Closing ceremony!!

(285 Posts)
paRaahhlympiansgoingforgold Sun 09-Sep-12 20:34:34


it's all coming to an end. It has been brillianttorch

Anyone watching?

It's all abit Mad Max the start...

So Steampunk! I love it!

Figgygal Sun 09-Sep-12 20:37:03


Love that cyclist on fire !
And the fabulous sailor climbing the rigging .
Human endeavour .
I'm missing the olympics and Paralympics already .

OhYouGreatGreatBritain Sun 09-Sep-12 20:38:49

Am here, a few mins late and on delay tv due to me not being able to persuade my body out of the bath.

paRaahhlympiansgoingforgold Sun 09-Sep-12 20:39:27

Ahhh, Eddie gets an outing!

OhYouGreatGreatBritain Sun 09-Sep-12 20:39:30

V. Cool.

OhYouGreatGreatBritain Sun 09-Sep-12 20:40:46

Pillow fight!

travellingwilbury Sun 09-Sep-12 20:42:20

I don't want to see adverts !

paRaahhlympiansgoingforgold Sun 09-Sep-12 20:43:07

sad- dh has just told me that one of the corgis that featured in the Bond sketch at the Olympic opener, has died. Monty. He was 13.

OhYouGreatGreatBritain Sun 09-Sep-12 20:43:07

Adverts? I'll catch up with you soon then.
Where is everyone???

paRaahhlympiansgoingforgold Sun 09-Sep-12 20:43:25

the adverts may annoy me...

OhYouGreatGreatBritain Sun 09-Sep-12 20:43:37

Poor monty sad

Sunnywithachanceofshowers Sun 09-Sep-12 20:46:28

<sob> it's all over...

Love the 'flames' though.

OhYouGreatGreatBritain Sun 09-Sep-12 20:47:52

Am up to the National Anthem.

Why is this thread so quiet?????????????

paRaahhlympiansgoingforgold Sun 09-Sep-12 20:48:25

It must be so odd, you have trained for so long, and afterwards must be quite a come down. Especially if you know this is your last games.

paRaahhlympiansgoingforgold Sun 09-Sep-12 20:49:39

It is quiet. maybe it was the thought of Coldplay put them offgrin

OhYouGreatGreatBritain Sun 09-Sep-12 20:49:52

Ok, fast forwarded up to real time.


OddGoldBoots Sun 09-Sep-12 20:50:12

I've just seen on Twitter "The BT Tower just started rotating purple disco lights and reading: LONDON TAKE A BOW"

It has all been absolutely amazing.

OhYouGreatGreatBritain Sun 09-Sep-12 20:50:32

Probably Raah!!

OhYouGreatGreatBritain Sun 09-Sep-12 20:50:59

Awww, that's lovely OGB

Meglet Sun 09-Sep-12 20:51:19

I like Coldplay, I know everyone bashes them but I'd rather have them than Wand Erection and the Spice Girls.

Sunnywithachanceofshowers Sun 09-Sep-12 20:51:54

Wand erection?

GetDownNesbitt Sun 09-Sep-12 20:52:07

What can we do to make them do it all again?

It can't end.

coffeeinbed Sun 09-Sep-12 20:53:15

I like Coldplay as well.
those bloody adverts - less so.

Meglet Sun 09-Sep-12 20:53:41

One Direction. Someone else called them that on here, now I can't think of them any other way.

paRaahhlympiansgoingforgold Sun 09-Sep-12 20:54:19

At least is isn't maccagrin

He isn't there is he?? <scared>

I like the dino

I'm going to really miss the olympics & Paralympics - they've been totally brilliant grin & sad

I'm just shallow and wondering where I'm going to get my Oscar fix from!

OhYouGreatGreatBritain Sun 09-Sep-12 20:55:55

This is ace.

travellingwilbury Sun 09-Sep-12 20:57:33

It is marvellous isn't it ? My six yr old has just run to bed , not too keen on the winged stuff , win win for me .

flamingtoaster Sun 09-Sep-12 20:59:42

I'm loving this - and so sad it's all finishing too.

showtunesgirl Sun 09-Sep-12 20:59:45

Another one who is going to miss it all. I got to go six times to the Paralympics and once to the Olympics.

I'm so going to miss the Gamesmakers as well. Whatever happy pills they took, seemed to work and London was a much happier place with them. (Disclaimer, I have no proof they took happy pills, but they were VERY, VERY happy people!)

janey68 Sun 09-Sep-12 21:00:06

Hmm- not doing it for me so far.
I get the whole idea of reclaiming things which are damaged and changing them into ifantastical new creations. But where is the narrative? Doesn't hang together. Disappointing so far

scaredycat12 Sun 09-Sep-12 21:05:19

janey - there is no narrative to this one. It's just a spectacle.

