Comments for http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/08/the_olympic_opening_ceremony_i.shtml http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/08/the_olympic_opening_ceremony_i.shtml en-gb 30 Sat 31 Jan 2015 22:51:46 GMT+1 A feed of user comments from the page found at http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/08/the_olympic_opening_ceremony_i.shtml nikki noodle http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/08/the_olympic_opening_ceremony_i.shtml?page=98#comment53 as a very pedantic footnote, I always thought it was "under-weigh" Tue 12 Aug 2008 14:05:36 GMT+1 theotherdaughter http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/08/the_olympic_opening_ceremony_i.shtml?page=96#comment52 Sorry pml - you were 50 not 51 Mon 11 Aug 2008 12:27:39 GMT+1 theotherdaughter http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/08/the_olympic_opening_ceremony_i.shtml?page=94#comment51 PM leader (51) re your ps - I only caught the edited hightlights of the ceremony due to the annoying need to work. From what I did see, there is only one thing we can do about 2012 - PANIC!Not sure why Ken Livingstone was there - he can't approve of the human rights thing - but still - his comment was presumable to calm suicidal 2012 organisers. I suggest we do the whole thing for the smallest possible budget to prove that it could be fun, and maybe restore a sense of proportion for future generations. Get some advice from Manchester Commonwealth organisers perhaps. tod Mon 11 Aug 2008 12:27:01 GMT+1 Hugh http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/08/the_olympic_opening_ceremony_i.shtml?page=92#comment50 Sid (2) er, I think it was just a tpyo....I agree that under way is right....but maybe they will merge, like...under pants?peteispo (6) Yes! Why not? A 'clean feed' would be easy, with the Interactive Button. The best commentators say very little. Unless they're on the radio. The Stainless Steel Cat (9): so it wasn't just me wondering what that awful persistent drone was...it was the dreaded pipes....audible for a lot longer than the Maldives' parade...stand by (standby?) for Xinjiang the Brave played on a Uighur Dotar at the London Opening Ceremony in 2012? Sun 10 Aug 2008 02:50:55 GMT+1 U11204129 http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/08/the_olympic_opening_ceremony_i.shtml?page=90#comment49 After we'd behaved so badly they called us Foreign Devils, there was some unpleasantness over opium, wasn't there?That is probably what the Glass Box white lines are, good old British opium, as grown in India.Mao had to free himself of the addiction that all China suffered from and ensured our dominance in the lucrative coastal cities.A good drug like that, taking 150 years for the addiction to cure! Rare to find. Still, tobacco is good in it's way.Then the Japanese, our allies now, gave them some unpleasantness in WW2, I'm told.All those Idle Women and Hilda Gibsons finally pulling their weight in the Cultural Revolution!Why don't these people tell us about their history, for goodness sake!!PS Whatever are we going to do about ours in 2012? Sat 09 Aug 2008 14:21:33 GMT+1 tinybutterfly22 http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/08/the_olympic_opening_ceremony_i.shtml?page=88#comment48 Only just getting the hang of blogs so initially posted comment below in wrong place! The Olympic opening ceremony was truely awesome and spectacular. Who can now be in any doubt that the 21st century will belong to the East. It would be just great if the Beeb could dig out of their archives the historical documentary series, 'Storm from the East'. Dealing with Gengis Kahn to Kublai Khan. The latter founding the Yuan dynasty and who placed his sumptuous court in what is now Beijing Sat 09 Aug 2008 10:12:00 GMT+1 MarcusAureliusII http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/08/the_olympic_opening_ceremony_i.shtml?page=87#comment47 So the opening cemetary is under way. I say never trust air you can't see. okay, who wants to take bets on which event will be the first for one of the contestants to drop dead from oxygen starvation due to the pollution? Sat 09 Aug 2008 01:25:58 GMT+1 Chris Ghoti http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/08/the_olympic_opening_ceremony_i.shtml?page=85#comment46 Upthe Trossachs @ 23, some of us would love the chance to watch our favourite sport ... Do you happen to know whether they plan to show any fencing from this year's Olympic Games, or will they ignore the whole sordid sport the way they generally seem to? Fri 