Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Meredith Would Have Been So Proud Of The Beautiful Smart High Achieving Olympics In Her Home Town

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So we are being told by those who knew her.

She would have been so proud, with the sheer diversity oif the show, with more nations than ever winning medals even though so many of them are on shoestring budgets, with the UK medal count third in the golds and fourth overall.

With all the women athletes on the tv screen seemingly for more than half of the time - the first Olympics where men and women had an equal number of events. And with audiences that went wild with applause over great performances quite regardless of where they were from.

She would have been so impressed with the amazingly smooth management, the diversity of venues picked in part for their sheer beauty, and the giant high-tech disco that was the Olympic Arena in the awesome opening and closing ceremonies.

And she would have laughed too. The British as usual were very funny. Meredith had a much exercised sense of humor. She would have seriously cracked up at the secret agent queen.

We could see where Meredith was born, in many of the aerial shots of London - in the lively cultural neighborhood right behind the London Eye, the giant ferris wheel on the south bank - before her family moved south to outer London. 

Asking around what would have appealed the most to her, we are told: “Of the events probably the gymnastics and the Tai Kwon Do, and also the equestrian events. And of the music at the closing, probably the Spice Girls and Brian May of Queen”.

No good video yet of Brian May and the late Freddie Mercury (whose origins also were in exotic India), but take it away, Spice Girls! Top: the UK TV version. And here: German TV with sharp sound.

Posted by Our Main Posters on 08/15/12 at 02:51 PM in Concerning MeredithThe officially involvedVictims family

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The closing ceremony was very good- with the British taxis. Ah, somethings never change, indeed.

Surely you are joking when you say “The British as usual were very funny”- of course they understand jokes sometimes. Or, do you mean our British friends on the board? They take everything very seriously.

Well done, It’s over. Turn over, Brazil!

The universe is all a spin-off of the Big Bang.

Posted by chami on 08/15/12 at 06:18 PM | #

Hi Chami-wallah

Stiff upper lip, right?! Dry humor. You notice the queen didnt smile?

BTW probably more english speakers reside in India than all of the rest of the world added together. More cricketers too. (Indians play cricket and Bits play “rugger” every weekend in Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx.)

The Brits may seem out of step driving on the left when countries to the north, south, east and west drive on the right. But India, Japan and some other countries also drive on the left adding up to maybe 1.5 billion.

I was living in Nigeria when they changed over - crazy country full of crazy drivers - after the change we had trouble noticing much difference. They all still drove in the middle.

Hong Kong regrets now not doing the change over back then. But back then they were making unification harder.

Posted by Peter Quennell on 08/15/12 at 06:48 PM | #

The 2012 Olympics were simply amazing.  Away from home I was still able to capture the spirit and excitement of the events. 

I believe Meredith would have soaked it all up with enormous and generous enthusiasm. 

Such a diversity of experience across the board from the ceremonies to the venues to the competitors to the winners. 

One of the most striking features of these Olympics was the number of first-timers allowed to participate - that surely is what the Olympics is all about - having a go - and that was what Meredith stood for, I imagine.  Having a go, entering into it all and living!

Personally, I am way proud of Great Britain’s showing both as a host nation and as a competitor ranked 3rd in GOLD medals!  Just hope we can keep it up next time!!

Fantastic bit with the Queen and James Bond - Meredith surely would have been in hoots! 

Yay, way to go.  😊

Posted by thundering on 08/16/12 at 10:38 AM | #

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