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Good thing you clarified, I was about to say that there was no 1992 Winter Olympics and Paralympics Games in Albertville Minnesota United States of America North America.

^^ You have to shove us that all the time? Seriously? =_=

That was a different time. This is now, and I doubt Japan will want to stay behind the others, specially after a long time without hosting the Summer Olympics. Stop being annoying about it.

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^^ You have to shove us that all the time? Seriously? =_=

That was a different time. This is now, and I doubt Japan will want to stay behind the others, specially after a long time without hosting the Summer Olympics. Stop being annoying about it.

They produced subpar Ceremonies too for WC 2002. Stop making excuses for them, Ik. ;)

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^^ Whatever. I had the feeling you would start being annoying when i posted a vid from a ceremony made in Japan. So i'm not surprised. I kinda want Tokyo to win just to see the look of your face when we'll get "horrible" ceremonies in 2020 according to your criteria.

Anyway, moving ooooon. I dunno if this was posted before but this is the infamous moment at the 1998 CWG Closing Ceremony on where the fireworks began erroneously before the Queen could make her closing speech, ending on a very awkward moment.

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Anyway, moving ooooon. I dunno if this was posted before but this is the infamous moment at the 1998 CWG Closing Ceremony on where the fireworks began erroneously before the Queen could make her closing speech, ending on a very awkward moment.

Must say those KL98 Closing Ceremonies were one of the most tedious modern ceremony events I have seen. Apart from a nice 10-12 minute cultural interlude, the whole ceremony looked like it was designed by some ministry of the Malaysian Government (which it probably was). From memory it included a marathon speech including numerous gulps of water and throat clearing by the chief of the Org Committee.

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I have vivid memories of watching the Closing Ceremony of KL98 when I was about 12. Even though I'm fascinated by major events and their impacts on cities, and of course the pageantry, I was completely disinterested. I also remember finding it super awkward having Celine Dion and Rod Stewart appearing. Major cultural cringe on the part of Malaysia catering to the 'tastes' of the western audiences, would have been much more appropriate for something local. At least Dion gets away with being Canadian, although I'm sure thats not the reason behind it - I'm sure it was just the Atlanta association.

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I think the Corrs may have been there too? Was it some kind of round the Commonwealth concert? Im not sure, our broadcast ended part was into the concert portion at the end.

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I think the Corrs may have been there too? Was it some kind of round the Commonwealth concert? Im not sure, our broadcast ended part was into the concert portion at the end.

Even funnier that the Corrs were there - being Irish, the controversial relevance of them performing to the Commonwealth of Nations so soon after the Troubles seems like an expected faux-pas on the part of the organising committee (although, I'm sure they were paid well). With Rod Stewart being American, I can't see how it was "around the Commonwealth". What is weirder, 1998 was a time when there were great amounts of Commonwealth talent in Canada, NZ, Australia, and of course England, the 2002 host and then was in the throws of Cool Britannia.

Even if it were boring, it would have been nice to see some local talent, from the host nation, al la Athens 2004 and Delhi 2010. I'm not a big fan of random musical guests - with the except of Freddy Mercury at Barcelona.

I've always thought that Celine Dion performing in Atlanta would have been felt by members of Toronto's failed 1996 bid team - as she would have been an obvious choice to perform at Toronto 1996.

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With Rod Stewart being American, I can't see how it was "around the Commonwealth".

Rod Stewart was born in North London. His father was Scottish, from Edinburgh and his mother English from London.

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Rod Stewart was born in North London. His father was Scottish, from Edinburgh and his mother English from London.

Beat me to it! I ws trying to find a clip of him doing Loch Lomond.

Didn't he wear tartan before the Bay City Rollers and the Sex Pistols made it hip?

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Yeah, i guess as he has had major success in the US many people think that he is American. He is very proud of his Scottish roots, hence the songs and dress over the years and he is an avid Celtic FC fan.

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There were a few Malaysian singers during the closing, but all in the context of a cultural performance.

Even if it were boring, it would have been nice to see some local talent, from the host nation, al la Athens 2004 and Delhi 2010. I'm not a big fan of random musical guests - with the except of Freddy Mercury at Barcelona.