08 Aug 2008 18:04:28 GMT+1 David_McNickle http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/08/the_olympic_opening_ceremony_i.shtml?page=83#comment45 DI_W 41, Maybe it was other bit about the, er, people laughing when they talk. Musn't offend anyone. Fri 08 Aug 2008 17:54:22 GMT+1 David_McNickle http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/08/the_olympic_opening_ceremony_i.shtml?page=81#comment44 Fifi 42, Oh no, no CSIs NCIS (my favorite), no L and Os. Of course, if you have freeview, they are available on other channels. Fri 08 Aug 2008 17:51:38 GMT+1 David_McNickle http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/08/the_olympic_opening_ceremony_i.shtml?page=79#comment43 DI_W 41, Careful, or you will be modded. Not Mitch-i-gan. Fri 08 Aug 2008 17:49:25 GMT+1 Ed Iglehart http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/08/the_olympic_opening_ceremony_i.shtml?page=77#comment42 No C5 here. I thought it was one of Clive Sinclair's madder ideas Fri 08 Aug 2008 16:57:04 GMT+1 Fifi http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/08/the_olympic_opening_ceremony_i.shtml?page=75#comment41 David (37) : Yes, we 'nearly' get C5! My SO bought an independent aereal (9.95) to plug in when we're watching 5, and we just switch it over when we need to. The famous C5 tuners-in (remember them?) managed to turn up when we were both out at work, and left one of the cards promising to return and tune us in at some later date. We stopped holding our breath when we started feeling dizzy.And in the little bit of Scotland where my Mum lives, there is no C5 at all, for anyone. Imagine! no CSI.... no Laura Norder.... no Megastructures.... no NCIS.... Fri 08 Aug 2008 16:54:11 GMT+1 DI_Wyman http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/08/the_olympic_opening_ceremony_i.shtml?page=74#comment40 LOL......You were commenting on how to pronounce Michigan correctly!as in MISH-HE-CAN? Fri 08 Aug 2008 16:36:36 GMT+1 David_McNickle http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/08/the_olympic_opening_ceremony_i.shtml?page=72#comment39 DI_W 39, What did I say in 38? It has been tut tutted at. Fri 08 Aug 2008 16:33:17 GMT+1 DI_Wyman http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/08/the_olympic_opening_ceremony_i.shtml?page=70#comment38 D_M, (38) I know!My sister lives in MAH-GET, NP, mind you the B52's have now all gone so there isn't a lot going for the place. Fri 08 Aug 2008 16:29:09 GMT+1 David_McNickle http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/08/the_olympic_opening_ceremony_i.shtml?page=68#comment37 Eddie, Why do the Chinese laugh so much when they talk?Why, oh why, oh why, can't BBC newspeople pronounce Michigan? It is (for the umpteenth time) MISH-I-GAN, not MITCH-I-GAN!!! Fri 08 Aug 2008 16:22:22 GMT+1 David_McNickle http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/08/the_olympic_opening_ceremony_i.shtml?page=66#comment36 Fifi 32, Is that why you have 4.5 channels? Ch 5 upstairs has lines running through it like prison bars and the freeview box won't get it at all. Everything else, yes. We have a better aerial for the TV downstairs, so everything works fine. I don't want to come across as rolling in money, because we certainly aren't. Both TVs are old with small screens. I know people who can't get Ch 5 at all because their aerials point in the wrong direction. Fri 08 Aug 2008 16:13:32 GMT+1 DI_Wyman http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/08/the_olympic_opening_ceremony_i.shtml?page=64#comment35 DO, doh! Fri 08 Aug 2008 16:10:39 GMT+1 DI_Wyman http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/08/the_olympic_opening_ceremony_i.shtml?page=62#comment34 (27) you bin peking again?got to hand it to them though, they really fireworks awfully well! Fri 08 Aug 2008 16:10:11 GMT+1 Ed Iglehart http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/08/the_olympic_opening_ceremony_i.shtml?page=61#comment33 UTT, I presume you have wireless broadband...;-) Fri 08 Aug 2008 16:05:09 GMT+1 UptheTrossachs http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/08/the_olympic_opening_ceremony_i.shtml?page=59#comment32 Ed I - you're welcome to pop round any time! ;o) Fri 08 Aug 2008 16:00:18 GMT+1 Fifi http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/08/the_olympic_opening_ceremony_i.shtml?page=57#comment31 David (30): No, not even that. We'd need a new aerial and don't really want the hassle. We just muddle along with the thingy in the attic. Fri 08 Aug 2008 15:55:29 GMT+1 David_McNickle