Monday, 16 January 2012

Barcelona 1992 Olympic Flame


I am getting excited about the Olympics...........we ( the family) are talking about going down to London to soak in the atmosphere of the closing ceremony ( no we have not got tickets)
I Just Hope the organisers take a leaf out of the Barcelona Olympics ( the most classy) and the Sydney Olympics ( The most Joyous!)
My Best friend Nuala and I went to the opening of the World Student Games at The Don Valley Stadium in Sheffield many years ago now.... I remember that Uk Astronaut Helen Shaman ran in with the "Games Flame" and bloody dropped it running up the steps to the cupola!
and...it was so embarrassing as THE BLOODY FLAME WENT OUT!!
The Sheffield crowd....( good natured as always) laughed it's bloody socks off!!!!!

26 comments:

  1. not a huge sports fan so will not be watching......

    Gill in Canada

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  2. oh gill watch the opening ceremony at least!!!
    x

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  3. We are always GLUED to the TV during the summer games. Looking forward to these ones too! You ought to take full advantage John! A once in a lifetime kind of thing!

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  4. You guys!!

    Any excuse to see young, athletic men in sweaty lycra.

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  5. of course chris.........
    thats why you watch the female beach vollball!!!

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  6. Watch it?! I'm the official post match shower attendant!!

    It's a hard job but someone has to do it...

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  7. oh gawd "boob men" still exist!!!!

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  8. Never used to be. Must be a hetero-age thing.

    Where's the soap? Almost certainly...

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  9. I'll be giving the "Games" some casual interest but I must admit to a feeling that the IOC are a bunch of gangsters who run the "Games" for their own personal rewards (read: "Rip-offs")

    But .... good luck to all the poor sods who will be competing and I hope they enjoy themselves.

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  10. We often watch the open and closing ceremonies, but that's pretty much all.
    Hope you can get in if you try.
    Good luck to all! :)

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  11. I only watch the opening and closing ceremonies and they are always wonderful and inspirational. If you have an opportunity, you should go.

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  12. For the opening ceremony I suggest a couple of numbers each from The Stones, The Who, and Adele. I just pray they're not going to do some Chinese style choreographed job, with a cast of 10,000 children. As for the running, jumping, throwing, I might be busy that day.

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  13. I'm a fan of the Olympics, and will watch all I can.

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  14. The Opening Ceremony is the bit I dread seeing although, of course, I shall have to watch - probably rather in the manner of watching Dr Who when I was a child - from behind the sofa.

    I just hope 'they' have made the right choices for 'us'. I would hate it to be as awful as that dreadful 2012 Olympics logo.

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  15. I've seen the plans for the opening ceremony and it's going to be even more impressive than the "river of fire" that went off so well for the London Millenium celebrations...

    Maggie T's wheelchair will be air-lifted into "God bless London" Stadium by the last remaining RAF helicopter. She buzzes out into centre-field and stabs at the button that releases the three pigeons and the Boy Scout who runs and lights the Olympic Candle while that posh bitch from EastEndahs sings advertising jingles from the sponsors. Then the knighthoods and seats in the House of Lards are handed out and the runnin' and jumpin' begins as soon as the last Barratt Homes' dump-truck leaves and the competitors all deposit their entry sand and tarmac contributions.

    For the closing ceremony we get announcements about which company "won" the 99p eBay auction for which event facility and the Primed Minster tells us all how much the investment has benefitted the whole country but that policing could have been better overall which is why they still hate Mayor Boris.

    The only high point will be Tonga winning gold in the high-jump and the cycling events. Oh, and the unfortunate drownings in the synchronised swimming.

    Cynical? Moi? Nay, experienced ...

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  16. She didn't even get to the steps. She tripped over the red carpet that was laid over the edge of the running track.

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  17. I am sure "It's all done in the best possible taste!"

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  18. I'm stocking up on old movies and re-runs of detective shows in the hope of missing every single minute of the Olympics. Sorry. I hate watching sport.

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  19. Watch the opening ceremony of telly...and watch me!!!

    Then come down and soak up the atmosphere for the closing bash...I'm sure it'll be amazing

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  20. I have to agree that Barcelona was the classiest opening ceremony. How many times did the bloke with the bow and arrow have to practice? And what if he'd missed?!

    The backdrop of the city to the high diving will also live long in the memory.

    As for London, it's just a pity that Oliver Reed is no longer with us. He could have just breathed on the flame to light it!

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  21. John, your earlier comment about the women's beach volleyball did make me laugh!

    I was lucky enough to be invited to the Beijing Olympics by a sponsoring company. I was out there for a week and was given tickets to baseball (really really dull), basketball (really dull), some track and field (dull) and the final of the women's beach volleyball.

    On the morning of the final it chucked it down with rain. We were in the front row. I took a few photos of the bikini-clad dancers at the beginning, their hair stuck to their faces and their make-up running. Then I settled down for what I truly thought would be a great sporting spectacle.

    It was probably the dullest thing I'd ever seen. Once you've seen one minute, you've pretty much seen all that's to offer. We'd had a late night at a Beijing nightclub (strangely it was really dull) so I did nod off during the warm up. I awoke as the American anthem played. I missed the whole thing, and to be honest, I'm slightly grateful that I did.

    I shall be giving London 2012 a wide berth!

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  22. I'll probably watch the opening ceremony and smidgens of the events. Unfortunately the show jumping and eventing get minimal coverage by American TV.

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  23. Pish!Tush! What a lot of fuss about a bit of runnin' and jumpin'.....

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  24. Now that was wonderful...I have a thing for archery as hubby and I used to compete in 3D archery. Oh goodness..how embarrassing to drop the flame and have it go out :O At least everyone laughed...poor woman!

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  25. I wish I could get excited about the Olympics but I just can't - almost annoyingly so. All my life I'd wanted to go and yet now I come over all curmudgeonly.

    Must try harder - just like my school games reports used to say.

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