Reading the rugby thread made me think of this upcoming event. Singing at the rugby world cup is obviously awesome, but this would be MASSIVE. Any chance Hayley would sing at this as a Kiwi based in London? I remember Salt Lake City had some televised concerts throughout the duration of the games.
Braved the rain earlier today to get a glimpse of the Olympic torch on its way through Armagh city. It's not everyday something like this happens almost on your doorstep, and something I'm never likely to see again.
I was very impressed by the Queen's acting debut at the Olympic Games Opening Ceremony last night. As well as a great sense of humour, she showed she has a good eye for continuity by wearing the same outfit at the stadium that she wore in the film.
I have to say that that opening ceremony made me feel proud. It was wonderful, a fantastic show with things following so quickly that it must have confused anyone not familiar with British history. Blink and you missed it. Riveting.
There were only 3 downsides. The rendition of Abide with Me was not great. Never heard of the girl who sang it, but I can name I'ms sure at least a dozen beter choices even if we restrict it to singers of British nationality. But if we don't have that restriction, we all know there is only once choice.
Secondly Seb Coe's speech went on for far too long. The Queens speec on the other hand was excellent.
Anf Sir Paul McCartney. It seems he can no longer sing in tune, and I was cringing through that performance.
Loved the bit where the Queen was with "James Bond". The way those corgis behaved told me a lot about the sort of person our Queen is. They were very obviously happy dogs, and used to being around her.
Only saw a few snippetts of the opening ceremony - the first 10 minutes or so (up to the IK Brunel speech) looked at as though it was going to be quite spectacular.
Somewhere in the middle I saw a dreadful group I didn't recognise singing and then came in in time to see the flame lit and the cauldron which I did think was brilliant - but why oh why did they have to let McCartney loose to end it with Hey Jude? His voice has gone his looks have gone wish he was gone!
Not much of a sports fan but did watch the archery this evening - Italy winning the gold medal by one point was spine tingling.
Our street party went quite well, It may have appeared to passers by that it was something to do with the Olympics with various colours of bunting and flags on display. Although that was just a coincidence.
The music ran for eight hours so I had several opportunities to play Hayley. On the Olympic theme I started with Chariots of Fire and then World in Union which seemed quite appropriate for the occasion. I also got in the James Last and Hayley song from Hansi, Once upon a time in America, Metti una sera a cena, Here's to you and World in Union again as we were ending the evening.
Some of the guests were quite impressed with Hayley although they had never heard her before, although yesterday, they had no choice
It rained (Torrential showers) on and off all during the afternoon and evening and we had a little bit of bother mixing water and electricity and mobile phone signals but there were no fatalities
" But you make me forget so very much.
I forget to pray for the Angels
and then the Angels forget to pray for us. " ......Leonard Cohen
IThe rendition of Abide with Me was not great. Never heard of the girl who sang it, but I can name I'ms sure at least a dozen beter choices even if we restrict it to singers of British nationality. But if we don't have that restriction, we all know there is only once choice.
Hi Martin D,
I was wondering about this one song. NBC did not show this portion in their coverage to America. If this song would have been sung by Hayley, 42 million Americans would've been watching,
Good that Mike Oldfield was featured. And then when Simon Rattle was introduced, I thought something like the summer proms would be next. It was the theme to Chariots of Fire bng performed. I nearly fell out of my chair when the camera zoomed out on the bloke playing a sustained note on the synth...Rowan Atkinson's Mr Bean! Stunning how amazing that seaside run on that ionic Scottish beach was done.
Poignant also was 'God Save the Queen' performed by pyjama-clad deaf and hearing-impaired children.