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2012-07-28 08:50:54 AM  
OMG THE CHURCHILL STATUE CAME TO LIFE!!1 O.O
 
2012-07-28 08:57:44 AM  
I just admit, quite candidly, that my monocle fell into my glass of sherry.

A bit shocking I do say.
 
2012-07-28 08:58:12 AM  
Subby, a Helicopter isn't exactly a "BASE" now is it? They parachuted...
 
2012-07-28 08:58:15 AM  
Is it just me, or did she seem bored when they announced the British athletes?
 
2012-07-28 08:58:29 AM  
Please install flash to view this videos.

How about no?
 
mjg
2012-07-28 08:58:38 AM  
larrybrownsports.com

Christine Merrill
hurdles, Sri Lanka
(studies at UCSD)

/some were asking who she was last night
//fyi
 
2012-07-28 09:01:54 AM  
Actually, subby, the Queen spent her Silver Jubilee listening to the Sex Pistols blasting "God Save the Queen" as they rolled down the Thames on a boat.
 
2012-07-28 09:03:06 AM  

Trance750: Is it just me, or did she seem bored when they announced the British athletes?


maybe she was tired.
jumping from a helicopter and then having to quickly get changed and get to her seat is not easy.

Not to mention the months of prep wor.
 
2012-07-28 09:04:08 AM  
Terror victims tribute at 1:18:10 in the full show recording here: Link

If anyone can find a standalone clip of this segment I'd appreciate hearing about it. This is the bit NBC apparently cut away from, so you might not have seen it.
 
2012-07-28 09:04:59 AM  

tenpoundsofcheese: Trance750: Is it just me, or did she seem bored when they announced the British athletes?

maybe she was tired.
jumping from a helicopter and then having to quickly get changed and get to her seat is not easy.

Not to mention the months of prep wor.


She looked constipated and pissed off.
Like she wanted to know how much bloody longer she was going to have to sit there.
 
2012-07-28 09:06:11 AM  
Could've been more believable. Why just her ankles getting into the chopper? Why not a body double for that. Then the double jumps into a target(but it's a room that will hide you) and out walks the queen, who's been hiding there.
 
2012-07-28 09:06:36 AM  

i36.photobucket.com

 
2012-07-28 09:09:28 AM  
Ripping good stuff no matter what a lot of bleeding Yanks have to say.
 
2012-07-28 09:11:49 AM  

Fark Rye For Many Whores: Could've been more believable. Why just her ankles getting into the chopper? Why not a body double for that. Then the double jumps into a target(but it's a room that will hide you) and out walks the queen, who's been hiding there.


I suspect they were already pushing the limit of what she was willing to do even with the short bit filmed in the palace. Most of the actual power of the monarchy is gone, they've really only have prestige left. It wouldn't do for the institution to become part of humorous pop culture.
 
2012-07-28 09:14:04 AM  

EngineerAU: Fark Rye For Many Whores: Could've been more believable. Why just her ankles getting into the chopper? Why not a body double for that. Then the double jumps into a target(but it's a room that will hide you) and out walks the queen, who's been hiding there.

I suspect they were already pushing the limit of what she was willing to do even with the short bit filmed in the palace. Most of the actual power of the monarchy is gone, they've really only have prestige left. It wouldn't do for the institution to become part of humorous pop culture.


I know nothing but UK Politics and don't pretend to, but does she not appoint the Prime Minister?
 
2012-07-28 09:14:38 AM  

Primitive Screwhead: [i36.photobucket.com image 500x383]


OK, I LOL'd. But she's an amazing figger as they say, and that's precisely why. Think of all the change she's seen in a long and ultimately fruitful life.
 
2012-07-28 09:15:37 AM  
Bridge
Antetnna
Span
Earth
 
2012-07-28 09:16:39 AM  

midpoint: Terror victims tribute at 1:18:10 in the full show recording here: Link

If anyone can find a standalone clip of this segment I'd appreciate hearing about it. This is the bit NBC apparently cut away from, so you might not have seen it.


Abide With Me is a beautiful hymn. Perhaps NBC was a little worried about mixing religion with sport.
 
2012-07-28 09:16:55 AM  

tenpoundsofcheese: Trance750: Is it just me, or did she seem bored when they announced the British athletes?

maybe she was tired.
jumping from a helicopter and then having to quickly get changed and get to her seat is not easy.

