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The gap in the wrap is nothing new actually - you could see it already in all the recent pictures of the stadium after the wrap had gone up.

On this webcam you can even see it live ;):

http://www.formanandfield.com/fisheyeview

The wrap looks unfinished that way, but I suppose they did it on purpose to give the VIPs better access to and from the adjacent VIP building. Maybe it's also a security precaution (fire protection, in case the wrap should burn, for example - so that the flames don't catch the VIP building, too)?

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Ah so the gaps are nothing significant- I'm still pinning my hopes on the mysterious black fence! :P

If anyone's wondering by the way, the presenter in that screencap is demonstrating a rather snazzy system the BBC have for bringing up different streams and information- it works almost like an Xbox Kinect, with the presenters making gestures to bring up different tabs. Very nice!

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So...

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/18975735

We may be getting someone not famous lightining the caldron.

Lots of "maybe" and "could be." Doesn't say much. He's obviously friends with Redgrave so he may know, but there's no way to tell. The whole thing could be a red herring.

I like Pinsent though. He's always seemed like a very nice guy.

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They certainetly could assemble parts of the cauldron at a secret location and wheel it into sthe stadium or outside under the cover of darkness and test it. But that black fence is interesting. It could be simply be used for the utilities(water, power,). The security could be soo no one tries to poison the water or do something to the power. But then again who knows!!

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Hi, I don't if you knew but apparently the athletes will sit (not 100% sure) after the parade. This information comes from our french athlete Tony Estanguet (Kayak) who was flagbearer in Beijing and who gave some advices to Laura Flessel: our flagbearer at these Olympics.

This is the sources (french): http://www.lejdd.fr/Jo-Londres-2012/Actualite/Tony-Estanguet-donne-ses-conseils-a-Laura-Flessel-porte-drapeau-francaise-aux-JO-de-Londres-533197

He says: "C’est aussi excitant que fatigant, mais je crois que, pour la première fois, on sera assis et non plus debout au milieu du stade."

In english :" It's as exciting as it's tiring, but I think that, for th first time, we will sit and not standing in the middle of the stadium"

I didn't knew that before now.

I'm just posting that because it shows that, the scene should be totally available for the cauldron's lighting scene.

Excuse me if this new isn't interesting to that topic, I'm just sharing what I know. :D

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So...

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/18975735

We may be getting someone not famous lightining the caldron.

As said above, do not underestimate the importance of the Games slogan 'Inspire a Generation'. It was the youth pitch (and Blair's lobbying) that won London the Games; the slogan covers the hoardings in the stadium; there's every chance this theme will be carried through to the lighting.

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As said above, do not underestimate the importance of the Games slogan 'Inspire a Generation'. It was the youth pitch (and Blair's lobbying) that won London the Games; the slogan covers the hoardings in the stadium; there's every chance this theme will be carried through to the lighting.

Good point. Salt Lake City's theme in 2002 was light the fire within and that was reflected in the cauldron as well. The 1980 US men's hockey team lit the cauldron from within. Could we see a member of the younger generation light the cauldron, but then again the lighting is always a moment that inspires a generation...

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It sounds like Sir Matthew would make a good member of this forum, I think he is speculating just like the rest of us.

Perhaps he's already among us!!

Good point. Salt Lake City's theme in 2002 was light the fire within and that was reflected in the cauldron as well. The 1980 US men's hockey team lit the cauldron from within. Could we see a member of the younger generation light the cauldron, but then again the lighting is always a moment that inspires a generation...

You don't have to be a member of a generation to inspire it. In fact, it's more likely that the inspiration will come from an older generation.

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Are you suggesting a pile of children will be set alight?

But really - I don't think Tom Daley is getting another attention in regard to who will be lighting the cauldron. He is not just the poster boy of London 2012 but the poster boy of the sporting youth. It would also fit in with the 'inspiring a generation' tagline.

I really like the idea of Roger Bannister, Steve Redgrave and Tom Daley lighting it together showing the three generations

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I was not suggesting that Paul. I was thinking maybe two or three local children because again it would put the focus on how the cauldron is lit rather than who lights it. The I think a "pile" of lighters could only work if it invoked some imagery of past Olympic history like how the Salt Lake cauldron lighting invoked imagery of the 1980 miracle on ice. Otherwise it would look like a mess. That being said Paul, your guess seems like a really good fit for the slogan if they were use that as inspiration. If they went down that route, could that also mean three cauldrons with three different designs? One could be inspired by the 1908 games, another being a replica of the 1948 cauldron and then one new design for the current games…

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