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Oh other than Spice girls, the best performance of the night was Elbow too.

Muse's Survival is very underwhelming performed live. It doesn't seem to be arousing the crowd, not a lot in Vic Park were moving much too...

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Wow I love this video. The kids are so cute and a great introduction to the city and venues. Rio is such a beautiful city, I'm really looking forward to 4 years time and really hope I can go then

To be honest I never liked that from Samaranch. The "best games ever" term is just a matter of personal taste instead of a fact he can imput just because he's the president of the IOC. Speaking about

Great show, great games and I would say the best closing ceremony ever staged...

But I am going to let it sink in for a few days before I say anymore.

It's been alot of fun of these threads, thanks to all for making my olympics that much better!

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One of the highlights for many was London Mayor Boris Johnson dancing to Spice Girls.

You may presume that everyone is embarrassed by him. However he has done so well out of these Olympics and has never been so popular.

People are already talking about whether he will run for Prime Minster in the future.

(I guess you may have to be British to 'get him'.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FaqVLzQsMN8

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One of the highlights for many was London Mayor Boris Johnson dancing to Spice Girls.

:wacko:

You may presume that everyone is embarrassed by him. However he has done so well out of these Olympics and has never been so popular.

Don't forget he's just capitalising on Ken Livingstone's success in helping to get the Games for London in the first place.It was Livingstone who initiated the move for London to apply for them and had the vision of how they could transform the city. It was he along with Seb Coe, Tony Blair and Tessa Jowell who made the successful pitch to the IOC at a time when most people thought that 2012 was a virtual shoo-in for Paris. I highly doubt Boris and Cameron would have pulled it off or even had the vision in the first place. Boris has done well in the run-up and management of the Games but he has been riding on the vision and success of those who came before him!

People are already talking about whether he will run for Prime Minster in the future.

(I guess you may have to be British to 'get him'.

Heaven forbid. That's just post 'Olympic euphoria' talking. I'm sure it's only a temporary form of insanity! ;)

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Don't forget he's just capitalising on Ken Livingstone's success in helping to get the Games for London in the first place.It was Livingstone who initiated the move for London to apply for them and had the vision of how they could transform the city. It was he along with Seb Coe, Tony Blair and Tessa Jowell who made the successful pitch to the IOC at a time when most people thought that 2012 was a virtual shoo-in for Paris. I highly doubt Boris and Cameron would have pulled it off or even had the vision in the first place. Boris has done well in the run-up and management of the Games but he has been riding on the vision and success of those who came before him!

Don't get me wrong though - I'd would have preferred Ken to win in May. Boris does provide some funny moments though. Shame he didn't zip wire into the stadium last night.

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Okay, I've just now finished watching the Closing Ceremony. I have not read any other comments about it here in the forums.

I will just say ...

BEST... CLOSING ... CEREMONY ... EVER!

No contest. Not even close.

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I am back from the Closing Ceremony. I was sitting behind the flame. The most spectacular element for me from the singing part was the Spice Girls with the taxis.

The arrival of the athletes took longer than expected. They had to play recorded music towards the end.

The musical part was a bit long, especially for my guests.

I was surprised to see a lot of athletes leaving the central stage from 10:30/11:00 pm. I don't know, maybe they got bored, were too far from the stage or had other commitments. At the end of the Ceremony the Union Jack quadrants on my side of the stadium were quite empty.

For the spectators the display pixel blocks at each seat made the arena extremely spectacular. It was my fourth closing ceremony, the most memorable for me remains Albertville 92, because the spectators were allowed to go down in the arena and rub shoulders with the athletes and performers at the end of the Ceremony. I remember doing the conga dance with Chinese female athletes on the central stage. These were more innocent times.

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I am back from the Closing Ceremony. I was sitting behind the flame. The most spectacular element for me from the singing part was the Spice Girls with the taxis.

The arrival of the athletes took longer than expected. They had to play recorded music towards the end.

The musical part was a bit long, especially for my guests.

I was surprised to see a lot of athletes leaving the central stage from 10:30/11:00 pm. I don't know, maybe they got bored, were too far from the stage or had other commitments. At the end of the Ceremony the Union Jack quadrants on my side of the stadium were quite empty.

