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(The Next Web)   If there's one way for the queen to cap off her silver anniversary, it's BASE jumping into Olympic Stadium with Bond, James Bond. Queen looked shaken... But not stirred   (thenextweb.com) divider line 162
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2012-07-28 09:58:22 AM

Trance750: I've heard The Monarch can have the Prime Minister removed via 'Royal Command'. Is that true?


In theory, the Queen has a lot of powers. It's presumed she would know when to use them, but as long as the system is working there is no need. She has received intelligence briefings for 60 years. Whenever she meets a prime minister or another world leader she probably knows more than the person she's meeting. She may not exercise much power but she is a reservoir of power.
 
2012-07-28 09:59:38 AM
p the boiler
What kind if weird atmosphere does London have? It was sunny on the helicopter, but dark elsewhere.

And their dogs have a weird turrets shake to them as well
 
2012-07-28 10:00:59 AM

mjg:
larrybrownsports.com

Christine Merrill
hurdles, Sri Lanka
(studies at UCSD)

/some were asking who she was last night
//fyi


suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com

She's quite stunning
 
2012-07-28 10:01:23 AM
assets.sbnation.com
Kenneth Branagh gets a +1000 for his chops.
 
2012-07-28 10:07:57 AM
That was fun. For all the turmoil the Royal family has been though I think it's cool for the Queen to actually participate and say "O.K." to the idea that she'd jump in from a helicopter, even though the sleight-of-hand was patently obvious.
 
2012-07-28 10:10:00 AM
The Queen is 86 yrs old...and was up way past her bedtime. And, she has to make sure her 91 yr old husband next to her is not going to croak. Give Her Majesty a break

Queen/James Bond thing rocked last nite. Whiners need to get a life
 
2012-07-28 10:17:43 AM

Nem Wan: "Good evening, Mr. Bond" from the mouth of Queen Elizabeth II is the absolute apex of the 007 franchise under any circumstances.


Yep, being a long-time Bond fan, it gave me goosebumps. The rest of the vid was so-so, but when he gently "coughed" to announce his presence to the queen it was classic Bond. "I don't care if you're the bloody Queen, I've got a job to do".
 
2012-07-28 10:21:53 AM
I was wondering when this thread would pop up on Fark.

That video didn't make my night (a picture of otters being adorable did), but it would have if I didn't see the otters.
 
2012-07-28 10:22:20 AM
For many countries in the British Commonwealth, the Queen acts as God's representative on Earth. That's a lot of power, even if she does not exercise it.
 
2012-07-28 10:27:05 AM

Sinister 161: Her Majesty body double parachuted down with Bond and it's her Diamond Jubilee not silver subby! The only reason I can think the mods greenlighted this is so every English man on Fark can laugh at you.


You have been here this long and somehow still believe the mods are intelligent?
 
2012-07-28 10:27:24 AM
I wonder what Free Republic made of the 20 minute love-letter to the NHS...
 
2012-07-28 10:32:02 AM

Bungles: I wonder what Free Republic made of the 20 minute love-letter to the NHS...


LOL, I'm surprised NBC didn't blur out the letters on the field this side of the pond.
 
2012-07-28 10:33:00 AM
As a long-time Bond fan and an admirer of the Queen, last night's event was utterly, utterly brilliant. I rather doubt Charles would have the gumption or humour to engage in such sport.

William and Harry would likely stage a stadium ambush themselves, however... William flying the chopper and Harry rappelling down to show center.
 
2012-07-28 10:34:04 AM

Bungles: I wonder what Free Republic made of the 20 minute love-letter to the NHS...


I'm not on the right and I found that bit kind of tacky and even creepy.
 
2012-07-28 10:37:27 AM

SharkTrager: Bungles: I wonder what Free Republic made of the 20 minute love-letter to the NHS...

I'm not on the right and I found that bit kind of tacky and even creepy.



