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Congratulations Rich, the hard part is going to be keeping your reactions contained until the night of the 27th! You'll have to PM Adrian, FD and me to let us know what you think...

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That's a deal. Don't worry, I'll keep Schtum! I'm sat on the 2nd row so sight lines wont be fantastic, I might as well join in I'm that close lol

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I too have a ticket for the 25 July Technical Rehearsal. Am over the moon. Just read the Terms and Conditions for the ticket which reads, 'We appreciate your help in making sure everything is ready for the big day. The full Ceremony will be watched by billions of people around the world. We don’t want to ruin the surprise for them so please help us keep the contents of the show a secret.'

Us Games Maker spectators are in the very privileged positon of being able to see the rehearsal before the proper opening ceremony. We should respect that privilege and LOCOG's request and simply enjoy what we see during the rehearsals in the company of our family of dedicated 2012 Games Maker brothers and sisters.

I'm made up, just confirmed that I have a ticket for the final dress rehearsal of the OC on the 25th. Performers - You're going to get such amazing support from your fellow GM volunteers on the night!

Congratulations Rich, the hard part is going to be keeping your reactions contained until the night of the 27th! You'll have to PM Adrian, FD and me to let us know what you think...

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Woohoo! I have two tickets for the opening ceremony! I'm lookiing forward to seeing it with my own eyes

Good luck for the ceremonies volunteers!! ;-)

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Just read the Terms and Conditions for the ticket which reads, 'We appreciate your help in making sure everything is ready for the big day. The full Ceremony will be watched by billions of people around the world. We don’t want to ruin the surprise for them so please help us keep the contents of the show a secret.'

Glad to hear it... so the 25th will the friends and family of the Opening Cast and the Gamesmakers. Should be a blast!

Being in the stadium tonight was very cool; the sheer scale of organisation around it is mind-blowing!

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Danny Boyle apologised to the volunteer for the leak. That's very kind of him.

http://www.bbc.co.uk...t-arts-18702569

Sorry, Kev, but that is unexciting news. He didn't have to apologize. I mean, why the self-flagellation? Open season is just part of the whole game. And i's just part of human nature to be curious.

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It is part of human nature and what Danny is doing is more about being empathetic to the frustrations the volunteers feel about leaks particularly when they have been stoical in resisting temptation. It's also probably partially an effort to stop them feeling so 'what's the point of keeping secrets' that they start to talk!

Basically, it costs nothing and may not have any material effect on the leakage but makes people feel better about holding up their end of the bargain

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It is part of human nature and what Danny is doing is more about being empathetic to the frustrations the volunteers feel about leaks particularly when they have been stoical in resisting temptation. It's also probably partially an effort to stop them feeling so 'what's the point of keeping secrets' that they start to talk!

Basically, it costs nothing and may not have any material effect on the leakage but makes people feel better about holding up their end of the bargain

I understand all that. But if it's forbidden, it just makes it that much more tempting. And you can only hold back so much. You gotta....

...jerk off sometime. ;) I mean releasing those...secrets is so much better for the body and soul!! :lol:

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Danny Boyle is in a no win situation. Someone will be displeased no matter what. Scrutiny on all sides.

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That's really sad news. :( Was looking forward to his performance... I reckon the ideal replacement is Daniel Day Lewis

http://www.standard....28-7920059.html

Awwww. That's too bad. :( (Odd, another Natasha show-biz person who dies suddenly, just like Vanessa Redgrave's daughter, Natasha, who died in that skiing accident in Quebec about 2 years ago.)

Welll, if it's Daniel Day Lewis, then it would be great PR for his LINCOLN movie which is sked to come out in December though. (There's plenty of time to find a suitable replacement in one of the two theatre capitals of the English-speaking world. Who does a good Sir Laurence Olivier impression? Dame Judi Dench? :lol: Or Derek Jacobi, Colin Firth or Jim Broadbent could do it also. )

On another front, from the bits'n'pieces leaked about, it's odd that like no 'formal' salute to London 1908 or 1948 was been mentioned. Are they completely going to ignore the previous two Olympiads? :blink:

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From today's Evening Standard. Most volunteer performers will be whisked away from stadium after performing and miss the end of the show. That's a shame though, I always thought everyone will be seeing the rest of the show backstage on some telly. Is it true Adrian/ FD?

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Kevzz, that's how it's done. They need to clear out as many bodies as they can after their parts because when the curtain falls, there will still be like 92,000 bodies there. And they need to get the athletes back to the Village as quicky as possible; her Majesty and the IOC brass have to get home ASAP too. They need to put away the OC props, and I am sure as the last visitors are shown out, crews will start to dismantle the stage and set up for Athletics. Especially with this show...from which I can judge is the most materiel-heavy of the last 3 Olympic OCs (meaning, from what I've seen, this OC has probably more per cubic foot mass of props/set to haul out).

