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  1. A couple of recent photos from the Aquatics Centre Rings and Stratford Gate: http://funandgames2012.co.uk/olympic-park/# It doesn't look as though they intend to clean the mesh on the temporary Aquatics Centre wings, but at least the rings looks good, as does the Stratford Gate, which looks bigger than I first thought.
  2. Some of the flag variations of the logo have started to pop up around the city: http://funandgames2012.co.uk/branding/# A few banners from the O2 North Greenwich Arena too:
  3. Haha. I think I could've got more out of her, actually. But we got talking about how well it'd been kept a secret and I bottled it - I don't want to spoil the surprise for myself!
  4. I finally made it to the brilliant Heatherwick Studio exhibition at the V&A today - I would strongly encourage anyone interested in art or design to go along. I enquired about the model of the Cauldron that will be we wheeled out following the Opening Ceremony. The lady there remained tight-lipped, but told me that she'd seen 'part of it', and that I must come back to see it because 'it's going to be beautiful'. Not a lot of clues to go on, but the Cauldron has at least her approval.
  5. Roger Mosey tweeted that they're going to stick to the shorter version online for now - now sure why - but I did find it here: http://deadspin.com/5923295/the-bbc-olympic-promo-trailer-is-pretty-awesome-inevitably-controversial It's not great quality, but still stunning.
  6. Don't suppose anyone managed to get a recording of the full-lenght BBC trailer aired tonight, did they? I just missed it and they're not putting it online for now.
  7. I believe this is actually an old shot from the '2012 Hours To Go' event rehearsals in May - there were dozens on Twitter at the time. Still stunning, though.
  8. Some slightly different ariel shots from The Telegraph: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/picturegalleries/uknews/9331468/Aerial-photographs-of-London-at-dawn.html?frame=2248126
  9. Some slightly different ariel shots from The Telegraph: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/picturegalleries/uknews/9331468/Aerial-photographs-of-London-at-dawn.html?frame=2248126
  10. It's being reported that the London Symphony Orchestra have indeed been asked to mine for the Opening Ceremony. Controversial, and a shame, but not a great surprise: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/9309058/Orchestra-told-to-mime-at-Olympics.html
  11. Right you are. The gap at 121 is just one of the tunnels, as can be seen in my signature picture below. Oh well, the thought was fun while it lasted.
  12. Has anyone taken a look at the venue seating plans for both the Opening Ceremony and Athletics? Opening Ceremony: http://www.london2012.com/mm/Document/Documents/Venue/01/24/17/29/KDVENUESTAOpeningCeremony_Neutral.pdf Athletics: http://www.london2012.com/mm/Document/Documents/Venue/01/24/17/14/KDVENUESTAAthletics_Neutral.pdf They don't appear to be plugging the seating gap by Block 121 for the Athelitcs. Could this mean that whatever they're building the stage for at this end of the stadium, be it the bell, cauldron or something else, will stay there for the duration of the Games?
  13. This piece about / interview with Heatherwick is well worth a look: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/art/art-features/9285796/Thomas-Heatherwick-Design-is-like-solving-a-crime.html ...as is this talk he gave at Ted about the Seed Catherdral: Neither give much away about the cauldron itself, but both really affirm my faith in Heatherwick and his Studio to get this right. I know this applies to all cauldrons, but with Heatherwick in particular, I think we can expect a real synthesis between art and functionality. He seems a genuinely charming and unassuming guy, too, quite contrary to the stereotype you might have in mind when picturing a high-profile London-based designer. He certainly wouldn't work as the cauldron designer on the Twenty-Twelve mockumentary...
  14. The longest day is 21st June, so it will be dark for most of the ceremony - but you're right, we should get some nice dusky-shots of London at the start. A setting sun would provide a beautiful backdrop for the opening stages.
  15. Not a bad shout! The title of the ceremony is of course 'Isles of Wonder', so I wouldn't be at all surprised to see some kind of representation/visualisation of an island. The Thames has also featured quite prominently so far (with the bid logo and the medals in particular) so perhaps that's also theme we can expect to see explored.
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