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Yup - Opening and Closing which will be very cool. Unlike Adrian though, my segment's rehearsals are just getting started so much of today was news to me too. Although I suspect I will get answers this month rather than waiting til July and then try to keep schtum!

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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

Totally just posted on the wrong thread, ah well, here it is again...

Amazing, slightly gutted that i gave into temptation but i would have found out about this idea sometime. I'm so glad they're including the national flowers in the ceremony, i remember years ago i wanted something like that to happen. I believe these flowers could possibly represent the olympic rings. Green hills, yellow daff, red rose, blue flax, and i'm pretty sure the thistle is dark enough to be the black ring as well judging by the prototype.

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So if Sir Paul is 'closing the opening', what do you suppose he will perform? An oldie or a new song? I think I would prefer an oldie or medley of oldies over a new song. Some of the specially composed songs for the Olympics have been a bit 'naff', as the Brits would say. I mean looking at say Vancouver 2010's opener, kd lang's rendition of Leonard Cohen's 'Hallelujah' was a much more memorable performance than Bryan Adams and Nelly Furtado's 'Bang the Drum'. Beatles songs like 'The Long and Winding Road', 'Hey Jude' and 'All You Need is Love' have some of that right Olympic tone. Plus, people know them and have a built-in emotional response to them. Just my two pence. ;)

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Everything looks awesome, BUT, there better not be Morris dancing round those poles, hopefully if there is it will just be round the English pole with Higland dancing around the Scottish one. Morris dancing does not represent Scotland that would really annoy me if they did

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Morning all, loving the countryside concept and there is also a nod towards the handover section at Beijing with the bus unfurling into lawns and topiary. Maybe the countryside will transform slowly into cities and London landmarks.

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Everything looks awesome, BUT, there better not be Morris dancing round those poles, hopefully if there is it will just be round the English pole with Higland dancing around the Scottish one. Morris dancing does not represent Scotland that would really annoy me if they did

To be fair nothing has been said to suggest that this would be the case and I think it's highly unlikely that the organisers of the ceremonies won't be sensitive to the diversity of the four nations of the UK.

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Yup - Opening and Closing which will be very cool. Unlike Adrian though, my segment's rehearsals are just getting started so much of today was news to me too. Although I suspect I will get answers this month rather than waiting til July and then try to keep schtum!

Oh wow both opening and closing, good on you! You are going to have so much fun, do you know what segment you gonna be in? ;)

wonder if this song will feature in the OC?

Wouldn't think so, this song is for the diamond jubilee nothing to do with olympics

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Oh wow both opening and closing, good on you! You are going to have so much fun, do you know what segment you gonna be in? ;)

Wouldn't think so, this song is for the diamond jubilee nothing to do with olympics

Would be a useful way to tie in some ref to the Jubilee and Commonwealth... would be suprised if the OC had nothing to say about it.

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Morris dancing does not represent Scotland that would really annoy me if they did

Oh no Scotguy, I hope the organizers are aware of your emotional state. Email them, if in doubt.

As for the ceremony, I'm kinda shocked. I actually like it.

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Would be a useful way to tie in some ref to the Jubilee and Commonwealth... would be suprised if the OC had nothing to say about it.

Simple: The announcer will announce in French and English the arrival of the Queen to the stadium, who this year is celebrating her Diamond Jubilee, 75 years as Queen of Great Britain, Northern Ireland and the Commonwealth.

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Simple: The announcer will announce in French and English the arrival of the Queen to the stadium, who this year is celebrating her Diamond Jubilee, 75 years as Queen of Great Britain, Northern Ireland and the Commonwealth.

Actually a Diamond jubilee means 60 years on the throne and not 75.

But could be nice if the announcer will mention it when she comes in together with Jacques Rogge who will celebrate his last Games as IOC president!

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Everything looks awesome, BUT, there better not be Morris dancing round those poles, hopefully if there is it will just be round the English pole with Higland dancing around the Scottish one. Morris dancing does not represent Scotland that would really annoy me if they did

Morris dancing wouldn't offend me per se unless it was the only expression of 'dance' used and as such, the rest of the UK was somehow not represented.I mean, with all due respect, Scottish Highland dancing has more wow factor and is practised globally much like Irish dancing. What's more concerning for me is the presentation of cricket. Nice. But it's very English.Nothing wrong with that but will Scotland, Wales and N.Ireland have sports associated with their nations placed upon the meadow like England has?

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There's water in the infield - there's a stream & water wheel. The moat is not actually a moat but something very London !

Very London, must be the M25 then as it goes in a loop!

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Morris dancing wouldn't offend me per se unless it was the only expression of 'dance' used and as such, the rest of the UK was somehow not represented.I mean, with all due respect, Scottish Highland dancing has more wow factor and is practised globally much like Irish dancing. What's more concerning for me is the presentation of cricket. Nice. But it's very English.Nothing wrong with that but will Scotland, Wales and N.Ireland have sports associated with their nations placed upon the meadow like England has?

I don't think we should get too worried about morris dancing, as far as I am aware nothing official has mentioned it.

Regarding cricket, whilst I see your point, I think it's important to see it as one part of a much bigger whole. There will be parts of the ceremony that will be more general in their representation and others which will be more specific and every part of Britain won't be reflected in every single element. it's a complex balancing act given the nature of this country and its diverse (in so many ways) population but the greater whole will, I'm sure, come together well and be something we can all identify with.

Even in England there will be some people for whom cricket won't resonate.

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I'm glad Boyle is not attempting to be too PC in the artistic direction to please everyone. Can one not forget the Games is held in London, which is in England. For all Scottish out there, if the Games were to be held in Edinburgh, are you okay to put less emphasis on Scottish culture and make it very neutral, balanced representation of the other nations? I don't think so. I imagine it will be a very Scottish affair full of tartan bagpipes and Scottish pride. Its only natural and nothing wrong with that. So let the English do it the English way. You'll have your turn in the commonwealth games.

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Can we all remember this is a 10% taster, its just a model. The ceremony is never going to be a 25% split for each nation, hopefully people will enjoy it and find something in there at some point that resonates with them. The games are in England but we are part of a wonderful union, hopefully this will come across.

I re-wrote this a hundred times so not to offend anyone.

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So don't moan about English doing it the English way.

I think there is a slight difference in that London is also the capital of the United Kingdom but you are absolutely right about if the Games were in Edinburgh.

Totally off topic, I always wonder what the cultural/political dynamic would be for a Quebec Winter Olympics for similar reasons.

Back on topic, you can't please everyone all the time, it's important for the whole to be generally representative but if you make it a mosaic of token gestures I think it would be a bit of a mess.

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Can we all remember this is a 10% taster, its just a model. The ceremony is never going to be a 25% split for each nation, hopefully people will enjoy it and find something in there at some point that resonates with them. The games are in England but we are part of a wonderful union, hopefully this will come across.

I re-wrote this a hundred times so not to offend anyone.

lol - davey - you will have no doubt offended someone!

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Telling i like the countryside idea would be a lie.

Let's wait & see, i have big expectations but i think i won't be dissapointed!

I just hope nobody who was in charge of the London's delegation part in Beijing's closing ceremony is working on the opening ceremony!

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