Beijing Olympics Open With Spectacular Ceremony | Sports | Deutsche Welle | 08.08.2008
China launched the 29th summer Olympics on Friday with a glittering opening ceremony combining 5,000 years of its history with a modern firecracker of a show.
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#1 Aug 9, 2008
They're calling the opening ceremonies "Yao, Wow, and a little Mao" It's more like, "If ten drummers are good 2008 drummers are better." Red and gold fireworks, after a while become just ho-hum.
March-on of more countries than I knew existed was interesting. Just a tad flawed when you realize that medals come with cash bonuses (and ad contracts). Invitation for "youth of the world" to assemble should be "professional athletes with agents".
Lighting the Olympic Flame (an invention of Goebbels) with a secular version of an aging Peter Pan was weird.
#2 Aug 9, 2008
Well they should call it - "Hey little Mao and his upside down flag !"
While watching the opening ceremonies last night, I couldn't help but notice that the young boy that survived the earthquake, and helped save a classmate, was carrying a flag of China that was attached to the handle upside down, as he waved it. The stars appear at the bottom of his flag not the top like everyone else's. It shows clearly in the exclusive videos on msnbc.com .
My KUDOS to the cameraman that caught this error in an otherwise beautiful ceremony !
Today I went and watched some of the videos on http://www.msnbc.msn.com/
Two videos clearly show the boys flag upside down while Yao Ming was carrying him.
They are "Opening Ceremony Li Ning Soars" time stamp 03:19-03:21
The error flag also appears twice in the video "Opening Ceremony Speeches" time stamps
05:41-05:49 and 06:17-06:31
#3 Aug 9, 2008
Hu Jintao was sitting their with the IOC President, he is a very different type of dictator, instead of a military uniform he wears a suit and tie.
#4 Aug 9, 2008
so proud of the USA!! YEAH
#5 Aug 9, 2008
also, have you seen bushky picking his nose ?
#6 Aug 11, 2008
Hu Jintao was never a dictator. People call him president actually.
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