forthcoming IOC Session? I assume it will be 5th or 6th, but does anyone have more accurate details?
  18. To back the point about the BOA's right to determine who participates in the team, Schedule 28.3 of the Olympic Charter states:
  19. I don't think you need to worry about where in the parade Iraq will come... I could give you a clue...
  20. How is that though? Mitigating circumstances are exactly that. Each incident has its own set of circumstances. Imagine if they had rules like you speak of at your work place for disciplinary procedures! Just like a disciplinary investigation/hearing in the work place, each incident has its own set of circumstances and should be judged individually on the merit of those circumstances. Things aren't so black and white. However, that doesn't mean to say that the rules should therefore not exist at all, just because they can't be judged on such a cut and dried basis. The rules are in place for a reason, athletes are aware that they exist and they are fair in that they have an appeals process. The Olympic Games are wholly owned by the International Olympic Committee and as a subsidiary of the IOC, the British Olympic Association are within their right to both pick the team and set rules for eligibility to participate in Team GB. They own the rights to the Team GB Brand and have the final say as to who are a part of Team GB and who are associated with it (although rules currently hand over commercial rights to LOCOG - who fully support the bye-law anyway). As for the argument that Chambers has "already served his time", this bye law has always been in place, always been a part of the disciplinary rules against doping (as has the appeals process, for mitigating circumstances) and therefore the Olympic lifeban is part of the parcel of his said "time", as well as the ban given by the IAAF.
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