Well it's one of the best things that the UK invented, and it's adored in the UK. I don't see a problem with celebrating it
 
2012-07-28 10:40:30 AM
I got a copy of the BBC broadcast since the NBC one was, well, just f'ing awful.
Night and day difference. Listening to a BBC radio interview show over the olympics coverage, the typically understated BBC said that the NBC coverage was "painful".
 
2012-07-28 10:41:02 AM

SharkTrager: Bungles: I wonder what Free Republic made of the 20 minute love-letter to the NHS...

I'm not on the right and I found that bit kind of tacky and even creepy.


It's a big deal to the Brits. At a time they were shutting down the empire, they were starting up the welfare state and the NHS was the first single payer healthcare system in the world. In terms of national identity it's pretty fundamental. Moreso than Merrie Olde Englande or royalty, because it impacts very directly on everyone's lives there.
 
2012-07-28 10:41:58 AM

threadjackistan: gopher321: Trance750:

I've heard The Monarch can have the Prime Minister removed via 'Royal Command'. Is that true?


I've heard the American president removes his human skin at night and consumes great quantities of fried badger livers. Is that true?

From what I've read, she still has the ability to sack parliment and call a fresh election. But unless the election led to a big shake up, I expect the first act of the new parliment would be to depose her.


Would she order the royal consort to teabag the back benchers first as part of the sackiing ceremony?

3.bp.blogspot.com
I say, I could go for a spot of that
 
2012-07-28 10:42:47 AM

SharkTrager: Bungles: I wonder what Free Republic made of the 20 minute love-letter to the NHS...

I'm not on the right and I found that bit kind of tacky and even creepy.


Great Ormand St Hospital was funded using royalties from Peter Pan - hence the connection between children's literature and the NHS.
 
2012-07-28 10:56:00 AM
I gave up watching at the third commercial into the parade of nations. I don't care how much money they got for advertising, unless it all goes to legitimate (*cough*noSGK*cough*) charities, then it was a farking waste.

NBC is rightly a laughingstock this morning in America for the "coverage" they had last night.

MAYORBOB: Ripping good stuff no matter what a lot of bleeding Yanks have to say.


Listen, wanker, we're not complaining about how good or how bad the ceremony was, because it was very good. We're complaining about how we want to rip the vocal cords out of the still-breathing bodies of Matt Lauer, Meredith Vieira and Bob Costas and shoot the person who thought cutting a memorial piece to terrorism victims in favor of face time for Seacrest and Phelps was a good idea.
 
2012-07-28 10:57:01 AM

MAYORBOB: Ripping good stuff no matter what a lot of bleeding Yanks have to say.


Not our fault you don't have any rednecks to drive around the stadium in chromed pickups.
 
2012-07-28 10:59:18 AM
No one's mentioned Meredith Vieira's description yet?
 
2012-07-28 11:07:27 AM

midpoint: threadjackistan: gopher321: Trance750:

I've heard The Monarch can have the Prime Minister removed via 'Royal Command'. Is that true?


I've heard the American president removes his human skin at night and consumes great quantities of fried badger livers. Is that true?

From what I've read, she still has the ability to sack parliment and call a fresh election. But unless the election led to a big shake up, I expect the first act of the new parliment would be to depose her.

No, no it wouldn't.


I meant if she did it unexpectedly. Whilst attempting to effect a powergrab. A royalist coup of sorts.
 
2012-07-28 11:08:12 AM

Nina_Hartley's_Ass: No one's mentioned Meredith Vieira's description yet?


Of? Sorry, I just know they were talking over everything, was trying desperately not to pay attention to what they were saying.
 
2012-07-28 11:08:51 AM
It could only have been better if the royal corgis had peed on Romney's shoes.
 
2012-07-28 11:11:32 AM
Watching the opening ceremonies now and I just have 1 thing to say:

Matt and Meridith need to shut the fark up!