There was a wee bit of Malaysian talent, but from memory, most of it was done as part of the cultural performances.

Siti Nurhaliza , Noraniza Idris, Roy (lol) etc.

This was probably one of the only parts of the closing in KL that I was impressed with



Dikir Puteri in particular

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Even if it were boring, it would have been nice to see some local talent, from the host nation, al la Athens 2004 and Delhi 2010. I'm not a big fan of random musical guests - with the except of Freddy Mercury at Barcelona.

@runnings. Mercury at Barcelona'92? What? Where? When? How? Are u not mistaking Sarah Brightman or Monserrat Caballe for Freddie Mercury?? Or r u blaspheming again?? :blink::blink:

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I believe (or rather hope ;)) that runningrings is referring to this performance:

It took place at the "La Nit" festival, the official celebration for the arrival of the Antwerp Flag (after the handover at Seoul's closing ceremony) in Barcelona on October 8, 1988.

If you didn't mean this performance, runningrings: Freddie Mercury never performed at the 1992 Games in Barcelona. He simply couldn't - because he died eight months before the Games started.

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Yeah, i guess as he has had major success in the US many people think that he is American. He is very proud of his Scottish roots, hence the songs and dress over the years and he is an avid Celtic FC fan.

And supports the Scottish national soccer team like Sean Connery does. Married a Kiwi model, perhaps you heard of, named Rachel Hunter. Of they have an American-born son Liam who plays junior hockey for the WHL's Spokane Chiefs and will compete for the British ice hockey team.

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OK, I still haven't bought the BBC 2012 Olympic DVD set yet. But here for those outside of the UK, these may serve as the first time we're a strong portion of the BBC coverage of the London Opening Ceremony. This being Pandamonium, my favorite part of this OC. Most notable is how different the camera views are and of the different sound effects we didn't hear, interspersed with the IOC's own set of HDTV cameras. Do see underground workers' footage. Don't know if this is part of the Danny Boyle director's cut on the DVD. Could be. Seriously doubt it, though. Was uploaded on April Fool's Day (I kid you not) by "Ashliiful", well after the DVD's release. Many of the BBC presenters are present for this, but I think it's just Sue Barker and Huw Edwards we hear here and not Gary Lineker, Jake Humphrey, and Mishal Husain, who were all there. The Jarrow Crusade and the Pearly Kings and Queens are present here that weren't on NBC's or the world feed--and more shots of Kenneth Brannagh as Brunel admiring the view of his vision.

That entry of Team GB led by Sir Chris Hoy I uploaded some time ago was actually taken from the world feed. Not the BBC one. This one surely is the BBC one and does not have Hoy submitting the Union Jack flag to the volunteers at the large Glastonbury-like hill like with many broadcasters have shown around the world. Apologies if I had already shown this.

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This is Team GB (with the Kirsty Coventry-led Zimbabweans right ahead of them) moments from entering out to the Olympic Stadium for their biggest moment seranded by fans at the bowels of the stadium with cheers and chanting "Team GB!" Taken by fan Ben Yager on his mobile phone. The electricity was powerful! Everyone seemingly was putting up their cameras and camera phones for this!

That Olympic All-American marching band from the LA 1984 Opening Ceremony we talked liberally about here a few years ago that our late, beloved poster Todd (LA84) should've been a part of? Well, they're back! Returning to help open the Closing Ceremony, led by Henderson and Bartner! No need to further mention how much fun they all had rehearsing and playing throughout the summer.

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Definitely one of the moments the Opening Ceremony truly became more of a looser affair rather than a formal one. LA 1984 certainly had that vibe. It comes after the singing of Reach Out And Touch at the close of the Opening Ceremony when everybody obviously was dancing and having a great time at dusk before the competition started when you hear the PA playing the official 1984 Olympics song "Reach Out". All this comes from Peru's America Television and there are shots of the Peruvian Olympians celebrating in a circle.

