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The end of 'lympics

The Paralympic Closing Ceremonies were fun! I loved the steampunk aesthetic. The homemade-look and the focus on using a more central subset of the stadium meant the whole event felt more intimate and cohesive than its predecessor ceremonies. The giant fish! The dinosaur car! Brief glimpses of a fast-moving motorcycle on a high wire! Lots of whirling flame! Really good use of the pixels too, well-thought out and integrated, not just "oh look, cool pixels we can do things with!"

We had to pause the broadcast periodically to look after little Grouting. Near the end, pausing, we heard booming outside. Distant but loud and thought - fireworks at Stratford? They were! And twenty minutes of unpaused broadcast later, we saw those we'd heard via streamed aerial shots.

Help me with cultural ignorance: why are Coldplay so derisible? FB comments make it clear they are. I mostly only knew them from the one song of theirs I have on DDR.


Sep. 11th, 2012 08:47 pm (UTC)
Coldplay - dad.
I'm with Marzapane on this. And yes, C's dad approves.

The lyrics to some of their songs can be interpreted as a good fit to the paralympics, and there are not very many popular bands who could fit the paraorchestra so seamlessly into their repertoire.

I thoroughly enjoyed the show (from a recording so we could ff the adverts) and thought the steampunk/homemade theme fit the paralympic tone very well indeed. The commentator made the connection that many of the prosthetics are custom modified, sometimes by the user themselves, and that parts are frequently re-used for other purposes. The parasaurus was my favourite too, until the fish gained it's eyes and scales.

I couldn't fathom the four seasons theme at all, for any part of it really.