V disappointing they cut to and ad break just as the Irish guy was getting his special recognition!

paralympics has been brilliant! as was olympics;
it really needs to be an annual event in London

OhYouGreatGreatBritain Sun 09-Sep-12 21:07:51

Am another one who will really miss it. It's going to seem very empty.

cardibach Sun 09-Sep-12 21:08:58

I am going to miss the 'lympics (word designed to remove the need to say 'Olympics and Paralympics). I am going to miss Oscar and Jonnie in particular. Also Jody Cundy and Jon-allan Butterworth <shallow>
How do we stop disability sport fading into the background again?

ChoccyJules Sun 09-Sep-12 21:09:36

Look out, it's Clodplay. At least they got it over with early on.

It sure is rubbish with the adverts though.

Am going to be bereft next week. And am not remotely sporty!

i loved the faces of the british winners, so happy when they won smile smile

OhYouGreatGreatBritain Sun 09-Sep-12 21:10:54

Sound is better though I think than the bbc closing ceremony.

paRaahhlympiansgoingforgold Sun 09-Sep-12 21:14:33

Cardi- I am hoping this will mean more disability sport is shown on tv. This has proved an amazing success- Claire Balding was talking about it yesterday. Before this, most people would have been able to name 1, 2 paralympic athletes- now there are many that have become household names.

paRaahhlympiansgoingforgold Sun 09-Sep-12 21:15:37

I do like this song- brings back happy memories...torch (using it before it goes)sad

cardibach Sun 09-Sep-12 21:17:15

I hope so, Raahh. Trying not to fall back to default cynical position on this one. Perhaps we need to put pressure on by writing letters etc.

Katisha Sun 09-Sep-12 21:18:45

It's not just disability sport that will fade away on tv. It will be anything that isn't male football. There will continue to be no women's sport apart from Wimbledon, hardly any athletics, etc etc.

AmIthatbad Sun 09-Sep-12 21:20:09

Coldplay are good. <sir thumbasloft, take note>

LostInWales Sun 09-Sep-12 21:21:38

I feel like the telly tubbies after they show the little films 'again, again' grin

travellingwilbury Sun 09-Sep-12 21:22:37

I think I might actually have a wee weep .

Please let this not be the end of watching inspirational sport .

rubyrubyruby Sun 09-Sep-12 21:23:53

Coldplay are a bit crap I think

paRaahhlympiansgoingforgold Sun 09-Sep-12 21:24:54

Katisha- truesad

cardibach Sun 09-Sep-12 21:26:04

I really hope not, Katisha (I was Pitti-Sing once, by the way - not on here, on stage). I fear you may be right though. I hope people have less patience with prima donna footballers after seeing genuine sportspeople at both events. WHat can we do to cahnge it if it isn't what we want?

paRaahhlympiansgoingforgold Sun 09-Sep-12 21:27:04

Is there anyone else on? Or is this a Coldplay gig til 11pm??

I wonder how much of this is clear 'live'or are there lots of screens showing it close up?

travellingwilbury Sun 09-Sep-12 21:28:10

Who is she ?

lapsedorienteerer Sun 09-Sep-12 21:29:53

Loved the first bit, not enjoying ColdPlay and may well be saying goodnight soon.

However in terms of 'inspiring a generation' DS (nearly 10) this evening asked to join an athletics clubtorch.......I shall be looking to book tickets for 2024!

paRaahhlympiansgoingforgold Sun 09-Sep-12 21:30:52

He seems to have forgotten the tune to this one...

travellingwilbury Sun 09-Sep-12 21:31:01

And now I know . I have had enough of coldplay now

OhYouGreatGreatBritain Sun 09-Sep-12 21:31:35

Coldplay aren't really my thing, it's all a bit soporific.

cardibach Sun 09-Sep-12 21:31:46

I heard that there were other 'surprise' guests, Raahh. I hope so. BUt they have to play Viva la Vida first or I will be sad.

lapsedorienteerer Sun 09-Sep-12 21:31:47

Most people in the stadium audience will be barely able to see this (except big screen) so suspect we at home have a better idea of what's going on.

paRaahhlympiansgoingforgold Sun 09-Sep-12 21:32:41

ooh, now i like the bike bit.

LeeCoakley Sun 09-Sep-12 21:34:35

Like this better than the other Closing Ceremony. The crowd 'lights' are bloody amazing to watch. And 'normalising' disability - the drummer, the dancers, other people taking part -superb.

I'm annoyed I didn't get tickets when I had the chance.

Thanks London 2012 for a fantastic summer torch

I'm going to stick the TV on mute. I hate Coldplay.

lapsedorienteerer Sun 09-Sep-12 21:35:13

Yes, liking the acrobatic/acting stuff but not ColdPlay. I think the Lance Corporal who was the narrator should clearly be on the stage, not in an infantry Battalion.

ISeeThreadPeople Sun 09-Sep-12 21:35:31

Anything other than Coldplay happening tonight?