Not to mention the months of prep wor.


I thought she was the Wizard of Wor
 
2012-07-28 09:17:19 AM  
What kind if weird atmosphere does London have? It was sunny on the helicopter, but dark elsewhere.
 
2012-07-28 09:17:54 AM  
I was looking forward to parachuting corgis.
 
2012-07-28 09:18:03 AM  
Diamond
 
2012-07-28 09:18:32 AM  

Fano: tenpoundsofcheese: Trance750: Is it just me, or did she seem bored when they announced the British athletes?

maybe she was tired.
jumping from a helicopter and then having to quickly get changed and get to her seat is not easy.

Not to mention the months of prep wor.

I thought she was the Wizard of Wor


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2012-07-28 09:18:44 AM  
Not my farking Bond. Where's Sean Connory or Pierce Bronson?
 
2012-07-28 09:23:01 AM  

midpoint: Terror victims tribute at 1:18:10 in the full show recording here: Link


"I'm sorry, we can't show this content in your area."

A working link: Link
 
2012-07-28 09:24:00 AM  

Four Horsemen of the Domestic Dispute: tenpoundsofcheese: Trance750: Is it just me, or did she seem bored when they announced the British athletes?

She looked constipated and pissed off.
Like she wanted to know how much bloody longer she was going to have to sit there.


Well, she's the Queen. She can very well be frumpy and grumpy if she bloody well chooses.

She's done all this shiat already this year. It's her job.

/You ain't exactly sparklie everyday at work, why should she?
 
2012-07-28 09:24:02 AM  

Invisible Pedestrian: midpoint: Terror victims tribute at 1:18:10 in the full show recording here: Link

"I'm sorry, we can't show this content in your area."

A working link: Link


Ta - that is one I had found earlier, but the audio quality is very poor. Or perhaps it is just me being crap.
 
2012-07-28 09:24:33 AM  
Statium?
 
2012-07-28 09:24:40 AM  

thisispete: midpoint: Terror victims tribute at 1:18:10 in the full show recording here: Link

If anyone can find a standalone clip of this segment I'd appreciate hearing about it. This is the bit NBC apparently cut away from, so you might not have seen it.

Abide With Me is a beautiful hymn. Perhaps NBC was a little worried about mixing religion with sport.


CTV had it all, and in real time, mostly STFU style, and nearly ad-free. Try ctv.ca.

/no Obama ads either
 
2012-07-28 09:25:00 AM  
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.
 
2012-07-28 09:25:39 AM  
Social media make funny comments and memes
Link
 
2012-07-28 09:28:02 AM  
Bond has changed. He's into older women (Judi Dench, Queen Elizabeth II) now.
 
2012-07-28 09:28:29 AM  

Trance750: EngineerAU: Fark Rye For Many Whores: Could've been more believable. Why just her ankles getting into the chopper? Why not a body double for that. Then the double jumps into a target(but it's a room that will hide you) and out walks the queen, who's been hiding there.

I suspect they were already pushing the limit of what she was willing to do even with the short bit filmed in the palace. Most of the actual power of the monarchy is gone, they've really only have prestige left. It wouldn't do for the institution to become part of humorous pop culture.

I know nothing but UK Politics and don't pretend to, but does she not appoint the Prime Minister?


No. She can't appoint anybody, but there is a polite bit of fluff that the Queen asks whoever won the election if they will be Prime Minister, but that is the only person she can ask. It's not like if she doesn't like the person she can veto it or anything.
 
2012-07-28 09:29:58 AM  
"As God is my witness, I thought monarchs could fly!"
 
2012-07-28 09:30:47 AM  

Spiralmonkey: Trance750: EngineerAU: Fark Rye For Many Whores: Could've been more believable. Why just her ankles getting into the chopper? Why not a body double for that. Then the double jumps into a target(but it's a room that will hide you) and out walks the queen, who's been hiding there.

I suspect they were already pushing the limit of what she was willing to do even with the short bit filmed in the palace. Most of the actual power of the monarchy is gone, they've really only have prestige left. It wouldn't do for the institution to become part of humorous pop culture.

I know nothing but UK Politics and don't pretend to, but does she not appoint the Prime Minister?

