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Have to wonder will this Opening Ceremony, titled "Isles of Wonder", will really be about as much of all the Home Nations (and maybe Ireland, given the title) as much as it will be about England? I'm not talking about a token appearance of, say, Scottish bagpipers--though they may make an appearance during the Parade of Nations like they did in Beijing--but something meaningful that they're as part of it all. And maybe capture the multiculturalism Britain holds.

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This was exciting?

OK, first they have that bell? Gosh.

Then the fly-by of the Red Arrows...I mean, so 1968.

And then an actor reading that speech of Propsero...and then they get on with the show. I mean how exciting could all of that be?

I'm not having very high expectations for this set of Games.

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This was exciting?

OK, first they have that bell? Gosh.

Then the fly-by of the Red Arrows...I mean, so 1968.

And then an actor reading that speech of Propsero...and then they get on with the show. I mean how exciting could all of that be?

I'm not having very high expectations for this set of Games.

I'm going to be optimistic. Danny Boyle is not a fuddy-duddy.

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This girl Ruth Brown from the BBC talent show The Voice is really something else. Any chance she might be given a chance to perform in the opening ceremony? Her voice is amazing and rousing.. perfect for the event

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z0sCnn2xMp4

I have to say this show beats X-Factor hands down. There's some really amazing singers there, no gimmicks, no freak show. Just pure, great voices. Watch out for Jaz Ellington and Sam Buttery too.

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This girl Ruth Brown from the BBC talent show The Voice is really something else. Any chance she might be given a chance to perform in the opening ceremony? Her voice is amazing and rousing.. perfect for the event

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z0sCnn2xMp4

Nah. They'll never cast an unknown for important roles. This is a 5-star diamond event where folks have paid over US$3,000 for a seat. You give them the people at the top of the ladder--not unknowns, as good as they are. You give them a Rolls Royce...a Dame Julie Anthony...or a Dame Kiri Te Kanawa (in her prime), not some prototype or wannabee.

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Nah. They'll never cast an unknown for important roles. This is a 5-star diamond event where folks have paid over US$3,000 for a seat. You give them the people at the top of the ladder--not unknowns, as good as they are. You give them a Rolls Royce...a Dame Julie Anthony...or a Dame Kiri Te Kanawa (in her prime), not some prototype or wannabee.

Nah. They'll never cast an unknown for important roles. This is a 5-star diamond event where folks have paid over US$3,000 for a seat. You give them the people at the top of the ladder--not unknowns, as good as they are. You give them a Rolls Royce...a Dame Julie Anthony...or a Dame Kiri Te Kanawa (in her prime), not some prototype or wannabee.

Hehe okay maybe she can be back-up singer then

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Nah. They'll never cast an unknown for important roles. This is a 5-star diamond event where folks have paid over US$3,000 for a seat. You give them the people at the top of the ladder--not unknowns, as good as they are. You give them a Rolls Royce...a Dame Julie Anthony...or a Dame Kiri Te Kanawa (in her prime), not some prototype or wannabee.

Well, we already had people of the likes of Human Nature, Roberto Bolle, Nikki Yanofsky and Garou performing at Olympic opening ceremonies. They are probably famous in their home countries or at least in their genre, but I wouldn't call them "people at the top of the ladder". They could have chosen (also internationally) more famous people than those ones.

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Well, we already had people of the likes of Human Nature, Roberto Bolle, Nikki Yanofsky and Garou performing at Olympic opening ceremonies. They are probably famous in their home countries or at least in their genre, but I wouldn't call them "people at the top of the ladder". They could have chosen (also internationally) more famous people than those ones.

Well, they are indigenously "famous" in their countries. Yanofsky actually got a story on her on "60 Minutes" a few months before Vancouver; so that's no small change. But they had Sarah Brightman and Domingo for Beijing opening & closing respectively. Pavarotti, Bocelli, Peter Gabriel, Elisa & Ricky Martin for Torino -- so it's a good mix of "INT'L" famous, locally famous and up-and-coming to give it a youthful slant...so they cover all bases.

