London 2012, Closing Ceremony

London 2012 began its handover of the closing ceremony with a jam packed concert flowing from decades to showcase Great Britain’s best in the musical spectrum.

Leading us into the show was the gorgeous Emilie Sande a fresh new name who had made her own over the last year or so in today’s current era. After belting out read all about it atop a newspaper wrapped stage, refined actor Timothy Spall appeared out of the roof of Big Ben as politican Sir Winston Churchill.
Quoting superb lines from playwrite William Shakespeare, whom everyone can learn from, reading from the play, The Tempest, Spall did a pleasing job to star the ceremony, while most probably missed the Celloist Julian Llyod Webber below due to dodgy camera angles. Shakespeare, of course, was born in Straford upon Avon should any of you been unaware. The stadium was in Stratford, East London.
Jacques Rogge and Prince Henry of Wales were introduced as they took their seats. Many did not know the name of he prince and many viewers assume his was a mistake by broadcasters. Someone may wish to explain his name to others. He took his seat next to the Duchess of Cambridge, who married his brother and fututre King of England, Prince William, earlier this year, who was absent due to a prior engagement.
Being told to stand for the national anthem, neumatic drills set off. Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt was seated directly behind Prince Harry. Unbelievable. Anything to get himself noticed. Do yourself a favour princes, make sure you distance yourself as far as possible from Hunt. Damage limitation.
Michael Caine appeared on the screens in his trademark vocals from his films before Batman and Robin were launched from a three wheel yellow car with TIT on the side of it. TIT, which stands for Trotter’s Independant Traders is a cultural reference to a popular TV series called Only Fools and Horses, featuring two brothers in a council house aiming to hit the big time with business in the east end. Their classic fancy dress episode where  they saved a councillor from a group of muggers dressed at the caped crusader and his sidekick was the reenactment on stage. The councillor had refuse a plan made by the brothers, who then had her revoke as DelBoy Derek Trotter, dressed as Batman, told her to grant them a chance.
Music group Madness came along in an act of a street party, a British tradition, celebrated by some over the Queen’s diamond mjubilee earlier this April, followed by Blur on soundtrack with trumpets playing their hit, Parklife.
Tempo soon changed with West End Girls as the Pet Shop Boys were wheeled on in cone head getup to pleasing results.
Next up were teeny boppers, One Direction, signing what makes you beautiful. The acts mimng were met with scrutiny to all those watching and asked why they were placed on the show. OneD were formed two years ago, on TV reality singing show, The X Factor.
The bin men came next as Stomp smashed their clutter instruments leading onto Spelbound performing some bouncy routines.
Ray Davies from the Kinks then arrived in a black cab, to sing Waterloo Sunset. Fans were slightly bored and unenthused of the beginning of the show to this point, so perhaps placement should have been rearranged instead.
After showing a mock up of the Gherkin building, Emelie Sande returned to sing a full on hit. Some debated why she returned while others let it pass as she was now signing a ‘proper’ lengthy song.
Indie rock band Elbow held the stage next with some good work though most had never heard of them, as flag bearers entered the stadium. Gold sailing medallist Ben Ainslie carried the flag for Team GB.
While Elbow belted out open arms, the formation was devised as all the Olympiams formed the flag into sections around the stage to watch the concert at he front of the show. This was a valid choice, though took a while as home viewers joked about hurdling sheep.
As they were ushered into cordoned off sections by joined hands of people dressed in blue suits with a lit bulb atop their head, further adding humour to the brainwaves or not of the show in parts, had the song playlist we had all just heard of acts mentioned above replay as it did on the sound system once again. Viewers and on goers we’re highly upset with this, wondering why more acts could not have sang instead. There was no need to replay the song list hey had just heard, in their view.
White boxes reminiscent of Rubix cubes were constructed to build a platform as Kate Bush ‘s running up that hill blared on soundtrack. She was not here, sparking further fury. Should’ve booked her to sing Baboushka with Eurovision’s Russian grannies. That would have entertained.
After medals were presented for the last time to the Men’s Marathon winners,  volunteers were thanked and appreciated.
Then the party started picking up its pace. Rock band Queen’s opening lens of Bohemian Rhapsody began to ring out. Fans went wild. Then John Lennons imagine started to play. Fans respected Lennon but were baffled as to why Queen started playing only to be cut off.
Children began singing imagine as crowds began to be annoyed with the hypocrisy of sterotypical children signing when placed on the stage as a political agenda to the conservative party government. The kids outdid themselves and proudly sang and sign languaged the words for those watching in a caring manner.
Lennon’s imagie made people respond “Proud to be British” which they are, but just not too proud of the way some of it has been handled by the government in the country.
It ended with a fantastic dome jigsaw as kids crammed to gather on the stage to bury the,selves under an igloo rock that bearded the very face of John Lennon as a mark of respect, with Yoko Ono’s blessing. It was an excellent display.
Pace gathered as “Freedom” began and George Michael beated onto the stage with some funky dance moves, as well as belting out his new coming single, I’m Alive. He was happy to be there.
Kaiser Chiefs raced to the scene on backs of bikes, singing just can’t get enough in a short span before leaving quickly as pop supremo David Bowie’s Let’s Dance rang out. Advertisers and sponsors who marred the games with empty seats finally got their attendance they wanted with a mass pay off as billboards were driven into the stadium. Featuring poosters of Naomi Campbell and Kate Moss, were driven to the stage as Fashion, Another of Bowie’s excellent hits played. Bowie, was not there.
The boards broke down as crowd roared to see the very supermodels behind their posters, clad in gold cajoled dresses. They then proceed down a catwalk of the stage to meet in the middle with a couple of guys including model David Gandy and a few other females.
The tone quickly changed as Annie Lennox steered out on a ship at its trainload front look hellish. She wasn’t performing Wild Boys by Duran Duran with a modern twist, instead she performed Bram Stoker’s Dracula Portugal to the theme of Little Bird. Some instantly gave the Titanic comparison.
Ed Sheeren, a good guy, was on next as most were uninterested, even if understanding he is talented to some level. It didn’t fit the tone after Lennox or the brief of the show , most felt. Perhaps placement could have been better arranged.
Russell Brand, ex hubby of Katy Perry and comedian and slight actor sparked more interested dressed like Willy Wonka, you can guess what alliteration came from some viewers, as he came out in some flower power bus. Where was Scooby Doo to save us? The mystery machine would have been better.
He handed over to DJ Fat Boy Slim who was inside a massive octopus. Did it all hit the squids? 🙂
Jessie J then brought the show back. Signing Price Tag fans erupted with a singalong they enjoyed. She flew past on the back of a sporty vehicle windswept in pure class. Then we saw Tinie Tempah in the back of a car take to the stage with Written In The Stars. JJ whizzed around the stadium as Taio Cruz Dynamite proved a massive reaction to get the spirit partying.
All three stars met up in the centre of the stage to sing a fantastic Bee Gees track, You Should Be Dancing. The trio did a great job here, though some felt was a bit too long winded and lost some momentum.
The show was about to change for the best part of the evening. Turning dark, five black cabs pulled up, as a thunderous tune boomed over the sound system. This was it. Fans went wild. Ahhhhhh….