SminkoPinko Sun 09-Sep-12 21:36:39

Too much coldplay. All their songs sound the same.

paRaahhlympiansgoingforgold Sun 09-Sep-12 21:36:55

There is a bit too much Coldplay, really. I love the light show though.

TunaPastaBake Sun 09-Sep-12 21:37:02

Are they saving Sir Paul for the end ? grin

lapsedorienteerer Sun 09-Sep-12 21:37:21

I agree with LeeC, in fact I'd go as far as to say this is the best of the four opening/closing ceremonies (with the exception of ColdPlay).

paRaahhlympiansgoingforgold Sun 09-Sep-12 21:38:29

Tuna- maybe that's the 'surprise'grin

paRaahhlympiansgoingforgold Sun 09-Sep-12 21:39:35

Are they singing all the seasons?? How many have we had?

AmIthatbad Sun 09-Sep-12 21:39:39

I love Coldplay, but they should have just done two songs. They have kind of taken over.

Is Rihanna turning up?

tkband3 Sun 09-Sep-12 21:39:45

God Coldplay are rubbish - sound like they haven't played together in months! Isn't anyone else on or is it just an extended Coldplay gig...hope not!

How many people paid a fortune for what is unfortunately a glorified Coldplay concert?

Visually stunning, I'm loving it but not enough music variety for me.

lapsedorienteerer Sun 09-Sep-12 21:41:11

Decorating the Fish now...............

paRaahhlympiansgoingforgold Sun 09-Sep-12 21:41:27

the fish is cool. Let's hope it contains other acts...

SminkoPinko Sun 09-Sep-12 21:41:47

Is this the last season? [hopeful that Coldplay will shut up once they have done all four]

lapsedorienteerer Sun 09-Sep-12 21:42:25

Fish full of DC

fivegomadindorset Sun 09-Sep-12 21:43:19

Very, very bored of Coldplay. Don't like them anyway

lapsedorienteerer Sun 09-Sep-12 21:43:26

Special Guest.......?

SminkoPinko Sun 09-Sep-12 21:43:34

A guest- who is it?

paRaahhlympiansgoingforgold Sun 09-Sep-12 21:43:46

the fish was great. Let's have more of the fish.

I hope it's not Rihanna....

iwastooearlytobeayummymummy Sun 09-Sep-12 21:43:58

enough Coldplay kids all left in disgust. They really are the Genesis
of this century i.e. crap

SminkoPinko Sun 09-Sep-12 21:44:17

Cool guestmobile.

paRaahhlympiansgoingforgold Sun 09-Sep-12 21:44:48


lapsedorienteerer Sun 09-Sep-12 21:44:50

ColdPlay=Flat singing

SminkoPinko Sun 09-Sep-12 21:45:01

It is Rhianna!

PanofOlympus Sun 09-Sep-12 21:45:11

Have Level 42 only regenerated as Coldplay?

TunaPastaBake Sun 09-Sep-12 21:45:27

Doh ! Rihanna !

habbibu Sun 09-Sep-12 21:45:33

I actually think the Coldplay thing works, as it makes the music more of a backdrop to the other stuff, rather than the band being more important, which is how the Olympic closing ceremony felt to me.

paRaahhlympiansgoingforgold Sun 09-Sep-12 21:47:13

at least Rihanna is dressed, that's something.

lapsedorienteerer Sun 09-Sep-12 21:47:25

Hang on, he changed TShirt before greeting her (was wearing blue before).

paRaahhlympiansgoingforgold Sun 09-Sep-12 21:48:04

oh, saw the documentary about this on earlier.

MrsVamos Sun 09-Sep-12 21:48:23


What am I gonna watch now there will be hardly any sport (and I don't mean that other crappy 'sport' that invades us every weekend from now till kingdom come) on tv ?


The Olympics and Paralympics have totally blown me away. I have spent the past 13 days agog and finding myself screaming at the tv in joy, agony and every other emotion.

If I had enough pennies I would take the DCs to London tomorrow for the Parade. I don't, so I am going to watch on tv and cry my heart out.

It's been brilliant. Wonderful. Jaw-dropping. Inspirational.

I am going to miss it all desperately. sad

toomuchmonthatendofthemoney Sun 09-Sep-12 21:48:32

Switched on at about 925 so have only seen Coldplay so far. What have I missed, anything worth trying to see on catch up tv? I like the light shows.

MrsVamos Sun 09-Sep-12 21:49:03

And please, FFS I don't wanna watch a Clodplay gig. Feck off !

BonnieBumble Sun 09-Sep-12 21:49:06

I agree habbibu. Coldplay are perfect for this event.

paRaahhlympiansgoingforgold Sun 09-Sep-12 21:49:34

<waves> @ MrsV.

I know. It's sad it's all ending...

