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  1. Yes Rob I saw her summarise the ceremony too. But I picked up most on what she said about....(possible spoiler) how it will be a very carbon neutral ceremony which may be very relevant later on. Is it possible there may be no actual flame at all in the cauldron?
  2. This is the first Ive heard of Heather Small a the closing ceremony. 'Proud' is the song that has reminded me of the London olympics for the past 7 years!!! So if they dont play this song I will be soooo disapointed, lol. It would be a real oportunity missed!
  3. I think the host nations flag should be raised and stand with the olympic flag, I see no problem with it! They have paid the most for the games, they have put the most hard work into them. They should be able to show off that this is their games, and they are the ones inviting the world to their country! To me its like saying 'welcome to our country!'. I dont understand why people would have any problem with it. OK at the moment I may be bias as im from the UK. But I would be perfectly happy to see (and I expect) the Brazil flag at ther opening ceremony and good on them, Im sure their country will be proud to see it!
  4. Ha ha, ive said this since I saw the Beijing ceremony. I mean how far can we really take it! My final word on the ceremony and the cauldron will be that, in my opinion, Underworld were the best decision made for this ceremony. The music for the whole ceremony was fanastic, not just the pop stuff but also the instrumental parts! Well done them.
  5. baron-pierrel, ive read your book which I enjoyed a lot! thanks. I completely agree with you that people are blowing this whole cauldron thing out of preportion! It is a beautiful cauldron, beautifully lit, with incredible music and technical genious. OK its not ideal that it cant be currently seen and not perfect that it had to be put out and re-lit. But lets face it, fire is fire lol. As long as it comes from the original flame, who cares!! Having read your book, you suprise me with your opinion on the London cauldron! I love it, but I would have thought you would be more picky!
  6. Ive watched the lighting a few times now, and I have to say I think its the most beautiful lighting of an olympic cauldron ever. The music is fantastic, not dramatic like normal, but beautiful. Barcelona was outstanding and will never be beat in my opinion and Sydney was stunning but had that glitch. London was just beautiful. As for its location in the stadium, ok its not ideal. But I really think people on here need to put it in perspective. Joe Blogs on the street really does not care if you can see it or not, people are now far more interested in the sport. Ive not heard it mentioned once on any news ive seen and trust me if they can find something to complain about they will!! People will see it when the athletics start and im sure it will look great in the background behind all those events in a full stadium! Oh, and I also think the design of this cauldron lends itself to a great extinguishing of the flame at the closing ceremony, which lets face it is often a non-event. How beautiful will it look if the cauldron breaks up and the petals fall to the ground before extinguishing! Far more dramatic than simply going out like other olympics have done.
  7. Ah ok daveb81, thanks for that, I thought it looked something like that but you never know. OK I give up! im finally admitting defeat like lots of others here. Its probably in the stadium. lol. Just have to wait till almost this time tomorrow to find out then!
  8. Yeah, I wasnt sure if they were practicing or just making the stadium look nice, ha.
  9. Just been watching the BBC news, maybe clutching at straws now lol, but anyone know what this is behind the presenters head to the left? It was there the whole time, even when the camera moved so it isnt a reflection I dont think. It looks like a ferris wheel or something.
  10. AustralianFan, I have to agree with you. This means nothing yet. People are talking like this is the firm evidence we have been looking for and leaving the thread. This could still be rumours, no matter how reputable that website is (and I dont know if it is or not). Untill I see an actual cauldron I am scepticle of any news like this. I may have to wait till Friday night for that!
  11. Thanks for the cap, so does anyone know if this gap has always been there? Why would there be a gap like this?
  12. Just been watching the one show, they revealed the BBC olympic coverage studio which seemed to have a better view of this part of the stadium than the BBC news studio. It looked like there was a large gap in the wrap directly in front of this new structure. Has anyone else noticed this? When the one show comes on BBC iplayer I will try to cap it and post a pic if I can later.
  13. Just been watching the BBC news which has started coming from their studios in the olympic park from today. The stadium is behind and I have to say I looked carefully but could not see anything at all cauldron related! All looked exactly the same. Dont know if it would be from the right angle though, the Orbit is directly between the stadium and the studios so may be the wrong angle to see anything anyway.
  14. LOCOG HAS WON. They've kept the secret. Ive been following this forum for months, not posted much but I have to admit with this statement. Even if we find out tomorrow what the cauldron looks like and where it is, I have to admit LOCOG have done very well in keeping it a secret for this long!!! Its now got to the point where, even though Ive been on here for months trying to get a glimpse of the cauldron and its location, I really hope the secret is kept unitl the night of the opening ceremony! OK this is unlikely but it would be so cool if they kept it a secret, even from us losers on these forums, unitl the last moment!!!
  15. Im starting to agree mattperiolat. Im from Britain (Liverpool), and when I saw the Beijing opening ceremony four years ago I thought London had no chance of ever beating it. I thought Britain would be the forgotten opening ceremony following the epic show that China put on! However, having followed this, and other forums for the past year my opinion is changing. I am genuinly hopeful that what London and Danny Boyle is doing will be so different to anything we have seen before it will blow people away. I quite like how Danny Boyle said Beijing took opening ceremonies to their limits and that London isnt even trying to top that! It would simply be a waste of money to try! Although I thought Beijing was epic and spectacular at the time, looking back it did lack heart! I really hope London is epic, spectacular and full of heart! From what ive seen so far it looks like London is going to put on a giant (and I mean GIANT!) piece of theatre which is full of heart. And for that reason I do believe it will not only beat Beijing but will stand out and set a president for future opening ceremonies!