No. She can't appoint anybody, but there is a polite bit of fluff that the Queen asks whoever won the election if they will be Prime Minister, but that is the only person she can ask. It's not like if she doesn't like the person she can veto it or anything.


I've heard The Monarch can have the Prime Minister removed via 'Royal Command'. Is that true?
 
2012-07-28 09:32:16 AM  
The video may have surprised anybody who was expecting a mini-007 film because it treated James Bond as a fantasy figure come to life (like the Churchill statue) rather than attempting to credibly dramatize the notion that the Queen has summoned her best MI6 agent to get her to the stadium. Abandoning any pretense that Bond is a real secret agent, the Brazilian schoolchildren and the people in London in the video were delighted to see him as the first of many beloved characters arriving at the ceremony.

Daniel Craig, known for playing Bond seriously, did a remarkable job staying in character in this situation. You see his mind focusing on the one thread of verisimilitude, that of course Bond would serve the Queen. "Good evening, Mr. Bond" from the mouth of Queen Elizabeth II is the absolute apex of the 007 franchise under any circumstances.
 
2012-07-28 09:33:17 AM  

midpoint: Terror victims tribute at 1:18:10 in the full show recording here: Link

If anyone can find a standalone clip of this segment I'd appreciate hearing about it. This is the bit NBC apparently cut away from, so you might not have seen it.


I'm sorry, we can't show this content in your area.

Another link, please?
 
2012-07-28 09:35:28 AM  

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?
 
2012-07-28 09:41:07 AM  

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.
 
2012-07-28 09:43:08 AM  

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
 
2012-07-28 09:43:14 AM  

gopher321: I've heard the American president removes his human skin at night and consumes great quantities of fried badger livers. Is that true?


Depends on your source. I'm sure Hannity has written something to that effect.
 
2012-07-28 09:45:35 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.


No, no it wouldn't.
 
2012-07-28 09:47:03 AM  

gopher321: Trance750:


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


No, it is "lovers" not "livers" but alas, the secret is out. And I am starting a petition to have Obama base jump from the Washington Memorial. And I want him to count to 10 before he pulls the cord.............
 
2012-07-28 09:47:18 AM  
She helped kick Hitler's a$$, she can look grumpy as far as I'm concerned.
///Godwin?
 
2012-07-28 09:52:09 AM  

Billy Bathsalt: She helped kick Hitler's a$$, she can look grumpy as far as I'm concerned.
///Godwin?


Not when it's true, so no.
 
2012-07-28 09:53:13 AM  

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?


Well, yeah, if you get all your news from Free Republic.
 
2012-07-28 09:53:32 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


Queen and Prime Minister
 
2012-07-28 09:53:53 AM  

thisispete: midpoint: Terror victims tribute at 1:18:10 in the full show recording here: Link

If anyone can find a standalone clip of this segment I'd appreciate hearing about it. This is the bit NBC apparently cut away from, so you might not have seen it.

Abide With Me is a beautiful hymn. Perhaps NBC was a little worried about mixing religion with sport.


not likely considering most of the early music in the opening were hymns too.
 
2012-07-28 09:56:00 AM  
www.8notes.com
 
2012-07-28 09:57:42 AM  
assets.nydailynews.com

"And with the entry of the British athletes, the Queen is cheering wildly"

www.opiniatimisoarei.ro


/My favorite part of the olympic coverage.
 
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:

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
 
2012-07-28 11:51:49 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


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.
 
2012-07-28 12:12:52 PM  

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


Matt's got to justify the $25 million/year they're paying him.
 
2012-07-28 12:13:02 PM  

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?


They don't fry them any more.
 
2012-07-28 12:21:33 PM  

Abe Vigoda's Ghost: Please install flash to view this videos.

How about no?


That'll show them
 
2012-07-28 12:23:09 PM  

Bungles: 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


World's press are just being nice. There are some scathing reviews though, like Forbes. Also, I didn't watch NBC, I watched a no commentary uncut version. The opening ceremony was boring. The absolute highest point of it was maybe Rowan Atkinson.
 
2012-07-28 12:30:01 PM  

Russ1642: Bungles: 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

World's press are just being nice. There are some scathing reviews though, like Forbes. Also, I didn't watch NBC, I watched a no commentary uncut version. The opening ceremony was boring. The absolute highest point of it was maybe Rowan Atkinson.


Are you... are you the Queen of England?
 