Watching Arctic Monkeys now, and Matt keeps blathering on about what a great job they're doing. Ya know, if you would shut your pie hole I'd be able to listen to the music and make up my own mind. The more I watch the more annoyed I get with their mindless commentary.

Jeez, they're annoying as hell.
 
2012-07-28 11:15:22 AM

p the boiler: What kind if weird atmosphere does London have? It was sunny on the helicopter, but dark elsewhere.


They crossed the Prime Meridian when flying from Westminster to East London. Duh.
 
2012-07-28 11:23:06 AM

Trance750: gopher321: Trance750:

I've heard The Monarch can have the Prime Minister removed via 'Royal Command'. Is that true?


I've heard the American president removes his human skin at night and consumes great quantities of fried badger livers. Is that true?

I'm just curious. No need to be an asshole


You have the largest and most readily searchable compendium of knowledge ever assembled in human history literally at your fingertips. You could satisfy your curiosity in a matter of seconds. But no, you ask others to google that for you. So on reflection, who is the asshole?

Seriously, the Internet is completely wasted on at least half the people who have access to it.
 
2012-07-28 11:27:29 AM

czetie: Trance750: gopher321: Trance750:

I've heard The Monarch can have the Prime Minister removed via 'Royal Command'. Is that true?


I've heard the American president removes his human skin at night and consumes great quantities of fried badger livers. Is that true?

I'm just curious. No need to be an asshole

You have the largest and most readily searchable compendium of knowledge ever assembled in human history literally at your fingertips. You could satisfy your curiosity in a matter of seconds. But no, you ask others to google that for you. So on reflection, who is the asshole?

Seriously, the Internet is completely wasted on at least half the people who have access to it.




To be fair, the Queen dissolved the Australian parliament and sacked the Prime-minister only a couple of decades ago. It's nowhere near as cut and dry as you're suggesting.
 
2012-07-28 11:27:38 AM
I just wanted to say that the opening ceremony was absolutely terrrible.
 
2012-07-28 11:29:06 AM

czetie: Trance750: gopher321: Trance750:

I've heard The Monarch can have the Prime Minister removed via 'Royal Command'. Is that true?


I've heard the American president removes his human skin at night and consumes great quantities of fried badger livers. Is that true?

I'm just curious. No need to be an asshole

You have the largest and most readily searchable compendium of knowledge ever assembled in human history literally at your fingertips. You could satisfy your curiosity in a matter of seconds. But no, you ask others to google that for you. So on reflection, who is the asshole?

Seriously, the Internet is completely wasted on at least half the people who have access to it.


Wow. Irrigating your vagina might be in order.

thisispete: SharkTrager: Bungles: I wonder what Free Republic made of the 20 minute love-letter to the NHS...

I'm not on the right and I found that bit kind of tacky and even creepy.

It's a big farking deal to the Brits. At a time they were shutting down the empire, they were starting up the welfare state and the NHS was the first single payer healthcare system in the world. In terms of national identity it's pretty fundamental. Moreso than Merrie Olde Englande or royalty, because it impacts very directly on everyone's lives there.


FTFY.
 
2012-07-28 11:30:33 AM
Just catching up on last night's thread, and I noticed that they apparently cut the Olympic Oath out of the NBC broadcast. The farking hell is that shiat?
 
2012-07-28 11:33:49 AM

Russ1642: I just wanted to say that the opening ceremony was absolutely terrrible.



The world's press apparently disagrees, so you need to start writing those angry letters.

/NBC coverage was apparently utterly awful though
 
2012-07-28 11:35:19 AM

FriarReb98: Just catching up on last night's thread, and I noticed that they apparently cut the Olympic Oath out of the NBC broadcast. The farking hell is that shiat?



Does that mean all US medals are technically not valid?
 
2012-07-28 11:38:40 AM

one0nine: William and Harry would likely stage a stadium ambush themselves, however... William flying the chopper and Harry rappelling down to show center.


