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  1. I had to wake up at 5am this morning to watch the ceremony and even got to work late... do I regret it..... NOPE!!! I LOVED IT!!! While Sydney 2000 will always hold a special place in my heart, London's Closing was AWESOME!!! All the songs were great, I loved Emeli's performance, the Spice Girls were great too IMO and I was genuinely sad to see the flame go out. I didn't get the fire-bird segment, but the ballet dancers were interesting. Eric Idle's segment was hilarious and I loved the Giant Inflatable Octopus that came out during Fat Boy Slim's performance. Also, was a surprise to see BOND during Russell Brand's part. Bit strange for me seeing Take That, without Robbie Williams.... but all in all, great performances.... Well Done London!!!
  2. I'm not too familiar with Muse, but from what I can hear from 'Survival', I certainly would place them on my iPod. Its a different Olympic song then what I am used to, but I will reserve more of my judgement for when I see it being performed.
  3. Found this Seoul 1988 torch on eBay: http://www.ebay.com....=item41674ee2e6 There is a Sydney 2000 on at the moment too... http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/221057289248?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649 It might just be me but for some reason, when I look at the photos provided by the seller it looks like the torch is shorter then usual.... especially prominent in the second picture where the torch is open.
  4. I saw one on eBay recently, it went for around $1500ish, or maybe it was around 1600ish. The only thing was, it had a few flaws..... for one, the white paint on the bottom was chipped off and it was clearly burned (the top was dirty). Though I guess to some people, a torch is a torch...... But that's just me, I like my things in at least good condition. Those Commonwealth games batons? Isn't there only just one used in the entire relay? Or are we talking about replicas?? Would be awesome to own one....
  5. Hey guys, I was wondering... What do you reckon is a good price for a good Sydney 2000 torch? That Barcelona one is stunning... but yeah, a bit too exy for even me....
  6. Thanks, Man! Its going to take me awhile to save up for another one.... I was meaning to ask you, why do you have the bid logos from 2012 in your signature? Just wondering...... But yeah, definately tempted by a few of the other torches on ebay at the moment. Though I guess being an Olympic year, its torch season on there.
  7. I just saw the stadium with the field in it! It looks amazing!! IMO London 2012 is shaping up to be a AWESOME show, the field reminds me of the opening from "The Vicar of Dibley" (I love the show). If only I lived in the UK and had the time to volunteer.
  8. I recently obtained a Vancouver 2010 torch , and OMG, I love it to bits! Its my first torch. I actually felt light headed when I held it up (and struck a pose, behind closed doors.... , lol), I never relised how big it actually is. Questions for other torch owners... How did you feel when you obtained your first torch? How big is your collection ? and whats the one torch you want (if you don't already have it) above all others? My dream torch would have to be a Sydney one, solely because its the only one I have seen in real life, when it passed through my town of Katherine,NT back in 2000 and for the obvious reason, its Australian. My first games too. My aim is to have all the torches from Sydney 2000 up to the current day.... I guess its because I don't have any emotional attachment to the past torches or games before then. Other then that, London's one would be awesome.... but I guess I am going to have to wait a few years (that, or win the lotto or rob a bank... )... when the prices come down.... damn, I wish I had the money to burn... for now the Vancouver 2010 torch will have to satisfy my olympic torch mania.
  9. The Salt Lake City cauldron was lit by the 1980 Ice Hockey Team that won over the Soviet Union, not fire fighters.... But yeah, having a child (with a sporting background) light the cauldron(s) would be a neat idea.
  10. Hi TJ18, WELCOME to the forum.... where you from mate? Your proposal is definately a logical one, given that so far we have not seen any suspicious construction near, in or around the stadium. But hey, the opening ceremony is still quite a few weeks away.... so we might see a "quick to assemble" cauldron appear over night. Maybe it will be in three pieces and they put it together during the ceremony. Still hope it is not attached to the Orbit.
  11. Totally off the point, but I like Gaga. Though I don't get her connection to the Olympics.
  12. Hey Mate, LOL, yeah it was fun...though I don't recall the "big beer guts", just colourful shirts.... Sydney was fun, Athens was drama, Beijing was grand. I hope that London is more inline with Sydney.
  13. Hi Kevzz, Well, having never been to Rio let alone Brazil (though I do really want to go).... as with most of the world's population who tune into watch the ceremonies... I don't particularly find anything wrong with that. The handover, is a chance for them to introduce themselves. I say the more samba the better. Brazil is what it is. I would like to see at least 1 float, samba, capoeira dancers and something relating to the beach atmosphere of Copacabana. Sydney's and Beijing's handover stand out to me, even though they showcased a few stereotypical cultural depictions of their countries... which is not a bad thing. ...too true daveypodmore..... I relized that at the 100 day mark, I was willing it to come but at the same time trying to delay it as much as possible, 2 weeks are definately not long enough....
