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  1. mattygs

    Glasgow 2014

    No bias I'm sure. lolol I'd probably put it Baton: Glasgow Mascot: Gold Coast Medals: Glasgow Podium Design: Tie Medal Ceremony Music: Glasgow Medal Ceremony Outfits: Gold Coast Look of the Games: Gold Coast (had a dynamic London 2012 appeal which I loved) Opening Ceremony: Gold Coast Weather: Gold Coast Outside event scenery: Tie (whatever floats ya boat really. I'm always a beach boy, but that's personal preference) Closing Ceremony: Tie (both were bloody awful)
  2. Oh yeah, an updated Manchester 2002 *here's some bits of shite we found on the side of the street so now we are turning it into musical instruments. To be inclusive, let's have a few lads in wheelchairs involved*
  3. Also so disappointing with Birmingham Their handover looked like it was put together by a council funded organisation who think they are in touch with *the kids these days* . Their video included every naff cliche that you could expect from a *diverse* city. We had the handicapable, we had the gay couple, gees what else can we add. Oh did we mention we are diverse ..... you can tell that also by the way we use a rapper . To be fair we shouldn't have expected much from the start when the Mayor instructed the Commonwealth to *look at the screen* ..... how all great theatrical productions begin no doubt. To be honest, the video in itself was quite cool (despite it essentially ripping off the Amy MacDonald and the people of Glasgow segment - one of the cool bits of the 2014 opening), it was just poorly produced. I doubt there was an actual production company involved. If I'm being generous I'd put it down to a lack of time.... they have much to prove.
  4. It's really just getting everyone on the same page at the same time. There has never been no interest in potential bids, it's just not everyone has agreed on it at the same time. For a start , we need to get to the place where Auckland is acknowledged as the only candidate. Christchurch has far bigger issues, and Wellington just doesn't have the land space (the issues over building a good indoor arena is case and point). The proposed indoor venues in the above are fine, I'd probably cut Hamilton out a little more. We don't need an indoor sport there, Auckland has plenty of indoor venues (Spark arena, North Shore Events Centre, Trusts Arena, Vodafone Events centre, Barefoot and Thompson Stadium, ANZ viaduct events centre, Skycity Convention Centre) . I'd probably question the need for sailing, but beach volleyball at the Mount would be perfect. I'd like to think any potential bid would have at least one legacy venue, as it seems to be the only time things get built in Auckland (for events).
  5. hahaha, was on my faceyfeed
  6. The NZ Herald has done an unbelievably unnecessary piece ranking every Kiwi athlete from best to worst. While I won't dispute their top picks, it's just not needed.
  7. I honestly think David Zolkwer and team has just lost the plot, their last couple of closing ceremonies have been pretty awful (I'm looking at you Glasgow). I think it's a case of Commonwealth Games fatigue with him producing 4 of the last 5 ceremonies. I think their ceremonies structure has just become a bit tired and too simplistic. Amazing considering Manchester 2002 had what I'd consider almost the perfect closing (though ironically that was directed by an Aussie, Nigel Jamieson ....perhaps a lesson there). I loved the quote from an Aussie jorno about both ceremonies. The opening was like a Rock Eisteddfod on sand, and the closing an early rehearsal of carols by candlelight .
  8. Oh how bad was it, but at the very least the public was extremely vocal about it. I've never bagged Sky, I've been a subscriber for some time. While I think their package system is not ideal (at least they have started looking at changing this), they have already produced great sport coverage. TVNZ took us on a timewarp to the 90s with limited channels and the need for continuity , mixed with some mind boggling broadcast decisions (I still don't understand why they thought it was a good idea to screen the same sevens match on 2 channels at the same time, or boxing not involving Kiwis over a NZ gold medal squash game). I really do hope they don't get near another event like this again, though sadly they do appear to have RWC 2019.
  9. Stacey Michelsen, captain of the Blacksticks NZ woman hockey team has been named as closing ceremony flagbearer
  10. Kiwi athlete of the Games, hard to pick. Sam Webster , Sophie Pascoe, or Joelle King for performance. David Liti , Dame Valerie for the huge achievement as a mum and service to that sport. BlackSticks for making history. Be interesting to see who carries the flag at the closing.
  11. I agree , however I can't help but think that Adelaide is just craving its time in the sun for South Australia.
  12. Pretty bloody pleased with the performance of the Kiwi team. Alex I remember you thought they would be quite down on Glasgow, and I too didn't think they'd get up to that level, but they've proven me wrong. I think the overall story for NZ for these Games will be a fantastic overall NZCG team performance. I think within that are some obvious disappointments that will no doubt be triaged , but which could potentially take some of the gloss off the 11 days. Nice wee finish though, a return to the top of the podium in sevens.
  13. I don't think that Melbourne 2006 shadowed Sydney 2000 in terms of creative content (they were quite different styles), however I think it was a ceremony that was based around an Olympic scale. Now don't get me wrong, I loved those ceremonies and have long ranked the Under the Milky Way segment up there as one of my favourite all time ceremony moments. I think in terms of the ceremony production feel / size, Gold Coast is in that same mould as Manchester and Glasgow. Alex to an extent I would agree re: the opening galaxy sequence. It didn't present an overly high impact start to the ceremony and almost felt more global than Commonwealth. I'm not so sure it had much to do with the rest of the ceremony either.
  14. I agree with you 100% on that. ...... Though I always do find the Australian mindset regarding this quite entertaining. Any Aussie celeb (music, movies, tv etc) that moves overseas to advance their career is still fiercely claimed as Aussie. However, the moment a Kiwi crosses over to Oz for the same reason they become Australian. I do wonder if David Zolkwer's involvement in Com Games ceremonies is becoming a little overkill, however we probably shouldn't get our hopes up considering we are back to England in 2022. I think he's provided a great shift in what ceremonies can be about , but he's been involved in 4 of the last 5. I also feel that what become a point of different in Manchester, has almost become his new norm. I think the opening ceremony really lacked a *moment*. That doesn't have to mean a technological wow moment, but just something that will be remembered. I'm not too sure if Migaloo is that. I think what was presented was great (the indigenous section was really well done), but it was missing something and at times I felt it was a little lazy. I think it's a little unfair to have to compare it to Melbourne 2006. I loved that ceremony, however everything about those Com Games had the undertone of Victoria competing with NSW (and doing one up on Sydney 2000). What's quite interesting that I hadn't expected is the negative backlash of Katie Noonan as musical director. I must say it's a tad odd how she seems to have most certainly taken the opportunity to thrust herself to the front. She is by all accounts going to also be appearing in the closing ceremony. hmmmm. Not entirely sure I like that. Seems that she is one of the reasons Aussie band Sheppard will not be appearing despite being asked. A shame, they're great and an example of great current Australian (and QLD) talent. Coming Home (despite alluding to Fortitude Valley in Bris) would be a great addition to the closing.
  15. And dress up in a blue safari suit and sing tie me...... oh maybe not.