I said that last night: if William were monarch at this point, he would have just done the stunt himself.

/would have been AWESOME
 
2012-07-28 11:38:45 AM

MFAWG: Seriously, the Internet is completely wasted on at least half the people who have access to it.

Wow. Irrigating your vagina might be in order.



Go be a dick elsewhere. Google can probably help you find someplace where you're wanted.

/No it can't
 
2012-07-28 11:40:11 AM

o5iiawah: Bridge
Antetnna
Span
Earth


Came for this. Surely there's a helicopter in BASE somewhere!
 
2012-07-28 11:40:37 AM

DancingElkCondor: The Queen is 86 yrs old...and was up way past her bedtime. And, she has to make sure her 91 yr old husband next to her is not going to croak. Give Her Majesty a break

Queen/James Bond thing rocked last nite. Whiners need to get a life


Also, somebody now gets to add "Stunt Queen" to their resume.
 
2012-07-28 11:41:03 AM

Bungles: /NBC coverage was apparently utterly awful though


Yes, yes it was. All it was missing was Al Roker throwing out random jokes that leave everyone feeling awkward.
 
2012-07-28 11:43:50 AM

czetie: MFAWG: Seriously, the Internet is completely wasted on at least half the people who have access to it.

Wow. Irrigating your vagina might be in order.


Go be a dick elsewhere. Google can probably help you find someplace where you're wanted.

/No it can't


Huh. I'm the dick.

Alrighty then.
 
2012-07-28 11:43:50 AM

czetie: DancingElkCondor: The Queen is 86 yrs old...and was up way past her bedtime. And, she has to make sure her 91 yr old husband next to her is not going to croak. Give Her Majesty a break

Queen/James Bond thing rocked last nite. Whiners need to get a life

Also, somebody now gets to add "Stunt Queen" to their resume.



I wonder if it was the same person who was the Stunt Barbra Bush from Naked Gun 33 1/3.
 
2012-07-28 11:44:46 AM

Bungles: FriarReb98: Just catching up on last night's thread, and I noticed that they apparently cut the Olympic Oath out of the NBC broadcast. The farking hell is that shiat?


Does that mean all US medals are technically not valid?


It's OK, they repeated the oath this morning in a private ceremony, out of an abundance of caution.
 
2012-07-28 11:45:35 AM

czetie: Bungles: FriarReb98: Just catching up on last night's thread, and I noticed that they apparently cut the Olympic Oath out of the NBC broadcast. The farking hell is that shiat?


Does that mean all US medals are technically not valid?

It's OK, they repeated the oath this morning in a private ceremony, out of an abundance of caution.



With a Koran?
 
2012-07-28 11:48:48 AM

MFAWG: czetie: MFAWG: Seriously, the Internet is completely wasted on at least half the people who have access to it.

Wow. Irrigating your vagina might be in order.


Go be a dick elsewhere. Google can probably help you find someplace where you're wanted.

/No it can't

Huh. I'm the dick.

Alrighty then.


Go re-read the thread.
Kiddie asks very silly question.
Kiddie gets mocked for asking very silly question in classic Fark snarky fashion.
Kiddie gets tetchy over being mocked, says "no need to be an asshole" to snarker
I point out that the snarkee, not the snarker, is the asshole.
And you reach for the tired old "vagina" line.

So yes, I think we've established that you are the dick.
 
2012-07-28 11:49:57 AM
Dear Lauer, Viera, and Costas:

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2012-07-28 11:51:49 AM

Any Pie Left: Dear Lauer, Viera, and Costas:

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The only way that NBC can get out of this PR clusterfark of massacring the ceremony is if they show the BBC version, uninterrupted, unedited, with a silent "sorry" placard at the beginning.
 
2012-07-28 11:52:04 AM
I think we, as Americans, need to hire a plane to break airspace over the closing ceremonies with a banner reading SHUT UP NBC. Either that or hack into the LED screens in the audience and play that message.
 