  14. Hey AustralianFan, looking at the picture above, it might be possible to have a zip line from the Orbit into the Stadium. Then the bearer could run up the tower, reach the top and 'for lack of the better word', "Zip" over into the stadium carrying the flame. As oppose to just entering the stadium on foot. I do kinda miss that giant hole in the ground, but I guess 3 times in a row is not innovative. The hole doesn't have to be clever, just what comes out of it though. I don't suppose they would ever imagine lighting the whole rim of the stadium on fire.... , that way, everyone in the stadium will get a view...
  15. I like your idea of the cauldron being on the orbit [though it may be a bit too warm to be that close, judging by the size of the flame(s)]. Still, hoping its on a separate structure. If they do build one in the coming weeks, I imagine it to borrow its look from the Torch, simple and elegant. Central sturdy core with a light material spiraling up.
  16. Hey Kevzz, I imagine it would be a great sight to see, with the Orbit being as tall as it is. Hope to make it out there one day and see it in real life...one day. I have to say, it is looking more and more inevitable as we draw closer to the games that the Orbit is the Cauldron, or at least the supporting structure. Eitherway, I am sure I will like it. Kevzz, It must be hard to sleep being in the UK, I'm so excited and I'm miles away....
  17. Hey AustralianFan! + 1 to the Aussies here... Question, is there an AussieTeam2012 support page on here yet? Maybe its my love of surprise unveilings, but I kinda hope the cauldron is not attached to the Orbit.... I just can't imagine a giant flame burning on it. In regards to the cauldron in general, I hope they keep it simple and light it with the actual flame, no fireworks.
  18. Sydney was my first OC that I saw, from that my favourite segments would have to be: The multicultural segment and the climax at the end of the segment where the performers stood in an outline of Australia. The entire cauldron lighting segment (celebrating women at the Olympics, i think) The national anthem, I know I am biased, but i reckon its up there as one of the best renditions of any anthem performance. For Athens: The costumes in the historical parade. I particularly liked the hydra puppet. The giant head appearing from the centre of the ground and the DNA helix structure. I like the cauldron, simple and clean. On a side note, at the closing ceremony.... the handover to Beijing (with those girls playing "Mo Li Hua") and the giant red lanturn were also memorable for me. Oh, and the millions of fake wheat planted into the stadium floor. The Beijing ceremony was a grande experience, my most memorable segments would have to include: Sarah Brightman and Liu Huan performance of "You and Me", the smiley face fireworks and the kids on the umbrellas. The dream like music during the illumination of the rings on the floor and as they rise into the air. The dragon pillar segment, all those ladies in those costumes dancing. The giant scroll was great as well! Vancouver was interesting.... at the opening: the failure of the 4th cauldron arm and how they turned it into something humourous at the closing ceremony. The welcome by the indigenous nations (plus, the guy in the wolf costume, was hot). Alanis Morisette's performance of "Wunderkind". I can't wait to see what London has coming up.
  19. Hi, now that the games are completely in the pages of history we can look forward to the future cauldrons... but Does anyone have any idea of what became of the Beijing 2008 Cauldron? Like are they still displaying it someplace, or is it locked away in some warehouse destined to collect dust? Or completely dismantled and reused for other things (this would be really sad if they did this). ??? Sydney's cauldron was turned into a fountain, still want to go see it... not too sure on Athens. Is there any legacy left by the cauldron and is there any more examples from past games?? Also, just wondering where that big painting from the opening ceremony went... like its final resting place?? Any information would be great! Cheers.....
  20. So these wonderful games are coming to an end, I just want to say Congratulations to all the Athletes... you guys did a top job!! Also, want to say congrats to the organising commitee for another job well done!!! This is the first time I actually took time out to watch the events, and am glad that I did. My favourite events would of had to be the Cycling and the Aquatics, Murderball was also interesting!! Looking forward to the closing ceremony, it should be another great party atmosphere..... Thanks Beijing!! Bring On London!!!
  21. Great Pics, thanks Mr. X I think that my favour segment of the Opening Ceremony would have to be those dancers in the white dresses, beautiful!! The final torchbearer section was also great!!! I am sure that Vancouver 2010 will do their best!
  22. Australia grabs another Gold Medal thanks to Ken Wallace in the K-1 500m, Wallace managed to pull through from behind the leader, van Koeverden in the last stages of the race and win it! Still can't wait for the Women's Basketball final between our women and the Americans. Should be excellent!!! Fingerscrossed that our men's Hockey team can at least manage to get the Bronze.......
  23. YES!!!! Steven Hooker takes the Gold Medal in the Men's Pole Vault.... brilliant and well deserved effort!!!! He also took out the Olympic Record as well, at 5.96m......... Congrats to him!!!!
  24. There has been quite a few here in Australia, though I can't say all of them hit their mark. But to me, the top 2 would have to be this QANTAS commercial. It just has this inspirational feel to it, even though I am not an athlete, it sums up what the rest of the population has to say to an Athlete. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=82vJ6cr8oPU...feature=related The other one that I like, is the Bendigo Bank ad, I can't seem to find a link to it on here, but it has a yellow boxing kangaroo talking about the Olympics, funny and cute!
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