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  1. The view from the top of the stands at Greenwich Park This is how they put the stuff away after the triathlon The view to the hospitality area in Greenwich Park - it was crammed later, this was only a couple of minutes after the first afternoon session of the Modern Pentathlon! The BBC did have a few screens around the city - one of the best-kept secrets was the one at Greenwich Park outside the venue. I loved it there.
  2. I agree CAF - although I can only presume there's a lot of "broadcasting rights" issues tied up in there somewhere wrapped in disguise as "Olympic impartiality"....
  3. Funny you should say that about Coe. I thought the same. But since the Games finished, he's been pretty ubiquitous on TV, and he's a lot less catty. Actually, quite funny and down-to-earth. I think he was just stressed with that role, maybe tired. Now it's all over, he seems to be a different person. Give him a chance in his BOA role, then judge him after a year or two
  4. Boris Johnson = speech of the year! "Speaking as a spectator you produced such a paroxysm of tears and joy on the sofas of Britain you probably not only inspired a generation you probably helped to create one as well!"
  5. Well the Far East may say they have the fastest (for now) but Europe is far and away the most developed: http://ec.europa.eu/transport/infrastructure/maps/doc/ten-t_pp_axes_projects_2005.pdf
  6. I think the Paralympic Games are in safe hands with Brazil - considering the Brazilian Para team did better than their Olympic team, I think there will be some good moments for the future host country. And considering Rio is known as party town, I just think what Seb Coe said to his Rio counterpart is true: look after the competitors and the rest will follow. Sport was first and foremost in London, and considering the Brazilian view of sport, I don't see much changing. Just relax, remember that Rio has an easily recognisable cityscape and especially backdrop, just like London, and think how bloody good those TV images are going to look!!! I'll be going, just to compare!
  7. Well the whole of the last seven weeks has been so inspirational, and I am so glad it has made kids all over the UK turn up at sports facilities to get involved. Having so many joining in sports will reduce boredom, and in these times of hardness, that can only be a good thing. Sport costs little (except golf, polo and hockey!!) and makes everyone fitter. But coming back to the topic: I wrote an email to Boris Johnson today, because I felt I wanted to share my thoughts on the Paralympics: my email to him was to say that the stadium should be used once every year or two for a huge paralympic tournament; they could even make use of the velodrome and pool while there, as well as the Copper Box. The stadium should be renamed the London International Paralympic Stadium (LiPS) and in the same manner as the newly-created London cycling event will be set up as a spinoff of the Games, a similar one could be done for athletics in the stadium, and to pay its way, big concerts could be held in it, taking over the mantle of Wembley, where the days of ruining the pitch for huge sellout concerts are over. This is not the case in Stratford, and having a permanent Paralympic event in London where the likes of Jonnie Peacock, Alan de Oliveira and David Weir would be seen would be a true and fitting way to deal with that most ubiquitous of words, legacy.
  8. Ha yeah! I once read a reply to an American blog who said Stephen Hawking couldn't be British because his accent was too American-sounding. Of course about 40 replies pointed out in varying degrees of sarcasm that it was his speech machine that had that accent, not him!!!!
  9. Well you don't have to be a priest to be a religious freak - there are parts of the world where saying the Earth's older than 6000 years is still heresy!!!!
  10. I'll second that. It was spectacular in an understated way, graceful and entertaining, educating and persuading. I wonder what the religious freaks made of the Big Bang part though - I hope it infuriated them
  11. Bring back the BBC, Channel 4 is k r @ p p on stilts. But I find the OC is more in keeping with traditional OCs. I hope they're going to sell off the dresses being worn by the placard carriers; I've got my eye on a few (not for me though )
  12. Personally, I think Rio's font fits well for Rio - it has the wavy look of a seaside city and the colours are very Brazilian, giving off feelings of the youthfulness and vitality of the city. It would look odd in London, because it is a historical, northern European capital city but nevertheless its colours and font match the youthfulness and vitality of that city too. I think both concepts, therefore, perfectly match the cities they are meant for, yet are totally different in concept. I mean, if you put either of those designs anywhere else (Paris, L.A., Tokyo, for example), they would not fit either It goes beyond matters of taste, and enters into the sphere of appropriateness. And both do their cities well.
