London 2012 Olympics: Closing Ceremony

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Just like what I did for the Opening Ceremony of the London Olympics two weeks ago, I woke up as early as 3:50 AM to catch the live coverage.  I do not want to meddle with the drama I have experienced with that coverage channel so let’s go on. (Again my apologies for my twitter outburst)

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Witnessed by millions of viewers all around the world, the Closing Ceremony kicked off with stunning structures of London, right smack in the middle of the stadium.  A replica of the Big Ben itself chimed its bell 10 times to a countdown.  Again the whole set was so magnificent.

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With all the cheers and applause, Emeli Sande was on stage as she sang beautifully a song called Read All About It.  Then on top of the Big Ben I saw Wormtongue himself! Haha!  Yeah he’s actor Timothy Spall as Winston Churchill, speaking some excerpts from Shakespeare “The Tempest.”  I did observe that the set were all wrapped in newspapers.  Astonishing imagery and effect!

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After the UK’s National Anthem, Michael Caine did a voice appearance as Butler Alfred as he counted down 5 to 0, and soon after, a car exploded and two men dressed as Batman and Robin came into view!

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British band Madness performed their hit “Our House” to the crowd’s delight.  Followed by Music Icons Pet Shop Boys.  I remembered when I was young I was afraid of their cult-like music and bizarre and somehow androgynous appearance.  Well they were still that weird, as they performed “West End Girls” while being pulled by cyclists, black spikey and red-orange unusually shaped hats and all.

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Creative Director Kim Gavin certainly wanted this grandiose celebration to cater all ages, as the boys of the hugely popular boy-band OneDirection were next to perform and the crowd went crazy!

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Afterwards, Stomp did a massive production followed shortly by Britains Got Talent winners Spelbound.  Both acts were so brilliant!  After Ray Davis of The Kinks performed, Emeli Sande is back to sing Read All About It, and I was emotional as a tribute video featured some of the victorious highlights of the Olympics.  That was touching.

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Next portion is the entrance of the flags and the athletes.  It was very lovely to see all athletes entering the stadium—204 nations, 1000+ number of participants, united as one.  To cap off the portion, another tribute video, this time in a monochromatic style, featured more triumphant moments of the Olympics.  Goosebumps!

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After the traditional victory ceremony for Men’s Marathon Final and the introduction of the volunteers, the crowd were treated with a brief interlude of Queen’s iconic song Bohemian Rhapsody, then the kids of Liverpool Philharmonic Youth Choir and Liverpool Signing Choir performed the Beatles’ classic Imagine with the help of a video of John Lennon himself.  I was in awe, overwhelmed with emotions, and literally crying.  That was probably one of my favourite moments of the Closing Ceremony. (Then the coverage was interrupted to their Morning Show and my heart was crushed. Damn you TV5)

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Next up was George Michael in his true total performer form.  He sang Freedom and White Light.  Followed by Kaiser Chiefs with their rendition of The Who’s Pinball Wizard! Woohoo!  It did not stop there, as David Bowie hits were played and several Hot British Supermodels appeared, wearing British fashion designer Alexander McQueen.  Creepy Annie Lennox was next, performing on top of an eerie pirate ship.  Well that production number was over the top!

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Another personal favourite moment of the Closing Ceremony was Ed Sheeran’s performance!  He sang a Pink Floyd classic Wish You Were Here, while a man is seen balancing on a rope.

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Funny man Russell Brand surprised the audience by coming to the stadium riding on top of a psychedelic bus, doing a Pure Imagination rendition from Willy Wonka.

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Then it’s time to party!  DJ Fatboy Slim came into the spotlight and played several of his dance hits.  The octopus set was hippie cool and dope!  Then Jessie J sang her smash hit Price Tag, then out in the gorgeous car was Tinie Tempah with his own smash Written In The Stars.  Lastly, Taio Cruz was next to come out of the car to the tune of his hit Dynamite, and it goes on and on and on indeed!  To cap off this segment, the trio chart toppers gathered on stage and performed Bee GeesYou Should Be Dancing.

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However, one of the major and much-anticipated highlights of the whole celebration was the reunion performance of 90’s pop group Spice Girls.  They sang two of their greatest hits – Wannabe, and Spice Up Your Life to the audience’s roaring applause.  Nostalgia continued with a comeback performance of Liam Gallagher.  I was delighted to see him perform Wonderwall live again!

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I have to say, I am in love with all the song selections.  Even from Mr. Blue Sky and Eric Idle appearance with Always Look On The Bright Side Of Things, to Muse’s theme song for the Olympics Survival.

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Another memorable moment from the London Olympics was the haunting appearance of the late great music icon Freddie Mercury, which later joined by the rest of the members of QueenBrian May and Roger Taylor, playing to what seems to be the staple song of every competitive event – We Will Rock You.  This time around they were joined by Jessie J.  Everything turned out to be A-M-A-Z-I-N-G.

After the traditional Greek National Anthem and the speeches that ended with the London mayor handing over the Olympic flag to the mayor of Rio.

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And here comes RIO!  They gave us a festive sneak peek of what’s in store for the Olympics in 2016.  What a wonderful production!  You know what; I will definitely work hard for me to catch the Rio Olympics in 2016.  This will be the first time for a South American country to host this event!

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London 2012 organizer Sebastian Coe, said London presented “wonderful Games in a wonderful city,” adding that “we lit the flame and we lit up the world.” He also said: “When our time came, Britain, we did it right.”  That was moving.  After the chairman announced that the Summer Olympics in London is officially closed, the Olympic flames were slowly extinguished.  Such a bittersweet moment for me, again I was moved.  The whole event ended with Take That and The Who, and to a breathtaking display of fireworks.

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I cannot believe that London Olympics 2012 has come to an end.   London did a very exceptional job in hosting this year’s Olympics.   And I also heard that each participant/singer/performer for the Olympic Ceremonies was only given £1.00 which is equivalent to P65.00?  That is truly remarkable and admirable.

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16 days of glory, punctuated in a spectacular conclusion, I am delighted that I was able to witness this sensational event.

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