http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/08/the_olympic_opening_ceremony_i.shtml?page=55#comment30 Sid 11, We did our camping in June-July. Fri 08 Aug 2008 15:54:52 GMT+1 David_McNickle http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/08/the_olympic_opening_ceremony_i.shtml?page=53#comment29 fifi 10, Wot, no freeview box? Fri 08 Aug 2008 15:53:45 GMT+1 Fifi http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/08/the_olympic_opening_ceremony_i.shtml?page=51#comment28 Sorry, my (27) was addressed towards Thunderbird's (24). ;o) Fri 08 Aug 2008 15:53:11 GMT+1 David_McNickle http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/08/the_olympic_opening_ceremony_i.shtml?page=50#comment27 peteispo 6, Amen to that. They think they are more important than the event. Fri 08 Aug 2008 15:52:36 GMT+1 Fifi http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/08/the_olympic_opening_ceremony_i.shtml?page=48#comment26 Not unless you consent to wear the regulation strip:Skimpy shorts, beergut-hiding baggy teeshirt, and wellingtons. Plus the team Speedos on head.Anything else just looks ridiculous. Fri 08 Aug 2008 15:51:31 GMT+1 David_McNickle http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/08/the_olympic_opening_ceremony_i.shtml?page=46#comment25 TIH 5, Is hybridcar and accepted variableness of hybrid car? Fri 08 Aug 2008 15:51:09 GMT+1 Ed Iglehart http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/08/the_olympic_opening_ceremony_i.shtml?page=44#comment24 UTT, Sounds perfect!Slainte!ed Fri 08 Aug 2008 15:50:49 GMT+1 Thunderbird http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/08/the_olympic_opening_ceremony_i.shtml?page=42#comment23 Can you play allotment volleyball? Fri 08 Aug 2008 15:45:43 GMT+1 UptheTrossachs http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/08/the_olympic_opening_ceremony_i.shtml?page=40#comment22 On the other hand - there are some who would love to have the chance to watch the best in the world competing in their favourite sport (such as cycling), but won't be able to because it is on digital/sat./cable. :o(Can't get satellite (big trees in the way), local transmitter still not upgraded so no digital signal and too far out in the sticks for cable.harrrumph... Fri 08 Aug 2008 15:45:24 GMT+1 AllotmentJo http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/08/the_olympic_opening_ceremony_i.shtml?page=38#comment21 Fifi - I can thoroughly recommend an allotment. It's an ideal place to get away from sport (no telly or radio), and that's where I'll be camped out for the next few weeks. Now, where did I leave my tent...;-)ps. Do I need to flounce off here? Fri 08 Aug 2008 15:35:49 GMT+1 Big Sister http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/08/the_olympic_opening_ceremony_i.shtml?page=37#comment20 Can it be magic for us here, too, please? I could do with a little stardust ... Fri 08 Aug 2008 15:04:47 GMT+1 DI_Wyman http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/08/the_olympic_opening_ceremony_i.shtml?page=35#comment19 The Swiss team has just this minute rolled into the stadium........ Fri 08 Aug 2008 15:00:06 GMT+1 Fearless Fred http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/08/the_olympic_opening_ceremony_i.shtml?page=33#comment18 Feef, of course you can storm off in a huff. If that's too soon, you can go in a minute and a huff....(c) Groucho Marx - Duck Soup Fri 08 Aug 2008 14:58:01 GMT+1 Fifi http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/08/the_olympic_opening_ceremony_i.shtml?page=31#comment17 Stop making me laugh, FFred (15). I'm trying to be grumpy here!* stomps off further away this time *;o)(drat) Fri 08 Aug 2008 14:31:06 GMT+1 Thunderbird http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/08/the_olympic_opening_ceremony_i.shtml?page=29#comment16 When does the beach volleyball start Fri 08 Aug 2008 14:25:01 GMT+1 The Stainless Steel Cat http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/08/the_olympic_opening_ceremony_i.shtml?page=27#comment15 Fifi,I feel exactly the same about sport; once the opening ceremony is over, it's DVDs and very selective radio listening for me for a fortnight.