2012-07-28 12:30:25 PM  

Russ1642: Forbes


The Forbes review is hardly scathing. It goes for a dramatic title and then every section is....yeah, I liked that bit. Yup, liked that bit too. And that bit.
 
2012-07-28 12:34:38 PM  

czetie: 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.


Well, here's the good news:

I learned a new word. 'Prorogue': to end a session of Parliament without dissolving said Parlament.

I also learned that in 1999 HRM Queen Elizabeth II refused to transfer authority to order military strikes in Iraq to Parliament directly (presumably during Clinton's 'Regime Change' push) which made me admire her even more.

So, there's that.

Now, go home and get your shine box.
 
2012-07-28 12:37:27 PM  
This was farking AWESOME! What a fabulous sense of humor! Gawd, but I loved this bit - thank you, Royal House of Windsor and BBC.
 
2012-07-28 12:38:47 PM  

Bungles: Russ1642: Forbes

The Forbes review is hardly scathing. It goes for a dramatic title and then every section is....yeah, I liked that bit. Yup, liked that bit too. And that bit.


Heyyyyyy Jude.....

I rest my case
 
2012-07-28 12:39:54 PM  
img694.imageshack.us
 
2012-07-28 12:40:06 PM  

Trance750: Spiralmonkey: Trance750: EngineerAU: Fark Rye For Many Whores: Could've been more believable. Why just her ankles getting into the chopper? Why not a body double for that. Then the double jumps into a target(but it's a room that will hide you) and out walks the queen, who's been hiding there.

I suspect they were already pushing the limit of what she was willing to do even with the short bit filmed in the palace. Most of the actual power of the monarchy is gone, they've really only have prestige left. It wouldn't do for the institution to become part of humorous pop culture.

I know nothing but UK Politics and don't pretend to, but does she not appoint the Prime Minister?

No. She can't appoint anybody, but there is a polite bit of fluff that the Queen asks whoever won the election if they will be Prime Minister, but that is the only person she can ask. It's not like if she doesn't like the person she can veto it or anything.

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


Technically true I suppose, but not in real life. The Queen doesn't have any power in reality. The wiki is quite a good explanation, but the easiest way of looking at it is the monarch of the day does the head of state type things while the Prime Minister is actually in charge - somewhat, while being answerable to the Cabinet - Prime Minister just means 'first among equals', not 'the only one'.

Another polite fiction is when an MP resigns - MPs are technically forbidden from resigning, so instead they take The Chiltern Hundreds. A member of parliament can't accept a paid office while serving as an MP, so when they want to resign they apply for the position of Crown Steward and Bailiff which allows them to leave the House of Commons. Tony Blair took the Chiltern Hundreds.
 
2012-07-28 12:47:40 PM  

Russ1642: Bungles: Russ1642: Forbes

The Forbes review is hardly scathing. It goes for a dramatic title and then every section is....yeah, I liked that bit. Yup, liked that bit too. And that bit.

Heyyyyyy Jude.....

I rest my case


Posit: Paul McCartney - on his own - has made a greater contribution to World Culture than Canada?

As has been pointed out, Forbes review wasn't scathing, AND she watched the NBC broadcast, which probably means she didn't actually see the event.
 
2012-07-28 12:48:01 PM  
Was anybody else shocked by the number of tasteless dictator comments by the NBC commentators? Come on people, now is not the time - you're making Americans look stupid again.

/Idi Amin, anyone?
 
2012-07-28 01:07:04 PM  

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


Not really, and hearing those moronic commentators pretend the queen and Daniel Craig actually jumped out of a helicopter was even more ridiculous. The whole thing's superfluous. All the absurd nationalistic marching around and the absurd "spectacle"; who even watching opening ceremonies? Hell, most of the events get ignored by the majority of viewers as well.
 
2012-07-28 01:08:43 PM  

Trance750: EngineerAU: Fark Rye For Many Whores: Could've been more believable. Why just her ankles getting into the chopper? Why not a body double for that. Then the double jumps into a target(but it's a room that will hide you) and out walks the queen, who's been hiding there.

I suspect they were already pushing the limit of what she was willing to do even with the short bit filmed in the palace. Most of the actual power of the monarchy is gone, they've really only have prestige left. It wouldn't do for the institution to become part of humorous pop culture.

