Should the BOC spend £52m on he London Opening Ceremony?

Discussion in 'Olympics 2008' started by kyser_soze, Aug 12, 2008.


Should 2012 match China's spending on the opening ceremony?

  1. Yes, spend money like it's water!

    6 vote(s)
  2. No, they're already costing too much as it is

    13 vote(s)
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  1. kyser_soze

    kyser_soze Hawking's Angry Eyebrow

    Bearing in mind how much the rest of it's costing, that's a drop in the aqautic centre budget, but should the 2012 have the same 'Wow!' approach and spend a similar amount, or do something lower key?
  2. TwentyThree

    TwentyThree Banned Banned

    Why would the Boards Of Canada want to do that in the first place?
  3. kyser_soze

    kyser_soze Hawking's Angry Eyebrow

    Oh ho ho ho, that's SOOOOO funny.
  4. Dillinger4

    Dillinger4 Es gibt Zeit

    I think they should do something understated.
  5. Kid_Eternity

    Kid_Eternity "You might be a lord but here comes the king."

    Yeah get big Mo of Eastenders to come out with a board reading "The Games Hath Begun" and that's it.
  6. FunkyUK

    FunkyUK u=5337

    Match China's spending ? I don't think it will ever be known how much that ceremony cost, But I'm guessing it was quite a lot less than 52million. Maybe if £50m is an estimate of how it may have cost to stage in the west.

    I'd be surprised if any of 13,000 or so performers were paid a penny. so that leaves you with direction, costume and prop design manufacture & supply plus the cost of coreography?

    I can see London spending close to £52 million, but achieving nothing close to as spectacular as the display in china.
  7. spring-peeper

    spring-peeper Well-Known Member

    Vancouver is hosting the 2010 Olympics and made it very clear that they don't have the same budget as the Chinese opening cermonies.

    I'm sure that they will be very nice.
  8. Melinda

    Melinda Kama roa, efshar livloa?

    Winter Olympics are different, no? Smaller, slightly more low key.
  9. belboid

    belboid TUC Off Your Knees

    you think they all practised for god knows how long (the firework fakery took a year to get right apparently!) without being paid at all? China's bad, but even they aren't that bad.
  10. Monkeygrinder's Organ

    Monkeygrinder's Organ Dodgy geezer swilling vapid lager

    They should generate the entire thing by computer IMO. No need for any actual people, could save a fortune.
  11. kyser_soze

    kyser_soze Hawking's Angry Eyebrow

    Umm, the Chinese have said it was around the $100m mark...
  12. skyscraper101

    skyscraper101 0891 50 50 50

    Yeh totally, we should out-do the Chinese with their fake singing kid and made for TV graphics.

    Get the Queen's Guards out in force for a start, mounted cavilry and plenty of changing the guard style military precision movements. Totally out-doing the Chinese goose stepping flag marchers. We should get all the talent of the trooping the colour display and double it. Then get the Red Arrows doing an aeronautical display which goes over all the landmarks of London. The best of British street theatre and performing arts should also be showcased - take your pic from all the best stuff from Edinburgh and suchlike.

    Then we should get super HD screens with Jamie Hewitt style characters performing live CGI - something that we'd really get a chance to showcase in front of the world that the Chinese didn't do. Maybe even get a performance by the Gorillaz or something like they did at the Brit awards in 2002.

    Then, we need some more British superstar musicians...take your pic, we've got LOADS. I reckon something visual like the Pet Shop Boys would be good. They're always pretty visual. But we could even out-do that if someone got the Beatles to reform with Dhani Harrison and Julian (or Sean) Lennon. That would truly go down in history.

    Then obviously get the major sports stars out in force. Redgrave, Christie, Lennox Lewis, Lewis Hamilton, Kelly Holmes, etc. before finally getting Beckham out one last time to light the torch preferably by kicking a flaming football into a goal in the sky which then ignites a giant flame.

  13. DotCommunist

    DotCommunist slowtime

    I'm going to enjoy watching it turn into a massive fuck-up, which it so obviously will.
  14. marty21

    marty21 One on one? You're crazy.

    get her majesty to cut a white ribbon at the main gate, that'll do surely
  15. twistedAM

    twistedAM Left Of The Dial

    I think we should spend naff all so oppose all of your ideas especially half the fucken Beatles.

    As some bod said on 5 Live the other day, keep it simple and get the Queen to cut a ribbon, have the athletes parade through and start the sport.

    Yeah and have the blue riband* event of the Games, the 100 metres right in the middle of the ceremony. In fact we can have the Queen as the starter.


    * well it think it's a naff event but the media seem to concur its the big hitter.
  16. belboid

    belboid TUC Off Your Knees

    hmm, it's the big hitter if a brit or a yank is likely to win, otherwise it's deemed not that important.
  17. 1927

    1927 Funnier than he thinks he is.

    Fwiw my idea for lighting the flame.

    Although not the usual thing but every team entering the stadium has a torch carrier along side a flag carrier, lets say 200 torches.
    Twenty torch bearers then light a mini flame, so we have ten of them and then each of those ten is carried by a legendary British Olympian to light the bigger flame. It is sort of symbolic of every nation having lit the flame bringing the world together!
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  18. twistedAM

    twistedAM Left Of The Dial

    Naw, give the Queen a Zippo.
  19. marty21

    marty21 One on one? You're crazy.

    light the flame with a box of swan vestas - if it's a bit windy, might take a few matches, have a spare box just in case
  20. DotCommunist

    DotCommunist slowtime

    no it should be done like in action films. A burly hero tosses a lit book of matches over his shoulder which ignites a bit of oil which blows everything up.
  21. kyser_soze

    kyser_soze Hawking's Angry Eyebrow

    Oh I dunno - it's being organised well away from cunts like Stephen Bayley and local politicians or the civil service, so I reckon it'll go OK...
  22. skyscraper101

    skyscraper101 0891 50 50 50

    That's pretty cool actually, like you could even get the flame carrier start a chain of fire around the perimeter of the stadium and then light a giant torch in the middle which then floats to the sky. :cool:
  23. London_Calling

    London_Calling Pleasant and unpatronising

    The flag bearers and team following thing is the most tedious part of the whole Olympic gig - what the fuck are we supposed to be watching apart from hundreds of athletes videoing the tv people filming them?

    And fireworks . . . do me a favour.
  24. kyser_soze

    kyser_soze Hawking's Angry Eyebrow

    Christ you're a miserable bastard aren't you? Do you hate rainbows too?
  25. belboid

    belboid TUC Off Your Knees

    not sure the specifics work there, but the idea of all the nations lighting the flame is darn groovy.
  26. London_Calling

    London_Calling Pleasant and unpatronising

    Do I hate rainbows . . :D I like rainbows, quick get the fireworks out!

    Here's a challenge, try and think of a way to open a sports event that isn't a cock measuring competition with the last nation to host that event.
  27. belboid

    belboid TUC Off Your Knees

    get a woman to do it? :)
  28. kyser_soze

    kyser_soze Hawking's Angry Eyebrow

    Yes, that's why I started the thread, to guage opinion on which would be the best way forward...
  29. kyser_soze

    kyser_soze Hawking's Angry Eyebrow

    Agreed. You should send that to the BOC bods in an email...
  30. 1927

    1927 Funnier than he thinks he is.

    Well thank you, nice to know that for once on these boards people dont think I'm talking complete bollox!:D

    Another idea I had was maybe they could utilise the network of beacons that were set up years ago for one of the jubilees, maybe once the Olympic flame was lit the baecons all around the UK could be lit so the whole country could have some sort of ownership of the games!

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