  16. Shame its only speculation, it sounds almost exactly the same as my prediction in an earlier post. Thought I might have actually got it right then! lol
  17. Everyone seems to be talking about 'Jerusalem' as a natural song choice for this set. But whenever I hear them mention the last night of the proms I think of land of hope and glory. Dont you think this will be played or incorporated somehow? I love this song, and nothing feels more British to me than this! It would sound fantastic in the stadium I think. I also think this would suit the posh pit more by the way the audience do that stupid dance thing at the proms, lol
  18. Have you seen the most recent image from the stadium? Here it is from the opening ceremony forum (spoiler alert to anyone who doesnt want to know anything about the opening ceremony) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Is the ring on top of the roof new at the bottom left of this picture? I dont remember seeing it before. Could this have anything to do with the cauldron?? Or at least the lighting of the Cauldron outside the stadium??? Sorry, bottom right, not bottom left.
  19. From what we have seen so far here is my prediction for how the opening ceremony will go... Opening segment will be on the set revealed today, obviously, starting with people milling around enjoying the countryside and farming etc. This will then turn into a large musical number with dancers and performers. The second segment could be the industrial revolution. We have heard a lot about a huge set change, so maybe there will be factories and chimneys appearing from under the stage, (Im sure there is room for pop up sets to be stored under there), mills, coal mines etc. This may lead to a dark segment which is meant to represent the world wars and the toll they played on Britain and London. We have heard them mention that the defeat of the Nazis will be referenced. This may be represented by the clouds turning dark, smoke, effects, dancers etc i.e not a literal playing out of the war, so not as to offend anyone, but just a representation of dark times. This could then be followed by a regeneration segment where the modern London will appear, with skyscrapers, the Thames (as the 'moat' has been hinted as being the Thames), modern dancers, children etc and a happy joyful optimistic ending which includes the start of the NHS. This is the best I can think of, but I think I would be pretty pleased if this was how it went, who knows though! The only questions with this are: Where would they introduce the olympic rings? Hasn't it been tradition to find a novel way of showing the rings early in the ceremony? How they would physically change the sets so much and so dramatically. How would it all be removed to hold the athletes
  20. Been reading this forum and I have got a theory about the Paul Mccartney bit now. How about if he was used to represent the Glastonbury 'mosh pit' section? He could sing a short song in front of the mosh pit to represent Glastonbury being in the countryside surrounded by fields and animals, which it is! Just a theory but suppose it could fit in and work well, although I suppose didnt he say he was closing the opening ceremony? Maybe he meant the opening segment. Ok totally guessing now, ha.
  21. Ah ok, thanks for clearing that up. I cant decide if its brilliant or tacky. Suppose it depends how its done.
  22. Dont kn ow if this has been discussed but just seen this on the Mirror website. What do you think of this then? 'James Bond star Daniel Craig will open the Games ceremony in true 007 style... with a daredevil leap into the Olympic Stadium from a helicopter. Three choppers will swoop down the Thames and under London Bridge before heading to the Olympic Park in East London. To the strains of the James Bond theme, Craig will drop into the stadium on a rope ladder as a billion people watch on worldwide. The nail-biting action will follow a short film by Trainspotting film-maker Danny Boyle, the artistic director of the July 27 opening ­ceremony. In the movie, called The Arrival, Bond visits ­Buckingham Palace by Royal Appointment to be told his latest ­mission is to launch the Games#
  23. Ha! I like this idea! That would be a really cool way to disguise its location! Not sure how likely it is though, doesnt seem very Heathereick to me, but you never know.
  24. Ok dont know who just saw the one show, where the olympic flame arrived in the UK. Seb coe was asked about the lighting of the cauldron. Didnt talk for long but I think he said he had seen diagrams or a schematic of how it will be lit but he wasnt giving anything away. Total speculation, but seeing diagrams of how it will be lit suggests something a bit more complicated than a simple walk up and light it! Im sure there will be a video of this interview posted soon enough.
  25. As a British person (from Liverpool), I agree and hope the opening segment (or even the whole ceremony) will feel quintessentialy British. Britain has a lot of history to show off, but most of it im sure will be quite boring to the rest of the world so I hope we coose what to show wisely. I'm also a little weary of the whole Shakespeare, 'Isles of wonder' theme. Im not writing it off before ive even seen anything, but I just hope it doesnt try to be too arty without being spectacular at the same time! I understand that London will never be as spectacular as Beijing as they dont have the same budget (and Im glad of that as a tax payer lol), however I would still like to see a spectacular show. Even if this means a few gimicks in between the art! So in terms of Britishness, I quite like the idea of joking about the rain, (especially with the record rain lately (in a drought!!!!)), and the pubs. Danny Boyle has already hinted there will be rain involved, so I really think this will be a fun opening ceremony. If we cant offer 'Beijing spectacle' then 'Sydney fun' is just as good in my opinion. We havent had a 'fun' opening cereomony since 2000!
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