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2. What is it with Athens? Another 3/4ths empty stadium!! :blink:

3. Those seats must be the MOST UNCOMFORTABLE ever! Cold marble. Whew.

People were prevented from entering the stadium for fear of new protests (only accredited people were in).

They are actually not THAT uncomfortable (used them during the Athens Olympics).

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People were prevented from entering the stadium for fear of new protests (only accredited people were in).

They are actually not THAT uncomfortable (used them during the Athens Olympics).

It's not true...I went to Stadium today. It was free for all, just we were checked, security reasons etc.

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It's not true...I went to Stadium today. It was free for all, just we were checked, security reasons etc.

I stand corrected. The media report I read was wrong. This being said, given the love of the Greeks for the Olympics, I am amazed by the low turn out at the stadium...

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I was just watching the flame's arrival to Beijing's airport live on CCTV 9 - International (their English-speaking channel).

On the tarmac were crowds, all cheering and waving Chinese, Beijing 2008, and Olympic flags. Three escort runners (with the blue uniforms) marched, militarily, with the flame's lantern from the Bocog head to the escort vehicle that would take it to the festivities in Tiananmen Square.

In the meantime, the CCTV commentators (one of them being a female Olympic, diving champion) are now discussing things like the selection process for the runners in China this summer, and the torches ascend to Mount Everest. They made some comments about how it's a national consensus to support the hosting of the Games, unlike London were "they're many people against hosting" the Games. They're also showing some pretty interesting segments on the International and Chinese legs of the relay, the torch's technology, and the selection process for the torch’s design - some of them were FUGLY. I can make out that the clouds on the chosen design were originally bigger.

Looks like the ceremony at Tiananmen is going to commence soon. There are people in some questionable, yellow outfits, sitting down in chairs at the square. :blink:

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Sorry, my sister used the computer. She put down the speaker, making me unable to hear to goings-on. Later, I scanned the same channels as last night for coverage. None has. But later, Channel NewsAsia aired the ceremony live. Now she is finished, I watching again online! (Channel NewsAsia took the CCTV-4 broadcast.)

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Why would the flame has to arrive in Beijing first then starts its overseas route?

So that the Chinese and everyone else will know that the flame has already touched down on CHinese soil and they have a lit a back-up lamp. So that if there are any disruptions in its foreign legs, part of the original flame is still in Beijing. That's why.

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Click here for a blow-by-blow account on today's welcome ceremony.Includes the translation to the speeches. They're in Chinese and translated into English by the PA announcer (a female). Except the speech by the Coordination Commission boss, where that same anouncer speaks Chinese.

Bad news! The Tibet people had their own relay in Greece as protest! Oh no!

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