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Archive for July 27th, 2012

Odds Blog: Sue’s Olympic Experiences (7)

Posted by indigodream on 27 July, 2012

Friday 27th July – 10.05pm

Ha, Frankie Goes to Hollywood – could not believe it when I heard it at the rehearsal – I remember when that song was released and the video was banned by the BBC πŸ™‚

At the rehearsal – the light show for Dizzee Rascal’s first song – at this point my poor phone camera ran out of charge – just too much to capture πŸ™‚

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Odds Blog: Sue’s Olympic Experiences (6)

Posted by indigodream on 27 July, 2012

Friday 27th July – 9.45pm

Richard at Glastonbury Tor!

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Odds Blog: Sue’s Olympic Experiences (5)

Posted by indigodream on 27 July, 2012

Friday 27th July – 9.40pm

I’ve had over 100 hits from a ‘tubular bells’ fans forum – for all of you – HERE HE IS πŸ™‚

The light display around the bowl is created by LED panels fixed to each seat – at the rehearsal we were allowed to detach them and make our own lightshow – I hope the audience tonight is allowed to play with them!

Amazing control of each individual light (there’s more to come) – hours of programming I imagine…

The LED panels at the back of every seat…

The LEDs – 9 per panel – who would have thought that such a tiny panel could make such brilliant displays…

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Odds Blog: Sue’s Olympic Experiences (4)

Posted by indigodream on 27 July, 2012

Friday 27th July – 9.20pm

Hope you’re enjoying the show – I’m just as thrilled now as when I saw these bits at the rehearsal – the noise in the bowl was unbelievable – I could feel the vibrations from all of the drums right through my body…

Sorry for the quality of the pics – they were taken on my phone – regretted a million times that I hadn’t taken a proper camera…

At the rehearsal – I couldn’t believe how quickly the scenery changed – I expect the people that lived through the industrial revolution couldn’t either…

At the rehearsal – the newly forged rings – so Olympics and yet so Tolkien – very clever….

I could not believe those rings – amazing!

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Odds Blog: Sue’s Olympic Experiences (3)

Posted by indigodream on 27 July, 2012

Friday 27th July – 8.54am

I’m at home with the hounds – I am being very politically correct – drinking diet coke and eating cadbury’s chocolate – so that’s two official sponsors placated πŸ™‚

I’ll pass on the MacDonalds!

Richard is there!

This is where Richard was stewarding earlier – I’m not sure of he’s still there but I hope has a good view wherever he is…

At the rehearsal – getting the blue sea silks ready for unrolling…

At the rehearsal – the view from under the sea silks..

At the rehearsal – the silks rippling round the bowl…

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Odds Blog: Richard’s Olympic Experiences (2)

Posted by indigodream on 27 July, 2012

The briefing room – there are at least 1,000 volunteers on duty today..

Friday 27th July

Richard’s shift as an Olympic volunteer started at 2pm – he sounds so excited!

This is the update he emailed at 2.25pm:

“Volunteers gathering,Β  excitement growing, hard to hear as everybody trying to tell everybody about their experiences so far at rehearsals. Big smiles, eager anticipation, briefing soon. Loads of noise from stadium as people practice, some new music . . . . . I really can’t wait.”

Followed shortly by a text saying:

“Briefing starting, first welcome cheer so loud. Volunteers getting excellent feedback from audience. No pressure tonight only billion people watching”

I am so happy for him (and not a bit jealous :-P) – I think that he may even be working inside the stadium itself so I hope that he gets a great view of the show, though I’m sure they’ll keep the volunteers busy.

He and the other volunteers are vital to the orderly running of tonight’s extravaganza – though let it not be said that I didn’t make a contribution – I did wash and iron his uniform!

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