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"department 13"...

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a city-center opening ceremony...

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oh sorry, wrong image:

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competitors winning money if they win...

rising political tensions that threaten to disrupt the games...

where have I seen this before...

sorry i just had to 🙂

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13 hours ago, Bear said:

"department 13"...

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a city-center opening ceremony...

The-Hunger-Games-Chariot-Ride-scene-e1540310727791.jpg

oh sorry, wrong image:

D0F2096F535DCAD9D64F51A154A5E6B7_4_09cd1d.jpg?w=900

competitors winning money if they win...

rising political tensions that threaten to disrupt the games...

where have I seen this before...

sorry i just had to 🙂

Well, at least they arent going to kill the athletes if they lose...yet.

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One of the most important things about these Olympic Games was revealed today: the meals that the athletes will eat, or at least a small part of them (we have a reputation to defend).

https://rmcsport.bfmtv.com/jeux-olympiques/business/chakchouka-brandade-de-morue-on-a-goute-ce-que-mangeront-les-athletes-des-jeux-olympiques_AN-202404300852.html

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It seems to be good, at least better than in Beijing in 2022.

 

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That Beijing one just looks sad, was there any aspect of those games that were actually enjoyable :blink: Looks like Paris is proudly upholding another great French tradition though - food matters!

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34 minutes ago, TorchbearerSydney said:

Is Beijing 2022 the most forgettable of the recent Games- I hardly remember anything about them?

Funnily enough, despite still never having watched the ceremonies, I still remember more of Beijing (none of it complimentary) than I do PyeongChang. I guess it’s mainly because it’s more immediately recent.

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I'm fascinated by the right hand side of that box meal. What is it, it looks like a piece of bone & a chicken that's been through a shrink ray...I can't believe that's what was sustaining the athletes at an Olympics lol :lol:

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I’m surprised more athletes didn’t speak out against that “meal” in a box, especially if it was being served three times a day for five straight days. That’s ridiculous. 

IIRC, I remember reading something about some athletes took their own prepared meals, snack bars, cause they didn’t necessarily want to eat around others during Corona. But maybe they also saw the Olympic menu in advance. lol 

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10 minutes ago, FYI said:

I’m surprised more athletes didn’t speak out against that “meal” in a box, especially if it was being served three times a day for five straight days. That’s ridiculous. 

IIRC, I remember reading something about some athletes took their own prepared meals, snack bars, cause they didn’t necessarily want to eat around others during Corona. But maybe they also saw the Olympic menu in advance. lol 

This Russian athlete was in isolation for testing positive to COVID 19.

I am not saying it was normal to receive this kind of food but this is absolutely not what was served at the Olympic Village.

 

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I didn't think it would get so many reactions.

Indeed, after checking, it turns out that the post in question (which struck me at the time - really the only thing I remember from Beijing 2022...) concerned confined athletes. That said, and this is perhaps my French side speaking, it remains outrageous, even in France we would never dare to serve this in hospitals and God knows that the food in hospitals is atrocious.

Well, to be honest with our Chinese friends:

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https://apnews.com/article/winter-olympics-athletes-on-food-863b50711b740127c25644adce5e45da

Well, we don't really see what is being served but the AP article describes it well.

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18 hours ago, sebastien1214 said:

 

 

It seems to be good, at least better than in Beijing in 2022.

 

Was she stationed at the main OV in Beijing or at the satellite village farther away?  Find it hard to believe that China, already having hosted the larger Summer Games in 2008 would serve food like that.  Maybe it's just the presentation but not the quality of the food.  And this Kasnetsova -- as if Russian cuisine is the finest and most delicious in the world?? 
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It's a Village -- dorm-style living.  What did she expect?  White-glove 5-star Michelin service?  And maybe because she was Russian, the Chinese staff purposely singled her out??  Just saying . . . 

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On 4/26/2024 at 11:19 AM, sebastien1214 said:

This is the number of the Bouches-du-Rhône department, the one where there is Marseille. We are very attached in France to these departments (and their numbers), so much so that for certain departments it is common that we call them by their number rather than by their name (example: 9-3, Seine-Saint-Denis).

Plenty of French rappers are known to use their home departments when repping their areas--93 (Saint-Denis) is what Supreme NTM uses, 92, also in the Paris area, is what Booba uses, just to give a few examples. It's also like we American and Canadians use for our own area telephone codes. The numbering also apply to their suburban banlieues, like their hoods, that are located on the outskirts of the cities. Think the cult action/martial arts film Banlieue 13, or B-13.   

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Yeah, but to outsiders -- WHO CARES what these ordinals mean??  Too parochial.  That's why Special Events creators have to choose and present universal themes which do not need great exposition and convey the correct theme or feeling immediately and correctly.  None of this . . ."oh, that's the way we salt our fish here in Ruritania!:  WHO CARES?? :wacko:

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The flame arrives on Marseille on May 8th. The trip from Pyreus to Marseille will have lasted 11 days (but could have been shorter… plenty of contingency built in)

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9 minutes ago, baron-pierreIV said:

It's still at sea? How long was the voyage from Pireus to Marseille?  

Currently, the boat is off the Corsican coast, around twenty kilometers from Bastia, permanently escorted by a French Navy boat. So there is no risk of him missing the May 8 meeting; he is even rather early in my opinion (I would say that he is something like 24 hours in advance? Obviously he will still arrive on May 8 and not before, let's say that it gives more security if ever there is little wind).

On MarineTraffic you can see its location in real time. It will be fun to look at the MarineTraffic map around Marseille on May 8, since there are a thousand boats that will escort the Belem.

For those who wish to take advantage of the public holiday (or not? It depends on your country. Is it a public holiday in Brazil ?) which is May 8 to watch the arrival in Marseille, I can only advise you to watch it live on france.tv (France Télévisions) . You just need to create an account (as explained previously, it's free), and normally for live streaming you don't even need a VPN (if my tests are still up to date). In addition, you can go back up to 4 hours on the live feed, so don't panic if you are late or if your time zone is not advantageous. For important hours of the day:

- 11 a.m. (FR time, UTC+2): start of the maritime parade off the coast of Marseille
- 6:30 p.m.: arrival of Belem at the Old Port
- 8:45 p.m.: evening with concert, fireworks etc.

It's on France 2.

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7 minutes ago, sebastien1214 said:

It's on France 2.

Some precisions about what's going to be broadcasted on 8 May.

The morning show, Télématin, will be live from Marseille from 6:30 to 9:30. Then, commemoration ceremonies celebrating the 1945 victory will be broadcasted, but there will still be a focus on the start of the parade. Afterwards, the news show at 1pm will be live from Marseille and the live broadcasting of the arrival of Belem will start at 4pm.

On the same day, the Olympic digital channel will be launched. Everything should be broadcasted live on that channel and 10 hours of live broadcasting are planned each day during the torch relay.

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