Are you looking forward to the Opening Ceremony

Discussion in 'Olympics 2008' started by Minnie_the_Minx, Aug 4, 2008.

  1. Minnie_the_Minx

    Minnie_the_Minx someinenhhanding menbag and me ah bollox

    and of course the Closing Ceremony?

    Most ceremonies are pretty naff (although I seem to remember enjoying the ones in Athens), but the worse ones are often the American ones.

    However, I've got the feeling these ceremonies will be quite spectacular - performed with military precision and none of the Disney crap that we have to put up with from the US.

    I know it's all massively orchestrated etc. but can we just keep the politics out of this thread please. :p
     
  2. spring-peeper

    spring-peeper Well-Known Member

    Yes!!!!

    I love the opening ceremonies. They tend to showcase the country's history and culture. The parade of athletes is a bit boring, but I love to see the countries that only send a couple of athletes.
     
  3. Minnie_the_Minx

    Minnie_the_Minx someinenhhanding menbag and me ah bollox


    Except America ;)

    With the parade of athletes, I like guessing which country's coming next. How sad is that :oops:
     
  4. spring-peeper

    spring-peeper Well-Known Member

    I don't know about it being a sad thing. It's kinds cool to see if you can guess the countries. I've never tried it, I suck at all the small countries. I will, however, introduce this game as we all sit around watching.
     
  5. Minnie_the_Minx

    Minnie_the_Minx someinenhhanding menbag and me ah bollox


    Yeah, you have to remember all the little ones like Sao Tome and Principe, St Kitts and Nevis etc.

    All great fun :oops::D
     
  6. souljacker

    souljacker A bit of skullduggery

    I fucking hate opening ceremonys. They are pointless. I'd like to see them scrapped.
     
  7. spring-peeper

    spring-peeper Well-Known Member

    A lot of pride goes into hosting the Olympics. I think that it is wonderful that a country that has put in so much work can show off to the world.

    A lot of pride goes into competing for your country as well. I love to see the faces of the athletes as they enter and the pride and concentration on the flag bearer.

    Long live the opening ceremonies!!!!
     
  8. CharlieAddict

    CharlieAddict nekomimi rocks!!!

    unless there are dancing bears, pandas jumping through firey hoops then i'm not interested.
     
  9. Minnie_the_Minx

    Minnie_the_Minx someinenhhanding menbag and me ah bollox


    I think they are long, and the best bit really (after guessing which nation comes next :oops:) is the fireworks
     
  10. Melinda

    Melinda Kama roa, efshar livloa?

    I love the Athlete's Parade!

    The archers from Bhutan are always my favourite!

    Its always a bit hard luck on those competing the following morning and arent able to take part though.
     
  11. danny la rouge

    danny la rouge Warning: posts may cause vasovagal presyncope

  12. Melinda

    Melinda Kama roa, efshar livloa?

    Boo! Hiss! There'll be dragons and fire and dancing girls with painted faces!

    YESSSSSSS!
     
  13. Lea

    Lea Sur un seul mot de toi...

    Yes, I love the opening ceremony to the olympics. I love the artistic side of the Olympics. I'll be watching it if it's on at a reasonable time.
     
  14. Melinda

    Melinda Kama roa, efshar livloa?

    Good point. The 7 hour time difference is going to be a difficult for us. Worse for the Americans though.
     
  15. Minnie_the_Minx

    Minnie_the_Minx someinenhhanding menbag and me ah bollox


    Who gives a toss about the Merkins. They probably won't enjoy it anyway if Mickey and Minnie aren't there :D
     
  16. Melinda

    Melinda Kama roa, efshar livloa?

    I find the larger 'Western' teams so blasé and cynical about the parade. Athletes from smaller nations grin and wave and love it!

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  17. ScallyWag II

    ScallyWag II New Member

    the olympics opening ceremony is about the only one i think i've ever watched. don't think i've ever seen a closing ceremony (on purpose anyway)
     
  18. Mrs Magpie

    Mrs Magpie On a bit of break...

    Anyone know when it starts? My Mum is fretting about leaving my place in time to see it.
     
  19. Minnie_the_Minx

    Minnie_the_Minx someinenhhanding menbag and me ah bollox


    According to Radio Times:

    Bollocks. I'll be at work, so will have to get b/f to video it
     
  20. spring-peeper

    spring-peeper Well-Known Member

    8am est - thanks for the times minnie
     
  21. skyscraper101

    skyscraper101 0891 50 50 50

    Cool, we'll have it on in the office :cool:
     
  22. Minnie_the_Minx

    Minnie_the_Minx someinenhhanding menbag and me ah bollox


    where are you?
     
  23. Matt S

    Matt S Well-Known Member

    I'm hoping that the ceremony starts with the camera focused in on one person doing a kung fu form. And then pans out and out and out and finally you see that there are ONE MILLION kung fu artists, assembled into a giant, terrifying Chinese Olympic army.

    Well, it'd look cool....:hmm:

    Matt
     
  24. Minnie_the_Minx

    Minnie_the_Minx someinenhhanding menbag and me ah bollox


    Yep, I'm thinking along the same lines :oops: If there's one thing that countries like Russia, China and Korea are good at, it's big displays :D
     
  25. Minnie_the_Minx

    Minnie_the_Minx someinenhhanding menbag and me ah bollox

    Actually, I do wonder if we'll be able to see to the other side of the stadium with all that pollution :hmm::D
     
  26. JTG

    JTG Angry about not being able to be an astronaut.

    Boris is gonna be in the closing ceremony :cool:
     
  27. Matt S

    Matt S Well-Known Member

    As part of the kung fu army?

    That'd be great.

    Matt
     
  28. E.J.

    E.J. Away from U75

    Yep in the handover ceremoninal ting Jtug

    Minnie the Minx - i remember the opening and closing ceremony of Seoul 88 and it was wicked in terms of the colour and the martial arts (Tae Kwon Do) & Korean style fencing combat demonstrations! :cool:
     
  29. Phenotypic Dai

    Phenotypic Dai The girdle of Venus

    Fantastic. 4 hours of numpties poncing about on stilts, supposedly representing the mating ritual of the mountain Panda, or some such bollocks.

    4 hours!

    There better be jet packs on display.
     
  30. pastieburt

    pastieburt Best team in the league.

    Don't forget about the parachute men always missing the landing spot.
     

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