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Olympic Union Flag raising - RAF out of step

Old 28th Jul 2012, 12:04
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I thought it was brilliant.

And I refuse to let all those doom and gloom mongers ruin 'my' olympics. It's great for the UK and it'll stay great for the UK, no matter how hard some try to make it otherwise.

Those who don't like it or didn't want the Olympics in the UK, that is your right...... now f**k off and let the rest of us enjoy it.
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Old 28th Jul 2012, 12:55
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Those who don't like it or didn't want the Olympics in the UK, that is your right...... now f**k off and let the rest of us enjoy it.
Can't find any Olympic events on this forum, I suggest it is you who should foxtrot oscar
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Old 28th Jul 2012, 13:55
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Thought it was mostly great and even better to Her Majesty's sense of humour.

Well done to all involved either in the main event or behind the scenes.
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Old 28th Jul 2012, 15:09
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Brilliant...Hobbits, scary baby, Voldemort and a BMW Mini!

...and nice to see Tal raise the Union Flag...nice one!

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Old 28th Jul 2012, 15:24
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You know, for a while now I have thought that it must
just be me getting really old and grumpy, but I have come to realise that it is
actually that a very large number of people in here are just miserable, whining
gits who like nothing more than to sit back with a beer and criticise everything
they see or read when - in reality - they themselves are probably incapable of
even organising a gathering in the Mess bar with their mates (ooh sorry, an
assumption there that they actually have mates).

I don't think that I have ever seen in real life in the Services
such a high percentage of bad-tempered, irritable, crabby, argumentative,
difficult, tetchy, unreasonable, belligerent, grouchy, grumpy, disagreeable,
ill-natured, stroppy, perverse and downright horrid people gathered in one place
and all determined to make unfair, excessive, extreme, unwarranted, unnecessary,
unprovoked, imbalanced, unjust and out of all proportion snide comments about
each and everything that anybody else writes, or things that they see and think
they could do better.

And the tone of your post is...?
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Old 28th Jul 2012, 15:41
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Originally Posted by Hueymeister View Post

...and nice to see Tal raise the Union Flag...nice one!
Technically, he didn't.
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Old 28th Jul 2012, 15:52
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I am overseas and with work and time zones I haven't seen the opening ceremony and besides it's not my thing, I like the sports.

However, I accept the opening ceremony is important and will, in no small part, define these Olympics. Given we live in the world of the short soundbite, I think it's important to have imbedded in and around your show, eye-catching events that News Editors can use for a 30-60 second feature in their programs. If I was doing the show, here's what I would do;

1. Start the show at an odd time. Don't go for 8 or 9pm, that's boring. I would start at 12 minutes past 8, which all smart people know to be 2012. That would be quirky and very British.

2. I would start with something spectacular, but clearly Olympic and British. How about a 9-ship fast-jet fly past with red, white and blue smoke, but jazz it up a bit by making them turn across the London Skyline with a golden sky behind. Not sure how you do it, but it would be spectacular.

3. Then as night falls, I would get the flame to go down the Thames for all the world to see; no restrictions on TV rights. I would jazz that up too. I would get a speedboat, with neon lights, and get some burd with long blonde hair to hold the flame and have someone like David Beckham drive the boat. As the boat goes past a recognizable London landmark, say Tower Bridge, i would get a whole bunch of fireworks to go off. That should look pretty good and Beijing or Rio can't do that.

4. Then to top it off, I would throw the Queen out of a helicopter.

Now, if you were to do all that, you would dominate the News Channels and have the World's attention.

What?
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Old 28th Jul 2012, 16:19
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Why did they choose an RAF bloke that couldn't keep in step?
Possibly because quality of marching was not the primary criterion for selection. Perhaps his Service record counted, along with the charity work, raising over 200K and gaining an MBE along the way, and being an international cross country runner came into the equation.
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Old 28th Jul 2012, 16:27
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I thought Mendelev invented the periodic table and that was Russian.

A show of highs and lows. The Arrows were good.
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Old 28th Jul 2012, 16:51
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Looking from the other side of the pond it appeared to be the very definition of a spectacular. Having had some of my "Britishness" worn down somewhat over the years, it was quite moving to be reminded of some of the things we do very well as a nation. It's one thing to get 10,000 communists to dance in perfect step in Beijing, it's another thing completely to get that many Brits look like they are having quite so much fun in front of the whole world. Absolutely first class.

PS. Pointing out some chap's foot drill may not have been quite up to QCS standard is one of those British traits I really don't miss. I don't believe foot drill scoring was the aim of the exercise.
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Old 28th Jul 2012, 17:30
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I did enjoy the fact that there was a Nimrod in the opening ceremony - twice!

(just for the folk that winge that every thread becomes a Nimrod thread!)

Oh, and I bet that the majority of the billion watching never even noticed the marching 'foxes paw'!

Duncs

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Old 28th Jul 2012, 18:36
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It was excellent. Quirky, British, a bit daft at times, at others stirring and moving. The sport has been great so far too.

And the thing I'm enjoying most is that BEagle is choking on his Waitrose gin at the thought of anyone actually enjoying any of this. What a shame.
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Old 28th Jul 2012, 18:52
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Liam and noprobs say it perfectly. Time to close this thread, go down the sports bar grab a beer and watch the world's best sportsmen and sports women compete.
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Old 28th Jul 2012, 19:31
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And the thing I'm enjoying most is that BEagle is choking on his Waitrose gin at the thought of anyone actually enjoying any of this. What a shame.
You might be wallowing in this festival of jockstrappery, but I am not. If you want to watch this overblown, commercialised sports day, then I hope you enjoy it.

Thank heavens for satellite TV and DVDs.......

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Old 28th Jul 2012, 19:34
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Possibly because quality of marching was not the primary criterion for selection. Perhaps his Service record counted, along with the charity work, raising over 200K and gaining an MBE along the way, and being an international cross country runner came into the equation.
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Old 28th Jul 2012, 20:02
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Unfortunately you have the wrong bloke there.
However, the sentiment remains the same.
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Old 28th Jul 2012, 20:06
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Ace Brave,

I am 101% with you! Most of the inhabitants of this forum appear to be unable to cope with civilian life, hence their infatuation with this thread and their permanent, curmudgeonly reaction to anything and everything.
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Old 28th Jul 2012, 20:26
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So what, he was slightly out of step?

He was marching on grass, up hill and on the very edge of the path, not to mention the 6 billion people he knew he was being watched by. They were all very smartly turned out, there was no ticktocking and they represented the Armed Forces well.

Danny Boyle did us proud, let's hope Team GB do the same.

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Old 28th Jul 2012, 20:53
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RAF out of step

Its inter forces banter, Every one else was marching up hill on an awkward incline yet they maintained being in step. Man up, the RAF bloke was pants , its banter get over it. It's what we do in the armed forces, any sniff of a dig at the other 2 service we jump on it. The fact is the Raf dude was out of step, so that gives us all lot's of ammo for banter.Of all the day's to be out of step ........
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Old 28th Jul 2012, 21:02
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Poor timing by the Beeb at the moment they mentioned the arrival of Team GB they cut to a shot of HMQ frowning cleaning her nails. For God's sake Lizzie, crack yer face!

The only other downside was Paul McCartney. Has this man never heard the saying "quit at the top"? He was flat, out of tune and his timing was way out. I suppose for a 99 year old we should make allowances but I believe he feels he's still in his pomp when his last two royal outings show he clearly isn't

Anyone want to open a book as to when we see Sir Danny at the Palace?

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