For the spectators the display pixel blocks at each seat made the arena extremely spectacular. It was my fourth closing ceremony, the most memorable for me remains Albertville 92, because the spectators were allowed to go down in the arena and rub shoulders with the athletes and performers at the end of the Ceremony. I remember doing the conga dance with Chinese female athletes on the central stage. These were more innocent times.

Instead of letting athletes roam around the stadium they were compartmentalized for too long. There isn't much they could do so maybe some of them got bored or just left to join other compartments. Still disappointed not seeing a impromptu conga line :P

Spice Girls were amazing, they were also the highlight for me!

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Two questions:

1) I am pretty sure "Imagine" was already played at a previous Olympic Ceremony. Atlanta closing maybe ? Can a Ceremony expert confirm ?

2) When was the last day time ceremony ? I remember Seoul Opening was in daytime.

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A question: I am pretty sure "Imagine" was already played at a previous Olympic Ceremony. Atlanta closing maybe ? Can a Ceremony expert confirm ?

I thot the same. I think (because Yoko Ono is NOT one I care to keep in my memory bank) it was played with her appearance at the Torino Opening. But I will have to check that.

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I remember there had been some complaints in France about the "and no religion too" line because some people felt that the Olympics by playing this song were making a non-neutral statement. But I can't remember which Games they were.

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When was the last day time ceremony ? I remember Seoul Opening was in daytime.

Nagano 1998 started mid-afternoon. So that probably was the last one still with daylight. And going into the 21st century, the Olympics went to the Dark Side. :lol:

Re IMAGINE, OK just found it. It was in the Torino Opening, Yoko read a little preamble, and then Peter Gabriel sang the song.

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Two questions:

1) I am pretty sure "Imagine" was already played at a previous Olympic Ceremony. Atlanta closing maybe ? Can a Ceremony expert confirm ?

2) When was the last day time ceremony ? I remember Seoul Opening was in daytime.

"Imagine" was also played during Sydney's OC Pre-show entertainment.

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Nagano 1998 started mid-afternoon. So that probably was the last one still with daylight.

Nagano's opening ceremony actually started already at 11 a.m. local time. And guess who asked for that start time (you probably know that already, Baron)? Exactly, the "we can do everything with the Olympics - even reschedule the swimming finals in Beijing" honchos of NBC - since they wanted to broadcast the opening ceremony live during primetime in the US.

And yes, it was the last Olympic opening ceremony taking place in daylight.

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Nagano's opening ceremony actually started already at 11 a.m. local time. And guess who asked for that start time (you probably know that already, Baron)? Exactly, the "we can do everything with the Olympics - even reschedule the swimming finals in Beijing" honchos of NBC - since they wanted to broadcast the opening ceremony live during primetime in the US.

And yes, it was the last Olympic opening ceremony taking place in daylight.

Well, it wouldn't have mattered anyway because, show-content-wise, it was still a corny, kitschy show. And I am sure the Nagano organizers were only too happy to oblige. Plus the older members of the IOC and the Japanese royals didn't have to endure the colder night-time temps.

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"Imagine" was also played during Sydney's OC Pre-show entertainment.

That doesn't count. It's pre-show. Only the stadium people see that.

The point here is that John Lennon's 'Imagine', like certain other songs and music, seems to universally touch an emotional chord of a world we're not in yet but would like it to be.

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The point here is that John Lennon's 'Imagine', like certain other songs and music, seems to universally touch an emotional chord of a world we're not in yet but would like it to be.

The point of the original question was, if I understood it right, was "...wasn't there another appearance of the song in ANOTHER Olympic ceremony?" I am not questioning the universaility of the song. That was never in question. But the subtext of the original query was "...this isn't the virgin appearance of the song in an Olympic setting, is it?" -- thus I discounted your contribution. It was for local consumption therefore, it was not in its Olympic setting which is a universal one. Its two other appearances in Torino and now London were within Ceremony proper which is presented to and seen by the whole viewing world. That is how I mark the demarcation. Preshows are filler.

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We had a nice set of British music during the pre-show. We even had the music of "The Avengers" :) (the one with Patrick McNee, not the one with the superheroes).

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