UK Olympic Closing Ceremony Embarrasment

Discussion in 'Off-Topic Chat' started by BigHorn, Aug 25, 2008.

  1. BigHorn

    BigHorn Active Member

    I've just watched the Olympic closing ceremeny on the BBC iPlayer and I'm still cringing with embarrasment. :oops:The ten minute slot to showcase the British 2012 games was simply awful.:frown:

    Leona Lewis miming with a big pole up her backside, a motley selection of chavs, street gangs and office workers waiting at a bus stop and lamely twirling umbrellas and a washed up footballer kicking a ball into the crowd.
    Everything sent out the wrong signals. It is so obvious that the planners have already been hijacked by the 'multi-cultural' and PC thought police. The childrens representetive and most of the dancers were from the minorities and you couldn't see much of what was happening on that pathetic bus due to the huge saftey fence (compare this with the hundreds of chinese flinging themselves around on that huge tower).
    I know the games are the London games - but surely there were better images of London to showcase than this.

    And don't even get me started on that god-awful 2012 logo.:mad:

    Am I the only one who thinks it was completely naff and an insult to all our fine competitors who did so well and made us really proud.
  2. johnmartin

    johnmartin Active Member

    No you're not. I thought it was pretty poor in comparison to the Chinese efforts too. To be honest it will take an awful lot to follow the show we've been treated to by China, but then such artistic brilliance has been part and parcel of Chinese culture for thousands of years.

    After seeing those drummers and the heavely drums can you imagine a brass band taking centre stage at any of the ceremonies in 2012 ...
  3. Pythagoras

    Pythagoras Active Member

    No. It was awfull.

    Equally bad was the show afterwards in London. Kept it on with the hope it would get better, but it didn't. McFly, James Blunt and others murdering classic pop songs, and completely inane interviews by the presenters who seemed to be having a competition to see who could be the most irritating.

    Had some olympians, past and present, but completely wasted them, and the treatment of Michael Phelps was awful.
  4. trumpetmike

    trumpetmike Active Member

    And we have 4 years of them forcing it down our throats too - bring on 2013, when it is all over.
  5. dyl

    dyl Active Member

    It started a while before the 8 min 'showcase' though with Boris Johnson's embarrassing walk for the flag 'handover'.
  6. cornet_babe

    cornet_babe Member

    I was highly amused by Boris Johnson's attempt at flying a flag. He couldn't have got the flag more tangled up!! I must say though, I thought the red bus was a good idea - just maybe without David Beckham next time.
  7. steve butler

    steve butler Active Member

    It was'nt true to life though was it?
    I mean.... it turned up on time!!!
  8. cornet_babe

    cornet_babe Member

    Haha, yes I know what you mean Steve :D I can't remember the last time my bus turned up on time!!!
  9. BigHorn

    BigHorn Active Member

    Why did the bus turn into a giant hedge? Was that supposed to be a depiction of Boris Johnsons hair-cut ?
  10. DublinBass

    DublinBass Supporting Member

    I think you are all over-reacting. I enjoyed many bits of it. The bus was cute...and believe it or not, Beckham is still one of the best ambassadors for Britain (even though you all might be sick off him).

    Remeber, this wasn't a show to make the British happy, but rather the rest of the world and help them embrace Britain. I agree it may not have been as good as the rest of the Chinese show, but like Mike Spitz medal record, it will probably take about 40 years (and more technological advances) until somebody can top what the Chinese did in their two shows.

    (BTW I was also fantastic would it be to have brass out their like the drums or electric, one-stringed, upright violins they had)

    ALLROUNDER New Member

    At least Boris had brushed his hair
  12. TheMusicMan

    TheMusicMan tMP Founder Staff Member

    I thought it was a real embarrassment, and made a mockery of GB.

    Having said that, I would like to think we are able to hold and run the Olympics of the 30th Olympiad successfully, and I am sure the 2012 games will be a success... but, I am also confident they will not be without their ridiculous moments - typified by the pathetic PC'ness that's gripped the country in recent years, nor without even more curfews being placed on photographing in public places, nor without the Millenium Stadium being asked to cover for the inadequacies of new construction project delays et al.

    Come on... really... how confident are you...?

    Ho hum...
  13. Anno Draconis

    Anno Draconis Well-Known Member

    Nail. Head.

    There's no point trying to outdo the Chinese at showmanship. It simply isn't feasible in a democracy, where there will always be scrutiny of the expenditure. If there had been a huge amount of expensive razzle dazzle you can bet your life some curmudgeon (probably in the Daily Mail) would be moaning about the expense and saying it would have been better spent on nurses and teachers. And it still wouldn't have been as impressive as the Chinese show.

    Like it or not, the British segment was full of things that the world associates with Britain - Beckham, red double decker buses, even the bumbling of Boris (although I'll admit that was toe-curling poor). The segment wasn't for our benefit, but for everyone else's. I don't have a problem with it.

