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  1. Very much enjoyed my experience of the Olympic Park on Tues - The GB Hocke match against Korea was certainly entertaining - 5-3 to GB. The Riverbank was full to the rafters, only a few of the very expensive VIP seats were empty. Although madly patriotic, I almost feel a little sorry for other nations when they come up against GB - the partisan crowd support is a huge bonus. The next day I walked around London - I was a little dissapointed with the complete lockdown of Horse Guards Parade - you can get within a sniff of it unless you have tickets. 50% of St James park is a no go area. I was hoping to pick up any tickets that might be available but no chance. Then of course got back to the hotel and saw a few empty seats when the matches got underway. They say you should buy on the internet, but not everyone has smartphones or access to mobile internet once they have set off to the venues. BT Live event in Hyde Park is a great addition - free entry - bit of a airport security check you have to get through but once in, the atmosphere with 4-5 huge TV screens is buzzing. I saw Wiggo win his gold there yesterday and the crowds were on their feet at the end. So all in all a great once-in-a-lifetime experience but a bit of shame about the ticketing situation. Saturday I hear they are even closing Westfield shopping centre for most of the day unless you have olympic park tickets.
  2. Eton Dorney (Rowing), Cycling and Sailing (Weymouth) looking great on TV - although I expect that's more down to the natural enviroment and enthusiastic public than any specific branding. Loving Beach Volleyball at Horse Guards even putting up with UK's weather the late night matches last night were definately rocking & rolling.
  3. I just found out that Tues Hockey match between GB & Korea now kicks off at 4pm and not 1:35pm which is great news for me as it won't mean such a mad dash from Euston to Olympic Park. It also means I can check into Hotel and leave my rucksack which should help me with getting through security easier. Has anyone had any experiences of just turning up for events i.e. Beach Volleyball and getting tickets on the door so-to-speak. I did notice a few empty seats when it get's late at night, and I wouldn't mind trying my chances at Horse Guards Parade after the Hockey.
  4. The tower does add a bit of theme park sillyness but I expect the views will be great from the top. The picture above is stunning. Love the colour.
  5. Received an email from London 2012 advising to bring as little as possible to the venue's - ..will a rucksack be okay. I will be going straight from the train to the venue. It will have overnight essentials in it for when I check into the hotel later in the day.
  6. Yipee - just got my hocket tickets - watching women GB team play Korea on the 31st July - only £20. I actually went to the test event and worked my way to the top of stands - the view was great even at the very top, so not bothered about the position. Do you now have to now buy Olympic Park tickets or does your hockey tickets cover this?
  7. Think it was for the Hockey, they have gone now. Yes I can imagine your scenario is even worse. I wonder if you'll be able to turn up on the day and take whatever late returns/resales might come up. Take your chances so to speak.
  8. I don't understand the London 2012 ticket site. It will list an event which lets you put the tickets in your shopping cart but when you go to request the tickets it says they are not available to buy. I can understand if they have just been listed and huge demand as made all the tickets sell out but this event listing as been there for the last 2 days!!! It's like putting something you like in your shopping backet at the supermarket and then when you get to the counter the member of staff tells you they are not for sale and to put them back on the shelves again.
  9. I like it, the soundrack with Elbow and the Orchestra sounds fantastic. Hopefully we'll become a lot more aquainted to this than the muse shocker. I've no doubt they are a great live band but their official olympic anthem sounds awful.
  10. It's always been the case and will continue to be that way. You don't expect little people like us to set the agenda do you. The majority follows, the minority leads.
  11. Will you be able to enter the parklands and Olympic site without needing to purchase a venue ticket? As it stands now there are no tickets left for main stadium events?
  12. It's an unusual design (would probably be referred as Art if shortlisted for the Turner Prize). I don't think I would have picked up on the design incorporating the five Olympic rings unless I had read the article beforehand. I can only make out two slightly misshapen and twisted rings. Alas as Citruis says, it might take on a whole different look during Olympic nights with lighting, and it might, just might, look better in the flesh *wow I remembered my forum log-on after 15 months away. Yet, I can't remember what I wanted to go downstairs for 10mins ago??
  13. What about all the years that China and other communists states were virtually left in the wilderness while the Western world prospered? China had to wait a long time, before it could even be in a fit state to host an Olympic Games. I still value my right to freedom of speech and the right to express it. If I don't like the current government I can go to the polls and cast my vote, something you can't do in these communist country's. Barcelona and Syndey was a successful Olympic games. Are they not Westernised?
  14. Got to admit I did have a chuckle at dishevelled Boris walking down to the podium and bantering away to nobody in particular. He is a bit of a comical figure. Whether that's a good thing or not, I don't know lol
  15. I wonder if I should sit here, do nothing and count down every one of those seconds until 2012? On second thoughts.... I liked the 'Memory Tower' but it was all a bit underwhelming. The London's 2012 Handover was okay, but nothing ground breaking. However, I do feel the atmoshpere will be electric come 2012, and it will be a more festive occasion. However Beijing did an amazing job of hosting the 2008 Olympics, but some were saying the food on offfer to the spectators wasn't the best.
  16. Team GB has had a fantastic Olympics in Beijing 2008. I never would have believed they could finish 3rd in the table, although I expect Russia will eventually get that position. Still even 4th, ahead of the likes of Australia, France, Germany is quite an achievement. Get down to Weymouth, and the Velodrome for 2012 folks.
  17. Only 6,000 capacity for the Velodrome? I bet after the success of GB Cycling Team in Beijing they could have added another 10,000 to that easily, and filled it every day!
  18. Deena Kastor's pulled up after 5km - one of the pre-race favourites, saying that's somethings 'popped' - she's limping, and her race looks over.
  19. It's 26 degrees in Beijing right now with a 78% humidity level. But expect both of those figures to go up in the next couple of hours.
  20. BBC Commentator has just said it was a very surreal and low-key start to the Women's Olympic Marathon as no spectators were allowed in Tiananmen Square.
  21. A BBC commentator has just said it was one of the most surreal and low-key starts to the woman's marathon in Tiananmen Square as there was no spectators about.
  22. I thought it was one of the best one's to be honest. I can imagine this ceremony lasting long in people's memories, where I've already forgot Athens and parts of Sydney's opening ceremonies. Maybe that's unfair because they were 4 and 8 years ago, where Beijings was 36 hrs ago. The lighting of the cauldron was awesome. The only shamefull aspect of the night was when George Bush got cheered. I know asian culture is brought up to be polite and respectful to guests, but really......
  23. I enjoyed it. The drums were good at the start, and the large unfolding scroll. A quick question. The Olympic Rings at the start seemed to be made up of tiny bright lights and I thought it was some kind of video projection. How did it then become a physical shape that was lifted off the ground? I thought that was really good too.
  24. I'm off work today as well - it starts 12:45pm UK time. As a mad sports fan, I have watched all Olympics since my early memories of 1984 Los Angeles. I prefer it when the sports start, but the BBC commentary is very good, so I'll be tuning into the Opening Ceremony.
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