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London 2012 Olympics close with spectacular ceremony
BBC News ^ | 13th August 2012 | BBC News

Posted on 08/12/2012 7:03:42 PM PDT by the scotsman

'The London 2012 Olympics have ended with a spectacular musical closing ceremony and the official handover to the next host city, Rio de Janeiro.

The three-hour show featured some of the biggest names of British pop from decades past, including the Spice Girls, George Michael and Elbow. Games chief Lord Coe said: "When our time came - Britain, we did it right."

The official Games flag was handed to the mayor of Rio before the flame at the Olympic Stadium was extinguished.

President of the International Olympic Committee, Jacques Rogge, who declared the Games of the 30th Olympiad closed just before midnight, said: "We will never forget the smiles, the kindness and the support of the wonderful volunteers, the much-needed heroes of these Games. "You, the spectators and the public, provided the soundtrack for these Games. "Your enthusiastic cheers energised its competitors and brought a festive spirit to every Olympic venue."

At the close of the ceremony, watched in the stadium by the 10,000 athletes and 80,000 spectators, the flame was extinguished in dramatic fashion. Each nation will receive one of the cauldron's 204 petals.

As fireworks went off above the east London stadium, the Who performed My Generation and the venue became a sea of red, white and blue confetti.

The finale, which began with Big Ben chiming, paid tribute to UK music, fashion and culture.'

(Excerpt) Read more at bbc.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: 2012olympics; ioc; london; olympics; theend
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1 posted on 08/12/2012 7:03:51 PM PDT by the scotsman
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To: the scotsman

Dreck


2 posted on 08/12/2012 7:07:28 PM PDT by ClearCase_guy (Roger Taney? Not a bad Chief Justice. John Roberts? A really awful Chief Justice.)
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To: the scotsman; All

i’m watching it now.....10000 times better than the opening ceremonies....Eric Idle just did a hysterical version of “always look on the bright side of life” as only he can...


3 posted on 08/12/2012 7:11:57 PM PDT by God luvs America (63.5 million pay no income tax and vote for DemoKrats...)
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To: the scotsman
I don't think so...

The song “Imagine” — Imagine there's no heaven —no!

Imagine there's no countries... Then there wouldn't be an Olympics dipsh*t’s!

4 posted on 08/12/2012 7:12:56 PM PDT by MacMattico
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To: the scotsman

Id rather have a root canal


5 posted on 08/12/2012 7:13:40 PM PDT by al baby (“If Barack Obama has a Harvard law degree, he didn’t earn that. Somebody else made that happen.”)
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To: God luvs America
Eric Idle just did a hysterical version of “always look on the bright side of life” as only he can...

The S-Bomb was not bleeped during the live stream.

6 posted on 08/12/2012 7:13:46 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: the scotsman

The drunken sots may now return to their hovels in London. But be careful. Those hate filled muzzies are out and about!


7 posted on 08/12/2012 7:13:58 PM PDT by Doc Savage ("I've shot people I like a lot more,...for a lot less!" Raylan Givins)
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To: the scotsman

Not all that spectacular.


8 posted on 08/12/2012 7:15:37 PM PDT by righttackle44 (I may not be much, but I raised a United States Marine.)
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To: dfwgator

Brain May of Queen kicking ass as usual....pretty disgusted they’ve done nothing for the mighty Led Zeppelin as of yet...


9 posted on 08/12/2012 7:16:01 PM PDT by God luvs America (63.5 million pay no income tax and vote for DemoKrats...)
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To: God luvs America

Brian May and Pat Metheny must have the same hairdresser.


10 posted on 08/12/2012 7:18:32 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: the scotsman

Spectacularly bizarre and borderline hallucinogenic.


11 posted on 08/12/2012 7:18:41 PM PDT by brewcrew (Life is tough. It's tougher if you're stupid. --John Wayne)
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To: righttackle44

NCIS had a couple of great programs on that somehow I had previously missed - or simply forgotten that I had watched them before. One of the great things about getting old is that there are no reruns!


12 posted on 08/12/2012 7:18:41 PM PDT by Grams A (The Sun will rise in the East in the morning and God is still on his throne.)
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To: the scotsman

Oh man! I just finished making popcorn and popped a beer to sit down and watch the Olympics. Oh well, back to work.


13 posted on 08/12/2012 7:18:41 PM PDT by davius (You can roll manure in powdered sugar but that don't make it a jelly doughnut.)
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To: God luvs America

Led Zep, Def Leppard, there are so many great bands they could choose from.


14 posted on 08/12/2012 7:19:21 PM PDT by Windcatcher (Obama is a COMMUNIST and the MSM is his armband-wearing propaganda machine.)
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To: God luvs America
10000 times better than the opening ceremonies

Absolutely positively 100% agree.

