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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.

Me too!! One of my biggest hopes for the OC.

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it will be the most boring opening ceremony after atlanta :S

Fly over for a visit. There were some wonderful moments, but also quite a few disorganized looking head-scratchers. It wasn't terrible, but I have yet to speak to anyone on this side of the pond who

I will always see Beijings as a celebration that the Chinese beat their drums to the same beat and Londons a celebration that we each beat our drums to very different beats. Im certainly not trying

Have just been to my 1st rehearsal - I have seen the video cgi of my segment and also the stadium design layout Danny Boyle was there himself to talk us through it! I was moved nearly to tears @ times! It is going to be something that will amaze & astound! It's very modern & British!

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Im sure the London 2012 Paralympic Ceremonies will be amazing, a piece of stadium theatre that the Paralympic movement and those professional athletes really do deserve. Likewise, I was extremely impressed by the Openings of Beijing and Athens, and the Sydney one really took the Paralympic opening ceremony to a new level for its time.

However, I really really do hope that in the near future organizers will eventually shake it up abit and come up with a concept that isn't based around the triumph over adversity angle. It's of course a major Point of Difference so will no doubt always play a part, but it seems to me the Paralympic movement (especially with the huge support it got in China) has moved on to be a great stand alone sports event, something different would be really nice for a change I think.

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Have just been to my 1st rehearsal - I have seen the video cgi of my segment and also the stadium design layout Danny Boyle was there himself to talk us through it! I was moved nearly to tears @ times! It is going to be something that will amaze & astound! It's very modern & British!

Reminds me a bit of what the volunteers and rehearsal spectators told about the Vancouver opening -- and I think they were right, it was a quite emotional ceremony indeed.

Let me pick up my question, by the way -- shouldn't we get information about the participating artists by Boyle in April? Have I missed that?

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Have a look at this Stadium photo downloaded today from the London 2012 website. I can't confirm how recent it is but if it is very up to date, then there have been some structural developments inside the Stadium. Does someone have an up to date satellite photo of inside the stadium?

There appear to be stages on both sides of the stadium. Also there is a T-shape connected walkway spanning the width of the Stadium, the central pier of which appears, from this angle, to be suspiciously aligned with the Orbit tower and, interestingly, also at the Orbit Tower end of the Stadium.

Of course we do not know what role, if any, the Orbit tower might or might not play in the Cauldron Lighting or the Opening Ceremony - just thought I'd mention it.

Actually, the Orbit itself is starting to look a bit 'bigger' around its top than it was in other recent April photos. Maybe just the observation facilities bulking up ........ ?

With or without a role in the Opening Ceremony and/or Cauldron lighting, it would be mighty hard to ignore the Orbit playing some sort of role, don't you think? It'd be like visiting a zoo and having this tall giraffe come up and stand next to you and then someone else nearby saying, "Just ignore it, the giraffe is not part of the zoo."

Perhaps the Orbit will have a role to play in some sort of lighting/laser effects and/or fireworks on the big night?

Was thinking last night that its always possible for the Orbit to play a role in reverse to what has been discussed over in the Cauldron lighting section of this forum and that the flame is transferred from the Orbit Tower to wherever the Cauldron ends up being.

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Forgive me if this has been discussed already, but to what extent to people think the "home nations" will be highlighted in the ceremony? Renent ceremonies have celebrated the components within a country... and they could do great stuff with Scottland, Wales, maybe even throw in Jersey etc. But I could also see them wanting to avoid the whole issue and we get ceremonies without even a single utterance of "England." So no "this blessed plot...."

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Forgive me if this has been discussed already, but to what extent to people think the "home nations" will be highlighted in the ceremony? Renent ceremonies have celebrated the components within a country... and they could do great stuff with Scottland, Wales, maybe even throw in Jersey etc. But I could also see them wanting to avoid the whole issue and we get ceremonies without even a single utterance of "England." So no "this blessed plot...."

They're just calling it "isles of wonder" this time--but it looks like they'll be doing the same thing! England seems to be scared sh*t to claim the Games as their own, so of course, it has to be made a more universal concept. That is the PC way to do it. But the bagpipes and the kilts and the Morris dancers, the harp, I don't know what the Welsh do --declaim? utter those unpronounceable words? -- will still all be there. And I guess some Druidic incantations somewhere in there too. I wonder if they'll leave out Brittany (France) this time??

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They're just calling it "isles of wonder" this time--but it looks like they'll be doing the same thing! England seems to be scared sh*t to claim the Games as their own, so of course, it has to be made a more universal concept. That is the PC way to do it. But the bagpipes and the kilts and the Morris dancers, the harp, I don't know what the Welsh do --declaim? utter those unpronounceable words? -- will still all be there. And I guess some Druidic incantations somewhere in there too. I wonder if they'll leave out Brittany (France) this time??

What a colorful, devil-may-care writing style you have, Shrek.

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They're just calling it "isles of wonder" this time--but it looks like they'll be doing the same thing! England seems to be scared sh*t to claim the Games as their own, so of course, it has to be made a more universal concept. That is the PC way to do it. But the bagpipes and the kilts and the Morris dancers, the harp, I don't know what the Welsh do --declaim? utter those unpronounceable words? -- will still all be there. And I guess some Druidic incantations somewhere in there too. I wonder if they'll leave out Brittany (France) this time??

The isles of wonder is about the four nations - England -Scotland -Wales & N Ireland all have a voice

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Just one request for the organisers: Please don't do "God Save The Queen" again this way for the opening ceremony:

I thought at first that they are a comedy troup singing the anthem such awfully off-key on purpose. What I also found hilarious was the applause of the audience after the first stanza -- which was rather a relieved "Thank God we survived it" applause -- and then the choir started the second stanza. :D And what about those artificially enthusiastic presenters who asked for a big round of applause and called the performance "fantastic"? ;)

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Has there been an Opening Ceremony Rehersal today?

Ive seen a few tweets. Words being used are mind blowing, awesome and spectacular. Very interesting but no details, which is how it should be I suppose : )

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Saw a tweet few days back saying the rehearsal venue is at the old Ford plant in Dagenham. Sounds like a good choice where you can secure the perimeter quite easily. Factory workers passed through security gates spring to mind, ala Made in Dagenham. Great the volunteers get to rehearse in this industrially historic site

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Has there been an Opening Ceremony Rehersal today?

Ive seen a few tweets. Words being used are mind blowing, awesome and spectacular. Very interesting but no details, which is how it should be I suppose : )

yes we are rehearsing at dagenham - yes it will be awesome - my segment is mind blowing! they are also rehearsing the closing too - that looks awesome too!

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Mind blowing is what we want. Is it true that they have been deliberately down playing it so that people are even more impressed. I gotta admit Im totally blown away by the time the voulunteers like yourself are giving to this. Im sure Danny Boyle has told you all, without you lot, there is no ceremony.

Keep up the good work : )

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I'm glad to hear that the ceremony seems to be pretty good :) (I know i'm a bit evil but too bad nobody leaked anything :lol: i'm already getting impacient =u= )

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I feel like the quality control for these Ceremonies is always high and the organizers of Summer opening ceremonies have come up with "mind blowing" theatrics since at least Sydney. I've expected nothing less from London so I'm not at all surprised nor more excited after those remarks.

I want to hear more distintive adjectives that really start to distinguish the mood, feel, and direction of this ceremony from those past. It's getting close now!

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