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Well, Ginger/Gerry's certainly not backward in putting her application in:

Geri Halliwell wants the Spice Girls to reunite for next year's Olympic Games

The singer - who famously quit the group in 1998 before they all got back together for a world tour in 2007 - thinks they should appear at the opening ceremony of the London 2012 summer games, as it will help put British music back on the map.

She told the Daily Mirror newspaper: "The Spice Girls are part of me and always will be. If it happened and felt natural and right, then I'm always open to singing with the other girls.

"Singing at the Games is a great idea and would be an amazing opportunity - and it's a sign the Brits are back. This is our time. Everything is circular and now there's a British pop revival.

"It needs to put itself back on the map on a world stage. This is our opportunity to show that British music, which has led and dominated the world, should do, always."

While the Spice Girls - also made up of Victoria Beckham, Mel B, Mel C and Emma Bunton - are one of the acts in the frame to appear at the opening ceremony, indie band Coldplay are said to have been approached to perform an especially written anthem, 'Welcome Song'.

Other singers considered to appear include Joss Stone, rockers Muse and Gorillaz frontman Damon Albarn.

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Oh good!! They're going ahead with the Stonehenge Follies (with the Morris dancers atop the stones) and the Crop Circle Dreams!! Now, if they'd only consider the Clockwork Orange segment as the Opener, I shall be happy!! ;)

I'm counting more on a giant Benny Hill chase - lots of Bobbies chasing buxom nurses to "Yakety sax"!

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Well, Ringo's put the kybosh on a Beatles-minus-two reunion for the OC. I guess he'll be unable to take the stage with paul anyway - he'll be too involved in the Thomas the Tank Engine tribute in the OC:

Ringo Starr Denies Paul McCartney Reunion at London Olympics

Ringo Starr has denied reports that he will be reuniting with Sir Paul McCartney at the opening ceremony of the 2012 London Olympic Games.

His words follow a recent US TV interview in which McCartney alluded to his possible involvement during the Games' opening on July 27 next year. However Starr has denied he'll be taking part as he plans to be on tour.

Speaking to Sky News at the Glenfiddich Mojo Awards where the 71-year-old drummer was the recipient of the Icon award, Starr said, "I'll be touring America so I won't be doing it."

If sources are to believed, Starr's announcement could put paid to organisers' plans for the opening ceremony. An insider recently told The Sun, "The organisers want the music legend [McCartney] to appear alongside other big British acts. And they also want Ringo on stage as well to make it extra special."

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I thought about the Opening Ceremony in London - I would like to see something like that:

  1. Countdown
  2. "Welcome To the United Kingdom"
    I imagine a segment with some "typical" ingredients of England, Northern-Ireland, Scotland and Wales
  3. Hoisting of the Union Jack / British Anthem
  4. "The Countryside"
    A segment about living on the countryside - with the british gardens, villages, fairs, horse races, traditions, etc. etc.
  5. "The Round Table"
    A segment about knighthood in Great Britain
  6. "The Seven Seas"
    A segment about the British Navy - the explorer around the world with some hints to the Commonwealth
  7. "The Industrial Revolution"
    A segment about inventions - like railways, cotton-mills, canal shipping etc. etc.
  8. "Alice of Wonderland"
    I imagine a segment with very fantastic images - but not from "Alice in Wonderland" only - I just choose the name, since I do love Carrolls sense of humour and imaginative story-telling - a little bit like a mixture between Wonderland and Neverland
  9. "Streets of London"
    A segment in which London plays the major role - with its sights (Tower Bridge, Tower, Big Ben, St. Pauls, etc. etc.), important people (like Wren, Sherlock Holmes, Charles Dickens, Shakespeare etc. etc.), undergound-trains, double-decker buses, umbrellas, etc. etc.
  10. Parade of the participating teams
    from Greece to the United Kingdom
  11. Speech of Sebastian Coe
  12. Speech of Jacques Rogge
  13. Queen Elizabeth II. declares Games open
  14. Olympic Anthem / Olympic Flag is carried into the stadium and hoisted
  15. Olympic Oaths by an athlete and a referee
  16. Olympic Flame arrives in the stadium
  17. Fireworks
  18. Olympic Cauldron is enlighted