I know nothing but UK Politics and don't pretend to, but does she not appoint the Prime Minister?


Not really. She more recognizes who won the election, but if the monarch refused to for some reason it wouldn't change anything, it'd just make the monarchy look silly and powerless.
 
2012-07-28 01:09:30 PM  

Elegy: Was anybody else shocked by the number of tasteless dictator comments by the NBC commentators? Come on people, now is not the time - you're making Americans look stupid again.

/Idi Amin, anyone?


They do it every time! It's terrible. The BBC did a little bit of it but not much. Mostly mentioned countries that never won a medal but there wasn't a smug gleeful tone in their voice like there always has been with Costas and Company. NBC's coverage is a good example of why so much of the world thinks we're arrogant pricks.
 
2012-07-28 01:09:47 PM  

Spiralmonkey: Another polite fiction is when an MP resigns - MPs are technically forbidden from resigning, so instead they take The Chiltern Hundreds. A member of parliament can't accept a paid office while serving as an MP, so when they want to resign they apply for the position of Crown Steward and Bailiff which allows them to leave the House of Commons. Tony Blair took the Chiltern Hundreds.


Wait... That wiki page says the rule was created by an act of Parliament. Instead of going through that, why the hell don't they just, you know, change that rule?

Tradition is one thing, but really?
 
2012-07-28 01:22:45 PM  

Elegy: Was anybody else shocked by the number of tasteless dictator comments by the NBC commentators? Come on people, now is not the time - you're making Americans look stupid again.

/Idi Amin, anyone?


My head jerked when they were talking about Pakistan. I mean really? I tried to remember back to 1984 and whether the announcers said "and here are the dastardly rooskies, who the world is watching for any nogoodnik activities, and their lovely gymnasts."
 
2012-07-28 01:24:00 PM  

EngineerAU: Elegy: Was anybody else shocked by the number of tasteless dictator comments by the NBC commentators? Come on people, now is not the time - you're making Americans look stupid again.

/Idi Amin, anyone?

They do it every time! It's terrible. The BBC did a little bit of it but not much. Mostly mentioned countries that never won a medal but there wasn't a smug gleeful tone in their voice like there always has been with Costas and Company. NBC's coverage is a good example of why so much of the world thinks we're arrogant pricks.


Looking forward to a Malaysian winning that 600k gold bar. And I was interested to hear some of the countries that had only won one medal, etc.
 
2012-07-28 01:32:28 PM  

lousy screw: "As God is my witness, I thought monarchs could fly!"


/thread over.
 
2012-07-28 01:33:48 PM  
I know what the Queen was thinking ...

Revelation 6:7 - When the Lamb opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth living creature say, "Come!"

Along with, what a bunch of wankers
 
2012-07-28 01:36:13 PM  

midpoint: Terror victims tribute at 1:18:10 in the full show recording here: Link

If anyone can find a standalone clip of this segment I'd appreciate hearing about it. This is the bit NBC apparently cut away from, so you might not have seen it.


And after Costas's big stink about a Munich memorial, to boot.
 
2012-07-28 01:36:26 PM  
I thought the whole thing was very good in a British kind of way, we were just missing a Holographic Freddy doing We are the Champions. Would have been a better end than McCartney.
 
2012-07-28 01:46:42 PM  

Fano: EngineerAU: Elegy: Was anybody else shocked by the number of tasteless dictator comments by the NBC commentators? Come on people, now is not the time - you're making Americans look stupid again.

/Idi Amin, anyone?

They do it every time! It's terrible. The BBC did a little bit of it but not much. Mostly mentioned countries that never won a medal but there wasn't a smug gleeful tone in their voice like there always has been with Costas and Company. NBC's coverage is a good example of why so much of the world thinks we're arrogant pricks.

Looking forward to a Malaysian winning that 600k gold bar. And I was interested to hear some of the countries that had only won one medal, etc.


Ok, yeah, I'll admit there was a smidge of interesting tidbits scattered here and there. But it all tended to sensationalism. As i recall, the sum commentary on Uganda was:

Commentator 1: "something something something Idi Amin" (said in a gleeful tone of derision)

Commentator 2: (choking sound of disbelief, followed by 10 seconds of uncomfortable silence until the cameras cut away from Uganda).


