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Will You be Watching the Opening Ceremony?

dreamdaisydreamdaisy Posts: 31,567 ✭✭✭
edited 30. Jul 2012, 05:07 in Community Chit-chat archive
I for one won't. I used to but as time as gone on they have become more over-blown and ridiculous. I'll see the highlights on the news somewhere, that'll do me. DD
Have you got the despatches? No, I always walk like this. Eddie Braben

Will You Watch the Opening Ceremony? 17 votes

Yes.
52% 9 votes
No.
47% 8 votes
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  • migmig Posts: 7,150
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Just highlights.mig
  • fowls48fowls48 Posts: 1,357
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Sorry No , Not my cup of tea .I will try to see if i can catch some hockey as we sponsor some of the lads , and maybe some fencing as my boss fences .xx
  • frogmortonfrogmorton Posts: 26,167 ✭✭✭
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Oh I will DD

    childishly maybe but I will be there :oops:

    Love

    Toni xx
    Love

    Toni xxx
  • georgie66georgie66 Posts: 403
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    no not for me
    seeing it on the news will be enough for me..
    georgie
  • stickywicketstickywicket Posts: 25,993 ✭✭✭
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Nope. Having a BBQ. For someone who loves sport, I won't even be watching much of the Olympics - not while there's a Test Match or a Superleague match to watch elsewhere.
    “There is always a well-known solution to every human problem - neat, plausible, and wrong.” H.L. Mencken
  • suzygirlsuzygirl Posts: 2,005
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    No, sorry to be a party pooper I just think that the money could have been better spent. I am sure that is an unpopular view, but in the middle of the recession I find it a bit hard to accept.

    On the other hand I have no wish to spoil anyone elses fun and will no doubt at some point tune in. I just hope that the games do boost tourism and business investments, and do leave a 'legacy' as promised.
  • jillyb1jillyb1 Posts: 1,725
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Definitely watching it ; but mainly in the hope that the forecast storms will happen at the most inopportune moment ! Won't be watching the olympics themselves though , just think the opening will be disastrously comical . Jillyb
  • valvalvalval Posts: 15,897
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    yes if can get telly controler of oh who says we not lol will not sit threw all of it though
    val
  • NumptydumptyNumptydumpty Posts: 6,494
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    No.
    I think the whole thing is an obscene waste of money.
  • tkachevtkachev Posts: 8,332
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    i'll be watching from early morn to late at night if my children will allow me. Might stop to make the odd cuppa.

    Elizabeth :D
    Never be bullied into silence.
    Never allow yourself to be made a victim.
    Accept no ones definition of your life

    Define yourself........

    Harvey Fierstein
  • barbara12barbara12 Posts: 20,898 ✭✭
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Oh I cant wait to see it...have been watching on and off today...I have done lots of grumbling over the amount they have cost....but I am really looking forward to the opening ceremony...and the rest of the games come to that..
    Love
    Barbara
  • 7worlds7worlds Posts: 302
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    I will definately be watching. Our athletes put in so much hard work it will be nice to see some of them win medals. Dont think the opening ceremony will be anything as spectatular as Bejiing, though.

    7worlds
  • suzygirlsuzygirl Posts: 2,005
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Guess who is sat here watching it? :oops:

    :lol::lol::lol:
  • valvalvalval Posts: 15,897
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    loving it . but oldest says it an embarrassment
    val
  • suzygirlsuzygirl Posts: 2,005
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Val, love it too!

    Daniel Craig, the Queen, Rowan Atkinson and fab music, what else could you want? Oh yeah, David Beckham sailing down the Thames :D


    Total Cynic, converted and I am amazed :D
  • dreamdaisydreamdaisy Posts: 31,567 ✭✭✭
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Ye gods. I've seen the (mercifully) brief highlights on the TV news. How much did that showing off cost? And for what? Kudos? It's not worth the money. DD
    Have you got the despatches? No, I always walk like this. Eddie Braben
  • Airwave!Airwave! Posts: 2,427 ✭✭
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    There are a lot of arguments against the games, spending billions on a few thousand professional, paid athletes is obscene but I'm out there doing my bit despite my misgivings.

    I can only say that I'm as caught up in it as everyone else, I would not want us to put on a bad show.
  • tillytoptillytop Posts: 3,460
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    We watched it - all the way through. I am pleased it all went without a hitch but I found it all a tad confusing and my feeling overall is that it was an uncomfortable mix of spectacular and excrutiating. What I really didn't like though was the way the GB team were behaving in the parade -very little dignity compared with the other teams (they could just as easily have been a group of lager louts on a drunken night out) and I found that embarrassing. But I thought the olympic cauldron thing at the end was absolutely fab.
  • elnafinnelnafinn Posts: 8,043
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Felt proud to be British. Amazing. :D

    Elna x
    The happiest people don't have the best of everything. They just make the best of everything.

    If you can lay down at night knowing in your heart that you made someone's day just a little bit better, you know you had a good day.
  • migmig Posts: 7,150
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Only saw clips on the news,thank goodness I didn't watch it all.Mig :roll:
  • fowls48fowls48 Posts: 1,357
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    fowls48 wrote:
    Sorry No , Not my cup of tea .I will try to see if i can catch some hockey as we sponsor some of the lads , and maybe some fencing as my boss fences .xx
    Yes I watched it, it was ok, could not compare with any others as its the first one i have watched :oops:
  • salamandersalamander Posts: 2,028
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    I just loved the opening ceremony. Everything brilliant except McCartney at the end, who is well past his sell by date.

    The bid for the Olympics went in 7 years ago. No-one knew we would be in a recession. Anyway, it is basically paid for by sponsors and manned by volunteers. Go Britain!
  • dreamdaisydreamdaisy Posts: 31,567 ✭✭✭
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Ummm, I think I'm right in saying that the humble British tax payer has 'raised' the millions required - the sponsors will pay for advertising, ensure they sell their shoddy food and frothy drink at some expense in the arenas and in not putting their fat corporate behinds on their empty block-bought seats. The settings are great, the competition too but the administration anything but. DD
    Have you got the despatches? No, I always walk like this. Eddie Braben
  • salamandersalamander Posts: 2,028
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    I have it on good authority the sponsors have paid huge sums towards the costs and it wouldn't have happened without them. I know quite a few people who are volunteering and the atmosphere in London is great. The place is heaving with tourists which must be a good thing for the economy.

    I'm surprised you are so negative about it DD. The opening ceremony was incredible; sophisticated, witty, clever, quirky and fun with masses of references to all kinds of British talent - from Blake to Brunel to the arts to the NHS, and more. I would have thought you would have really enjoyed it :?
  • stickywicketstickywicket Posts: 25,993 ✭✭✭
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    salamander wrote:
    Anyway, it is basically paid for by sponsors and manned by volunteers. Go Britain!

    I don't think so. That was the idea but then the recession came and they mostly pulled out and left it to the good old British taxpayer.
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/apr/04/price-of-london-olympics

    As for admin, it is scary how many gaffes were predicted on BBC2’s spoof series Twenty Twelve – the starting pistols which could be converted to fire live ammo, the countdown clock which gave up the ghost 24 hours after the same thing happened on the TV prog, and the buses which got lost en route from Heathrow.
    “There is always a well-known solution to every human problem - neat, plausible, and wrong.” H.L. Mencken
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