2012-07-28 11:57:07 AM

Any Pie Left: Dear Lauer, Viera, and Costas:

SHUT UP SHUT UP SHUT UP SHUT UP SHUT UP SHUT UP SHUT UP SHUT UP SHUT UP SHUT UP SHUT UP SHUT UP SHUT UP SHUT UP SHUT UP SHUT UP SHUT UP SHUT UP SHUT UP SHUT UP SHUT UP SHUT UP SHUT UP SHUT UP SHUT UP SHUT UP SHUT UP SHUT UP SHUT UP SHUT UP SHUT UP SHUT UP SHUT UP SHUT UP SHUT UP SHUT UP SHUT UP SHUT UP SHUT UP SHUT UP SHUT UP SHUT UP SHUT UP SHUT UP SHUT UP SHUT UP SHUT UP SHUT UP SHUT UP SHUT UP SHUT UP SHUT UP SHUT UP SHUT UP SHUT UP SHUT UP SHUT UP SHUT UP SHUT UP SHUT UP SHUT UP SHUT UP SHUT UP SHUT UP SHUT UP SHUT UP SHUT UP SHUT UP SHUT UP SHUT UP SHUT UP SHUT UP SHUT UP SHUT UP SHUT UP SHUT UP SHUT UP SHUT UP SHUT UP SHUT UP SHUT UP SHUT UP SHUT UP SHUT UP SHUT UP SHUT UP SHUT UP SHUT UP SHUT UP SHUT UP SHUT UP SHUT UP SHUT UP SHUT UP SHUT UP SHUT UP SHUT UP SHUT UP SHUT UP SHUT UP SHUT UP SHUT UP SHUT UP SHUT UP SHUT UP SHUT UP SHUT UP SHUT UP SHUT UP SHUT UP SHUT UP SHUT UP SHUT UP SHUT UP SHUT UP SHUT UP SHUT UP SHUT UP SHUT UP SHUT UP SHUT UP SHUT UP SHUT UP SHUT UP SHUT UP SHUT UP


and keep doing that, all the time.

/what's an olympics
 
2012-07-28 12:06:10 PM

Nina_Hartley's_Ass: No one's mentioned Meredith Vieira's description yet?


Just for Nina_Hartley's_Ass.....

money shot!!!!
 
2012-07-28 12:10:59 PM
In conclusion to my 24 hours of rabbiting on about it, here's my final analysis of the (BBC version) ceremony.

Bucolic pastures transformed into industrial hell: Inspired, and just the sort of thing, a genuine sense of history and theatrics, that the UK can do well.

Releasing the balloon with the rings that gave the final shot, live from space: Brilliant, but you'd only know what it was if you read the onscreen labels. I presumed it was CGI when I saw it.

Queen's arrival: Great, very daft and very British.

Mr Bean: Clearly for the Japanese and Germans. They love Mr Bean far more than the UK does.

Great Ormond Street funded by Peter Pan: a little odd, but immensely enjoyable, and two of the things the UK is rightly proud of. 100 foot Voldemort and 60 flying Mary Poppins. Can't argue with that.

7/7 tribute: perfectly pitched and haunting. One of the highlights.

Athlete's parade: as long and dull as always, but the green grassy hill for the flags was a nice touch.

1960s-2010 musical medley: Weakest part for me. Great soundtrack, but the whole "lots of people doing synchronized things" is * exactly* what needed to be avoided in order to avoid Beijing comparisons. China is awesome at that. The UK isn't. It looked cheap and daft. Tim Berners-Lee at the end of it was great though.

Bike butterflies: Ok, we're clearly filling time here. But why not. It looked nice.

Paul McCartney: Oh god. Why not do a Beatles hologram, a la Tu Pac? That would have been awesome.

Cauldron lighting: Excellent. Prettiest and best symbolism for a Cauldron so far. Just peaked the fire arrow one for me.
 
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