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What would you have liked to see included in the Opening Ceremony?

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    I would change the portrayal of the years preceding the rise of industry; moving away from the bucolic interpretation to one that emphasises the grim nature of life in pre-industrial rural Britain, maybe dropping in a reference to the Black Death. I would have included more than a line of Shakespeare, and perhaps references to folk heroes like King Arthur and Robin Hood, and followed the chimneys and the rendition of Jerusalem with the counter-strike delivered by the Romantic movement, maybe giving a Shelly, Coleridge or Wordsworth a voice in addition to Blake's "And did those feet...". As long as we're going for a visual history, I think motifs on naval themes wouldn't have gone amiss, showing our rich, romantically skewed interpretation of pirates and privateers. Alternatively, we could have shown the coming of the Angles, Saxons and other Germans in longboats and warships, maybe a 1066 arrow-in-the-eye.

    Other worthy omissions: War of the Roses, English Civil War and the formation of Parliament, Spanish Armada, Gunpowder Plot, American Colonies, Raleigh, Drake, Dickins etc.


    I would have replaced that uninspiring crap on the "Windrush", the cheap and clunky social network sketch with the dancers and the multiple butchered songs that didn't work too well, the boring NHS tribute (might as well have had some DVLA dancers) and the pity-gambit that was the God Save the Queen rendition. And probably more that I've forgotten.
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    I would have also got rid of all the pre-recorded stuff, for the sake of the stadium audience. Those who can't, pre-record.
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    There is more to Britain than England you know

    oh and Drake hasn't really contributed much to British culture he isn't even British and he has only had one poor album and one decent album I don't think that merits being included in a celebration of British culture.
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    (Original post by Muscovite)
    Stadium audience: 80,000
    TV audience: 2.9 billion

    You do the maths
    Why have a live performance at all then? All those I know who watched it on TV got the sense that they were trying to bolster a lacking show
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    The Spice Girls
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    (Original post by Shabalala)
    There is more to Britain than England you know
    The title is a question open for anyone, so I'm all ears...
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    I thought they could have done the history of Britain much better and that section on the British music wasnt much better either. I think they should have included things more multicultural reflecting London & the Olympics.


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    (Original post by Starrstruck)
    The Spice Girls
    They're in the closing ceremony alongside One Direction, Jessie J and Emeli Sandé
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    (Original post by Muscovite)
    because Olympics ceremonies have to be live performances - it's the IOC code. Literally not one person I know who watched has said that the TV performaces were trying to bolster a 'lacking performance' -you probably just didn't understand the message about the socieconomic and cultural transition of England from agrarian to industrial; and I bet most of the cultural references went over your head - which would have bored you. others enjoyed the ceremony so just because you didn't get it doesn't mean it was 'lacking' :rolleyes:
    You're right; I didn't and still don't understand how the transition from bucolic agrarian virgin-meadows was characterised by chimneys rising from Hell's pores, but, it being a show, I chose not to bring into question this aspect of the realism; until, that is, somebody states that horribly over-simplified concepts involving interpretive dance have "gone over my head". It was frightfully complicated, which is why I suggested in my original post a step away from abstruse pieces featuring Dizzee Rascal and Mr. Bean in favour of Milton's, Shelly's and Dickins' simpler charms.
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    (Original post by gagaslilmonsteruk)
    They're in the closing ceremony alongside One Direction, Jessie J and Emeli Sandé
    Good to know
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    "This represents the nightmares of children in hospital" I seem to remember a commentator saying (or something along those lines) What? Why? To link to the children's villains showing off British literature? But isn't that kind of saying the NHS is horrible? There could've been some other way of doing that.
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    A celebration of the Empire. It is after all Britains biggest achievement, yet it was completely ignored.
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    Less Dizzee Rascal and Sex Pistols. More Jimmy Page, Brian May, Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Paul Weller, Sting, David Bowie, The Who, Stone Roses, Oasis, or practically anyone else.
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    (Original post by RtGOAT)
    A celebration of the Empire. It is after all Britains biggest achievement, yet it was completely ignored.
    Might have been a bit inappropriate. Think how many nations and cultures (who are competing at the games) suffered at the hands of the oppressive Empire. It would have gone against the multicultural theme, and sunk like a German battleship being paraded in front of Israel
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    I wanted to see the animals run amok and poop everywhere...
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    A giant Harry Potter light the cauldron with his wand
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    Were newton and darwin mentioned in the ceremony?
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    (Original post by RtGOAT)
    A celebration of the Empire. It is after all Britains biggest achievement, yet it was completely ignored.
    Hardly an achievement... the empire is now considered a bad thing... and most of the countries which we mistreated are now competing at the olympics lol
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    (Original post by Shabalala)
    There is more to Britain than England you know

    oh and Drake hasn't really contributed much to British culture he isn't even British and he has only had one poor album and one decent album I don't think that merits being included in a celebration of British culture.
    When the OP said Drake, they didn't mean the rapper, they meant Sir Francis Drake

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