The thing that got me most was people that were missing; they played David Bowie, Fashion, could he not be arsed to turn up? Would have been nice to have David Jason in the flesh for the Only Fools and Horses sketch too, though I'm not sure that the rest of the world would have got any of that sketch.Fair play to Gary Barlow though, not a Take That fan, but it must have taken to some guts for him to pitch up considering his recent loss.
Watched the whole thing, too, albeit supported by a large slug of whisky. It's not just you - it was weird and random, but I reckon that was half the point. Much of the music is just a space filler, so that they can achieve the key points - national anthem of outgoing hosts, get the athletes in, flag handover, extinguishing the flame.
I do find the extinguishing bit very poignant. There are very few honourable things left in the world and the Olympic Ideal is one of them, embodied in the Flame, the Oath and the Flag.
The entertainment part of it was OK. Some pleasant surprises - Russel Brand can sing, George Michael appeared to be sane and sober (we all know he can sing), Eric Idle is still funny(ish), Jessie J has a cracking voice. Some less inspiring aspects - Emile Sande is full of passion etc, but really cannot sing in tune.
Tribalclass,I've got to disagree about Emily Sande, a far better singer than Jessie J in my opinion. It seems to me that she tries too hard and overdoes it all the time, along with too many random shouts, like "London 2012, whhoooop!!"
WhilstIi admire the athletisis ...... athleticis ..... fcuk it .... sporting achievements we have to remember that a lot of people make a lot of money out of the Olympics. To me, I see the Olympic Ideal as in how to screw as much money out of people as possible and to use volunteers wherever possible by selling this "Olympic Ideal" to ensure that profits are maximised to the full. It is all about the money. The head of the IOC was asked to justify his wages and all he could come up with was that they attend organisational meetings and award the medals. As we can all see here, that is a pretty strenuous work load ..
Please don't get me wrong, I am all for capitalism but at least be honest about it and ensure that all people taking part get a fair bite of the cherry. But with good marketing and PR skills to the fore there will still be naive and gullible people to volunteer; and it will be ever thus.
Was waiting for the big hitters to show up!!!! Good job they didn't do an Olympic drugs test on G M like they do on the athletes lol ps was waiting for Burly Chassis, and the Proclaimers, but hey ho no;-P pps respect to Gary Barlow