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  1. Thanks Juso, I liked your recut and the resulting timings of the cauldron's ascent. I suspect that on the night the fireworks were given an early launch order, ie the fireworks began launching before the delayed cauldron had reached the top of the stadium tracks. I wonder if there is a technical/theatrical schedule of the cauldron's ascent that someone who actually worked behind the scenes may have posted somewhere since 2000 (?). It would be very interesting to hear more about the behind the scenes story from the technicians and directors involved on the night, and hear or read exactly how the planned technical schedule was amended 'on-the-run'. I've heard interviews with Ric Birch, David Atkins but not seen or heard any interviews with other players.
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  3. I agree, a crying shame they beheaded the Cauldron from the pedestal after the Games.
  4. Apart from the Cauldron, Sydney also had a couple of other glitches, one also involving Olympic Rings, although not as stark as Sochi's rings malfunction. Once the huge sheet of material was passed over the athletes heads on the stadium floor, the Olympic Rings were projected on to the material and one of the rings clearly was missing a 'chunk'. Another glitch was when one section of the Sydney Harbour Bridge on the huge hanging 'Eternity' banner failed to fire when the pyrotechnics ignited the rest of it.
  5. The planned synchronisation with music of the cauldron's upward journey went out the window once the cauldron stalled at the start of phase 2 being it's journey up the stadium track. "Te Deum", as majestic as it was (I loved the music), actually finished just after the Cauldron re-commenced it's journey and it was barely one-eighth up the stadium tracks. Once the "Te Deum" music finished, there was a slight pause and then the fireworks symphony began, which should have been when the Cauldron was already at the top of the grandstand. The actual fireworks began just before the delayed Cauldron reached the top of the track. But then the fireworks symphony then also finished while the Cauldron was sitting still on top of the silver pedestal for a minute or two and before it was raised. The PA announcements pronouncing the end of the Opening Ceremony in French, then English, were done but the Cauldron was still rising on the silver pedestal. TV footage clearly shows this but the slow upward movement on it's silver pedestal may not have been as noticeable by the stadium audience, unless someone had binoculars. A final illustration of how far out of sync the Sydney Cauldron now was with the planned sequence was that it was still rising in musical silence on the silver pedestal after the end of these announcements, with fireworks still exploding in the background and final cheers from the audience.
  6. When the Cauldron had risen up initially in the first sequence, Cathy did not remain under the cascading water but stepped out of the pool and walked to the dry spot at the top of the stairs and turned back toward the Cauldron. It was at the start of the 2nd Cauldron sequence that there was indeed a technical glitch caused by a computer switch which malfunctioned, causing the sequence to shut down by giving a false reading. This meant that the Olympic flame was suspended in mid-air for about 3.5 minutes, rather than immediately rising up a water-covered ramp to the top of the stadium. When it was discovered what the problem was, the computer program was overridden and the cauldron continued up the ramp, where it rested on a rising silver pedestal at the end of the 3rd & final sequence.
  7. Actually the Sydney 2000 Opening Ceremony featured the Lawn Mowers forming the Olympic Rings in a giggle at ourselves mowing our lawns on a Saturday morning in white towel hats. The Hills Hoist did indeed appear in the Sydney Closing Ceremony.
  8. Is that a requirement in the Olympic Charter or Host City Contract ? London's stadium floor cauldron was not visible to anyone outside the stadium unless they were watching it on tv.
  9. The empty seats were for the athletes but it was a band camera angle that gave the impression of a half empty stadium - until the seats were taken up after the athletes parade. The stadium's capacity is only 40,000 so it's on the smaller side.
  10. Wasn't it at Athens 2004 when Bjork's dress unfurling malfunctioned? In Sydney, Cathy stepped out from under the streaming water beneath the cauldron above her as planned very quickly after lighting it at water level. It was after she was out of the drop zone and after the scheduled pause in the cauldron's journey, now suspended above the pool, that the Cauldron stalled for 3.5 minutes on stage 2 of its journey up the stadium tracks that Cathy eventually was told to go down the stairs and join the other Final torchbearers that a jacket was put around her by one of the girls.
  11. From skynews.com.au: "Five stars on cables drifted together above the stadium, and four of them turned into Olympic rings - but the fifth did not unfurled and they all failed to erupt into white flames as planned, marring what's traditionally a key moment in the ceremony." According to this story, the 5 rings were meant to ignite into white flames once they transformed from snow flakes
  12. When the final torch bearers pair finally emerged outside, and as they ran 100 metres or so over to the Cauldron base, it was like they stepped on to the moon, or somewhere which had closed for the night, desolate, empty and disconnected from the usual surrounding crowds and atmosphere at the ignition podium. The whole setting was picturesque and very pretty lighting even though devoid of people. Has anyone heard any reaction from stadium audience bloggers about what they felt about being disconnected from the pivotal moment of the OC?
  13. Yes, true. When the final pair finally got there, it was like they stepped on to the moon, or somewhere which had closed for the night, desolate, empty and disconnected from the usual surrounding crowds and atmosphere at the ignition podium. Has anyone heard any reaction from stadium audience bloggers about what they felt about being disconnected from the pivotal moment of the OC?
  14. Don't worry, you spoke honestly and without any malice. Don't be put off by the troll behaviour of the minority
  15. Great looking Opening Ceremony but the stadium audience seemed a lot quieter as a whole than other OCs
  16. Yes Bach is not afraid of speaking out like no other IOC President
  17. It was a stadium microphone not being turned on issue nothing to do with a BBC or German telecast, there is only one microphone that she is singing into, but they rectified it about a minute into the Oly pic hymn so it then came through loud and clear but late
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