Spicey Cabs

“So tell me what you want….” The Spice Girls burst onto the scene, all five of them to electrify the spectators all over the world. The spices cans continued as the girls climbed atop their taxi’s holding guard rails as they set off to whizz around the stadium and “Spice up your life!” “Arrrribbbaaaaa!”
The crowd was filled with madness and enthusiasm galore, prompting many to seek the revival of the five piece band to make their long awaited comeback as felt they were needed in the world one again. The Spice’s stole the night, as some dodgy dancing from London Mayor Boris Johnson and Prime Minister David Cameron was witnessed. The dad and uncle dancing moves made the whole of Britain cringe with laughter for their put of touch swaying and hand clapping.
Transition from lively spice to mundane spice, one Gallagher brother then took per the procession to sing an Oasis hit, which cold not follow his predecessors as well as many wishing both bro’s could have been on stage together.
With a weather forecast looming and “Blue Sky” most were unaware of what was going on as a cannon was launched and a figure fell into the stage breaking it. Emerging from beneath the crowd changed its mood slightly as they saw Eric Idle full on to sing Always look on the bright side of life from the classic Monty Phython series. For those that didn’t know this was the presenters jobs to fill in the blanks all over the world.
Gladiators arrived on stage, as then did a Bollywood take over to express the cultural changes over time. We wonder what the silent MP Aiden Burnley had to as about this one.
Business picked up in an unexpected and excellent act took to the stage. Rock group Muse, winners of numerous best live act gongs with NME and other music industries proved their place on the line up with great live music once more. Shocking more than anything was that someone thought to book them when most assumed they wouldn’t be selected. We were glad they got recognition. They did it in glitter blazer sequins. Dazzling.
Freddie Mercury was then portrayed on a large screen. Uttering every word perfectly from his live tours, the audience were eating out of his every word in unison. It was an amazing collaboration.
Guitarist rock god Brian May dominated the stage with a powerful strumming sensation ripping the arena with sound as Roger Taylor on drums supported him. Both Queen rockers met with the returning Jessie J to perform We Will Rock You in amazing scenes which Freddie Mercury would have applauded.

