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Everything posted by JMarkSnow2012

  1. Unfortunately, we may have reached the stage where the EU is, on balance, happier without the UK.
  2. The release of Danny Boyle's "Yesterday" (which continues some of the themes of the London 2012 opening ceremony, particularly the Thanks Tim section) prompted me to update my crazed ebook about the 2012 opening, "By Strange Conveyance". New stats (e.g. on 27 July 2019, the Rio 2016 opening ceremony video on YouTube was viewed far more times than the London 2012 one- for a reason which had nothing to do with London 2012). New facts (e.g. the names of the goats in the pre-show). New links to source materials. Epub and mobi formats as usual, at: http://www.pastpresented.ukart.com/
  3. Was there really a "stadium war"? Athens was a refurbishment; Beijing was admittedly a declaration of war; London was a minimalist load of seats and some fabric (which Boris Johnson then insisted should become a Premier League stadium, regardless of expense); Rio was another refurbishment (or rather, an urgent fix of serious structural problems). I'd say the real war is in the specialist venues for sports that attract very few spectators outside of the Olympics (which of course means colossal problems for Winter hosts).
  4. You can be a real brute sometimes ...
  5. To me "Elisabeth" might as well be "Elspeth"- which can be a useful name in its own right, but ...
  6. Warn seem to be like the Kelloggs of winches. Live a little, try finding the winch equivalent of Jordan Valley Wholefoods.
  7. My latest very occasional visit to E20 (arriving shortly before 8am): An old friend fallen on hard times:
  8. To celebrate this special day in the story of Article 13, a London 2012 Pandemonium video mashup: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W_wei69GZO0
  9. No broadcaster really showed the pre-show in 2012, but any broadcaster with cameras in the stadium had the opportunity to give glimpses, as you can see from the French, Spanish and Japanese elements in my video. As for the "embargo"- that sounds like use of the OBS feed, which carefully maintained its focus on the spectators after arriving in the stadium for "Nimrod"- while the BBC uses its own cameras to give more complete coverage, as it had, very sparingly, over the previous couple of hours. PS: The Chinese build-up to the event on the CCTV5 sports channel started at breakfast
  10. Ah ... Does that mean the video embedding system has been changed? What you get if you follow that link is my recreation, from dozens of videos found online, of the London 2012 Olympic opening warmup and pre-show. It's not entirely beautiful, but as usual it's very informative.
  11. A slightly early festive present (because I suspect I'm going to have to spend the next fortnight arguing against a takedown notice- so get it while you can just in case ...) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wyX90VnWAzw
  12. Brazil suffers record murder tally in 2017, ahead of election https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-brazil-violence-murder/brazil-suffers-record-murder-tally-in-2017-ahead-of-election-idUKKBN1KU2R3
  13. BOO ! Just a note to let you know that the summer 2018 update of my ebook about the London 2012 opening ceremony is now available (Epub and Mobi formats, as usual; massively expanded, particularly in the section about preparations for the ceremony): By Strange Conveyance Unless somebody points out a glaring omission / mistake, this will be the last update until summer 2020. PS: The map of London 2012 OC firework videos has also gained the odd new spark since Christmas.
  14. A brief return to comment on some odd YouTube OC viewing statistics. During April and May this year, viewing for the official Rio OC video on YouTube was bumbling along at about 14,100 per week, but in the week ending 2 June that rose to 18,400, then the next week to 19,600, and in the week to yesterday, 55,100. I can't think what could possibly have caused that ... The London OC video shows a rather different pattern. The average for April and the first couple of weeks in May was around 16,600, rising to 18,600 in the week ending 19 May, and to 24,500 the week after, before sliding
  15. Good news and bad news. The good news is that from tomorrow I'm taking a break of three months or so from GB. The bad news is that, to celebrate, I've added yet more entries to my map of London 2012 OC firework finale videos: http://www.pastpresented.ukart.com/marksnow/fireworkmap2012.htm And finally, here's another odd video I spotted recently: the whole OC in just over 2 minutes!
  16. And then watch the first video in this local news article. https://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/midlands-news/how-birminghams-commonwealth-games-handover-14534366 (you may need to unmute the sound). It shows quite a bit of how the performance and camerawork was achieved, and also, as sound is coming from a TV that was on in the room, accidentally reveals that there was an unusually long safety delay on the broadcast: about a minute rather than the normal few seconds. That was probably the sum of multiple delays due to the need for robust transmission of this live performance from Bi
  17. To be fair though, one of them wasn't a video, it was a live performance.
  18. Weirdly, although there were (if Wikipedia is to be believed) over 200 more medals awarded in Manchester 2002 than KL 1998, England's share actually went down, from 20.2% to 18.4% (on the other hand, for example, India's went up from 3.7% to 7.7% which is roughly their current away-games normal, and Scotland's from 1.8% to 3.4%).
  19. But there was a global theme of harmony with the environment pretty much running through the whole show, linked by Migaloo.
  20. True enough, but they could turn that on its head and promote Birmingham for what it is: a major industrial and commercial centre since before the Dutch explored New Holland.
  21. Or if you're in the UK (where that YouTube video is blocked) try the BBC iPlayer version, which is just the amazing bit: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/commonwealth-games/43775463
  22. Mostly, home advantage shifted. What might be worth pondering is that, unlike in Melbourne 2006 (and even in Kuala Lumpur 1998- it may be no accident that the video game Koala Lumpur was released in 1997) Australia did not get more medals than all the Home Nations put together.
  23. Do you mean the video, or the live dance performance to "Mr Blue Sky" almost entirely filmed with a single rapidly moving camera?
  24. Very enjoyable Games, but with disturbing things going on in the background. I get the impression that the event really did not work well for local people (which would explain the poor attendance even at the beginning of the Closing Ceremony).
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