  13. Yes it is, which is why I took nearly 500 photos in the space of 6 days Even my extremely austere Belgian Mrs, who is from a town near where Jacques Rogge was born, loosened her normally tight-fisted attitude to overspending I wondered if she was suffering from sunstroke when she said I could buy both of those framed sketches of the Union Flag from an artist in Greenwich Park...
  14. You'll have to burgle me first Admittedly it's not all Olympic stuff, but it made for an interesting 8-hour journey schlepping the lot back to Germany!!!
  15. My London Kleptomania knew no bounds. My bank manager did.
  16. I watched it, thought it was superb. But the Wikipedia entry for Dr Guttmann on how he got the job at Stoke Mandeville was a little different to the film. I wonder who is telling the truth... Anyway, considering (near) London is where the Paralympics were brought into being, and its significant "homecoming", which I think is very important to the organising committee to emphasise, I don't see how they would take the event lightly. I would wager that the whole opening will be grander than people envisage, and will probably honour Dr Guttmann and the very first paralympians in some way. Not long to go!!!!
  17. I'm glad someone else noticed that the camerawork has been abysmal in some instances. The cycling was awful. I also thought the opening ceremony would visually have been far better explained had the BBC been doing it, as they would have spent more time concentrating on the appropriate bits, being local. Still, as you pointed out, the BBC did the rowing, and in my opinion, their overhead camerawork shows that they're true innovators!
  18. The BBC has been immense during the last 11 days. I can't remember a time when I spent so long in front of a television without ever getting bored!! If I don't fancy the cycling heats, I can flip over to the Nastics or the shooting. I love the fact, that the people commentating, interviewing and punditing are former (or even current) sportspeople. Ian Thorpe was so sweet, friendly and eloquent, I hope he comes back. Michael Johnson has become a regular - he's got that dramatic voice that says 'I know what I'm talking about' and he, plus Colin Jackson know more about athletics than anyone else, with the exception of the now-retired David Coleman, the living prototype of Wikipedia. Mark Cavendish is serious, but he sometimes throws in a truly funny line. Steve Cram has evolved into a really useful commentator. Trackside interviewer Phil Jones is so well-respected by competitors, even the Americans and Caribbeans stop to give him time and call him by his first name. Clare Balding is a masterful speaker, who knows how to handle difficult situations. John Inverdale perfectly captured the rowing, and now he's doing the same in the stadium. Calming influence, very good listener. Gaby Logan is fun, but Gary Lineker needs some sleep, I think... I love watching "Olympics Tonight", a kind of fun look back on the day's sport. They have some great guests and entertaining banter. They have really captured the atmosphere, and it's what the IOC's members will be watching in their 5* hotel rooms. They can't fail to be impressed. I live in Germany and I've seen some other countries' Olympic coverage (Belgium, Germany, France, Netherlands), and I wouldn't want to watch it on any other broadcaster! One thing I've noticed on here is how little anyone has actually mentioned the crowds and the atmosphere at the venues. The BBC has done so well to filter this into the home. Even the cynical Daily Mail has made far fewer jibes this week, and that's extraordinary If anyone is capable of providing entertaining, yet knowledgable, no-nonsense personalities to keep the world informed, the BBC is more than competent, and I have insisted on having the BBC too, but anyone from Britain who lives abroad and has had to put up with TV from other nations for over a decade, can tell anyone back in the UK that the BBC is, by well over a country mile, still the best broadcaster in the world!
  19. did you draw that all by yourself Baron? :wwww: How d'you get in there? Airlift?! Sucked up from the underside like boarding a UFO?!
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