We can do better than that. It's not informative, its not witty, it just makes Americans look like idiotic assholes. There's more to be said about Uganda than that.

/was highly amused to see the male commentator completely taken in by the queen parachuting bit: "THIS IS AN ENTRANCE THE WORLD WILL BE TALKING ABOUT."
//and then the female commentator made fun of him for it.
 
2012-07-28 01:59:26 PM  

media.tumblr.com

"I believe we are looking for a menstruating child who is waterproof to a depth of fifty meters."

 
2012-07-28 02:30:57 PM  

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


During the opening of the Atlanta Olympics, I was left breathless at the sight of Muhammad Ali making his way up to light the Olympic fire. He was obviously having difficulty, and he must have known there was a good chance he might stumble and fall in front of the entire world.

I don't mind saying that I was somewhere between "clearly recognizable watery eyes", and "uncontrollable sobbing" when I recognized his face.

Then the idiot accouncers picked exactly the worst. possible. moment. ever. to remind us that this was the legendary Muhammad Ali, blahblahblahJESUSCHRISTSHUTTHEFARKUPYOUMOTHERFARKINGIDIOTS.

I have not watched a televised sports event with the sound on ever since. Doesn't seem that I'm missing much.

To steal a scene from Crimson Tide:
00:16:32 I don't trust air I can't see. [Chuckles]

00:16:45 [Ramsey] This is my favorite part. Right here, right now.

00:17:01 Bravo, Hunter.

00:17:03 Sir?

00:17:06 You knew to shut up and enjoy the view.
 
2012-07-28 02:33:47 PM  

cptjeff: Spiralmonkey: Another polite fiction is when an MP resigns - MPs are technically forbidden from resigning, so instead they take The Chiltern Hundreds. A member of parliament can't accept a paid office while serving as an MP, so when they want to resign they apply for the position of Crown Steward and Bailiff which allows them to leave the House of Commons. Tony Blair took the Chiltern Hundreds.

Wait... That wiki page says the rule was created by an act of Parliament. Instead of going through that, why the hell don't they just, you know, change that rule?

Tradition is one thing, but really?


Nobody has ever accused Parliament of having common sense. They still have an elderly man in tights to guard the doors (Serjeant at Arms). Did you ever wonder where George Orwell got the idea for doublethink?
 
2012-07-28 02:38:58 PM  
i.imgur.com

Thanks, NBC
 
2012-07-28 03:05:15 PM  

Bungles: 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.


I've finally got the YouTube clip of the Abide With me/Tribute to Dead segment done. My first YT video so I apologise in advance for my merely moderate technical skills.

Link
 
2012-07-28 03:11:21 PM  

exvaxman: 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".


It's like Costas went out of his way to find the nastiest, most petty and snide "factoids" about some of the smaller countries. Way to pump them up Bob, you enormous douchenozzle! We also heard a high-hat-like rhythmic clicking through the first hour or more of the broadcast. Changing channels revealed it was only NBC, both HD and standard signals. Not sure if it was NBC's or Comcrap's problem but it pretty much negated all the many audio engineers' hard work until it thankfully, mysteriously stopped.
 
2012-07-28 03:13:40 PM  

lousy screw: "As God is my witness, I thought monarchs could fly!"


images.wikia.com

Grumble, mutter, grumble, mutter...
 
2012-07-28 03:14:21 PM  

midpoint: Bungles: 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.

I've finally got the YouTube clip of the Abide With me/Tribute to Dead segment done. My first YT video so I apologise in advance for my merely moderate technical skills.

Link


The Olympic Committee has just slapped you down....
 
2012-07-28 03:32:39 PM  
Hmm - did I muck up the link? This is my first YT uploading...

Link
 
2012-07-28 03:34:24 PM  
I really liked the James Bond sequence, but there was one *huge* continuity error that gave the whole thing away, and I'm surprised nobody has mentioned it yet: The parachute.

Any building housing the monarch, or vehicle transporting the monarch, displays the royal standard. Therefore the fact that both parachutes were the union jack, and not one union jack and one royal standard, completely gave away that it was a stunt performer jumping and not Her Majesty personally. Someone's going to wind up in the tower for that, I'm sure.
 
2012-07-28 03:34:31 PM  

Bungles: The Olympic Committee has just slapped you down....


Wow, that was fast.
 