I would think with Adele winning some Grammys, that boosted her stock for London. But it all depends on what her managers are asking for, what LOCOG might be willing to pay or accommodate her, or if she and her handlers see an Olympic appearance, if an offer or request is made, as a good career move or not. (I don't see that it's a bad one for her.) There are a number of factors involved...

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Opening Ceremony - Where to Watch?

I don´t have tickets for the Opening Ceremony, so where is the best public place to watch (besides the Olympic Stadium)?

Could Hyde Park be a good option? I don´t want to watch the concerts!! Trafalgar Square?...Thank you.

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I hope they sing Jerusalem in the opening ceremony. To me, that song and its imagery are exactly what England is about. The peaceful meadow greens and the smoky iron industrial mills. Wonderful contrasting elements yet those are what made this country.

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I hope they sing Jerusalem in the opening ceremony. To me, that song and its imagery are exactly what England is about. The peaceful meadow greens and the smoky iron industrial mills. Wonderful contrasting elements yet those are what made this country.

The Iranians and friends will cry "Zionists!" if the song is included!! Surely, less controversial pieces could be used.

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I hope they sing Jerusalem in the opening ceremony. To me, that song and its imagery are exactly what England is about. The peaceful meadow greens and the smoky iron industrial mills. Wonderful contrasting elements yet those are what made this country.

That would be nice. I would hope they play equally emotive songs to represent N.Ireland,Wales and Scotland too.

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Jerusalem can very well just represent the whole of Britain

What, with the words Walk upon England's mountain green? "In England's green and pleasant land" and On England's pleasant pastures seen

Doesn't convey United Kingdom song to me, let alone to the watching world.

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By the way: The month of April is over, and we haven't heard the additional details Danny Boyle promised to disclose in that month. Or have I missed something?

Boyle promised to reveal more information in April.

http://www.france24.com/en/20120127-olympics-london-danny-boyle-tempest-shakespeare-opening-ceremony

Or was Boyle's small revelation that there will be two massive dancing segments and another theme called "Forces of Nature" everything?

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And actually we should get more information on the artists in April. But apart from Mark Rylance (which wasn't even an official revelation by Boyle, but by the Telegraph), we haven't been given any information.

More detailed information will be released about the artists in April

http://www.gamesbids.com/forums/topic/14443-opening-ceremony/page__view__findpost__p__332128

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Co-artistic directors Jenny Sealey and Bradley Hemmings today outlined their vision for the London 2012 Paralympic Games Opening Ceremony taking place at 8.30pm on the 29 August 2012. Called ‘Enlightenment’, they promise a spectacular celebration of the inspirational spirit of the Paralympic Games that challenges perceptions of human possibility.

Groundbreaking in its inclusivity and innovative staging, the Ceremony will showcase the excellence of deaf and disabled artists and will open with a fly past by ‘Aerobility’, a British charity that trains disabled people to become pilots. The Ceremony promises to be an electrifying celebration to mark the occasion when the Paralympic Games, which originated in the UK as the Stoke Mandeville Games in 1948, will come home.

50 specialist performers in the London 2012 Paralympic Games Opening Ceremony are also taking part in an eight week circus skills training programme taking place at Circus Space in Hackney.

The programme, which starts this week and is funded by Arts Council England, will see performers with disability, including established artists and people new to the arts such as rehabilitating soldiers and non competing Paralympians, learn circus arts skills. These new skills will not only to help them with their specialist roles in the Ceremony where they will perform aerial work on a 35m high rig, but also build on these skills after the Games.

The London 2012 Paralympic Games Opening Ceremony will include an Adult Volunteer Cast of over 3000, Children Volunteer Cast of over 100, and a Professional Cast of over 100.

http://www.paralympics.org.uk/news/vision-for-paralympic-games-opening-ceremony-revealed

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