If you've already sent home some 8,000; then that's just much less mass to move out after midnight. They will need every hour to clear the stage, and the corridors of non-T&F stuff and restart placing the sod there ASAP. Then they will need to bring in all the T&F equipment and all the stuff the press, Athletics people will need. (I don't know that they can even let the Rio people rehearse their segment since the Closing Ceremony set won't even be set-up there.)

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Kevzz, that's how it's done. They need to clear out as many bodies as they can after their parts because when the curtain falls, there will still be like 92,000 bodies there. And they need to get the athletes back to the Village as quicky as possible; her Majesty and the IOC brass have to get home ASAP too. They need to put away the OC props, and I am sure as the last visitors are shown out, crews will start to dismantle the stage and set up for Athletics.

If you've already sent home some 8,000; then that's just much less mass to move out after midnight. They will need every hour to clear the stage and replace the sod there for T&F.

Just feel pity for the performers not able to soak up the rest of the ceremony till the end :(

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Just feel pity for the performers not able to soak up the rest of the ceremony till the end :(

That's kinda a small price to pay for having participated in it. But they know that at some point; and they can always bail out. As a volunteer, you can disengage your services any time if you don't like it. (They have alternates; and they always account for attrition.)

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That's kinda a small price to pay for having participated in it. But they know that at some point; and they can always bail out. As a volunteer, you can disengage your services any time if you don't like it. (They have alternates; and they always account for attrition.)

Well guess you are right. I'm sure it's alr an amazing experience taking part in it. Sure they will still be reeling on it to even notice the ceremony has ended :)

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I was offered a part in the Vancouver Opening Ceremony, but had to drop out because the time commitment was too much for someone with a day job. But in my short period there, the people who giving of their time 1.) understood the requirements and 2.) were just so excited about being part of the show, it didn't matter to them that they weren't going to actually see it all. Besides, in this day of PVRs and YouTube, you'll get to see it all within an hour or two of the show ending. So I don't feel pity for them. They know what to expect and they are no doubt happy with their role.

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Just to add to that. When I was on Atlanta's OC cast, the opening crew (the 5 colored tribes) then became the track-tarp Uncovering crew. So while the magical moment of the Zeus temple sequence was happening, I/we couldn't really watch it live, even though we were on the same field because we were busily removing the covering on the track, to make it ready for those darn sons-of-a-gun athletes, working in the dark and then throwing it into the pit. I really hated that part of it...but no choice. That was the job designation. Do it or don't come back.

And even if you're there, your section won't probably see the other parts, because you are either waiting in the corridors for for your cue; or you're hidden in some prop...so you'll never really see the whole thing until you get home and play the tape. The ushers and those section cheerleaders have the best part in terms of being able to watch the whole show w/o any stress or being sent home early.

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But even then, they still have a job to do. And if they got lost in the show, then they could lose their cues and wouldn't be a very good cheerleader.

Besides, someone's gotta do the work, or else there is no show.

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From today's Evening Standard. Most volunteer performers will be whisked away from stadium after performing and miss the end of the show. That's a shame though, I always thought everyone will be seeing the rest of the show backstage on some telly. Is it true Adrian/ FD?

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Yeah it's true BUT I have done this to be part of history - for my city & for the athletes - had no expectation that I would see the whole ceremony - but in reality I have seen soooo much more!

I just hope - we do it justice & it doesn't rain - I am resigned to the latter though!

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Yes, we have all been aware that many volunteer segments would have to leave. Obviously some were disappointed when it was finally confirmed and contrary to that article, they may not see the dress rehearsals either as it stand currently.

I am very grateful that my section is one of the few that will be there throughout.

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Yes, we have all been aware that many volunteer segments would have to leave. Obviously some were disappointed when it was finally confirmed and contrary to that article, they may not see the dress rehearsals either as it stand currently.

I am very grateful that my section is one of the few that will be there throughout.

Yeah, because even for the Dress rehearsals, it is actual "OC mode." Be where you're at...and NOT where you shouldn't. Physically, it seems to be a very logistically complicated show...more so than Beijing because Beijing at least had that huge underground stage and cavity which ate up a lot of performers and sets.

London will have to do it like Sydney...roll everything in and out on one dimension. Thus, bodies have to give way for materiel and other bodies.

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Another thing that came across my mind. Was there any ceremony in the past that's been affected by the rain? And will the show carry on as usual or does London has any contingency plan if it rains on that night eg. slightly different programme or taking out performance that can't be carried out due to wet weather?

On another note, can you choose to go to the Live Site in Olympic Park after your segment so you can watch the rest of the broadcast? Or there is a special after-party site where all cast will gather after the show? I hope they don't expect you all to just go home after that! :)

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My segment is there until the end but from what I have heard from friends in other segments, the expectation is that they will be taken off to change out of costumes and then expected to head out of the vicinity. The Live Site in the Park won't be open. I know one group are trying to figure out if they can get to Victoria Park afterwards.

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