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I thought about the Opening Ceremony in London - I would like to see something like that:

  1. Countdown
  2. "Welcome To the United Kingdom"
    I imagine a segment with some "typical" ingredients of England, Northern-Ireland, Scotland and Wales
  3. Hoisting of the Union Jack / British Anthem
  4. "The Countryside"
    A segment about living on the countryside - with the british gardens, villages, fairs, horse races, traditions, etc. etc.
  5. "The Round Table"
    A segment about knighthood in Great Britain
  6. "The Seven Seas"
    A segment about the British Navy - the explorer around the world with some hints to the Commonwealth
  7. "The Industrial Revolution"
    A segment about inventions - like railways, cotton-mills, canal shipping etc. etc.
  8. "Alice of Wonderland"
    I imagine a segment with very fantastic images - but not from "Alice in Wonderland" only - I just choose the name, since I do love Carrolls sense of humour and imaginative story-telling - a little bit like a mixture between Wonderland and Neverland
  9. "Streets of London"
    A segment in which London plays the major role - with its sights (Tower Bridge, Tower, Big Ben, St. Pauls, etc. etc.), important people (like Wren, Sherlock Holmes, Charles Dickens, Shakespeare etc. etc.), undergound-trains, double-decker buses, umbrellas, etc. etc.
  10. Parade of the participating teams
    from Greece to the United Kingdom
  11. Speech of Sebastian Coe
  12. Speech of Jacques Rogge
  13. Queen Elizabeth II. declares Games open
  14. Olympic Anthem / Olympic Flag is carried into the stadium and hoisted
  15. Olympic Oaths by an athlete and a referee
  16. Olympic Flame arrives in the stadium
  17. Fireworks
  18. Olympic Cauldron is enlighted

Good ideas! what would the timings be.

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One of the most interesting things I've found about this forum is how differently the rest of the World views London and Britain to how it views itself - your plan is so stuck in history Citius Altius Fortius and if anything of that nature does feature I think it would be confined to one scene, but as most of British history consists of us invading the countries we've inviting to compete I think they'll be cautious in how they approach it.

I can't remember with previous ceremonies but it is worth noting the first 2 hours or so of the ceremony will likely be in daylight, so that could affect things, especially fireworks. It'll be dark by the time the flame is lit after 11pm, but my memories of opening ceremonies are of them being at night, although surely light nights aren't unique to London.

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One of the most interesting things I've found about this forum is how differently the rest of the World views London and Britain to how it views itself - your plan is so stuck in history Citius Altius Fortius and if anything of that nature does feature I think it would be confined to one scene, but as most of British history consists of us invading the countries we've inviting to compete I think they'll be cautious in how they approach it.

... I know that there is a lot of history, but there is a lot possibilities during e.g. "The Street in London" segment to show todays' UK or London...

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A bit of nit-picking, CAF: The fireworks usually take place after the cauldron lighting. While the torch is carried through the stadium, fireworks would distract too much.

And I also think that Danny Boyle will rather choose the Vancouver approach, i.e. very little history and much more story-telling. I can imagine that he will focus strongly on the youth, since they are also the centre of attention in the whole London 2012 concept. It could be, for example, the story of a young aspiring athlete, how he is born and how he grows up in the UK (and there you could make the cultural displays) and finally reaches the London 2012 Games. Boyle will probably want to present rather a modern and vibrant Britain. So if we should see any bowler hats in that ceremony, they will probably be only subjects of irony, comparable to the handover in Beijing.

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I hope that the opening does not feel like a closing ceremony with all the music. Perhaps four segments to represent the four nations of the uk told through music and dance. Then a segment about London, past to present

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