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16 hours ago, Scotguy II said:

Will be 1am here in New Zealand on Friday night so I may grab myself some Chinese Wine, prawn crackers and fortune cookies.... Will also look for some red decorations.

I will also put on display my Sochi 2014 olympic gold medal that i get out every Olympiad

google it by "chinese cucumber salad",it's easy to cook and really scrumptious;).

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Did a little opening ceremony shopping earlier today at my local Asian Supermarket....... :)

Also will purchase a games pass for Sky Sports NZ so that i can watch the ceremony ad free.

It is a long weekend here in nz this weekend so means i can truly enjoy the show.... for the first time in many a year i am actually pretty excited for an opening.

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4 hours ago, Scotguy II said:

to get us in the mood 

The whole album is on youtube....

 

The music to the 2008 OC was the best!!! (in my opinion)

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On 1/28/2022 at 2:48 PM, Anthony said:

My guess is:

Artistic: 20 min

PON: 50 min

Speeches: 15 min

Cauldron: 15 min

I wonder how the Olympic Flag, Olympic Anthem, Chinese Anthem and Oaths will fit into the schedule.

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On 1/29/2022 at 3:15 PM, Scotguy II said:

Will be 1am here in New Zealand on Friday night so I may grab myself some Chinese Wine, prawn crackers and fortune cookies.... Will also look for some red decorations.

I will also put on display my Sochi 2014 olympic gold medal that i get out every Olympiad

That sounds cool! Were you an athlete at Sochi?

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On 1/30/2022 at 7:29 AM, Palette86 said:

google it by "chinese cucumber salad",it's easy to cook and really scrumptious;).

sounds delicious :P

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Oh, I'm sure Winnie Pooh shut down this site for his fellow countrymen years ago. The totalitarian handling of anything that happens within their borders is really no surprise here.

The Covid-restrictions have given them the power to effectively silence international media and the participating athletes, though. For journalists, the bubble will feel more like a straitjacket. And for athletes, their best bed is to just say nothing at all until they are back on home soil. Negative comments will get them into serious trouble, while any even slightly positive commentary will be and already is heavily abused by party propaganda.

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12 hours ago, PikyoK said:

I wonder how the Olympic Flag, Olympic Anthem, Chinese Anthem and Oaths will fit into the schedule.

Olympic Flag, Anthem and Oaths is usually around the speeches protocol. So probably another 15 minutes added to that. This has me thinking, what if the Pre-Show that's being talked about IS the artistic portion?

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17 hours ago, PikyoK said:

That sounds cool! Were you an athlete at Sochi?

HAHA, No i wish..... I bought it from an athlete who was fundraising for charity a few years ago :) 

I always display it at each Winter and Summer games.

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Amazing, I'd have it on permanent display!

(and occasionally pretend it was mine...I could probably just about get away with telling people I was a curler or something)

Whose was it?

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Taiwan backpedaled on their decision to boycott the Opening Ceremonies.

https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20220201-taiwan-delegation-to-attend-beijing-olympics-ceremonies-as-required

The reason? The IOC apparently threatened them with punitive actions (even if its not explicity mentioned)

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By Tuesday, the island's Olympic committee -- which answers to Taiwan's sports governing body -- said there was a change of plans due to the Games' international governing body "requiring" attendance.

So its perfectly fine for China to boycott not one but three opening ceremonies Taiwan held (2009 Deaflympics, 2009 World Games, 2017 Universiade), but when Taiwan tries to do it for justified reasons, they get evil eyes?

**** the IOC. I hope their Social Credits were worth it.

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12 minutes ago, Ikarus360 said:

Taiwan backpedaled on their decision to boycott the Opening Ceremonies.

https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20220201-taiwan-delegation-to-attend-beijing-olympics-ceremonies-as-required

The reason? The IOC apparently threatened them with punitive actions (even if its not explicity mentioned)

So its perfectly fine for China to boycott not one but three opening ceremonies Taiwan held (2009 Deaflympics, 2009 World Games, 2017 Universiade), but when Taiwan tries to do it for justified reasons, they get evil eyes?

**** the IOC. I hope their Social Credits were worth it.

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DPRK boycotted tokyo 2020, and they were banned from participating this year, seems pretty fair for me that if chinese taipei wants to do the same, they get punished on paris 2024.  Sport ≠ Politics

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3 minutes ago, Chris_Mex said:

DPRK boycotted tokyo 2020, and they were banned from participating this year, seems pretty fair for me that if chinese taipei wants to do the same, they get punished on paris 2024.  Sport ≠ Politics

Except DPKR boycotted the games as a whole, not just the ceremonies. Pretty sure Taiwan's plan was to just send their flagbearer to the ceremonies. At the 2014 Paralympics, Ukraine did the same. The IOC did no actions toward them.

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Anyway, moving on from the subject. I posted this in another thread but 30 seconds of the Opening Ceremony were shown. Could not find it in Youtube nor Twitter but in a chinese website, which I assume is the usual OBS snippet they show one week before an opening. Watch under your discretion.

http://www.tjbh.com/c/2022-02-01/995933.shtml

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