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According to the images have been posted here, we can guess that the ceremonies's colors would be cold ones, predominating blue. As Boyle said, he was inspired by Frankestein, I think he reffers to the play which is carried out in blue colors, too.

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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

Watched the opening segment of Vancouver 2010 opening ceremony on Youtube for the first time. Why do all the spectators wear a poncho/ raincoat?

Crowd acts as a projection screen?

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^^ Indeed, the ponchos were supossed to act as an artificial projection screen (later on they projected the flags of the world, clouds and pictograms over them).

Also, I'm not surprised about the colors chosen for the stage. They're the best to use if you want projections to work better, and most ceremonies seem to use these colors.

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Watched the opening segment of Vancouver 2010 opening ceremony on Youtube for the first time. Why do all the spectators wear a poncho/ raincoat?

That was done starting in Calgary actually, Skipped for Albertville; then picked up in Lillehammer from thereon. It just creates for a vast canvas on which, as Matty & Ikarus said, to project images, etc., the mottos, etc., and it creates a "cleaner, more wintry" effect for the TV cameras.

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Guys - been for another rehearsal & am on again tomorrow morning (just as the fecking weather returns to pouring rain!) thank u god!

Was good today - we are creating a great show & hope you will all be wowed by it!

Am not posting to brag or to tease (and of course can't share what I know) but saw an amazing sequence today that will be done after the athletes have entered the stadium - it blew me & my colleagues (as well as those who are going to be doing it) away! I hope they pull it off because it's beautiful! Rest assured we are creating a great show for the world!

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Guys - been for another rehearsal & am on again tomorrow morning (just as the fecking weather returns to pouring rain!) thank u god!

Was good today - we are creating a great show & hope you will all be wowed by it!

Am not posting to brag or to tease (and of course can't share what I know) but saw an amazing sequence today that will be done after the athletes have entered the stadium - it blew me & my colleagues (as well as those who are going to be doing it) away! I hope they pull it off because it's beautiful! Rest assured we are creating a great show for the world!

You are stirring my excitement again! What is normally after the athletes parade in past ceremonies? I thought it will be all oath, protocol stuff maybe a ring or two and then the cauldron. Will there be any more cultural segment even after the parade?

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Well, Athens had the "From Athens to Athens" segment after the parade, for example -- with the runner passing those ribbons for each Summer Olympic host city.

And Sydney had a mix of song performances and ceremonial segments after the parade. First "Dare to Dream" by Olivia Newton-John and John Farnham, then the speeches and the opening address (I believe), then "Heroes Live Forever" by Vanessa Amorosi with the giant "Olympic Flag" above the athletes' heads, then the hoisting of the Olympic Flag, then the oaths, then "The Flame" by Tina Arena and then the cauldron lighting.

And if the athletes are seated (what I'd actually deem impossible, now that they already have to block that pretty big seating area in the north of the stadium for the additional stage below the jumbotron), they have plenty of space to do another big cultural segment after the parade.

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And Sydney had a mix of song performances and ceremonial segments after the parade. First "Dare to Dream" by Olivia Newton-John and John Farnham, then the speeches and the opening address (I believe), then "Heroes Live Forever" by Vanessa Amorosi with the giant "Olympic Flag" above the athletes' heads, then the hoisting of the Olympic Flag, then the oaths, then "The Flame" by Tina Arena and then the cauldron lighting.

I'd loved that giant flag in Sydney. In Athens and Barcelona they also had such flag It's a beautiful idea to place all athletes from almost all countries of the world under one flag which represents all countries of the world.

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Olympics open with Sir Paul

Sir Paul McCartney has confirmed he will close the opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympics in London.

A performance by the former Beatle, who lives in Sussex, has long been rumoured and in January he disclosed he was in talks about taking part.

"I've been booked," he said, adding that he would be "closing the opening".

He also admitted that "on certain occasions" he still gets nerves before performing.

A total cast of 15,000 will take part in the Olympic and Paralympic opening and closing ceremonies, which will be watched by an estimated worldwide audience of four billion people.

The full line-up of the opening ceremony on July 27 has yet to be announced.

Intended as a celebration showcasing the best of the host nation, it will feature a parade of all competing nations and the highly anticipated entrance of the Olympic flame, which ignites the cauldron and signals the start of the Games.