(watching...)George Bush seems utterly unimpressed by the appearance of the Iraqi team.Those poor cheerleaders lining the track are beginning to look tired out, but still they dance.The Hungarians seem to have been eating messy jam sandwiches... Fri 08 Aug 2008 13:57:53 GMT+1 Fearless Fred http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/08/the_olympic_opening_ceremony_i.shtml?page=25#comment14 (and a nicer looking huff I've yet to see, Feef) :-) Fri 08 Aug 2008 13:54:04 GMT+1 Fifi http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/08/the_olympic_opening_ceremony_i.shtml?page=24#comment13 No, no, don't be nice to me! [sniffles] This periodic obsession with sport drives me nuts and makes me seriously consider jacking in the TV licence and going full time with the band!If it's not golf, football, rugby, more football, cricket, the occasional dart, athletics, yet more football ...[draws breath]... it's the Olympics where they put all the other sports together and add some new ones![stomps off in the huff] Fri 08 Aug 2008 13:50:56 GMT+1 Mrs Effingham http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/08/the_olympic_opening_ceremony_i.shtml?page=22#comment12 Fifi, never mind. Here - have a nice cup of Mazawattee tea. :0)Enjoy! Fri 08 Aug 2008 13:27:05 GMT+1 Ed Iglehart http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/08/the_olympic_opening_ceremony_i.shtml?page=20#comment11 Thanks for the reminder, fifixxed Fri 08 Aug 2008 13:21:00 GMT+1 Sid http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/08/the_olympic_opening_ceremony_i.shtml?page=18#comment10 We're going camping for the next 2 weeks ... Fri 08 Aug 2008 13:17:45 GMT+1 Fifi http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/08/the_olympic_opening_ceremony_i.shtml?page=16#comment9 I am going into hiding for the next 2 weeks.1. I have a low 'overkill' threshold when it comes to TV and radio programmes being hyped and discussed all over the place2. I'm not interested in watching sport3. I don't care whether 'Team GB' (argh!) wins anything4. We only have 4.5 terrestrial channels to choose from, so I can't even lose myself in repeats of M*A*S*H and wall-to-wall cookery programmes on digital... I foresee a lot of long post-prandial walks and meteor-watching ahead. :o( Fri 08 Aug 2008 13:16:19 GMT+1 The Stainless Steel Cat http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/08/the_olympic_opening_ceremony_i.shtml?page=14#comment8 ...and now a pipe band is playing "Scotland The Brave" while the Maldives team walks around the arena...This is very odd. Fri 08 Aug 2008 13:15:51 GMT+1 Fearless Fred http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/08/the_olympic_opening_ceremony_i.shtml?page=12#comment7 This is one day I'm glad I've got to be in the office (at least for three more days), so I can miss the opening ceremony of the Olympics. Pretty soom we'll alll be urged to start counting down to some sporting hoo-ha in london in a few years time.... Fri 08 Aug 2008 13:15:40 GMT+1 Ed Iglehart http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/08/the_olympic_opening_ceremony_i.shtml?page=11#comment6 But if a tree falls and there's no press to report it....;-)#ed Fri 08 Aug 2008 13:09:39 GMT+1 peteispo http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/08/the_olympic_opening_ceremony_i.shtml?page=9#comment5 I'm watching the ceremony on iPlayer - very nice, but it's a shame I can't fade out the pointless and banal commentary!Please, let us watch and listen to the event, not have to endure the inane social and political drivel being spouted over the top Fri 08 Aug 2008 13:06:44 GMT+1 U10783173 http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/08/the_olympic_opening_ceremony_i.shtml?page=7#comment4 Is "accepted varient" an accepted variant of 'accepted variant'? Fri 08 Aug 2008 13:05:31 GMT+1 The Stainless Steel Cat http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/08/the_olympic_opening_ceremony_i.shtml?page=5#comment3 I'm confused. They've just had an astronaut, a giant Earth and Sarah Brightman appearing on top of it......but she didn't sing "I Lost My Heart To A Starship Trooper"! What a missed opportunity. Fri 08 Aug 2008 13:05:24 GMT+1 Thunderbird http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/08/the_olympic_opening_ceremony_i.shtml?page=3#comment2 "accepted varient" is that like a hybrid car? Fri 08 Aug 2008 13:02:16 GMT+1 Sid http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/08/the_olympic_opening_ceremony_i.shtml?page=1#comment1 'Underway' is an interesting example of how English changes (following on from last night's spelling item). It should be (or has been) 'under way' (2 words) till now, but is becoming one word. It's almost got to the point where it's an 'accepted variant'. Fri 08 Aug 2008 12:59:05 GMT+1 RJMolesworth http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/08/the_olympic_opening_ceremony_i.shtml?page=0#comment0 As always Hugh, great photographs! Fri 08 Aug 2008 12:52:41 GMT+1