MrsVamos Sun 09-Sep-12 21:50:28

<passes Rahh tissues>

lapsedorienteerer Sun 09-Sep-12 21:51:04

TooMuch......yes, watch on iplayer thingy, you've missed the best bits.

paRaahhlympiansgoingforgold Sun 09-Sep-12 21:51:05


<sniffs loudly>

TunaPastaBake Sun 09-Sep-12 21:51:08

Oh no ! Coldplay still at it ! Thought they'd buggered off.
It at times like this you wish Paul and Elton were around grin

travellingwilbury Sun 09-Sep-12 21:54:00

Tuna ! Now you are just being silly .

That bit was good anyway , what time does it finish ? Sad .

Mercedes Sun 09-Sep-12 21:54:09

Aren't cold play boring. we've stopped watchinh , oh good rihanna some relief

paRaahhlympiansgoingforgold Sun 09-Sep-12 21:54:27

When's the Rio handover? <bored>

lapsedorienteerer Sun 09-Sep-12 21:54:35

Lighting effect from seats is excellent. Went to stadium yesterday and was amazed that each seat has small 6 inch square lighting unit.

toomuchmonthatendofthemoney Sun 09-Sep-12 21:54:50

Ok I will thanks.

I like RiRi new hairdo <shallow>

TunaPastaBake Sun 09-Sep-12 21:55:57

Not had adverts for a while ! What's going on ? Need a wee !

paRaahhlympiansgoingforgold Sun 09-Sep-12 21:55:58

Don't jump! please jump

PerspectiveUrgentlyRequired Sun 09-Sep-12 21:56:49

I'm enjoying it! torch

OhYouGreatGreatBritain Sun 09-Sep-12 21:57:01

Thick question lapsedorienteer, which bit of the seat is the light unit connected too? Struggling to imagine why the seated person doesn't block it.

rubyrubyruby Sun 09-Sep-12 21:57:23

Ooooo JayZ

rubyrubyruby Sun 09-Sep-12 21:58:12

They pull out on sticks and have twirly cables connecting them.

toomuchmonthatendofthemoney Sun 09-Sep-12 21:58:53

Think Chris M needs a lie down and a nice cup of herb tea now, he's straining just a bit ...

cardibach Sun 09-Sep-12 21:59:18

I going to use the torch before MNHQ take it away. The Olympic one went before the end of the CLosing Ceremony I think.

lapsedorienteerer Sun 09-Sep-12 21:59:45

OhYouGGB - it's attached to the back of the seat in front of you IYSWIM. It's on a flexible cord (curly telephone variety) so maybe they are asked to hold it up.......not sure really now I think about it!

paRaahhlympiansgoingforgold Sun 09-Sep-12 22:00:30


it did Cardi

<glares at tech>

can't we keep it, for something?

lapsedorienteerer Sun 09-Sep-12 22:00:38

Bye, off to bed after this one...........

SminkoPinko Sun 09-Sep-12 22:01:42

Please don't come back soon, coldplay. Hand the torch on to someone good.

QuickLookUsainBolt Sun 09-Sep-12 22:02:42

Oh I'm loving it.

Absolutely love Cold Play, Rhiannon was amazing too. torch

toomuchmonthatendofthemoney Sun 09-Sep-12 22:02:51

Ads! Run tuna run!!

I've given up. I can't take any more.

God bless the Mute button.

TunaPastaBake Sun 09-Sep-12 22:03:28

Too late blush grin

TunaPastaBake Sun 09-Sep-12 22:04:59

Go Boris !!!

paRaahhlympiansgoingforgold Sun 09-Sep-12 22:05:26


run away with the flag, Boris!

habbibu Sun 09-Sep-12 22:05:28

I swear I thought Boris was coming on in a wheelchair then...

lapsedorienteerer Sun 09-Sep-12 22:05:53

Boris is good at this!!

lapsedorienteerer Sun 09-Sep-12 22:06:30

Very jolly.....

paRaahhlympiansgoingforgold Sun 09-Sep-12 22:06:42

it's jaunty, this anthem.

toomuchmonthatendofthemoney Sun 09-Sep-12 22:06:56

Did you use a she-wee, tuna ? grin

TunaPastaBake Sun 09-Sep-12 22:07:36

Brazil's national anthem is quite jaunty !

paRaahhlympiansgoingforgold Sun 09-Sep-12 22:07:42

grin@ she-wee

TunaPastaBake Sun 09-Sep-12 22:08:06

No - wish I had blush

Moln Sun 09-Sep-12 22:08:18

Wonder why it was just coldplay (and a bit of your one), surely they'd have asked more than one person if they'd perform.

Have to say though I don't have the disadvantage of disliking coldplay so i've very much enjoyed this closing ceremony

lapsedorienteerer Sun 09-Sep-12 22:08:43

Ohh, might be booking a ticket to Rio.......

paRaahhlympiansgoingforgold Sun 09-Sep-12 22:10:41

this is better than the one they did at the other closer- that was a bit odd.

toomuchmonthatendofthemoney Sun 09-Sep-12 22:12:13

DH just said "more life in that 5 mins than the whole of Coldplay"

Harsh, dh, harsh!! But I am toe tapping away here madly.