In an unexplained move we were told the Greek national anthem would be up next. No one understood why. No one explained why.
A welsh choir began signing the Olympic anthem. The flags started to come down. London 2012 was beginning its departure.
Boris Johnson waved the flag, as he passed it to Jacques Rogge, who then waved and transferred it to the Mayor of Rio de Janeiro, Eduardo Paes as the Brazilian anthem played. Memorise it, you’ll soon here it a lot more.
We then saw a random sweeper with a broom on the stage. Scared that another security blunder occurred from letdown company G4S, one security guard charged onto the stage to have a word with him. Telling him off, the cleaner, equipped with broom, broke into a dance. The security guard soon blame overcome with the beat and showed him how it was to be done. An umbrella lady and a vibrant samba crew joined the party with some green headed clones, stealing the headdresses of Queen Nefertiti it would seem, to partake in some Pharoa frolics and dance us into 2016, as the man from del monte came on also. It was a mass celebration to raise the part spirit as London handed over to Rio.
Chairman of seven years for the games Sebastian Coe took to a never ending speech of self portrayal to enhance his own reputation on the guise of attempting to coverup with a stance on it being for London. Coe had been the focus of many empty seats, where overpriced tickets, and sponsors who didn’t turn up to sit in those seats marred the games seven years in the making. Blamed for the reason, sponsors only received 8% of tickets. Thousands of seats were empty almost every day.
To save face Coe ended stating “Britain did it right.” In order to prove to the world who constantly knock Great Brtain, GB proved it was more than capable and able to do so. GB acknowledges that. The only problem GB has is the put of touch issues with the government towards its people. Apart from that Great Britain DID do it right.
Jacque Rogge told us to “never forget” and “we all deserved the rot to be called Olympians” for those who excelled to make it a “happy and glorious games” before saying “thank you London” for the hospitality to the games and all the nations and Olympians competing. The crowds were riveting to all in a mass union of respect and heartfelt passion for what they do as well as being a part of sporting greatness welcoming them to the capital.
Pop group Take That, minus Robbie Williams, were about to finish the show. Singing Rule the World the quartet supported the country and one another, as lead singer Gary Barlow had suffered heartache with the loss of his baby, Poppy, just days before. Tremendous respect came from the country as a nation stood with him as he did his duty for Queen and country.
Dancing extrodaniare Darcy Bussel flitted around the stage as a lit Phoenix burning behind jetted her in to the sound of church, occult, gothic chorus themes. Bussel joins TV dancing reality show, Strictly Come Dancing, most know in country’s by it’s spin off sister series Dancing with the stars, from which it DWTS originated.
 
Busting her moves, Bussel left, though seemingly over fans started to leave. Others wondered at what point it would end. The Wo were the final act of the evening to close the ceremony completely. Most did not know Who they were. The reason they played last was because it featured one word only, which had been the strapline for London 2012’s games. The one was talkin’ bout my “generation” as the strap line for the games was “Inspire a generation.”
Apart from placement of some acts and others omitted, with the absence of Sir Elton John, whom many thought and stated should have closed the show on a jivey end, and Bowie, Boyle and Bush uninvolved fully questioned some of the proceedings of those there.
The Spice Girls clearly dominated the event and with such short space and a track list replaying, could have allowed more time to them and add in a few extra acts. These mismanagement question how out of touch a government and organisers may fully be with a younger and wider audience which Danny Boyle managed to connect fully with on the opening ceremony.
To flaunt London, as great as it truly is, to the world, by being backward with portrayal in certain areas made a slight knock on the show which need to re-encapture the youth of today’s Britain positively, rather than focusing on families with babies and political values in order to “inspire” this generation to get up off their backsides, which they spend mos of their time doing, to encourage seeking work rather than forcing them with ransoms to their benefits and proving experience and attendance which the government snubbed due to their own snobbery for special guest and Rupert Murdoch to gain political exposure favourably. Tell me, did any of them pay for their extortionate tickets the multiple events they attended? Hmmm… Moaning that the country does not put into the pot is a double standard when politicians and special guests paid nothing to sit at the events first class to take liberties, perhaps? Oh, the irony…
The nation may be inspire for a week, but the after effects, with the Prime Minister and his deputy taking a two week holiday, returning in time for the Paralympic Games, leaving the country without anyone to run it in charge, hasn’t thought how to inspire when cutting sports and availability in the country as well as forgetting about how to support the over 25-30 category of the countries residents. They are the one’s you need to focus on giving opportunities to in order to make the country and its economy grow. Then the kids will survive when people can support the prize pot to open funds for sport. Any company needing a PR/strategist/writer can contact me on Twitter for email. 🙂 Only serious offers apply please, i dont need an inbox full of spam, Cheers!