15 posted on 08/12/2012 7:20:26 PM PDT by FamiliarFace
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To: the scotsman

The Olympics? Are they starting? Crap, I forgot all about them.


16 posted on 08/12/2012 7:21:28 PM PDT by Jeff Chandler (Whatever a homosexual union might be or represent, it is not physically marital. - F.Cardinal George)
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To: the scotsman

it’s awful and Im from England


17 posted on 08/12/2012 7:21:54 PM PDT by manc (Marriage =1 man + 1 woman,when they say marriage equality then they should support polygamy)
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To: brewcrew

I don’t know. Now if they had done a sendup of Laser Floyd... ;^)


18 posted on 08/12/2012 7:22:51 PM PDT by Windcatcher (Obama is a COMMUNIST and the MSM is his armband-wearing propaganda machine.)
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To: God luvs America

Man, you are easily pleased.


19 posted on 08/12/2012 7:24:29 PM PDT by steve86 (Acerbic by nature not nurture TM)
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To: God luvs America

this is really terrible IMHO and what on earth is she doing killing this song, we will rock you then the old singers who dusted off the cobwebs.

My kids ae saying the same and they have friends staying who also agree.

just get the fireworks on please


20 posted on 08/12/2012 7:25:03 PM PDT by manc (Marriage =1 man + 1 woman,when they say marriage equality then they should support polygamy)
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To: windcliff

I just watched to catch a glimpse of Tom Daley. ;)


21 posted on 08/12/2012 7:26:10 PM PDT by stylecouncilor (Some minds are like soup in a poor restaurant...better left unstirred.-PG Wodehouse)
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To: MacMattico

Demonic was the only feeling I got. Turned it off.....


22 posted on 08/12/2012 7:26:26 PM PDT by MrLee (Sha'alu Shalom Yerushalyim!! God bless Eretz Israel.)
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To: steve86

my thoughts too, even my kids and their friends are here and think this is awful.

John Lennon and his song, then the homo who got caught having his fecal sex then Lennox who looked to be , well Im not sure what she was supposed to look like.

Spice girls were about the best as they looked great and I’m no fan of them

just waiting for the fireworks


23 posted on 08/12/2012 7:28:02 PM PDT by manc (Marriage =1 man + 1 woman,when they say marriage equality then they should support polygamy)
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To: the scotsman

Didn’t think it could be worse than the opening ceremonies.

Congrats Britain, you won the gold medal for the biggest waste of money.

If it wasn’t for Duchess Of Cambridge and Prince Harry you would have been unmemorable.


24 posted on 08/12/2012 7:28:59 PM PDT by Clint N. Suhks (EAT MOR CHIKIN)
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To: Windcatcher

My bride and I were watching Falling Skies on TNT, and we would flip to the Olympics during commercial breaks. When we saw Russell Brand riding around singing something from Willy Wonka, she said, “I feel like the premise of Falling Skies is more based in reality than this Olympic crap.” LOL


25 posted on 08/12/2012 7:29:41 PM PDT by brewcrew (Life is tough. It's tougher if you're stupid. --John Wayne)
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To: God luvs America

I’m enjoying the closing - a lot of fun. Eric Idle is a gem!


26 posted on 08/12/2012 7:30:58 PM PDT by warsaw44
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To: brewcrew

Hmm, good point just made on TV...Rio’s games will be only one hour ahead :^)


27 posted on 08/12/2012 7:32:08 PM PDT by Windcatcher (Obama is a COMMUNIST and the MSM is his armband-wearing propaganda machine.)
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To: Clint N. Suhks
We made it to 9:15ET, about the time the Annie Lennox became the figurehead at the front of the faux ship.

Daughter made me watch a 4 year old anime instead. It was better.

28 posted on 08/12/2012 7:35:00 PM PDT by garyb
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To: Clint N. Suhks

This is why I would never want the Games coming to Philly — it would be an enormous money pit.

That, and the fact that every athlete would need to be issued an up-armored HMMWV and Kevlar...


29 posted on 08/12/2012 7:35:19 PM PDT by Windcatcher (Obama is a COMMUNIST and the MSM is his armband-wearing propaganda machine.)
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To: the scotsman

It was too boring for anyone to hang around for the good parts, if there were any.


30 posted on 08/12/2012 7:36:10 PM PDT by luvbach1 (Stop the destruction in 2012 or continue the decline)
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To: MacMattico

Don’t forget.........imagine no possessions....

Oddly enough, the liberals never offer to voluntarily relieve themselves of said possessions


31 posted on 08/12/2012 7:37:05 PM PDT by swpa_mom
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To: the scotsman

I thought the ceremony was AWFUL especially when the had the dancing nuns pull up their skirts.