OhYouGreatGreatBritain Sun 09-Sep-12 22:12:47

That Splains it LO, thanks smile

Moln Sun 09-Sep-12 22:13:19

think that both the London and the rio bits are better in this closer

this is great

paRaahhlympiansgoingforgold Sun 09-Sep-12 22:15:32

I like this a lot.

ooh, fireworks!

OhYouGreatGreatBritain Sun 09-Sep-12 22:15:46

This is cool

OhYouGreatGreatBritain Sun 09-Sep-12 22:16:07

Sadly need to go to bed sad

toomuchmonthatendofthemoney Sun 09-Sep-12 22:16:22

That Brazilian bit was better than the Olympic effort, I thought

OhYouGreatGreatBritain Sun 09-Sep-12 22:17:26


TunaPastaBake Sun 09-Sep-12 22:17:42

Off to bed too.
Well done Seb Coe - are you free to organise my 50th ? wink

paRaahhlympiansgoingforgold Sun 09-Sep-12 22:18:22

I need to go to bed too- dh is up for work at 3- he's bound to wake me up.sad

paRaahhlympiansgoingforgold Sun 09-Sep-12 22:20:07



onablackcloud Sun 09-Sep-12 22:20:17

Seb's speech is making me cry

travellingwilbury Sun 09-Sep-12 22:20:48

Hurrah for Andrew and Emily !


OddGoldBoots Sun 09-Sep-12 22:20:59

Me too, onablackcloud

MrsVamos Sun 09-Sep-12 22:21:19


paRaahhlympiansgoingforgold Sun 09-Sep-12 22:22:14

woooo! Made in Britain indeed!

toomuchmonthatendofthemoney Sun 09-Sep-12 22:23:04

Gosh I am a bit teary

And I don't even like Seb Tory Coe usually. Good speech.

Think I might be a teeny bit in love with Seb Coe ...

bruffin Sun 09-Sep-12 22:25:20

I didn't dislike coldplay until tonight. Both teenage dcs have gone to bed from boredom, they loved the other closing ceremony.

cardibach Sun 09-Sep-12 22:28:42

DD (16) has gone to bed. I am staying up out of stubborness and desire not to miss the last few minutes sad

flamingtoaster Sun 09-Sep-12 22:30:18

<sob> it's been declared closed ...

caramelwaffle Sun 09-Sep-12 22:30:23

Missed the ceremony [verysadface]

Liking the speech.

The fireworks are thunderous.

Slightly tearful actually (cough)

BitOutOfPractice Sun 09-Sep-12 22:30:45

Sorry, was this a closing ceremony or a Coldplay gig and Chris Martin ego fest

Really badly judged if you ask me

PurpleAndPoppyWearer Sun 09-Sep-12 22:30:54

torch before it's too late.

toomuchmonthatendofthemoney Sun 09-Sep-12 22:31:11

It's another good speech from Philip, very sincere and heartfelt.

i love cold play - must admit if you didnt like them it would be difficult torch

PanofOlympus Sun 09-Sep-12 22:31:19

Fuck. I am actually proud to be British!

MrsVamos Sun 09-Sep-12 22:31:42


Not more Clodplay. Please.

And why are Rhianna and Jay-z there ? Relevance is ? confused

caramelwaffle Sun 09-Sep-12 22:31:47

[VERY glad to have missed Coldplay emoticom]

MrsVamos Sun 09-Sep-12 22:31:56


onablackcloud Sun 09-Sep-12 22:32:31

torch Boo hooooo

paRaahhlympiansgoingforgold Sun 09-Sep-12 22:32:32


Jonnie and Ellie!!

toomuchmonthatendofthemoney Sun 09-Sep-12 22:32:38


caramelwaffle Sun 09-Sep-12 22:32:41

Rhianna and Jay-Z (ffs!) Why? Gah!

PanofOlympus Sun 09-Sep-12 22:32:50

And a last torch from Mount Olympus!

travellingwilbury Sun 09-Sep-12 22:32:56

Oh bugger !

MrsVamos Sun 09-Sep-12 22:33:01


Don't put it out. Don't. <sobs> Not yet.

I'm not ready.


oh i love johnnie and ellie torch

paRaahhlympiansgoingforgold Sun 09-Sep-12 22:33:08

it should really end after this, sod Jay-z and RiRi!

caramelwaffle Sun 09-Sep-12 22:33:37



paRaahhlympiansgoingforgold Sun 09-Sep-12 22:34:21

Not seen much of the mascots. I will miss the weird little fuckers.

travellingwilbury Sun 09-Sep-12 22:34:24

I don't want to.go back to shit tv and nothing cheery on the news

MrsVamos Sun 09-Sep-12 22:34:40

Rio is going to be shite compared to us. wink


topbannana Sun 09-Sep-12 22:35:04

<wail> It can't be over surely even though the chairman of the IPC has just said so
Not really a big fan of Coldplay but they have been great, and I liked Rihanna dangling on her park bench. DH now gone to bed as he has work early tomorrow so now its just me, the dogs and the last bottle of beer <sob>

caramelwaffle Sun 09-Sep-12 22:35:29

paRaaahh grin Me also: grew to actually like the little blighters

paRaahhlympiansgoingforgold Sun 09-Sep-12 22:35:36

Hopefully, tomorrow will be taken up by hours of pre-parade, parade, post parade stuff, to wean us off gently....


