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  1. The winner of the greek national contest: Maria Eleni Kyriakou – One Last Breath
  2. Well not exactly ... It was after the Closing Ceremony ended. Here a video of her dancing as broadcasted in the news. So nice to see her so happy.
  3. To response to some of the posts I read without being an expert and from a subjective point of view: Building great venues was a matter of pride for the greeks. Temporary stadiums seemed to be disrespectful for the athletes and the sport. Gianna Aggelopoulos Daskalaki who was the force behind Athens 2004 had this vision of «state of the art» venues and the responsibility to make those Games a reality. Temporary venues didn't seemed to fit into that concept. Also I would like to remind you that back then economic crisis seemed no to exist and the most of us believed that the Olympic Games will be the beginning of a new epoch. At least some of us. I also have to add to that that the government of Karamanlis that took over, one of the worst ever, absolutely disliked Gianna and her success and did absolutely nothing to utilize the potential of the Games. On the contrary the Government of Kostas Karamanlis almost provocative dismissed plans by the former government (a matter of principle) and rested on the success of the Games. The Minister of Culture Adrianos served from 2004 to 2009 today says «Our highest priority back then was to make the Games a success but there was no plan for the day after». Strange because until the Games he was in the opposition and criticized the effort. Then he saw the success tried to earn it and then as the responsible for the day after didn’t do anything. Unfortunately this Government was one the most corrupted ever. But to be fair mistakes have been done before. After Athens awarded the Games, many of the plans changed. The Simitis Government didn’t like Gianna. She was an outsider and most of them I presume were afraid of her potential power. New persons were placed and they changed the Organizing Committee. After losing precious time and the inability of the new team the pressure of getting ready didn’t allow experiments. Gianna were placed back although no one really liked her. The costs exploded because of the pressure to get ready and international pressure. As the criticism rises greeks get stubborn to prove the opposite. Also the IOC and the International sports federations and every each of them wanted great venues. So many different interests increased the pressure. The costs for security was exploding by the pressure of the US. The costs for engineering and facilities were exploding too as international enterprises took advantage of the lack of time. Big scandals like the Siemens Corruption Scandal was the result. Also there was unbelievable antagonism between the Minister of Economy back then and Gianna. He once called her «this rich bitch» behind closed doors. «She thinks she can command my ministry.» Gianna wanted to get the money she needed to get ready in time. The Government criticized her strongly for being unsparing with public money. But the truth is a different in my opinion. The government was to be blamed as they are responsible for the lost of extremely precious time, time that was needed to organize the Games. My opinion is that no one of those man was man enough to recognize her skills and her power as a strategic coordinator and great manager. The big success of the Games is the proof. After that and the big success, normality came back and political dispute and envy lead to the situation that we can see today. I believe that this didn't happen accidentally. A new mentality would have changed the whole political system. Citizens with more responsibility, with a stronger opinion, that work and achieve work more precise , that volunteer that have visions would destroy or at least disturb the used political system based on what we call in Greece «clientelistic state». Although I have to say that some things are exaggerated. The legacy isn’t a nightmare. Thats way to negative. The legacy isn’t satisfying in many cases. In some it is bad and in some others the legacy is very good and in some of great importance. Because beyond of the economic legacy there is another one. There is a cultural and emotional legacy. A legacy that we carry within our soul. Those games redefined Athens and Greece. No matter what happens today. This Opening Ceremony itself is a cultural and emotional legacy of unsurpassed meaning. Those days everything is about economy. Everything. Extremely weird times if you ask me. Everyone seems to be brainwashed. What the market will say? How will the economy react? Capitalism is starting to show its true character after he totally defeated politic power. But this another discussion. The legacy of something maybe economic short-lived but through ages it is an emotional, a cultural, a philosophical, a social. I am so grateful for those Games and this Opening Ceremony and for Gianna backing everything Dimitris Papaioannou did: «I am so charmed by her personality, a personality from a cosmos totally strange to me. It is absolutely given that without her the Ceremonies would not have been possible. I am truly charmed. I those three years of working together the quality of our contact increased geometrically. Her support was beyond of any other previous olympics. The personality of Gianna is this dance of her on the bleachers of the stadium at the closing ceremony. And the dastardly side of the greek reality blamed her for dancing at the closing ceremony. Not to imagine blaming someone for celebrating the biggest success of a country in the last decades. Who blames someone for dancing? This dancing needs the sweetness of anarchy of a soul that has still something alive within» It is sad to see that following governments and people responsible for the economic and athletic legacy were incapable and unworthy of this task but I am absolutely confident that many of the venues are facing better days to come. But as I said before and once again: the emotional legacy of those games is bigger and most important then the economic. And if today this emotion is bittersweet by watching those pictures then this proves how great those games were.
