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  1. That's a great review there Olympian, I agree with much of it. The bits of the ceremonies they did well, which there were many...... they did really well. I've watched the ceremonies a few more times since, and it's one of those rare times when I've actually watched the protocol segments more than the main artistic. The flat entrance part was fantastic, especially the pure emotion on the face of Nicola Benedetti as the crowd sang along to her. Magic. The thing is, the opening artistic (I use that term with tongue planted firmly in cheek) portion wasn't original. Original for an opening ceremony yes, but it followed the pattern of the Australiana/Canadiana portions of Sydney and Vancouver's closing ceremonies. Even more so, it really was much like Malmo's interval action during Eurovision. Nothing wrong with that, it works well in the closing (even though I think the concept is starting to get a tad stale), but just not for an opening. I'd be interested to know how the budget o 14m pounds lined up against other ceremonies budgets of the COm Games.
  2. I should also note, a highlight was seeing Betty so god damn happy. Great to see a smile on her dial, really did look like she was enjoying herself. Far more relaxed than she appeared at London.
  3. I was trying sooo hard to like this, I really did want to, but I really can't say I enjoyed this opening ceremony much at all. I just got the feeling that it was more telethon, more concert, more EMA awards ceremony...... more eurovision interval act - than the opening ceremony of a Commonwealth Games. That's not to say that it wasn't a well produced show, it was, and I wouldn't have expected anything less with the man at the top. The stadium looked a picture both in light and once the sun went down. The lighting design was fantastic, it looked so serene with the blue shades at the end. The video production quality was great, the screen worked well, the stage and floor design was well thought. Not to mention the performers, they were gold, amazing enthusiasm. This would have made the perfect closing ceremony, but for an opening...... no.... I just wasn't feeling it. I do wonder if plans were changed when the implosion was canned, I'm sure I read that we would see stuff about the regeneration of Glasgow, and I didn't see any of that. The countdown.... yeah pretty good, can't complain with that. The opening act though, it was just so meh. Again, it would be great for a closing, but it had such a low impact for the opening of an event like this. The thing is, it wasn't original, it's what Sydney and Vancouver did in their closing ceremony. I think the Unicef contribution was abit too much. Certainly a worthy cause, but it was shoved down our throats abit too much, and it did verge in to telethon land a few times. I will say the couple dancing was a beautiful moment, and they certainly could have built on that a bit more, but it seems to me they saw that more of a transition filler. The good bits apart from that.... I thought they did the protocol really well, the arrival of the Queen was fantastic, and the music used for the baton entry was great. The Calvin Harris mash up was fantastic, still maybe suited slightly more to a closing ceremony, but was visually stunning and showed great spirit. Athletes parade..... mint I do understand the concept behind the ceremony, but I think you can still give that feeling across while at the same time having a more well rounded show. Manchester showed that in spades. Again, a well produced show, but just no stand out moment to me. What will be the iconic image of this ceremony. It will be interesting to see the angle for the closing ceremony. I found Manchester's closing (I use this comparison as David Zolkwer was the AD for both), to be far more traditional and had one of the most ambitious pieces of stadium theatre that I've ever seen in it (Common wealth). Maybe this ceremony is a grower, and there are moments I will rewatch , but at the moment - Im feeling abit deflated. Still, after all that being said, well done the people of Glasgow. The spirit shown by the performers was fantastic.
  4. In a huuuge surprise to me, Sky Sport NZ has announced that they will be covering Nanjing 2014 live. They will have a pop up channel dedicated to the event, in addition to highlight packages.
  5. These Games seemed to be completely tied in with my time at Omanu Primary 1989/1990. I remember everyone got cardboard Auckland 1990 medals at our swimming sports that summer, and of course, the youth of New Zealand was wrapped up in Jump Rope for Heart. Good times.
  6. haha. A reprise of his infamous up-kilt moment perhaps.
  7. So, every time the Com Games come around it becomes the cool thing to knock them and say they have no place in our current sporting calendar. The Games have a history stretching back to 1930, so many amazing moments. So here's a place to contribute some of your all time favourite moments and memories. They may be photos, sports triumphs, controversial moments, ceremonies etc etc. Just to kick things off.. Christchurch 74 Odd how this twee and leafy city on the South Island of New Zealand could produce such a vivid and amazing set of design elements for these 10th British Commonwealth Games. From the clever and timeless logo, right through to the stylish jumpsuits for the medals ceremonies. Delhi 2010 Netball Final One of the most amazing sporting contests, the double extra time win by New Zealand against Australia was yet another fantastic netball match between the two rivals. Looking forward to this being resumed in Glasgow. Brisbane 82: Matilda Matilda winking to the crowd and disgorging trampolinists from her pouch. We won't mention Rolf welcoming us to the Games. Auckland 1990: Danny Boy During the boxing competition as Wayne McCullough stood waiting for the Northern Irish anthem which did not come due to a stuck tape, it was an official who got hold of the microphone and made sure he had his victory ceremony. Manchester 2002: Common Wealth As a ceremonies nut, the central Common Wealth segment of the closing ceremony in Manchester is one of my favourite ceremonies moments of all time. Through from the lanterns right to the Seek Peace, it was so well done, and in pretty awful weather. - Dick Tayler: the 10K winner in Christchurch 74, ignited the home crowd for those Games of Christchurch - Roger Bannister and John Landy in the *miracle mile* in Vancouver 54 - Ian Thorpe starts his pool dominance in KL98 - Sevens: every time the All Blacks Sevens win the tournament and do a shirts off boys Haka. So many amazing moments.
