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  1. Five months after the fact, just read all the comments in this topic. Nothing to do on a hot, summer night.
  2. It's official, BC Place Stadium will also be given a new corporate name next year: http://www.vancouversun.com/sports/Place+next+Vancouver+sports+palace+name/3247500/story.html#ixzz0t35yEgXp
  3. Likely because GM pulled out because of its current finances.
  4. Same thoughts here.... But: 1) The slam poet at the end of the cultural segment was terrible. It was a huge anti-climax to the show. It was also far too nationalistic, schmaltzy. Sure, nationalism is prevalent in Olympic Ceremonies but they're always in a subtle and artistic way. This was just way too in your face, it was embarrassing (same can be said for several segments in the Closing Ceremony). And it was also as if David Atkins Co. didn't consider the worldwide audience. Television broadcasters that had to translate the ceremonies didn't bother translating both this opening ceremony slam poem and the awful roasts in the Closing Ceremony. 2) The Opening Ceremony missed a multiculturalism segment. This is what Vancouver and modern Canada is all about. It was a huge and yet obvious oversight. 3) The cauldron failure. It was still beautiful with 3 heads, but by then it was an anti-climax. As for the actual cauldron design, I love it. It's a very well visited landmark, it's actually now a national monument. There's always people there taking pictures of/with the cauldron.
  5. Female cheerleaders...not my thing, loll.
  6. I don't mind corporate names, of course it depends on the company (e.g. Hooters Arena). With that said, I would have much preferred Telus Centre. Rogers already has naming rights over Toronto's former SkyDome, now called "Rogers Centre". Expect a new corporate name for BC Place next year.
  7. Vancouver was quite patriotic, but of course nothing compares to the Olympics.
  8. I really don't understand why those guys weren't at the Closing Ceremony.
  9. The retarded thing about Canadian security costs, whether it be the Olympics or for the G8, is that security planners include police and soldier salaries into the budget. In other words, security planners include many things as cost even though they would be spent on regardless. They should be only accounting for extra costs like mobilization, new/rental equipment, extra fuel used, accommodation, etc.
  10. Good to hear that more than 500 have been arrested...these crazies converged into Toronto from across Canada, hopefully they can all stay in Toronto.
  11. mine arrived yesterday....it's amazing. If only the cover was more sturdy.
  12. The company that built the exterior cauldron is called "Studio G3 Glass". It's based in Coquitlam, a suburb of Vancouver. Their website has tons of pictures of the cauldron being fabricated at their plant as well as pictures of the cauldron being built on site: http://studiog3glass.com/final/application_showcase/app_cauldron/cauldron_photogallery.html
  13. I passed by a book store today and they were selling it...took a peak at the new book (which I already bought on Amazon), it's absolutely gorgeous - and heavy too. I kinda wish the cover was laminated.
  14. ^ the indoor cauldron was merely a stage prop, it wasn't built for weather. I would think its parts are sitting in a warehouse somewhere.
  15. ^ likely because they were in a huge rush to get the cauldron built for the Games.
  16. ^ the two rows of light poles were there in the plaza long before the cauldron was built.
  17. ^ nice review. But the cover for "With Glowing Hearts" is flimsy? I thought it was a hard cover? lol.
  18. It's 400 pages long. It's the size of a university textbook. It's a hardcover. It has photo-quality paper. It has 1,500 high quality coloured images. Totally worth it.
  19. With Glowing Hearts book already a Canadian bestseller 400-page history of 2010 Games will be in bookstores next week By Jef Lee, Vancouver Sun June 8, 2010 6:25 PM Ali Gardner lovingly ran her hands over a massive white book, casually flipping the pages as colleagues from the Vancouver Organizing Committee looked over her shoulders and oohed and awed. It was an odd response from a seasoned group of Olympic organizers, who had each spent years involved at a micro-level in organizing the Vancouver 2010 Games. The object of their interest was a 400-page coffee table book about Vancouver's Games that Gardner, the editor, had just finished and brought to Russia as a gift to the International Olympic Committee. For Vanoc vice-presidents Burke Taylor, Dorothy Byrne and Taleeb Noormohamed, it was the first time they'd seen the book, titled With Glowing Hearts. Flipping through the pages, they were time and again surprised by what they saw and the memories of the Vancouver Games came flooding back. The book, published by Wiley & Sons, has already become a Canadian bestseller: Vanoc says it has already received 14,000 orders and is now expecting it will exhaust its 17,500 first edition print run. IOC president Jacques Rogge will get the first of the five books shipped to this mountain town near the Black Sea resort of Sochi, the site of the ski venues for the Sochi 2014 Games. It's also where Vanoc is giving a weeklong debriefing to Sochi, the IOC and other organizing committees about the highs and lows of its operation. For Gardner, the book is an absolute high. It was the culmination of the work of six contracted photographers, as many writers, and several designers. It is the first tabletop book an organizing committee has put on sale to the public for years. Ordinarily, all an organizing committee is required by the IOC to do is produce a book as a record for internal purposes. But Gardner said With Glowing Hearts started as a project two years ago and has become another example of how Canadians embraced the Games. "It's meant to capture everything that you might have hoped to see during the Games if you were there, and some of the things you might not have seen that were behind the scenes," she said. Taylor, the vice-president of culture and ceremonies, said this was the first time he'd looked at the book and it brought back some great memories. It also revealed to him things that he hadn't been aware of at the time of the Games. The book, weighing more than 2.7 kilograms, includes more than 1,500 photographs. There is also a special tribute to Nodar Kumaritashvili, the Georgian luger killed during a training run on the opening day of the Games. There are also pictures of Leo Obstbaum, Vanoc's creative director, and Jack Poole, the chairman of the board, who both died in 2009. The book will in Canadian bookstores next week. It is also available online through Amazon and the Vancouver 2010 website. jefflee@vancouversun.com Read more: http://www.vancouversun.com/sports/With+Glowing+Hearts+book+already+Canadian+bestseller/3121024/story.html#ixzz0qKKVpPNA
  20. Well, David Atkins' already planned for an indoor ceremony with digital projections...it would be quite difficult to do that in an outdoor environment. And I'm actually thankful that the Ceremonies were indoors....it was pouring rain during the Opening.
  21. today from live interior webcam....imagine if the 2010 ceremonies were in an open-air venue:
  22. Most of the world was hit hard by the recession, and while Vancouver was hit as well it wasn't too bad compared to elsewhere in Canada and the United States. The Vancouver and British Columbia has been relatively strong over the last 2 years. I think most of us locals were quite surprised by the outpouring of fans and euphoria in the streets...and it began two days before the Opening Ceremony, when the torch relay arrived in the region.
  23. ...in other words, while the Closing Ceremony is usually an afterthought to Olympic Ceremony producers it was even more so for the Vancouver Closing Ceremony.
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