Meanwhile, a major Olympic Games opening concert coinciding with the opening ceremony will be headlined by 80s chart-toppers Duran Duran.

The band will represent musical talent from England, alongside Snow Patrol, representing Northern Ireland, Stereophonics for Wales, and Paolo Nutini who will play for Scotland.

The inclusion of Duran Duran prompted bemusement from some music fans.

The band - formed 34 years ago - have scored just two top 10 hits in the past two decades.

But the involvement of Sir Paul, whose status as a national treasure is uncontested, is unlikely to prove controversial.

The Beatles were declared the biggest-selling singles act since charts began 60 years ago in a new Radio 2 countdown this week

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Dont kn ow if this has been discussed but just seen this on the Mirror website. What do you think of this then?

'James Bond star Daniel Craig will open the Games ceremony in true 007 style... with a daredevil leap into the Olympic Stadium from a helicopter.

Three choppers will swoop down the Thames and under London Bridge before heading to the Olympic Park in East London.

To the strains of the James Bond theme, Craig will drop into the stadium on a rope ladder as a billion people watch on worldwide.

The nail-biting action will follow a short film by Trainspotting film-maker Danny Boyle, the artistic director of the July 27 opening ­ceremony.

In the movie, called The Arrival, Bond visits ­Buckingham Palace by Royal Appointment to be told his latest ­mission is to launch the Games#

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Dont kn ow if this has been discussed but just seen this on the Mirror website. What do you think of this then?

'James Bond star Daniel Craig will open the Games ceremony in true 007 style... with a daredevil leap into the Olympic Stadium from a helicopter.

Three choppers will swoop down the Thames and under London Bridge before heading to the Olympic Park in East London.

To the strains of the James Bond theme, Craig will drop into the stadium on a rope ladder as a billion people watch on worldwide.

The nail-biting action will follow a short film by Trainspotting film-maker Danny Boyle, the artistic director of the July 27 opening ­ceremony.

In the movie, called The Arrival, Bond visits ­Buckingham Palace by Royal Appointment to be told his latest ­mission is to launch the Games#

It's been mentioned - I think a lot of us thought it was an April 1 joke at first (that's when the news first broke). I think since then we've determined it's actually part of the pre-ceremony warm up, than the OC itself.

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Dont kn ow if this has been discussed but just seen this on the Mirror website. What do you think of this then?

'James Bond star Daniel Craig will open the Games ceremony in true 007 style... with a daredevil leap into the Olympic Stadium from a helicopter.

Three choppers will swoop down the Thames and under London Bridge before heading to the Olympic Park in East London.

To the strains of the James Bond theme, Craig will drop into the stadium on a rope ladder as a billion people watch on worldwide.

The nail-biting action will follow a short film by Trainspotting film-maker Danny Boyle, the artistic director of the July 27 opening ­ceremony.

In the movie, called The Arrival, Bond visits ­Buckingham Palace by Royal Appointment to be told his latest ­mission is to launch the Games#

Well, if you'll look at the web of ziplines and guy-wires running over the stadium, one wonders how he's gonna get through that tangle? PLUS when he gets dropped off, how does the chopper take off WITHOUT the drop-rope/ladder getting ENTANGLIED in that web of wires? :blink: (Not unless the rope is also dropped w/ Craig afterwards -- but even then the whole maneuver seems very risky. The insurance policies for LOCOG plus for Craig will be incredibly high!!

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Dont kn ow if this has been discussed but just seen this on the Mirror website. What do you think of this then?

'James Bond star Daniel Craig will open the Games ceremony in true 007 style... with a daredevil leap into the Olympic Stadium from a helicopter.

Three choppers will swoop down the Thames and under London Bridge before heading to the Olympic Park in East London.

To the strains of the James Bond theme, Craig will drop into the stadium on a rope ladder as a billion people watch on worldwide.

The nail-biting action will follow a short film by Trainspotting film-maker Danny Boyle, the artistic director of the July 27 opening ­ceremony.