  8. Hmmm, I've often wondered why the Commies seem to be targeted for being irrelevant and mediocre ,do the pan-ams and asian games get the same treatment. Granted, they are regional games and this is more historically based, but they are all multi sports events. Second rate to the Olympics...... most definitely, but mediocre? I don't think so, no more than the others at least. There are sports that the Commonwealth don't exactly excel in, but on the other hand, I doubt you'll see many more more competitive and emotion charge sports contests as you do at the Com's between New Zealand and Australia in netball. The worlds best are there for sevens rugby, some of the worlds top cycling nations will be taking to the velodrome, the same can be said to an extent for a number of the swimming events. I dunno. Too often we look at the Commonwealth Games as irrelevant because it is based on the idea of the sun never setting on the British empire. Maybe it's time we recognised these as a sports event with a rich SPORT heritage, set within the context of a rag tag bunch of nations who share a common thread.
  9. If that fails, have you thought about using one of those services that provides a UK address for delivery and then they on ship it to Australia. I know we have a couple of those here in New Zealand, I use one of them to get all of my Jack and Jones gear as they won't ship to NZ either.
  10. I think Nicole Scherzinger is involved in that Unicef fundraising thing during the opening ceremony, not sure if that means she will appear in the opening ceremony itself, or just on a video.
  11. And Kylie at the closing ceremony Hmmm, I really do wonder if this is going to be a Manchester rehash. Im sure it won't, but DZ seems to even be using the whole theme of the Manchester opening - *ordinary people, when touched by the spirit of Manchester, do extraordinary things*, to describe the Glasgow opening (minus the Manchester bit). I am looking forward to it though, it's hard to go wrong with a show done by David Zolkwer. Certainly can't be any worse than the world cup opening.
  12. It's quite possibly this had already been mentioned in the masses of posts here, but it just came to my attention that great Olympic ceremonies set designer Mark Fisher passed away in June 2013. Being the master of set design for some of the great names in the entertainment industry, he also served as chief set designer of many of the great pieces of stadium theatre, including Beijing 2008 and London 2012 (where he was also one of the executive producers). A fantastic talent which produced some of the most memorable scenes in Olympic ceremonies history. Check out some of his works at his website http://www.stufish.com
  13. Phew, I'm glad they got a maple leaf in there , I was getting worried for a minute.
  14. All that's missing is a floral clock, it's not the Commonwealth Games without a floral clock. I don't mind the theme from what I've heard so far. Greg Bowman is usually pretty good at composing some stirring medal ceremonies music- Call to Glory for Sydney being the obvious one.
  15. These were taken a number of weeks ago, have no idea what it looks like now. Along the same lines, I can't remember an opening ceremony that has had such little buzz so close to the event. Likewise, we have heard almost no teasers or leaks about what is likely to be in it. The only things we've heard is the led screen, and the now guzumped plan to implode council blocks.
  16. I was buzzing around youtube a few weeks ago and found a bid promo video for Stockholm 2004, can't remember a bid video quite as arty as this. Thought it might be a good place to link through to any other bid promo vids that people have found in their travels round the net. Have also added a mega short Roma 2004 video.
  17. I fully agree. It would have been easy to go for another torch concept, and obviously it's a tad hard to jazz up a baton relay come the opening ceremony, but it's original and adds to the heritage of the Commonwealth Games.
  18. Must say I was expecting a little bit more with the Glasgow branding, I thought it would try and be a little bit out of the box like London, but I don't see too much of that happening yet. Not entirely sure the logic behind the look graphic on the banners, but it's nothing amazing, though at the same time not entirely displeasing to the eye. Of course we will wait and see what the field of play will look like, but nothing is wowing me yet. The multi lined font that is being used in various promotions and on the website is neat though. That logo astrolabe sculpture adds some brightness.
  19. Not entirely sure. I read somewhere that initially they were to feature at the start of the ceremony, with the buildings being demolished and then the stadium being filled with dry ice. Yet to hear of any replacement for the opening moments, which will still have to be iconic. I guess the only other details we have at the moment is that the ceremonies are produced by Jack Morton Worldwide with David Zolkwer at the head, and that it will feature a giant LED screen.
  20. I guess it's time for the must have Glasgow ceremonies thread. Not too many details have come out of what we will actually see in the ceremonies yet, more fuss has been made on the now canned plans to blow up some buildings. Seems like the best thing to start this off, in the tradition of Olympic mockumentaries, is this youtube spoof clip .
  21. Saw you'd interviewed John McBeth and Keith Quinn, that must have been awesome.
  22. Im interested in the cauldron lighting question too. I guess the other thing would be the failed ideas that didn't work for one reason or another. What was Sochi's dove on a bull and paella, in other words.
  23. Of course the irony in all of this is that the Oslo 22 bid team has made much of cool Nordic design in their bid branding, yet the Lillehammer team seem to be taking the exact opposite approach - producing pap.
  24. The tv broadcast we had here in New Zealand (may have been a generic OB commentary as it included Brits, Kiwis and Aussies) mentioned in the closing the mascots were Strelka (Hare), Barsik (Leopard) and Polus (Polar Bear). I've struggled to find reference to this online, but found this here that seems to confirm it. I guess it was something mainly done for the Russian population. http://www.411.spb.ru/images/Sochi%20Olympic%20Symbols.pdf
  25. I'm not sure about bids that didn't win, but Evelina Christillin was the president of the Torino 2006 bid I believe.
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