London 2012, Day 5

London 2012, Day 5:

Driving for success

The day began early on with a raucous display of British history where Heather Stanning and Helen Glover became the first gold medallists for Great Britian and the first females in the Rowing Pair’s category.

The country was elated for both girls bringing back the proverbial bacon to Team GB.

We wouldn’t be outdone yet, where the Men’s 8 boats saw Britain lose gold and silver swiftly, to Germany and Canada who both claimed gold and silver, leaving Britain with a still respectable bronze medal.

Germany Celebrate win, later one went into the water.

Off to the Hampton’s. Hampton Court Palace saw the Men’s individual time trial Cycling events fly around the sites of Britain, with tour de France winner, Bradley Wiggins zoom around the course bagging  the gold medal rocking his golden sideburns.

‘Sir’ Bradley Wiggins commeth, perhaps? Wiggo is now Britain’s “most decorated British Olympian” the BBC coverage expressed. Can’t you say something else? It’s already been said.

Wiggo proved exceptional for Britain as its top ranking medallist, holding 7, toppling Sir Steve Redgrave, on 6, and fellow cycler Sir Chris Hoy. Wiggins hold 4 gold medals.

Chris Froome also bagged the bronze medal in the same race for Team GB. Germany rode in second in a competent effort.

More water babies came forth, proving intense competition.

Chad Le Clos qualified in the second semi of the 200m Individual Medley with Hungary’s Laszto Cesh with 1.56.74. He filled in eighth place to qualify, causing slight speculation. Remember, you don’t have to win, just qualify. Perhaps he’s keeping his poker face close to hand.

James Goddard (GB) also joined the race coming in third in the first semi, behind powermongers Ryan Lochte and Michael Phelps. Lochte’s green sneakers are his lucky charms. Also gotta love the fashion sense. Lochte added colour to the challenge, with a 1.56.13 to Phelps 1.57.49 causing more ripples to their friendly rivalry.

Olympic Record was set once more by Team USA in a remarkable 4 x 200m Freestyle relay for the Women. Italy gave a funky swivel wave in a fun filled challenge. Allison Schmitt brought it home as last in pool ‘runner’ in a romper stomper at 7.42.92. She even sparkled with her earrings on once again, way to go. Australia and France entered silver and bronze standings.

200m Breaststroke Final claimed Team GB another medal, this time in silver as Michael Jamieson entered a 2.07.43 swim in a proud moment after Daniel Gyurta charged home with 2.07.28 giving Hungary a gold medal. Tateishi of Japan entered third.

He Gyurta Gold!

Randmi Kromowidjojo set an Olympic record in the Women’s 100m freestyle semi’s.

Backstroke semi’s began, where BBC commentators mentioned Goggles. Hmm, have they been reading up here? We don’t mind Clare Balding and Foster’s having a mascot with glaring goggles. BBC could get me in if they wanted. 🙂 One loves the smell of Chlorine.

Lochte maintained first place, also the previous record holder in this event, set in 2008,  as Tyler Clary also qualified for Team USA.

What Goggles do you wear Mr.Lochte? Readers wish to know.

200m Women’s butterfly saw Liu Yang Jaio of China claim the gold and an Olympic Record at 2.04.06 at the tender age of 20. Belamonte- Garcia of Spain took silver while Hoshi of Japan claimed third.

Men’s 100m saw goggle guru James Magnussen of Australia narrowly miss out on first place by a touch of the pool. Nathan Adrian of Team USA clocked 47.52. Magus clocked 47.53. Canada came in third.

Is still our Google Guru

Taking nothing away from Adrian, who proved a player and charismatic young force in the race put his rivals on notice. Magnussen also entered an enthusiastic swim.

Gymnastics

Back to the single men’s Gym events, where many young diehards attempted to taste success. Ukraine’s Mykola Kuksenkov gave some clean and valuable flip double twists, whilst John Orozco of America sailed out early on as contender due to a stumble.