MrsVamos Sun 09-Sep-12 22:35:43

Naice binbags she's wearing.

topbannana Sun 09-Sep-12 22:35:49

Ooh yes, and torch, while I still can grin

< shallow>
But isn't Jonny Peacock the best name ever ?

cardibach Sun 09-Sep-12 22:37:08

Elasticated shorts suit nobody, RIhanna love.

MrsVamos Sun 09-Sep-12 22:37:12

Yeah. Yeah. Yeah.


I can make noises too.

What a crock of shite.

Where's Queen ?

toomuchmonthatendofthemoney Sun 09-Sep-12 22:37:13

Why are they both wearing sunglasses? Flames too bright after a rough night, eh?

<old gimmer>

topbannana Sun 09-Sep-12 22:37:31

paRaaahh we have a pair of the little fuckers in the house. Apparently they fight a lot, but are now becoming better behaved by the day grin

caramelwaffle Sun 09-Sep-12 22:38:09

Along the lines of Johnny English (spy extraordinaire), yes grin

Moln Sun 09-Sep-12 22:38:09

Ah yes, but the good thing is that even crapper than us can still be good!


johnnie is lovely grin, as is ellie grin

and both so young

i will miss it so much, it will be flat.
though i must admit when dd complainedabout hearing that music on channel 4 , again, it is on every half an hour, i agree, i did like it.

but yes, i think is shoudl resolve just to Not watch the news from now on, good news only

travellingwilbury Sun 09-Sep-12 22:38:59

I forgot about the parade !

Yay !

For tomorrow anyway , not quite over yet .

bisjaralympics Sun 09-Sep-12 22:39:25

Just turned over to have a peek (switched over when Coldplay appeared). Is that Rhianna and JayZ? The noise hurts my ears so I've switched back to the ITV drama (rather good in a Downton Abbey kind of way).

Looks as if I haven't missed anything, which is a huge shame.

paRaahhlympiansgoingforgold Sun 09-Sep-12 22:40:00

topbanana- DD2 has some, she loves them. I started off thinking they were creepy, and now quite like them.

MrsVamos Sun 09-Sep-12 22:40:13

I am secretly hoping that we as a country are going to decide that we have had enough of being treated like shite and get off our arses and DO something. Dunno what though.


caramelwaffle Sun 09-Sep-12 22:40:13

I've found myself turning off many "bad" news stories on tv/radio, slarty

Have to get a torch in before it ends. Went last weekend with Ds who has CP and my mum and dd, and it was AMAZING, AMAZING, AMAZING. I'm seriously thinking of saving for Rio Paralympics. Don't really give a stuff about the Olympics but this is on a whole other level imo.

Any Rio MNetters want a house swap in four years time??? grin

toomanyeasterbunnies Sun 09-Sep-12 22:40:35

Not really a Coldplay fan - but do they keep repeating the same songs! [yawn]

MrsVamos Sun 09-Sep-12 22:41:02

My DCs have a Lion mascot each.

They are very well behaved. I love their manes.

cardibach Sun 09-Sep-12 22:41:56

'On the pitch'???
It's not a pitch you fool.

paRaahhlympiansgoingforgold Sun 09-Sep-12 22:42:00


ethelb Sun 09-Sep-12 22:42:23

I'm emotionally destroyed. That story about the five year old waaa!

caramelwaffle Sun 09-Sep-12 22:42:47

"Second to last song..." ? hmm

let's do it all again grin torch

MrsVamos Sun 09-Sep-12 22:43:22

Rahh, on another sporting note, have you seen it's Murray V Dickdjok tomorrow ?

Can he do it ? wink

MrsVamos Sun 09-Sep-12 22:44:03

Awww, Ellie !


SminkoPinko Sun 09-Sep-12 22:44:34

Grudgingly like this one. Suitably anthemic(is that a word?) for the occasion.

TheReturnoftheSmartArse Sun 09-Sep-12 22:44:50

My 3 gorgeous DCs are there. Though they've just texted to ask if they should start heading home. Not looking forward to getting them up for school in the morning!

paRaahhlympiansgoingforgold Sun 09-Sep-12 22:45:12

MrsV vamos rafa

it is a match I have no interest ingrin

MrsVamos Sun 09-Sep-12 22:45:12

Oh, and wasn't David Weir fantastic today ? 4 GOLDS

<makes wolf woooooo>

toomuchmonthatendofthemoney Sun 09-Sep-12 22:45:58

Love these montage bits, brilliant.