    I do have a problem with the bumbling amateurishness of the London "party" though; I'm looking forward to the 2012 games now and I'll certainly be trying to take my kids to some of it, but I expect all concerned to raise their game from yesterday's shambolic effort. One of Britains biggest weaknesses (as well as one of the things that often endears us to outsiders, paradoxically) is our penchant for celebrating and endorsing enthusiastic amateurism above slick professionalism. There are many occasions when by the skin of our teeth we get away with this, the running of most brass band events for instance, or the continuing fiasco that is the FA. However, the London 2012 Games will not be one of those occasions, and the sooner everyone realises this the better. This is not 1948, or 1966. This is the 21st Century, the world will be watching live 24 hours a day, and I expect my country to step up to the plate and deliver a 21st Century event, especially as some of it is paid for out of my taxes. It doesn't have to be as extravagant as Beijing, but if it isn't at least as slick and professional in the day-to-day presentation and running, a once-in-a-generation opportunity will have been unforgivably lost.

    Blimey, I got a bit hot under the collar there. I think I need a lie down....:oops:
  14. ploughboy

    ploughboy Active Member

    The budget for the running of the games (not any of the building) was 9 billion!! We have 2 billion at our disposal for the same things, our shows are no way gonna rival the chinnese. Having said that, we displayed three icons of britain, Leona Lewis - 1st british female number one in US for how long? Beckham is a World star and we should stop knocking his success (he got nearly the biggest cheer of the evening!) and Jimmy Page is a world Rock ledgend, I think it was a widely appealing blend. I'm really looking forward to 2012, just starts as I break up from school (27th July!) and i'l be sat in front of the telly for two weeks :)
  15. PeterBale

    PeterBale Moderator Staff Member

    I tend to go along with Garry: it obviously wasn't going to be practical to try and do anything large-scale in Beijing, and what I saw of the presentation was snappy and quite slick. As for David Beckham's involvement, like it or not he is an iconic figure in the East, with a vast following in China.

    I'm also rather surpised at the fuss being made over the Myra Hindley painting: it only appeared for a split second, and would probably have passed un-noticed by most without the media exposure. After all the fuss about censorship and repression in China, it seems rather hypocritical to complain about an artistic statement which could be viewed as an endorsement of the freedom of speech and expression that we are supposed to prize so highly!
  16. mikelyons

    mikelyons Supporting Member

    I think I shall be emigrating at this time of year in 2012. I really do not think that we will put on anything other than the most tacky of shows. It will be cringeworthy and highly self-conscious. Quite apart from my antipathy towards the whole over-blown, over-advertised sport thing. Whatever happened to the original ideals of the Olympics? It's more about advertising and commercialism than anything. The ancient Greeks would be spinning in their graves.
  17. steve butler

    steve butler Active Member

    Oh No!!!!!!! What am I going to do ???
    I was hoping you would be joining me in the metropolis to enjoy a feast of sport and partying!! Where am I going to find another companion that has all your, cheerful dispoition, happy go-lucky nature, natural enthusiasm,, get up and go-ism, that........... always see the best in people attitude, in fact that all round bon-homie.
    It just won't be the same without you, still you will have the National Pedant Conferences and the "interesting" stories conventions to keep you buzzing with joie de-vivre.

    PS I'll have you know grave spinning is a very popular sport in Greece.
  18. Absolutely agree!
    It's very easy to knock other people's ideas but the fact is that David Beckham is the most recognised Brit worldwide. He is associated with success. Anyone who knocks Leona Lewis is a fool and Jimmy Page's credentials are impressive.
    In an eight minute slot the organisers have managed to whet the appetite of a world audience.
    Well done to them!
    As to the Olympic handover, could it be that those who are criticising are letting their personal tastes get in the way of logic? Personally I have no interest in McFly but millions would disagree.
  19. DaveR

    DaveR Active Member

    I'm with you on this one. I shall hopefully be on a deserted island with no electricity / newspapers / internet while the Olympics is on so I can't see what a god-awful mess we make of it. Any bets for the stadium not even being finished in time? :redface:

    P.S. If anybody knows such an island, please PM me! :tongue:
  20. ploughboy

    ploughboy Active Member

    You guys are the reason i'd leave this country - We haven't got the games for 4 years and you're all so sure we're gonna be a laughing stock, if it was up to people like you we'd hide GREAT Britain under a rock and never poke our heads out, Surely the final medals table shows we can compete on a global level, as do the Beckhams and Page's of this world, if you're so sure the world will be laughing at us then go find you're deserted Island and good luck, but i'll be glad if there's no internet then I won't have to read your Britain-sceptic views.

    In case you've missed it, we were awarded the games by an intetnational panel of judges who thought Britain the BEST!

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