Team mate Danell Leyva put on an excellent display alongside both Japanese gymnasts.

Twinkle toes!

Great Britain’s own Kristian Thomas and Daniel Purvis held credible outings at the games, where Thomas, as previously stated from his performances on Day 2 in the team event, was the standout force. On pommel horse, Thomas’ double swivel criss cross and Gymnastic floor mat work was exceptional. It was highly clear that Thomas was marked down in the competition, making a farce of the judging committee, which games officials may wish to look into.

Perhaps their feeling that Thomas is too muscular for the event, which prefers slimmer toned atypical framed ‘models’ which should be no excuse.

It is not bias. I would mention it for anyone from any country. Look at the crowds, we cheer for every nation for sporting greatness, as done with dignity, respect and honour of the games.

Marcel Nguyen, of Germany entered graceful and delightful springs in the gymnastic arena and shocked everyone to enter second in a fluid victory.

Third fell to Danell Leyva for Team USA, while first was claimed by Kohei Uchimura for Japan, claiming excellent 15’s across the board.

Thomas entered in seventh place, which really should have been higher for his exceptional work on all apparatus involved.

Thomas, had a slight fall on the vault, yet gained a HIGHER score for falling than his other work which had no falls, was fluid work and held professional poise. How is that valid in marking process?

Further controversy filled the day.

Badminton revealed China and Korea being disqualified after abusing the game. Women’s doubles saw both teams serve the shuttlecock into the net in a clearly weak display of game fixing esq qualities. Both teams attempted to throw the game because they would go on to play easier/different opponents in future stages of the competition.

South Korea against Indonesia saw similar, though both only served four runs each before failing the points. Both these teams already qualified, so losing would gain them a better drawing in opponents so they wouldn’t play one another again.

Referee gets involved

Lord Seb Coe called the scenes he witnessed live from the arena as “depressing” and “unacceptable.”

The shame of Badminton, some asked what they had technically done wrong, as there are no concrete rules in place to stop this play occurring. The rules are flawed.

Britain’s 2012 games continued to be defined by empty seats once again. Organisers stated this would not be a problem.

Here is the solution –

The “accredited” seats, given to sponsors, media and the like, who aren’t there, should be given to others.

Previously we suggested on Day 1 Results that organisers should give the space for media and allsorts to young aspiring journalists, photographers and digital media people, including bloggers, as well as this writer.

With a government completely out of touch with the country, should help support its country in order to gain experience, (seeing as those experienced aren’t appearing) to drive forward professionalism, and increase social mobility.

Getting a skilled profession with no experience is not available. If you apply you have “no experience,” therefore no one is inclined, nor has the enthusiasm to look for work, while others are just unable to gain employment after the games end. Giving this opportunity adds experience and gets them off of benefits. Not giving this keeps them on benefits. There are no apprenticeships or internships out there. Bloggers don’t earn money. Photographers and writers barely scrape through or have to only add it to a ‘portfolio.’

Teachers, students and army troops were said to be comprising the seats. On Day 5 Mayor Boris Johnson touted college/school kids with free tickets. The handful of kids sat at the games. A minor ten or so doesn’t fill an empty stadium.

The government think that the young kids are ways forward. While there is nothing wrong with them getting the chance to see the games, after they do so they will not be fully inspired to do something, and go back to school/college to learn and aren’t making the country economically move forward.

The late twenties and early thirties are the one’s government need to secure and mould back into society and the economical structure by giving them helpful experience and re-motivating their passion. With a government telling us that this age group are the ones that have 50-60 extra working years in them, surely the answer is to provide for the young professionals of tomorrow, today?

They will continually be on the dole forever because there are no options available to them. It is that simple.

The governments stubborn approach as to who “should get them” and refusing people because they offer an outspoken stance to help the country is a backward transgression that demoralises the UK overall with no faith in the politicians running our country. That’s how they feel.

London has taken a massive hit since the games. Like a “ghost town” London 2012 was supposed to increase spending, though many feel the overpriced tickets, dining at McDonalds nearby and being on a tight budget or benefits cannot allow them to support their purse expenditure.

London in 2012

The media space is not covered by media promised to be there. Add in bloggers, writers, photographers and others to lead the charge. I’m also available, and ready to write. (I can be contacted on Twitter.)

Digital media is the media that is taking over. It’s time to recognise and move with the times. Do you really think newspapers are going to exist in fifty years’ time?

Help your country and they will provide for you, therefore re-building social mobility and economical stature. Don’t delay, start today!