2012-07-28 03:39:41 PM  

midpoint: Hmm - did I muck up the link? This is my first YT uploading...

Link


No, the Olympic Committee acted to protect their copyright 9 minutes after you posted your video.

Like I said, that was fast.
 
2012-07-28 03:44:29 PM  

Elegy: midpoint: Hmm - did I muck up the link? This is my first YT uploading...

Link

No, the Olympic Committee acted to protect their copyright 9 minutes after you posted your video.

Like I said, that was fast.


Still working for me though...
 
2012-07-28 03:49:16 PM  
i.imgur.com

Pops larger.

/Looks like they got us, son.
 
2012-07-28 03:51:11 PM  
I didn't doubt you - but it is still working for me and via my FB - when they squash something, do they still allow it to be seen by the uploader?
 
2012-07-28 04:03:26 PM  

FriarReb98: 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.


Did you miss the part where Costas was mocking those stupid wogs with there gabble-gabble names?
 
2012-07-28 04:43:59 PM  

midpoint: I didn't doubt you - but it is still working for me and via my FB - when they squash something, do they still allow it to be seen by the uploader?


Don't know, I don't do the YouTube thing.

/sorry your vid got squashed
 
2012-07-28 04:45:06 PM  

Elegy: Was anybody else shocked by the number of tasteless dictator comments by the NBC commentators? Come on people, now is not the time - you're making Americans look stupid again.

/Idi Amin, anyone?


There's a reason why those two aren't professional sport commentators. And now we know why. NBC should have chucked the more famous faces for real sport commentators who know when to shut up when things are happening and when to chat during the quiet parts.

Oh, and the opening ceremony was the cheesiest opening ceremony that I have ever seen for any country.

It was also the most fun.

I loved watching it and trying to make out all of the references because they were going fast and furious. It was less an Olympic opening ceremony and more like a West End musical. I was entertained.

See, Beijing had an opening ceremony. London had a show. And it was an awesome show.
 
2012-07-28 05:19:40 PM  
I had the opportunity to see the ceremony live (thank FSM, BBC 1, and the Internets) and the NBC presentation. I thought I was watching something completely different.

NBC clearly did a cut and paste with commercials and Phelps, et. al. We're going to stick with "Auntie Beeb" for the rest of the Games.

NBC: Nothing But Commercials.

"Welcome back. While we gone Di Arrunnzio scored 7 hits and took the lead 8 - 2 in this gold medal match. We'll be back after this message for Budwiser Clydesdale Piss."
"Welcome back. While you were gone Vallezzia came back and won the match 15 -14 in overtime. This has been Brent Slackjaw, and if you had been watching our sister network you could have seen the medal ceremony 45 minutes ago. And now back to whoever it is in our studio in New York with a list of events that have been tape delayed for our convenience."

NBC might be an American network, but they are making a dog's breakfast if not a total shambles of these Games. I am so glad we lined up that condo in Rio.
 
2012-07-28 05:20:28 PM  

gopher321: I was looking forward to parachuting corgis.


cue WKRP's Thanksgiving episode
 
2012-07-28 05:20:31 PM  

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


Well sure she can ask, but probably wouldn't have any more luck with that than I would.
 
2012-07-28 05:21:14 PM  
So. Very. British. I don't mean all the famous landmarks, or even that it was the Queen and James Bond. It is that peculiar brand of cheese found only in British entertainment that I love so very, very much. Straight faces the whole way, totally understated, totally ridiculous: "look, it'll be awesome, just go with" turned up to 11.

Any wonder that these are the people who make Doctor Who?
 
2012-07-28 05:22:33 PM  
Anyone have the link for the BBC opening ceremony? I keep on trying to youtube / google it but nothing's showing up. =/
 
2012-07-28 05:24:42 PM  
I gotta say, the Queen has one HELL of a sense of humor. It was obvious that she was trying her damnedest to suppress a huge grin and a laugh last night. I bet she acts like a horny, foul-mouthed sailor in private just to troll us all with that scowl most of the time. In fact, isn't her sense of humor fairly well-known?
 
2012-07-28 05:29:27 PM  

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

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Wasn't that the Blackeyed Peas song Drew Lachey danced the tango to? They should change the NBC theme to this...and ixnay John Williams' version.

/could NBC BE any more self-serving?
 