  4. Indeed it is. Truly excellent documentaries: http://birthplace2004.com
  5. birthplace "The ceremony I dreamt of creating had clarity of form and economy of colour, focused exclusively on art history, took a sensual approach to Greek identity, and bore an underlying sexuality that would make it engaging on a visceral level. I sought to create intimacy on a grand, spectacular scale, and to appeal to archetypal emotions and images in order for the ceremony to work on both a spiritual and emotional level. The ceremony could not be a story – it could only be the unfolding of a dream sequence." Dimitris Papaioannou "I woke with this marble head in my hands — it exhausts my elbows and I do not know where to put it down. It was falling into the dream as I was coming out of the dream so our life became one and it will be very difficult for it to separate again.” George Seferis — Mythistorema 3 ten years on — a blog celebrating memories of the ceremony — with new documentary material by Athina Rachel Tsangari http://birthplace2004.com
  6. I would like to make some things clear or at least to try. There are venues «abandoned» but in most cases this is the result of very complicated processes. The OAKA is in use as before of the games. There are some legal difficulties with the license of the venues because the organization that manages the venues doesn't own the venues. So there is a managing problem with the maintenance of the Aquatic Centre, the Velodrome and the Calatrava Roof of the Olympic Stadium. Because of the 10th Anniversary those issues are again treated and I hope that they will find a solution. The Faliron Bay was a big issue in the last 10 years. A very big area, a lot of different interests. Finally a solution was found in the last two years and the Faliron Bay will be transformed in the next two years as work is already in progress. The result is a metropolitan park including the athletic facilities of Faliro Olympic Beach Volleyball Centre which isn’t in use now and the Faliro Sports Pavilion Arena and the Peace and Friendship Stadium which are in use. Current status The result Also in this area the National Opera House, the National Library are on the way with a cultural park founded by Stavros Niarchos and build by Renzo Piano. Work in progress first olive tree planted The Hellenikon Metropolitan was the biggest issue as this area is truly gigantic. Finally after 10 Years the Development of the Area was granted to Lamda Development and the project was presented couples of months ago. The area includes a skyscraper designed by David Foster. In my opinion 3 venues should have been temporary venues, the venues of baseball, softball and hockey in the Hellenikon Park. All other venues were part of gigantic transformation of Athens. Also the Nikaia Olympic Weightlifting Hall should have been a temporary Venue. 10 years later greece is facing the biggest economic problems in latest history. The crisis partly self-inflicted partly directed and constructed by european and international economic and political forces. This is thought not the result of the Olympic Games. In my opinion this argument is idiotically. The benefits of the Athens Olympic Games for Athens and Greece are so many and of great importance. I can't imagine not have experienced the Athens 2004 Olympic Games. Beyond Athleticism the Games redefined Athens and Greece and they are a milestone in history. Those Games set new standards in many ways and were the best in other. The Look of the Games is extraordinary and the Opening Ceremony a masterpiece of avant-garde art. As for the negative press 10 years later it is on the one hand ok and justified on the other part of a generic negative mood that has been created towards Greece and the greek crisis. But this is another discussion. Games full of pathos, emotion and eros
  7. In the next days i will re-upload the wallpapers Athens 2004:
  8. I think it is a good thing the Austria won. We all know that this song wouldn't have won without the personality of Conchita Wurst so it is more a political statement. But: I did felt very sorry for the russian girls. I didn't like the song. And I absolutely dislike Putin with his barbaric politics. But those sweet girls looked so young and happy and it almost broke my heart hearing all this "hate" falling on them, they didn't deserved it at all and for a view moments this "gay bitching" was really annoying, it got really on my nerves and the word tolerance loosed his meaning. So for the gay community: it is nice for you to feel so good with Eurovision but when you seek for respect and tolerance then you have to give some respect and tolerance in return. The song of the Netherlands was very melodic but soo boring. The swedish so over the top with this "I want to be Celine Dion" copy. I liked the french song because it was very funny and made me wanna move and dance. The show was great, the stage fantastic, the green room a great idea, the songs ok but the behaviour of the fans not appropriate.
  9. what an idiot ... did Putin's consultants wrote his speech?
