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Old 07-27-2012, 11:07 PM
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I dunno about that bertie...the stiffness of the arm and flatness of the hand/fingers doens't look like just 'one of those weird things' to me.


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Well I looked at it again...the picture is blurry, didn't catch that before. Just looks weird.


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Old 07-27-2012, 11:10 PM
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I dunno about that bertie...the stiffness of the arm and flatness of the hand/fingers doens't look like just 'one of those weird things' to me.


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In which case pretty well everyone I saw who was waving single handed was doing the same thing - straight arms and flat fingers (and the left hand to boot).

Sorry but this is simply people trying to cause trouble on the basis of a still photo.
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Old 07-27-2012, 11:12 PM
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Has anyone seen this?

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Old 07-27-2012, 11:18 PM
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NBC in their broadcast has edited out each of the nations being greeted by their Head of State/head of delegation with the exceptions of Spain, Russia and of course the US.
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Old 07-27-2012, 11:28 PM
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Beijing was a masterpiece production and I for one thoroughly enjoyed the Opening Ceremony because of its militaristic precision. Not forgoing just how many people were a part of the performance and the artistic direction with which the ceremony was executed. It was an awe inspiring experience.

The London ceremony was indeed very different and rightly so. It's pointless to compare such events, rather, there will be some that resonate well with you and others that don't.

I do think the ceremony was hyped to a point in the media that it failed to meet, let alone conquer. Some of the performing acts could have been better chosen and there are an array of themes that would have worked beautifully.

The British sense of humour is, imo, universally superior to all. Very amusing indeed!

The cauldron is magnificent. The best since the Sydney Olympics I think.

The Queen looked resplendent, though if not rather bored. She's an interesting one, 'our' Elizabeth. Sometimes she looks completely engaged, and other times, not the slightest bit interested. Mind you we didn't see all that much of her, but what we did see wasn't terribly convincing that she was infact enjoying the atmosphere. I guess it's just part of another days work, in reality.
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Old 07-27-2012, 11:31 PM
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I have a feeling she would of been much more engaged if she'd of been watching one of the Equestrian events.


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Old 07-27-2012, 11:35 PM
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No doubt!

I'd have thought that being Head of State of some 16 present indapendant nations would capture your attention, but what would I know
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Old 07-27-2012, 11:46 PM
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In which case pretty well everyone I saw who was waving single handed was doing the same thing - straight arms and flat fingers (and the left hand to boot).

Sorry but this is simply people trying to cause trouble on the basis of a still photo.
I'm not going off a still picture but rather watching him do it live, when he was shown on Channel 9...
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Old 07-27-2012, 11:47 PM
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Maybe she is trying to not show that she is favoring one thing over another. She might be trying to be neutral during it. Look at how we react when we see a pic of one of the royals either looking at the camera or not looking at the camera.

Though I would have liked if she had a reaction to the kids doing the National anthem.
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Thats easily solved. Look on enthusiastically (within reason) for each of the countries of which you are Head of State.
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I seem to recall certain Commonwealth posters being upset when William/Catherine/Harry took on the role of Team GB Ambassadors. Best for HM to look neutral or some people would be checking to see if she smiled brighter for Team GB than she did for Canada/Australia/NZ/Barbados etc.
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You can remain (publically) neutral and still look interested. Again, as the Queen isn't someone who fakes her emotion, I suspect it was all just another day in what is a very large 'office'.
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Old 07-28-2012, 12:25 AM
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I have a feeling she would of been much more engaged if she'd of been watching one of the Equestrian events.


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I have no doubt about that. To me, she looked more tired than bored, and I can definitely understand why. She hosted a big reception just a bit earlier at Buckingham Palace, and prior to that, was doing the last part of her Jubilee Tour and did another reception on Monday. She has a lot of energy, but I think that even she can reach her limit. Yes, it's disappointing not to see her smile more (she really does have a lovely smile), but I think we can give her a break. She's been working extra hard this year, and I venture she's more than ready for some nice, relaxing time at Balmoral, or Windsor.
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Old 07-28-2012, 01:15 AM
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For the most part, I thought the Opening Ceremony was well done and very moving. Favorite parts were the rising of the forged Olympic ring(s), the Queen becoming a Bond girl, and the lighting/forming of the Olympic Cauldrin. The only part that dragged for me was the 'National Heathcare/Mary Poppins fights the Bid Bad Monster' bit. And maybe it's just because of my age, but I don't see the appeal of Paul McCartney. He doesn't seem to be that great of a singer.
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Old 07-28-2012, 01:48 AM
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I have no doubt about that. To me, she looked more tired than bored, and I can definitely understand why. She hosted a big reception just a bit earlier at Buckingham Palace, and prior to that, was doing the last part of her Jubilee Tour and did another reception on Monday. She has a lot of energy, but I think that even she can reach her limit. Yes, it's disappointing not to see her smile more (she really does have a lovely smile), but I think we can give her a break. She's been working extra hard this year, and I venture she's more than ready for some nice, relaxing time at Balmoral, or Windsor.
i too thought she was tired... a long day at the office. and she had to be on for all day -she had just got finished hosting all those heads of stte at her place and then had to go look interested for 4 hours - and Im sure she would have much more enjoyed the history of the isles portion more than Frankie and June.
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Sir Paul certainly is a fine composer, and I think his voice has held up well - I hope I can still sing when I'm 70.

HM did look tired, but a lot of people did (even some of the athletes).
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Old 07-28-2012, 04:10 AM
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Anyone see this yet? Camilla and Boris react to German Diplomat saluting his home team.

http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2012/...12_634x364.jpg
If this was really a German diplomat, his career ended exactly this moment. How dare he!!
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Old 07-28-2012, 04:19 AM
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Great show, my fav was the James Bond & Queen stunt.

The Queen herself looked as if she was way past her bedtime. Picking her nails when Team GB marched in ... well, of course she is forgiven everything. How cool of her to do the trailer with Daniel Craig.
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i too thought she was tired... a long day at the office. and she had to be on for all day -she had just got finished hosting all those heads of stte at her place and then had to go look interested for 4 hours - and Im sure she would have much more enjoyed the history of the isles portion more than Frankie and June.
I totally agree with you. Furthermore, Her Majesty has been working all over the 3 days prior to the Opening Ceremony yesterday: IOC Committee Reception on Monday, lunch at Downing Street on Tuesday, Isle of Wight Diamond Jubilee visit on Wednesday and then the Heads of State & Gov Reception earlier yesterday. Plus remembering that she still has engagements on Saturday with the Olympic site visit & a visit to London City Airport! It'd drive me crazy let alone the Queen is already 86 years old & has been extremely busy over the last 4-5 months. She must have been burnt out by this stage but she still carries on with it. Another side note, i also saw that Her Majesty had the same earplugs like the Diamond Jubilee Concert yesterday, so it may prevent her from noticing that it's GM team parade. It was a really long ceremony plus a parade of more than 200 countries and by the time of after 10PM, we can't expect an 86 years old lady to have 100% focus like when she was young.
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http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/28/sp...=tw-londonlive

this is what I mean, they looked sharp but there should have been a bit of softness to the cloth too, to be a bit more appealing.


................Making their entrance at the London Olympics on Friday night, members of the United States team, wearing their controversial blazers and berets by Ralph Lauren, invited comparisons to a wayward flock of paratroopers sent on a mission from Gatsby country. While their outfits had been roundly criticized for appearing militaristic, and for having been made in China, the sight of the 500 athletes in their spiffy dress uniforms ultimately gave them an advantage when seen on television: they looked really intimidating..............
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