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Olympics Opening Ceremony


hssutton

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So what did you think of it? Well my daughter enjoyed it

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Quickbeam

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I believe that French is the IOC's first language CIG, that is a throwback to the early Olympic movement when French was still the world's diplomatic language.

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Quickbeam

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...but I can't see how that should spoil an entire evening, the translation of it immediately afterwards would have been good for anyone learning a language such as with WTM who missed out by listening to boring language tapes!

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Quickbeam

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Well I'm not a Londoner, I'm a provincial market towner, and am surprised that I watched the entire athletes parade (I never knew so many countries began with a B), it felt like I was welcoming them personally which is something I've never felt before when seeing any of it from other countries.

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zzzz999

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well that opening ceremony looked Carbon Neutral ...

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Quickbeam

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I don't think IKB can ever be said to have been carbon nuutral;)

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morddwyd

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"Some people seem to take a delight in pretending that they have no pride in what their country can do when we put our minds to it. I have no time for that attitude - they're the people who let others do all the work, while they sit back and grumble."

It'll come as no surprise to most that I didn't watch the ceremony, but I am glad for the many millions who got enjoyment from it, but I'm damned if I'll accept that sort of label just because my preferences differ from the majority.

This is typical of the arrogance surrounding the whole proceedings - "Like it or be labelled some sort of social misfit."

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Clapton is God

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Quickbeam

French may (still) be the first language of dioplomacy but this is the Olympics - a competitive sporting event - not a diplomatic discussion amongst 'friends'.

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Noldi

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It was different for sure thought most of it was good but some even confusing me to see the connection, NHS section went on a bit long winded.I know a bit about our History but for the majority of the world wide ordiance would have found it a little confusing if not eccentric.

Noldi

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Forum Editor

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morddwyd

"I'm damned if I'll accept that sort of label just because my preferences differ from the majority."

Who asked you to?

You're labelling yourself, nobody said you were one of those people, just because you don't want to watch. I referred to people who moan about a waste of money, and constantly find something to complain about. I certainly made no mention of people who simply preferred not to watch the opening ceremony, or who don't like sport.

Don't go looking for offence when it isn't there.

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Noldi

"I know a bit about our History but for the majority of the world wide ordiance would have found it a little confusing if not eccentric."

The world-wide audience had their own commentators, each of whom was provided with comprehensive briefing notes about what was going on, so they could explain to their viewers. It's always the same with these events - lots of people wouldn't have understood some of the Chinese ceremony without explanations.

As for eccentricity, well, we're known for it. I don't think it's anything to be ashamed of. The China Daily newspaper said "Britain's Queen Elizabeth declared the London Olympics open after playing a cameo role in a dizzying ceremony designed to highlight the grandeur and eccentricities of the nation that invented modern sport,"

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