  10. a wonderful behind the scenes of ATHENS 2004 Opening Ceremony
  11. Funny ... for just a sec I thought this is a japanese toilette seat ... Kidding aside .. looks great Kidding aside ... looks great
  12. My personal winner is France. No idea why France always hits the bottom ... it must be their too beautiful language that people envy Fantastic song
  13. I am not sure. The choreography of Azerbaijan could be considered also very homoerotic and it almost won. Thank god it didn't the rumour of gay people having such a good taste? Well when it comes to music it gets difficult lol
  14. Just came home from our private Eurovision dinner party very tasty and quite funny as we had our own voting. I predicted Denmark as the winner and also Norway in the top 5 I am very happy that Greece made it to the 6th place. No idea why Azerbaijan became second and the Russian entry in the top 5 ... a quite average ballad. I am sorry for France as they had a great song. Cascada's place is ok for me as I dint like the song from the very first time. Although it was definitely better then Romania's entry. Loved Petra, the swedish humour, the liberal show with two gay kissing scenes and that #milf was terrific ) going to bed now so goodnight
  15. Well this Transylvanian performance ... terrible, absolutely awful! Malta was absolutely sweet even if the song is quite average. My Top 5 yesterday: - Greece - Norway - Hungary - Malta - Georgia It is really sad that Austria didn't qualify. My Top 5: - France - Sweden - Greece - Denmark - Norway
  16. what a sad decision that proves many things about the nature of the IOC and how this corporation works. a morally obligated fucker
  17. Well I suppose it has something to do with that... Because of her good taste she asked Dimitris Papaioanmou to create the ceremony. She knew that he is the perfect one for this to do. 8 years later and I am still so thankful for him creating this masterpiece. His work is awesome. More on his latest work: http://www.dimitrispapaioannou.com/en/
  18. Yes, SNF is donating this Centre to the people. More Info: http://www.snf.org/snfcc/snfMain_en.html Actually this Foundation and the Onassis Foundation are spending a lot of money on culture. The Onassis Foundation build a view years ago the Onassis Cultural Centre in Athens: http://www.sgt.gr/en/
  19. It's partly true, some of the venues are abandoned but some of the pictures are misleading. The OAKA even if not perfectly organized is continuously used at least as much as before the games. But they could have done much more and turn this architecture jewel to a great tourists attraction like the Munich olympic park. The venues at Hellenicon are abandoned. The reason is that since then the Greek Government(s) fight about the use of this huge area. Many plans have been unveiled all of them have been rejected or forgotten. The reason is that this is a extraordinary big area. Locals want this are to become a Metropolitan Park that is totally bullish*t, others want this to become a business district but investors are skeptical because in Athens there is a height limit to build so at this moment you cant build Skyscrapers there. Its a complicated situation for a very long time and I partly understand the complexity. So pictures like those of the baseball venue are true. The area of Faliron with the taekwondo veneu which is in use, the Peace and Friendship Stadium which is also in use and the Volleyball Venue (not in use) is undergoing a complete renovation, and this is how it going to look in a view years: The Stavros Niarchos Foundation is financing the whole project and at this moment the New National Opera, New National Library and New National Cultural Park designed by Renzo Piano is on the way: and a lovely presentation video of this project:
  20. I already had a concept for an Opening Ceremony, it wasn't finished but I imagine it to be almost perfect… Starring a main character, a young guy, simple dressed, curly short hair with sideburns with a face kinda looking like this i little bit less arrogant looking as the first one and less "ck-one" looking then second one ... First movement — Countdown — Prologue — Olympic Rings: the perfect soundtrack: The Countdown begins as the stadium gets dark, echoes of noises and electronic sounds prepare the audience to get silent, on the field is nothing to see, just a plain floor which shines in the colours of the dark, stripes of speed light appear in the air in the middle of the stadium and move in a big ring LCD screen . As they speed up numbers appear and the 60 sec countdown starts... the names of past host cities appear in the same style in a second ring which is smaller and comes out of the first one... a third one smaller but higher shows eye expressions of athletes just when they start their attempt. As the countdown continuous, the rings are getting bigger the stripes of light extend to the whole stadium. The rings in the centre get dark. Under the rings, in the middle of the stadium the young is walking without moving. He starts to run, faster and faster… the light stripes are surrounding him, wind blows his hair …. Zero!! He stops… Exhausted… He breathes heavy… looks at the floor,.. he looks to the west, to the east… the distance to all host cities appears between the stripes of light …. the camera is close to his face… Suddenly the floor under his feet starts to move… it starts to raise.. A column of light raises, the young guy standing on top, still breathing heavy, all the names of olympians appear on the column of light… It raises in the middle of the stadium, till the highest ranks of the stadium, it stops… the young guy looks up.. above him a star, a piece of light, a dream… He raises his hand, touches the star, starting to move in a circle holding the star in front his face… he gets faster and faster spinning out his hand with the light creating a ring… the first ring, it gets bigger and the light stronger… small lights start to appear next to the one in the middle, getting brighter and stronger… the stripes of light are getting faster, the young guys start to levitate, his hands stretched, his head goes back, the camera moves around him, raises higher, dissociates. The Olympic Rings of the moving Light floating above the audience with the young guys levitating beneath them only a half meter above the column…. to be continued ...
  21. Well I for my part have 2 weeks to go to present my delicious body under the mediterranean sun... The problem; until then a have almost every evening a rendevouz or dinner with friends.. Today sushi, tomorrow greek, on friday italian, at the weekend a will visit my beloved mom... I am on my way to hear soon "you fluffy toy" too... As for the "junior"... as long as I hear no complains everything is fine Although its hard to get this picture out of my mind ...
  22. Oh common ... I already had my complexes watching all those swimmer bodies and then mine at the mirror.... Wasn't that enough?
  23. Was this live on television? We show this only in the stadium screens... Btw a lovely countdown...
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