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FDLondon last won the day on July 18 2012

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  1. Must say that I agree totally with Athensfan's view of the placard bearer costumes; and I think many of them would too. They really weren't particularly flattering or 'wow'... although I guess you could argue that the attention at that point should be on the flagbearer rather than the placard bearer. Part of the problem with the OC is that there were big cuts made to it timewise; there are bits of Green and Pleasant that were supposed to happen in the main show but ended up only being seen during the preshow (e.g. the football morphing to rugby and all the animal tending) and other segments being tweaked up to the final weeks as they worked with timings. I'm not sure any of those helped with cohesion! Incidentally - the flaming bikes that appeared in the Paralympic Closing were originally slated for the Olympics Opening along with the BMXs that were a late cut.
  2. It wasn't quite as strong an effect; but was still definitely in play although possibly primarily more on the Jubilee line that anywhere else. I know certainly if you were wearing accreditation (or pins) people would often try to catch your eye and have a chat about why you were wearing it. I ended up in quite a few interesting conversations that way with families en route to/from the Park in the Paras.
  3. I go to the Diamond League at Crystal Palace on a semi-regular basis (every year that I remember to get tickets before double-booking myself!) and there are quite often some paralympic track events on the Friday night. I think we had 3 races this year.
  4. Olympian - keep looking even when you're in London and, make a sign saying that you'd like a ticket that you can put around your neck. We saw quite a few people during the Olympics hoping for a ticket on the main drag into security who seemed to be having some success. It seems that there were a few (particularly with prelim rounds) who had had friends drop out at the last minute and had a spare ticket with no other way to sell it.
  5. Now you've mentioned it, I recognise it. At the time, I was too busy blubbing!
  6. At the Stadium tonight and the Muse video started up and I noticed the first bit where the years count down was running in reverse with the years running to 2012 The the video montage starts but now it is all made up from 2012 clips. Sure it will appear online soon if it's not up already.
  7. Here's my pic of it on the Stadium screens at the hockey last night. The screens are tough to see in the daylight unless you're at exactly the right angle; it was only as darkness fell that you were really able to see it
  8. I wonder if they handed them out to the delegations beforehand and one country forgot to bring theirs to the Stadium? It is gorgeous when you see it up-close. We were lucky enough to be able to hang around next to it after the Ceremony last night and take pics. It is a massive shame that it will be in the Stadium and not available to others. You'd have thought there would be somewhere suitable; while we were walking through the Park to/from Eton Manor last week, there was a concrete plinth being chipped away by a digger on the other side of one of the Stadium bridges. We'd speculated that it might be where a cauldron would go but it appears not.
  9. No, he said 9PM (and the exhibition is closed then). I suspect he meant that it would be in place on the morning of the 28th for the public to see.
  10. Incidentally, podium level just means the spectator ground level of Stadium Island as a whole. Many cast are held and depart from lower levels. I said 'on to' Podium level and not 'into' anywhere! Just 15 or so hours to go though... and we will all see the full thing for real! Very excited this morning!
  11. I now KNOW where the cauldron will be... They tested it post-dress rehearsal last night and since there were cast members still around and heading home, when we realised what was going on quite a few of us snuck onto the podium level and watched it being lit and then extinguished. So there definitely is a cauldron and it definitely lights... I will say no more! #savethesurprise after all!
  12. There are a couple of very tall zebra crossing type lights outside the stadium so was probably one of those. Sorry Australianfan, it's not. That gap is the VIP section. The back of the Tor has the wrap for sure - I've walked through it; it's at 149/150. The VIP non-wrap starts at about section 104 - they'd be cricking their necks round to 7 o'clock to see anything in that direction. Based on two shaky videos that don't show everything that's going on? There's a reason that the one showing the transformation are category D seats on the night.
  13. Not noticed it being smaller but am getting little default.aspx files downloading occasionally (14 over the past three days) which concerns me since I don't like things being downloaded without being asked. They're obviously not set to auto-open but it concerns me. Anyone know what/why that might be?
  14. No - it's gone. How odd! And sorry, but in my best disciplined volunteer mode, my lips are sealed when it comes to any cauldron(s). You've only got 5 days to wait
  15. The public rehearsals are stopping at the start of the Parade of Athletes so that they can empty the stadium by 10.15pm. And yes, even without Colonel Iredale breathing down our necks, the volunteers are all invested in #savethesurprise
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