- 29-07-2012, 10:52 #901
I thought the whole thing marvelous, quirky and good humoured. The forging of the rings was awesome - a marvelous spectacular.
Well done all!--
When Mighty Roast Beef was the Englishman's Food
It ennobl'd our veins and enriched our Blood:
Our Soldiers were Brave and our Courtiers were Good:
Oh! The Roast Beef of Old England,
And Old English Roast Beef.
- 29-07-2012, 11:02 #902
I was definitely in the "couldn't give a fcuk about the Olympics up until Friday night, but we decided to watch the opening ceremony and I have to say I was blown away by the sheer scale of it. Yes, there were some dodgy moments and no doubt a political bias here and there, but what do you expect for a show that lasted almost 4 hours? Even the mighty Led Zeppelin dropped in a few turkeys during their infamous 4 hour shows! Our son texted us at 1 in the morning to say he and his pals were enthralled and proud to be British - we were the same. Hats off to Danny Boyle and I am sure we will see a lot more of that very attractive young lady who took a starring role in the final part of the show (the internet romance thingy). A career in reality TV is nailed on, without a doubt!
My favourite bit was when the cameras captured HM Queen studying her hands with a look of total boredom, just before she had Paul McCartney inflicted on her (again!!). Let's hope the powers that be will allow her and PTG to have some quality down time in the next few months - they have earned it.The memories of a man in his old age, are the deeds of a man in his prime.
"What is this, some sort of Quaker thing? You f*ck my husband to death and bring me a quiche?"
Brenda Chenowith (Rachel Griffiths) in Six Feet Under
"Those are my principles. If you don't like them, I have others."
- 29-07-2012, 11:05 #903
Having watched it again, the only BIG flaw I would say is, they should have finished with Pink Floyd and the Fireworks. That was the perfect ending.
Macartney, the geriatric pub singer looked and felt like a tacked on afterthought to a pretty spectacular finale.Warning, this post contains some flash photography.
- 29-07-2012, 12:07 #904
Still laughing at how Boyle managed to put the NHS at the centre of the show, even spelling out the brand. Big balls and massive sense of humour... He must be giggling inanely at the sheer cheek of that and Bond and Madge."As we moved slowly through the outskirts of the town we passed row after row of little grey slum houses running at right angles to the embankment. At the back of one of the houses a young woman was kneeling on the stones, poking a stick up the leaden waste-pipe which ran from the sink inside and which I suppose was blocked. I had time to see everything about her - her sacking apron, her clumsy clogs, her arms reddened by the cold. She looked up as the train passed, and I was almost near enough to catch her eye." Orwell, The Road to Wigan Pier
- 29-07-2012, 12:34 #905
- Join Date
- Aug 2005
- Below the Pont Mirabeau ...
This lot looked like they enjoyed it!
I'll sail this ship alone ...
- 29-07-2012, 12:39 #906
The worst thing we could have done was try and turn it into a massive Trooping the Colour or something like that with 'British pomp' that some people seem to have wanted. It would have been shit.
It's not the right stage for a massive military parade and it's not the stage for some kind of huge 'we used to own you party'. If we'd have tried that we would have looked like cunts in front of the entire world.
What we actually had was pretty good. Some bits were better than others, some sucked donkey cock (McCartney). It seems to have impressed the world though, so it was probably a pretty big success.
- 29-07-2012, 12:50 #907
- 29-07-2012, 12:58 #908
- Join Date
- Mar 2008
- 29-07-2012, 12:59 #909
- Join Date
- Nov 2008
- The Happy Farm, feeding the ducks.
- 29-07-2012, 13:53 #910