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So event starts at 18:30pm NZ time

http://bethere.co.nz/event/14055

Let us join here and we can discuss in true gamesbids tradition, the details live of this Opening Ceremony.

Don't expect a masterpiece, its more a cricket display, dance and concert more than anything else...Don't wanna get your hopes up.

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The news here is bigging it up big style. Bigger than the Rugby World Cup with an audience of 1 Billion watching the Opening Ceremony.

1,000 performers, the biggest firework display since the Millenium

The All Blacks

Was going to go watch it at the big screen at the Wellington Fanzone, but I couldn't find it.

The Opening Ceremony has been shrouded in secrecy according to the news casters. I wonder what the big secret spectacular moment will be.....

Anyway, just over 2 hours to go

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The news here is bigging it up big style. Bigger than the Rugby World Cup with an audience of 1 Billion watching the Opening Ceremony.

1,000 performers, the biggest firework display since the Millenium

The All Blacks

Was going to go watch it at the big screen at the Wellington Fanzone, but I couldn't find it.

The Opening Ceremony has been shrouded in secrecy according to the news casters. I wonder what the big secret spectacular moment will be.....

Anyway, just over 2 hours to go

The creation of a big kiwi by school children using cricket bats.

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Nothing. LOLOL.

Really, it's the Cantabs moment in the sun , they've made this a community event for everyone to enjoy.

It's done by a reasonably little known creative team.

It'll be awesome at what it is, but a traditional opening ceremony it is not.

I don't really think the angle they're taking is a bad thing though.

In any case, be fantastic to get this thing underway, a long time coming.

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I've actually set MySky to record it as I'm off elsewhere for the evening.

Still agree with Mattygs, this is more a Christchurch being rewarded for shear determination over the last four years. They even got the new tram route running after a four year delay as well.

Christchurch is still very much a city in rebuild, still a lot of temporary facilities of everything and there are still not enough builders to go around. It is getting it's vibe back though and events like this help the city's morale.

Great to see the families gathering around the main performance stage.

Starts very shortly at 1930 NZDST.

...Now if we can get a new covered stadium built and rebuild the cathedral.

*off topic a bit - announced today is that Shirley Boys High School and Avonside Girls College are to merge as one high school on the site of QEII Park...and be named QEII College.

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The pre opening at Hagley appears to include various stages around the place, themed.

There are also 4 gigantic games of backyard cricket being held, with 80 school kids.

The fields are separated into 4 different ovals representing the various playing nations.

So Beige, Caribbean As, Spicy As, and Traditional As

As much as I love a good old fashioned bit of stadium theatre, I like this angle.

It's suiting a city where it would almost feel still a tad inappropriate to have anything too flashy.

Amazing weather down in Crikers by the looks of it.

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Yeah this is an outdoor Granada 2015. I guess its appropriate for cricket.

I think that's a little bit of a silly analogy don't you?

That was a couple of speeches in a conference hall.

This is infront of thousands outside featuring cultural performances, sporting celebrities, music and dance (including popular music acts) and fireworks.

More like a Christmas in the Park/ Symphony Under the Stars I'd say.

And Granada didn't have him

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I guess also, while on the theme of music.....

While the 2015 cup doesn't have an official mascot, it does have an official song/theme music.

*Bobs Beat* by WDL

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5KQlzkd9K4Y

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Who is this person? Is she a Lorde impersonator :P

Matty I agree, would well take him :) oof


For those who cant watch the ceremony a singer who looks like Lorde and who cant sing has just sung a song.

Now an old Cricketer is being interviewed.

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Although Richie is a god, I would actually wouldn't mind having all three of them :)


Now we have 4 Captains from 4 teams being interviewed


Where is David Atkins when you need him


There seems to be alot of teenage girls in the audience

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Although Richie is a god, I would actually wouldn't mind having all three of them :)

Now we have 4 Captains from 4 teams being interviewed

Where is David Atkins when you need him

There seems to be alot of teenage girls in the audience

Possibly directing another wank fest for the Qataris. :P

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After the Glasgow 2014 screen, I need my glasses for the led screen here :P


Matty, i missed the start, was there a countdown?


Right now the cultural part with some Natives

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The Parade of Nations


eh, why did they use the Cricket Ireland Flag instead of the Irish country flag? odd. Massive cheer for Scotland (cwc2015 winners)


Whoever directed this segment is a genius, i hope they sign him/her up for Rio

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Now Solo Mio are performing. I actually like these guys alot :)

Not my kind of music, but very talented and charismatic (more so for the 50 shades brigade)

This is actually quite cute and well done

Liking this celeb cricket team thing

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More Natives now


Now Hayley Westernra is singing the Irish song, you Raise Me Up


Whilst we are seeing video of fields, farms and roads


Now Solo Mio are back to sing


They are singing the pearl fishers duet, a french composed song.


or as new zealanders know it the train advert song


Now a surprise, Justin Bieber


Now a Primary School production of a cricket match

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Oh I think you must be a lil delayed.

This next segment you're up to is the one I thought was quite cute, a few nice video sections.

Shapeshifter finishing off the show live.

Looks awesome from the sky,

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