Wonder if the audience sees it on the big screens?

MrsVamos Sun 09-Sep-12 22:46:11



Same here.

Rafa is getting better. He is such a lovely lad.

do they have to go to school arse?

paRaahhlympiansgoingforgold Sun 09-Sep-12 22:46:59

I hope they end on something a bit upbeat.

'hey jude'

Moln Sun 09-Sep-12 22:47:02

Still want to know why coldplay where the only band!

MrsVamos Sun 09-Sep-12 22:47:09

Last song ?


Puppypanic Sun 09-Sep-12 22:47:24

Am crying my bloody eyes out now

paRaahhlympiansgoingforgold Sun 09-Sep-12 22:48:29



caramelwaffle Sun 09-Sep-12 22:48:30

paRaahhlympiansgoingforgold Sun 09-Sep-12 22:42:00

Shamelessly copied for future bunfight threads yes, oh yes! - to mean "peace, people, peace; only good vibes here, please".

Puppypanic Sun 09-Sep-12 22:49:04

Here are my final torch torch torch

Have loved every minute of the Olympics and paralympics

MrsVamos Sun 09-Sep-12 22:49:07



Moln Sun 09-Sep-12 22:49:36

I'm a big fan of Ellie - missed her races though due to y tv being bust for a week (bad timing or what!)

actually big fan of a good few of them, but she's a local lass!

paRaahhlympiansgoingforgold Sun 09-Sep-12 22:49:44

at least i will be spared watching the same 5 adverts that channel 4 seem to trot out hour after hour. I can quote the Oreo one, and giggle every time the bloke on the bowel cancer ad says 'poo' blush

MrsVamos Sun 09-Sep-12 22:50:08

I still think it looks like an ice-cream. torch

They should let us keep it for tomorrow, for the parade.

cardibach Sun 09-Sep-12 22:50:23

torch torch torch

ellie was always chuffed to get a pb grin

paRaahhlympiansgoingforgold Sun 09-Sep-12 22:50:41

caramel- ooh, yes!! the paralympic torch can be the 'peace and love' symbol!

MrsVamos Sun 09-Sep-12 22:50:45

I am going to miss Adam Hills. Liked Last Leg muchly.

toomuchmonthatendofthemoney Sun 09-Sep-12 22:50:51

Oooh me likey the water fountain in the middle. Here come the fireworks!!

Puppypanic Sun 09-Sep-12 22:50:59

It's a giant spliff isn't it

The closing ceremony turned out to be a bit of a Coldplay concert - bit crap if your not a Coldplay fan!!

Visuals and participants (except chris Martin & his cronies) were amazing though torch

paRaahhlympiansgoingforgold Sun 09-Sep-12 22:51:31

at least they didn't end on 'Fix you'

slits wrists

Puppypanic Sun 09-Sep-12 22:51:31

Yes yes the parade. Is it going to be televised all day?

MrsVamos Sun 09-Sep-12 22:51:37

Ooh, whizz-bangs !

cardibach Sun 09-Sep-12 22:51:43

I loved 'THe Last Leg' too, MrsV.
Very cheery end to the evenings. I like a bit of irreverance.

caramelwaffle Sun 09-Sep-12 22:52:01

Wow: the fireworks are thunderous!

Puppypanic Sun 09-Sep-12 22:52:08

It didn't rain it didn't rain!

paRaahhlympiansgoingforgold Sun 09-Sep-12 22:52:21

I loved 'last leg' too- very funny, great guests.

It's nearly oversad

cardibach Sun 09-Sep-12 22:52:48

Excellent fireworks.

MrsVamos Sun 09-Sep-12 22:52:50

AFAIK Puppy, Parade is on BBC1 from 1:30pm till about 5 ?

I ain't movin' me ass off the sofa for that.

I shall sob, shamelessly. And be PROUD.

showtunesgirl Sun 09-Sep-12 22:53:45

I'm thinking of going down for it but I would have to take 9 month old DD too. Too much for her do you reckon?

scaredycat12 Sun 09-Sep-12 22:53:47

Those fireworks on the Thames near the London eye went off about 15 minutes ago for the Thames Fesival cos I heard them! Still saves some money to use the footage for the closing ceremony!!!

caramelwaffle Sun 09-Sep-12 22:53:47

Blinkin' time delay on't telly

another Last Leg fan, i watched it last night, then very nearly watched it immeidagtley again on channel 4 +1 grin

the parade on t.v 1.30 til 4.00, then highlights in the evening, i believe

MrsVamos Sun 09-Sep-12 22:54:01


paRaahhlympiansgoingforgold Sun 09-Sep-12 22:54:06

oh. Do you think it would be wrong to book the dc into after school club, so i don't have to pick them up til it's over?

WorraLiberty Sun 09-Sep-12 22:54:10

Fuck I'm so glad someone has said there were fireworks!