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Most notable is how different the camera views are and of the different sound effects we didn't hear, interspersed with the IOC's own set of HDTV cameras. Do see underground workers' footage. Don't know if this is part of the Danny Boyle director's cut on the DVD. Could be. Seriously doubt it, though.

No, it really is Danny Boyle's director's cut as it can be seen on the DVD. They superimposed the BBC commentators sound over that. And the person who uploaded that clip changed the aspect ratio or zoomed in significantly - a common method nowadays on YouTube to avoid copyright issues.

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Now this is a very mysterious clip. It's entitled "Olympics Soviet Union 1980 Opening" but it clearly does not show the Moscow 1980 Olympic opening ceremony - the parade of nations seems to consist only of the national flagbearers there and while the cauldron looks like the real Olympic one, it is lit by three igniters and in totally different fashion. So what does this clip show then?

I saw on Wikipedia that Lenin (nowadays Luzhniki) Stadium also hosted the 1973 Universiade, so I thought that the clip might show the 1973 opening ceremony. But even that is not the case: At the 1973 Universiade opening ceremony, the cauldron lighting apparently took place in darkness and the cauldron looked totally different and sat at a different position in the stadium. Furthermore, the card stunt section in the stands apparently was a lot smaller than in the clip above:

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Now this is a very mysterious clip. It's entitled "Olympics Soviet Union 1980 Opening" but it clearly does not show the Moscow 1980 Olympic opening ceremony - the parade of nations seems to consist only of the national flagbearers there and while the cauldron looks like the real Olympic one, it is lit by three igniters and in totally different fashion. So what does this clip show then?

I saw on Wikipedia that Lenin (nowadays Luzhniki) Stadium also hosted the 1973 Universiade, so I thought that the clip might show the 1973 opening ceremony. But even that is not the case: At the 1973 Universiade opening ceremony, the cauldron lighting apparently took place in darkness and the cauldron looked totally different and sat at a different position in the stadium. Furthermore, the card stunt section in the stands apparently was a lot smaller than in the clip above:

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http://www.forbes.ru/sites/default/files/gallery/TASS_1433738_0.jpg

http://img11.nnm.ru/e/9/3/3/2/f3bf90fbd4a8fc111e2d793f731.jpg

In all likelihood, that video clip has to come from the 1984 Friendship Games Opening Ceremony, where all of the Soviet Socialist Republics and several of the notable Soviet clubs like CSKA, Spartak, and Dymano had their flags in Moscow and had 49 nations largely sympathetic to communist ideology and joined the boycott and other nations like even Canada with reserve teams of those who couldn't qualify for Los Angeles taking part--most of the athletes marched behind clubs and not nations--well, there were those who apparently did. Whoever uploaded this in Spanish doesn't really know the nuances and atmosphere differences between the two--or maybe haven't even heard of it since it is largely unknown outside of the Communist bloc--and may have since realize this. For one thing, the card holding section is much larger, but in the same area, than the Moscow edition. Also, we didn't see the large Soviet coat of arms going through the track or any grand references to the Soviet Communist ideology outside the Soviet anthem in Moscow. Yes, the cauldron that 1980 gold medalist Viktor Markin help light here is the not quite the exact same one used for Moscow four years earlier; it's smaller and narrower in physicality. The flame itself came from a Kremlin WWII eternal flame memorial.

Where the confusion happened is the playing of the old Moscow 1980 theme "Stadium of My Dreams", which was also used for Friendship 84. It also seems to honor either Soviet war heroes or former athletes with their medals draped over them in sash.

Now that you noted this, Olympian2004, it is indeed the director's cut. Since I wrote that last yesterday, I did not mention to seeing the BBC 2012 Olympics logo there on the video. The Uploader surely did not want to deal with copyright issue with the way the footage was uploaded. Also, there was a mention about the DVD's release of that the underground workers in Pandemonium will be seen in the director's cut--and that and the sound effects should've jogged my memory that this actually is the Danny Boyle director's cut on the DVD set! Still, I would like to get a chance to see the BBC broadcast version that aired. But I suspect that it's nothing more than what we already saw regardless where we all are with largely the IOC's cameras, even if the BBC used the Vista graphics for its Olympic coverage.

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