32 posted on 08/12/2012 7:37:28 PM PDT by KansasGirl ("If you have a business, you didn't build that. Somebody else made that happen."--B. Hussein Obama)
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To: the scotsman

Technically I’m watching, its being recorded, started 36 minutes ago and so far nothing but fluff and commentary, I’ll just let the DVR record awhile before I view it so I can skip all the trash and commercials.

And then on to Rio!


33 posted on 08/12/2012 7:38:26 PM PDT by Eye of Unk (Vote for Sarah Palin, she is the cure to the disease and infection of socialism.)
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To: Windcatcher
Hmm, good point just made on TV...Rio’s games will be only one hour ahead :^)

Doesn't matter, NBC will still screw up the coverage, delay showing major events, and have endless feel-good "stories" on rather than actual olympic event coverage......

34 posted on 08/12/2012 7:40:06 PM PDT by usconservative (When The Ballot Box No Longer Counts, The Ammunition Box Does. (What's In Your Ammo Box?))
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To: the scotsman

And the masses received their bread and circuses again....should keep them from rioting for a while, or at least until the bills for the circus come due.


35 posted on 08/12/2012 7:42:36 PM PDT by RetiredTexasVet (Skittle pooping unicorns are more common than progressives with honor & integrity.)
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To: the scotsman

After seeing what Rio is offering for the next Olympics, I think I’ll skip their opener. Pele was the highlight.

The London closer was better than the opener, but a bit to chaotic. Spice girls did well, and so did Stomp.

Loved Eric Idles “Always Look On the Bright Side of Life”.


36 posted on 08/12/2012 7:43:42 PM PDT by mardi59 (THE REBELLION IS ON!!! LET THE GAMES BEGIN!)
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To: steve86

pleased?? LMAO- why; did you not think Brian May was not good??? or are you tone deaf???


37 posted on 08/12/2012 7:43:42 PM PDT by God luvs America (63.5 million pay no income tax and vote for DemoKrats...)
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To: ClearCase_guy

Just what I was thinking. If it got any more la-di-da it would be a gay pride parade.


38 posted on 08/12/2012 7:43:57 PM PDT by GrandJediMasterYoda (Someday our schools we will teach the difference between "lose" and "loose")
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To: the scotsman

What?! The Olympics are going on? Where? When do they start?


39 posted on 08/12/2012 7:44:11 PM PDT by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: the scotsman

panem et circenses


40 posted on 08/12/2012 7:44:45 PM PDT by Dick Vomer (democrats are like flies, whatever they don't eat they sh#t on.)
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To: FamiliarFace

Much better without the constant blabbering of NBC reporters to tell us sob stores about certain athletes.


41 posted on 08/12/2012 7:45:48 PM PDT by matt04
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To: manc

May was terrific....started off with the intro he did for Brighton Rock in the 70’s...dude has barely missed a beat...as for the rest of it; i could care less about- was never a “We Will Rock You” fan...


42 posted on 08/12/2012 7:46:00 PM PDT by God luvs America (63.5 million pay no income tax and vote for DemoKrats...)
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To: matt04

It was still pollted with self-important Costas blabbing just to hear himself speak even while the Star Spangled Banner was starting.


43 posted on 08/12/2012 7:48:10 PM PDT by Windcatcher (Obama is a COMMUNIST and the MSM is his armband-wearing propaganda machine.)
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To: usconservative

This was the worst coverage I’ve ever seen. The incessant talking during the events got on my nerves. Events I enjoy were clipped, but we got a generous helping of basketball, volleyball and soccer. I was greatly disappointed.

It was lousy!


44 posted on 08/12/2012 7:48:10 PM PDT by mardi59 (THE REBELLION IS ON!!! LET THE GAMES BEGIN!)
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To: the scotsman

Spectacular? Well, there was some spectacle, and it didn’t have a big shout-out to their NHS, so that’s something. Really though, it was just... adequate. I’m betting that Rio’s opening/closing ceremonies will be incredible in 2016, though.


45 posted on 08/12/2012 7:48:50 PM PDT by Sark
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To: the scotsman

And now for something completely different.........


46 posted on 08/12/2012 7:54:55 PM PDT by CrazyIvan (Obama's birth certificate was found stapled to Soros's receipt.)
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To: the scotsman

About 2 hours into it right now and it sucks.


47 posted on 08/12/2012 7:55:07 PM PDT by mtg
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To: the scotsman

Somewhat unlike the opening, the closing abounded in blasphemy. An effete, vain, sick society in its death throes?


48 posted on 08/12/2012 7:57:26 PM PDT by old-ager
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To: MacMattico
The song “Imagine”

The atheists' anthem. Couldn't have been a worse selection.

49 posted on 08/12/2012 7:58:03 PM PDT by mtg
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To: the scotsman

I only watched the “Wish you were here” cover, I really enjoyed it.


50 posted on 08/12/2012 8:02:02 PM PDT by JMJJR ( Newspeak is the official language of Oceania)
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