I thought there was a long and mental thunderstorm in the distance (am taping the ceremony) but then I thought maybe it was that! blush

MrsVamos Sun 09-Sep-12 22:54:37


caramelwaffle Sun 09-Sep-12 22:54:51

Thank you London
Thank you UK


cardibach Sun 09-Sep-12 22:54:51

Great light show, too!

paRaahhlympiansgoingforgold Sun 09-Sep-12 22:55:16



PurpleAndPoppyWearer Sun 09-Sep-12 22:55:17

Loving Westminster wrapped in the Union Jack!

MrsVamos Sun 09-Sep-12 22:55:25

That's it.

Can't believe it's over.



paRaahhlympiansgoingforgold Sun 09-Sep-12 22:55:52

aww- he sounds a bit choked up.

MrsVamos Sun 09-Sep-12 22:56:01

Gonna miss Clare too.


cardibach Sun 09-Sep-12 22:56:10

sad torch sad torch

greatest paralympics EVER

toomuchmonthatendofthemoney Sun 09-Sep-12 22:56:45


travellingwilbury Sun 09-Sep-12 22:56:58

Bye bye lympics , its been fab !

Sparklegeek Sun 09-Sep-12 22:57:06

Proud to be British & then some!

LineRunner Sun 09-Sep-12 22:57:08

That was wonderful.

paRaahhlympiansgoingforgold Sun 09-Sep-12 22:57:23


I really should be going to bed....

MrsVamos Sun 09-Sep-12 22:57:25

I just hope that we do bloody well inspire generations.

permaquandry Sun 09-Sep-12 22:57:26

I absolutely luuuuurrrrrvvvvee Coldplay. Just wanted to spread some warmth for them (tho clearly in the minority).

As much as I enjoyed seeing them, I thought their set was a little long, not for me, but for the Paralympics closing.

MrsVamos Sun 09-Sep-12 22:58:47

Will there be a thread tomorrow for the parade ?

Are we going to cry together ?

MrsVamos Sun 09-Sep-12 22:59:17

If so, I shall see you then.

MWAH to all.

caramelwaffle Sun 09-Sep-12 22:59:32

I saw Clare Balding walking through the Olympic Park: she is very small and VERY gracious in the face of autograph/picture hunters - even when clearly in a hurry to get somewhere (always liked her emoticom- she's proved me right)

paRaahhlympiansgoingforgold Sun 09-Sep-12 23:00:08

There should be a thread. With tissues.


(is it like Cinderella, will torch go pffft at midnight?)

travellingwilbury Sun 09-Sep-12 23:00:26

See you all tomorrow for the parade .

paRaahhlympiansgoingforgold Sun 09-Sep-12 23:00:54

What does Seb do now???

i preferred this closing ceremony.

paRaahhlympiansgoingforgold Sun 09-Sep-12 23:01:19

Nighty night.

It has been amazingtorch

caramelwaffle Sun 09-Sep-12 23:02:08

Night all torch

Parade tomorrow.

oh clare, did anyone else see the clip of her giving flowers. she was massively cheered and she seemed so nervous and surprised about it,

TheReturnoftheSmartArse Sun 09-Sep-12 23:02:29

Slarty , I suggested to DS (8) that he might like to go in later. He said no because he wants "to show off to my friends". Charming. hmm

toomuchmonthatendofthemoney Sun 09-Sep-12 23:02:57

Yes I'll be back for a parade thread

DisabilEightiesChick Sun 09-Sep-12 23:07:41


toomuchmonthatendofthemoney Sun 09-Sep-12 23:08:35

Oh Clare, stop, I will really blub now!!

paRaahhlympiansgoingforgold Sun 09-Sep-12 23:11:51


really going now....

MrsVamos Sun 09-Sep-12 23:12:37

This must be the only MaccyD ad I like.


your lucky dcs smart arse, going to the closing ceremony

bisjaralympics Sun 09-Sep-12 23:15:45

Can't believe it is all over torch sad.

We had a brilliant time and were lucky enough to see 8 events. Memories for life and a generation inspired.

Ds was hugely lucky to meet the GB wheelchair basketball team and the GB swimming team (and managed to wear two medals!). I was amazed at how approachable and friendly everyone was, happy to share their time with an enthusiastic 8 yr old who had no fear in asking them loads of questions about their various disabilities.

topbannana Sun 09-Sep-12 23:50:19

Just before he tottered off to bed, DH said "I suppose we will either have to start talking to each other again or take up scrabble now!"
I love DH very much but still............

hatsybatsy Mon 10-Sep-12 12:24:23

we were there - with the kids - it was fabulous! we missed various bits (guess you can't see it all from every angle) but the music, those trucks, all the fire and the fireworks - just amazing.

spent large chunks of the night trying not to blub - very emotional seeing all the athletes and then realising that that really is it.

sadly can't make the parade today - but will be watching on tv..... (with dd who is shattered so school have agreed she can come home this afternnoon!!)

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