2012-07-28 05:43:51 PM  

Sliding Carp: FriarReb98: 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.

Did you miss the part where Costas was mocking those stupid wogs with there gabble-gabble names?


Yeah. I gave up when we got to the third commercial break ten minutes into the parade of nations. Just couldn't take the stupid anymore.
 
2012-07-28 05:47:32 PM  
I don't want to rub it in any more, but the BBC website for the Olympics is spectacular. Every single event live and in catchup, you can build your own schedules.

That's obviously in addition to the 20-odd BBC Olympic channels on TV, showing every single event live.

And did I mention the 6 different versions of the Opening they offered? One without any commentary, one with audio description.... one in bloody 3D.

And actual sports experts and past Olympians commentating, not Ryan Seacrest.

Oh, and no ads.


tee hee.


/I'm currently watching womens fencing, just because I can.
 
2012-07-28 06:13:21 PM  

Death the Destroyer of Worlds: Anyone have the link for the BBC opening ceremony? I keep on trying to youtube / google it but nothing's showing up. =/



You can torrent it easily. The IOC is smacking down steaming links pretty quick.

(or use utorrent, and stream the torrent)
 
2012-07-28 06:28:32 PM  

lousy screw: "As God is my witness, I thought monarchs could fly!"


Who said that butterflies couldn't?

thamike: [media.tumblr.com image 500x278]

"I believe we are looking for a menstruating child who is waterproof to a depth of fifty meters."


Da fuk?!?
 
2012-07-28 07:14:32 PM  

thamike: [media.tumblr.com image 500x278]

"I believe we are looking for a menstruating child who is waterproof to a depth of fifty meters."


HA! I loves me some Sir Digby Chicken Caesar!

/That's Numberwang!
 
2012-07-28 07:21:52 PM  

mjg: [larrybrownsports.com image 530x323]

Christine Merrill
hurdles, Sri Lanka
(studies at UCSD)

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


I was one of those people. She's farking gorgeous.
 
2012-07-28 08:41:23 PM  

OK So Amuse Me: Da fuk?!?


Are you in league with the Countess? Seize him, Ginger! I wish to see my reflection in his bones.
 
2012-07-28 09:23:54 PM  
Is there a video somewhere to watch the opening ceremony (the entire thing), if you missed it live? I can't seem to find one and it's very annoying. :\
 
2012-07-28 09:36:21 PM  

postnobills: I really liked the James Bond sequence, but there was one *huge* continuity error that gave the whole thing away, and I'm surprised nobody has mentioned it yet: The parachute.

Any building housing the monarch, or vehicle transporting the monarch, displays the royal standard. Therefore the fact that both parachutes were the union jack, and not one union jack and one royal standard, completely gave away that it was a stunt performer jumping and not Her Majesty personally. Someone's going to wind up in the tower for that, I'm sure.


Well yes, there was that, plus the small business about the helicopter taking off in daylight and arriving in the middle of the night.
 
2012-07-28 09:42:38 PM  

yellow_ducki: Is there a video somewhere to watch the opening ceremony (the entire thing), if you missed it live? I can't seem to find one and it's very annoying. :\


It's on the BBC iPlayer if you can access it -bbc.co.uk.
 
2012-07-28 09:48:03 PM  

Spiralmonkey: yellow_ducki: Is there a video somewhere to watch the opening ceremony (the entire thing), if you missed it live? I can't seem to find one and it's very annoying. :\

It's on the BBC iPlayer if you can access it -bbc.co.uk.


I'm in the US, I don't think I can. :(
 
2012-07-29 04:25:47 AM  

Bungles: Death the Destroyer of Worlds: Anyone have the link for the BBC opening ceremony? I keep on trying to youtube / google it but nothing's showing up. =/


You can torrent it easily. The IOC is smacking down steaming links pretty quick.

(or use utorrent, and stream the torrent)


How do I do that?
 
2012-07-29 07:34:04 PM  

yellow_ducki: Spiralmonkey: yellow_ducki: Is there a video somewhere to watch the opening ceremony (the entire thing), if you missed it live? I can't seem to find one and it's very annoying. :\

It's on the BBC iPlayer if you can access it -bbc.co.uk.

I'm in the US, I don't think I can. :(


Sure you can. And the BBC coverage is 1000% better than the NBC coverage.

http://www.expatshield.com/
 
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