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Post time 2012-8-1 15:12:54 |Display all floors
This post was edited by Chegsyboy at 2012-8-1 15:13

            Brilliant. It was very, very well done. This was about Great Britain; it didn't pretend it was trying to have global appeal. Because Great Britain has self-confidence, it doesn't need a monumental Olympics. But for China that was the only imaginable kind of international event. Beijing's Olympics were very grand – they were trying to throw a party for the world, but the hosts didn't enjoy it. The government didn't care about people's feelings because it was trying to create an image.
In London, they really turned the ceremony into a party – they are proud of themselves and respect where they come from, from the industrial revolution to now. I never saw an event before that had such a density of information about events and stories and literature and music; about folktales and movies.
At the beginning it dealt with historical events – about the land and machinery and women's rights – epically and poetically. The director really did a superb job in moving between those periods of history and today, and between reality and the movies. The section on the welfare state showed an achievement to be truly proud of. It clearly told you what the nation is about: children, nurses and a dream. A nation that has no music and no fairytales is a tragedy.
There were historical elements in the Beijing opening ceremony, but the difference is that this was about individuals and humanity and true feelings; their passion, their hope, their struggle. That came through in their confidence and joy. It's really about a civil society. Ours only reflected the party's nationalism. It wasn't a natural reflection of China.
Few of the people were performers. They were ordinary people who contribute to society – and if there is a celebration, then it should be for everyone from the Queen to a nurse. I feel happy that they can all have their moment to tell their story.
It was about real people and real events and showed the independent mind of the director, but at the same time it had so much humour. There was a strong sense of the British character.
The Chinese ceremony had so much less information and it wasn't even real. It wasn't only about the little girl who was miming – which was an injury to her and the girl whose voice was used – but that symbolically showed the nation's future. You can't trust or rely on individuals or the state's efforts.
In London there were more close-ups – it didn't show the big formations. It had the human touch. In Zhang Yimou's opening ceremony there was almost none of that. You could not push into a person's face and see the human experience. What I liked most with this was that it always came back to very personal details. And that's what makes it a nation you can trust; you see the values there. Anyone who watched it would have a clear understanding of what England is.

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Post time 2012-8-1 15:38:41 |Display all floors
This was written by a man who designed the Bird's Nest stadium and subsequently withdrew his support from Beijing 2008. The only guy in China with bollocks big enough to say what he (and about 90% of Chinese) really thinks.

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Post time 2012-8-1 15:48:05 |Display all floors
Chegsyboy Post time: 2012-8-1 15:38
This was written by a man who designed the Bird's Nest stadium and subsequently withdrew his support ...

Again  ..........

He did not design the Bird's Nest  ...........

And he makes money every time he trashes China  .........

It started in 2000 when he was still a virtual nobody after being a street bum in New York for 12 years when he teamed up to open an exhibition in Shanghai called 'Fcuk Off' spelt the usual way with displays of people eating dead babies etc. The police closed this down because it was obscene and the western press made a martyr of him and ever since from then on  ........

I think like everyone your man is entitled to his opinion, but I doubt you will find many Chinese envying the opening ceremony for the UK Olympics as most will not even understand what it represents ........

Neither though will most English people, but fortunately the likes of your man will explain it to them ........







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Post time 2012-8-1 15:52:19 |Display all floors
different Olympics Opening Ceremony represent differnt country and their culture features, chinese cultural  usually prefer collectivism to individualism, especially on national events. i can't agree writer's opinions about beijing Olympics is a beautiful bubble with empty heart. the Beijing Olympics although have many defects but the normal people still like it, chinese very excite that they could saw wonderful Olympics games in their city.   

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Post time 2012-8-1 16:13:18 |Display all floors
Chegsyboy Post time: 2012-8-1 15:38
This was written by a man who designed the Bird's Nest stadium and subsequently withdrew his support ...

you translated it?

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Post time 2012-8-1 16:21:40 |Display all floors
desperado123 Post time: 2012-8-1 16:13
you translated it?

I didn't need to, it was in the Guardian newspaper.

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Post time 2012-8-2 22:06:38 |Display all floors
Chegsyboy Post time: 2012-8-1 16:38
This was written by a man who designed the Bird's Nest stadium and subsequently withdrew his support ...

'the man' is a frigging idiot...
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