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  1. As a creative I found it glorious. The concept , the execution, the link to Londons past games. Simply gorgeous. My only change I would have had the Olympians past run round the stadium then right at the last minute pass the torches to the youth. The camera at the base looking up through the cauldon was a a masterstroke.

    I was in that crowd, the realisation of what was happening to those petals made the lighting even more incredible. I didnt hear moderate applause I heard gasps of disbelief followed by applause and cheering.

    That was the moment Thomas Heatherwick burst into tears as well apparently, as the crowd grasped.

    You enjoyed everything? Even the texting segment? The rapping? The strange inclusion of the Cosby show?

  2. First, let me start out be saying I don't like ceremonies, most of which have nothing to do with slam dunks or power plays or world records. Second, I probably should have said this earlier. While I don't like ceremonies (The Olympics are a sporting event first, and I prefer the sports events,) I did find it hilarious that they threw in a clip from The Cosby Show in the Franky and June part. That is one of my favorites shows of all time, and I met Bill Cosby back in 1997 when he performed at KSTATE University in Manhattan, Kansas.

    "Wear when I'm dead."

    "Take the sunglasses off.....put the sunglasses back on."

    Yeah, that part was hilarious and random, adding to my not understanding of whats going on AT ALL. :lol:

  3. Which bits exactly?

    Mostly the texting segment, the only thing that really wow'ed me was the rings. The anthem, countdown, NHS segment were all pretty bad IMHO.

    Mostly the texting segment, the only thing that really wow'ed me was the rings. The anthem, countdown, NHS segment, the display of past hosts, the Olympic anthem, were all pretty bad IMHO.

    Its annoying you cant edit your own posts.. :P Just pay attention to the bottom text.

  4. Well, I am not British, but I love the OC of London 2012 - I wasn't able to see all the details of the show, since I sat in the stadium and watched it in person....

    I think it was in large part due to you being in the stadium, thats just a guess but I know if I was there in person I probably would have loved it too!

  5. Not at all Davey, I completely understand your opinion. I think perhaps the ceremony was directed in a way where the British public would better understand it. To an outsider though, as many have said it didn't really make much sense. I also think this is the first time a ceremony has been directed in such a way, it isnt a bad thing as the tax payers who funded it loved it, but those of us outside looking in where left largely unsatisfied, if not disappointed. It was my least favourite ceremony over all, but it certainly wasn't an embarrassment and the British should be very proud.

  6. I disagree. The Japanese pride themselves as the being the most "advanced/industrialzied" country in Asia, therefore on a par with the Western powers. I mean that was behind their whole drive to industrialize in the last part of the 19th century.

    Oh sure they take great pride in their place in the world and how they rank along Western nations, but thats doesn't mean they want to be perceived as Western. There was indeed a great effort to Westernize Japan in the 19th century, but that was more than 100 years ago and things have greatly changed since then. They have their own system where its feasible, rather than just adopting something from afar.

  7. oh yeah, the Japanese and their ersatz X'mas celebration. One of their fake attempts to be so 'western.' :rolleyes:

    The Japanese don't have any drive to be perceived as Western, they have a very proud national culture and work very hard in keeping outside influences out. Christmas was imported to Japan by corporations to make money, its the same thing with other western holidays like halloween and valentines day.

  8. So, the current Canadian govt wasnt elected by the people of Canada? Who voted for them? Governments, usually tend to speak for their people (isnt that the idea of a Government? to speak directly and indirectly on behalf of their citizens?)

    As for displaying bias, each country must formulate its position. Couldn't you say the same thing about the nations voting in favour of Palestine? A bias towards them?

    Like I said, this issue is very very raw and feelings run deep on both sides.

    60% of Canadians did not vote for this government.

    Your point has a massive flaw, in the past, the Canadian government had no bias and if this were still the case we would have abstained from voting. Instead we took the extreme measure of voting against, further isolating our selves when it comes to the discussion on the middle east conflict. Also, the Israelis have no real reason to appose the Palestinian request other than to keep them from laying charges in the UN human rights council against Israel which was their main fear.

    Well all main parties are pro-Israel so I am not going to stop voting over that issue alone.

    Not exactly true, the Liberals would have abstained and the NDP would have voted in favor.

  9. One thought comes to mind. The Canadian govt, doesn't seem to think so. They recently voted against Palestinian Statehood and they voted against a UN motion calling on Israel to open up its nuclear program for inspection.

    The Canadian government does not represent the will of the Canadian people. The current government has a massive bias concerning the Israel-Palestine conflict.

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