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Nonu Fri 27-Jul-12 16:25:19

Hello all , don"t know if this has been covered and I missed it , who do you think will light flame tonight ? Steve Redgrave for me , bit short notice I know

Notsogrand Fri 27-Jul-12 16:34:25

Steve Redgrave would be very fitting. It seems the money is on Roger Bannister.

Nonu Fri 27-Jul-12 16:44:20

Mind u Redgrave did win a gold medal in 5 different olympics , one thing I do I will be watching tonight and a fair amount over the days . Suddenly got keen

JO4 Fri 27-Jul-12 18:39:19

Oh I would love it to be Roger Bannister!

Would take me right back to when I was about 11. smile

JO4 Fri 27-Jul-12 18:40:31

Our headmaster called a school assembly to tell us about his four minute mile.

Anagram Fri 27-Jul-12 18:43:35

I'm resisting temptation.....

JO4 Fri 27-Jul-12 18:45:59

What? confused

JO4 Fri 27-Jul-12 18:46:49

I don't mean our headmaster did a four minute mile!


Anagram Fri 27-Jul-12 18:47:46


Notsogrand Fri 27-Jul-12 18:58:01

I was 5 when the 4 minute mile was broken and remember it very clearly. We lived in Harrow and Roger Bannister lived not far from the outdoor swimming pool we used to go to, so it all felt very 'local'. Great to see that he's still in good health.

Notsogrand Fri 27-Jul-12 18:59:09

Jings grin

vampirequeen Fri 27-Jul-12 20:15:35

I think it should be a child and Roger Bannister....maybe one born the day we got chosen to run the olympics.

The star of the past and a potential star of the future.

numberplease Sat 28-Jul-12 02:26:53

I think that the way they eventually did it was a very good idea. And IB found the opening ceremony unexpectedly fantastic, marred by just 2 things, Arctic Monkeys and Paul McArtney. The latter should have given up long ago!

Gally Sat 28-Jul-12 05:40:22

Well done UK - another triumph - that'll give Mitt Romney something to mumble about grin. I managed to miss the first half of the Opening Ceremony - only woke up in time to see them filing in country by country; I am so mad, but it was 5 in the morning. Hopefully will find a recording of the whole thing somewhere so I can catch up. I agree number I had a shower while MrCartney was warbling - I can't stand him and even worse, can't bear to look at him. I thought the lighting of the Flame was a masterpiece and became all teary and homesick all of a sudden blush

Greatnan Sat 28-Jul-12 07:29:54

Gally- once you get home will be familysick - i.e. you will start missing them the moment you get on the plane home. I know I always do. Enjoy the rest of your stay.

Gally Sat 28-Jul-12 10:28:19

greatnan I know - it's always a case of the grass is greener. Managed to see a precis of the first part but still have to see the Industrial Rev bit. Am amidst a load of hard died Ozzies so trying to keep my lip shut with all the asides which, for me, is difficult! Still think the lighting of the flame was amazing - teary for the 2nd time!!

glitabo Sat 28-Jul-12 10:56:09

We had an Olympic party. DS, DiL and 4 grandchildren came to my house to watch it. We had champagne.
The lighting of the cauldron was superb and involving the young athletes was inspired. The industrial revolution scene was powerful. The tribute to the NHS was timely. The whole thing was impressive but why does everyone keep wheeling out Paul McArtney? TBH I was always preferred John Lennon.
Well done Team GB.
I am proud to be British.

Nonu Sat 28-Jul-12 11:00:24

Thought it was okay , probably better to have seen it live . We were also puzzled about "french" but thanks for explanation . Re McCartney I am afraid I toddled off to beddie , before he came on not that I am the least bit sorry I missed him, he should really accept his voice has gone . Fact is think that in the early days Lennon had stronger voice . What really does surprise though is how much the Americans still love them . Is it anything to do with Lennon and New York ??? I digress though , on the whole I am glad I watched it flag

mickey Sat 28-Jul-12 11:31:37

Agree with comments about P aul McCartney-also fed up of over exposed David Beckham, if he's so fond of England-why does he live in LA. Couldn't be the money could it. Went to bed before the end-far too late for me.

jeni Sat 28-Jul-12 11:52:16


eGJ Sat 28-Jul-12 12:20:12

Stayed up til the end...............splendid especially James Bond & The Queen; how ever did they manage that? Perhaps her grandchildren persuaded her! Did you see the Royal Family laugh as she came in passed them? Definitely 5 stars or flag flag flag flag flag

gma Sat 28-Jul-12 12:25:17

Is it only me or does Paul McC bear a striking resemblence to the King of the Diddymen!!!!
Comments please-I have got my crash helmet on!!!!!!!
ps My friend pointed it out to me and now it is so obvious!!!wink

Nonu Sat 28-Jul-12 12:30:00

You"re right , I"d never noticed it before .

Anagram Sat 28-Jul-12 12:34:31

It was mentioned by several Gnetters after his performance at the Jubilee concert! grin

Greatnan Sat 28-Jul-12 12:49:19

The queen learnt a lot after Diana's death. She did look pretty grim for most of the proceedings, but at 86 she might just have been exhausted. I'm not sure I would have been able to stay awake.