In the movie, called The Arrival, Bond visits ­Buckingham Palace by Royal Appointment to be told his latest ­mission is to launch the Games#

Well, if you'll look at the web of ziplines and guy-wires running over the stadium, one wonders how he's gonna get through that tangle? PLUS when he gets dropped off, how does the chopper take off WITHOUT the drop-rope/ladder getting ENTANGLIED in that web of wires? :blink: (Not unless the rope is also dropped w/ Craig afterwards -- but even then the whole maneuver seems very risky. The insurance policies for LOCOG plus for Craig will be incredibly high!!

It sounds visually exciting in theory but I agree that it seems very unlikely to do that at any time before or during the OC. That story sounds like a typical far-fetched Mirror story who are well known for writing anything about anything, true or not. The temporary roof of London's Stadium will be removed after both Games and is translucent thin. It will definitely not safely support the weight of a Cauldron or Daniel Craig wearing a parachute landing on it. As Shrek201 said, there is no way either that a skydiver would be able to get through the network of flying wires currently strung up across the top of the Arena for the Opening Ceremony as these recent photos show. Similarly, during the OC, any Cauldron, if it was to be inside the Stadium would not be able to rise up through these wires to be able to be seen from outside the Stadium.

Footnote: I cannot see London making the mistake of repeating Seoul 1988's Cauldron which was the last one seen at a Summer Olympic Games that could only be seen by those inside the Stadium.

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Where does the calurdon will be located?

Hi Deawebo, it is not known yet publicly where it wil be located. But there has been plenty of different ideas and discussion over on the Cauldron thread about where it might be :)

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I'd loved that giant flag in Sydney. In Athens and Barcelona they also had such flag It's a beautiful idea to place all athletes from almost all countries of the world under one flag which represents all countries of the world.

Technically the Athens athletes were all under Bjork's dress (hmmm...). I will say that you couldn't really see the globe projection very well from inside the stadium....

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It sounds visually exciting in theory but I agree that it seems very unlikely to do that at any time before or during the OC. That story sounds like a typical far-fetched Mirror story who are well known for writing anything about anything, true or not. The temporary roof of London's Stadium will be removed after both Games and is translucent thin. It will definitely not safely support the weight of a Cauldron or Daniel Craig wearing a parachute landing on it. As Shrek201 said, there is no way either that a skydiver would be able to get through the network of flying wires currently strung up across the top of the Arena for the Opening Ceremony

It's been reported in a lot of places since the Sun first picked it up on April 1st including some of the broadsheets like the Guardian and Telegraph. Remember that there those platforms on the roof too so it may be that the helicopter hovers above the roof while 'someone' climbs down to the platform before Daniel Craig abseils down from 'roof level' on a more static line that can be easily fitted between the cables with the impression being given that he came from the 'copter. It does feel a little tacky overall though and I hadn't realised that MGM had become an Olympic sponsor. We shall see on the night though! You're right though that the roof is translucent-thin; when we were there for the test event, it was very cool being able to see the shadows of the structure being cast through it.

Not entirely convinced by the news of Sir Paul. His voice didn't sound quite what it was at the Jubilee Concert last night - please please don't try 'Ob-la-dee' again; I mean all those great songs he wrote and that's the one he finishes with!?!?!?

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So will sir Paul sing "We all stand together" ;) A pretty Olympic theme haha

indeed....One of my favourite songs.... ;)

So will sir Paul sing "We all stand together" ;) A pretty Olympic theme haha

indeed....One of my favourite songs.... ;)

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Technically the Athens athletes were all under Bjork's dress (hmmm...). I will say that you couldn't really see the globe projection very well from inside the stadium....

It couldn't even be seen at all on television. I was surprised later that their should be the map of the earth be projected on Bjork's dress. They somehow didn't manage to capture that on the pictures of the international television feed. So that segment was a double failure -- first, Bjork should be lifted in the air but that didn't work and secondly, they didn't show the earth projection.

Correction: I was surprised to read later that there should be the map of the earth be projected on Bjork's dress.

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This s a blow - Paul fecking McCartney - he is dire & past it! really disappointed with this news!

Agreed! Perhaps they'll ditch him for letting the secret out? We could hope! Honestly, they should make rock stars retire like the rest of us. Macca, Cliff and Elton all sounded a bit ropey during the Jubilee concert; you can hear that their voices aren't what they were.

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