Oh my the Chinese will be ahard act to follow. What a shambles the British effort was, veryembarrassing indeed. A double decker bus, beckham, an xfactor winner, asweaty aging rock star, dancers with umbrellas throwng newspaperseverywhere. I guess a good symbol of modern day Britain. I fear ourefforts will always be second class to China. This might show newlabour off for what they are and what they have done to our once greatcountry
Thedancing was a bit straggly in the ” London ” routine . After seeing allthe cyclists taking part,the Chinese will think “Nobody can afford carsin London ”
TheBritish “teaser” was ok, but we were disappointed to see the performerin the wheelchair was not in fact disabled but was leaping around laterin the dance.
英国人还不赖，不过当我们发现那位坐轮椅的表演者根本不是残疾的时候—他在稍后的舞蹈中到处蹦达来着 — 好失望呀么好失望。
Didanyone else this the ‘London 8 minutes’ presentation was – dare I sayit – rubbish!? Leona sang her heart out on top of a ladder, on top of abus whilst 20 contemporary dancers did their stuff way below. It wasjust so low key relative to what had gone on before it.
Butoh, our offering at the closing ceremony was embarrassing.A red bus,apop singer, an ageing rocker and an overpaid ball kicker was awful.Where was our great Island heritage portrayed in all this flummery?
哦，我们在闭幕式上的表现真丢脸。一辆红吧是，一个流行歌手，一个摇滚老头，还有个我们付了太多薪水给他的踢球的家伙 — 这一切都太糟糕了。在这堆乱七八糟的糟粕里头，我们这个伟大岛屿的传承却无处可见。
Organisers – please do better for us in 2012.
组织者 — 行行好，好好干〜在2012年给我们挣点脸
And why can’t Boris button his jacket? Too fat or bad tailoring?
I’vejust watched the Olympic closing ceremony, and as I feared, Britain’scontribution was embarassing and totally pathetic – I just hope theymanage to do better in 2012. It will obviously be impossible to rivalthe spectacular pageant that Beijing provided, but I thought thedancing (if you can call that dancing) and the Leona Lewis/Jimmy Pageeffort was just pitiful. Hopefully, we can ditch all this governmentinspired ‘Cool Britannia’ garbage and present something a bit moreslick and professional.
I agree that Adrian Childs was poor: he seemed to think that he was on the One Show.
The London Bus routine was pretty much rubbish … the music was poor and everything smacked of pop culture. Period.
The Games themselves were superbly run. The BBC was teetering on the brink of overblown nationalism, however.
I’m staying in Singapore and feel embarrassed to go to work tomorrow after that dreadful showing by London 2012
I live in Germany and, like the person from Singapore, will be ashamed to meet my friends tomorrow
JimmyPage and David Beckham have been massive icons of British popularculture. I’m not especially a fan of either, but they perfectly suitedto the ceremony.
Notbothered either way about Leona whatshername, but the chiefembarrassment, reducing us instantly to laughing stock of the world anddiminishing at a stroke the achievements of our athletes, was thepresence of Boris Bloody Johnson!!! This man symbolizes everythingwrong with Britain – a deeply untalented buffoon, with a thoroughlysinister interior. Get him off the stage once and for all.
WhenI heard about the plans for the London presentation, including the”arrangement” of the national anthem and the rehashed 70s rock music, Ithought “it can’t possibly be as bad as I’m imagining it”. Well, itwasn’t. It was a thousand, toe-curlingly hideous times worse. Againstthe dignity, seriousness and power of the Chinese displays, it was sofar beyond embarrassing, my brain has already almost forgotten it, in adesperate paroxysm of self-defence.
omg, I hope our eight minutes during the closing ceremony is not a foretaste of the tackiness to come in four years time. “
It felt a lot longer than eight minutes….. Every cringe and every gasp of horror made it feel like a lifetime!
If that is all we have to offer, lets hope the rest of the world has popped out down the pub when we take centre stage.
Ourathletes deserve much better than this, they did us proud in Beijing(lets not forget the Paralympics too) and will continue to do so.
Mindyou, from the wretched logo to the vacuous miming chick to David BloodyBeckham, it was all a perfect reflection of London and England as theynow are: cheap, tatty, shallow, and above all laughing enormously attheir own jokes while the rest of the world looks on with contempt.Perfect.
Now, 2012… where can I go to avoid it all? Please can I move to China?
Ihave been glued to the Olympics constantly and very proud of Team GBbut my god what on earth was that 8 minute section in the closingceremony.
The chinese put on a fantastic show and we have basically a red bus and a sparkler.
Who ever put this together should be sacked before we are embarressed anymore.
By the way BBC should be given a gold medal for the coverage, first class.
Abeautifully organised Games all around, then Boris appears, jacketundone, looking like a drunk who gatecrashed the party, what anembarrassment
Ihave a Grandson living and working in Beijing and I only hope he staysunder cover until the humilation dies down a little. It certainly willnever go away.
In 8 mins we have become the laughing stock of the world.
Ithought it was fine. Are we going to have to look forward to anotherfour years of whingeing about the Olympics? If so, I’m glad I’m livingin China.
—- Leona！ Poor girls must be so nervous!
—- She sounds like a whale mating
I didn’t think it was possibly but this both sucks and blows.
Grow up London 2012 and stop trying to be so ‘cool’. This is embarrassing.
Funnyhow the Beijing Olympics had absolutely nothing to do with Beijing.They were all about China. But the London Olympics are apparently allabout London.
Is anyone else finding this all a bit shabby after the chinese dancing etc
Why don’t my buses look like that?
TheChinese did it again the closing was amazing. First class and out ofthis world. The one negative was the London Show what in the heck wasthat. In Athens when the Chinese did there welccome to show it wasamazing and you knew you where going to get something special inBeijing. I hope that London does better than what they showed to-day.
Replicateit, we don’t have a chance it hell. For one thing we’ll be lucky tofind 1% of the volunteers from Beijing. Perhaps all the people claimingon benefits should be forced to volunteer !!!
Forgetabout the image of Myra Hindley. What about the image of some guypainting graffiti on a wall? What are we trying to say here? “Come toLondon, where criminal disfigurement of public property is welcomed andcelebrated?!”
Dontknow what to laugh more at – the tacky 8 minutes of rubbish the UK puton in Beijing or the smug comments on here about how “At least we arefree..” Last time I looked the UK was the most watched (CCTV) nation onearth and we have a government that has used fear and hate to strip usof freedoms on a daily basis. The only difference between the UK andChina is that they wasted billions more than we can afford to- but Imsure we’ll waste as much as we can. But freedom?? Dont make me laugh!
Terry Roberts, Shropshire
TheChinese people seem to love all things western (David Beckham includedby the looks of it) but in return all we can do is bad mouth them andshow no respect. What does that say about us.
There’s an old saying, treat people the same as how you would like to be treated.
Oops, I forgot about the fireworks. Weren’t they wonderful!
I was so impressed by how they managed to create the Olympic Rings in the sky – truly amazing.
Thank you China.
[cheesed-off], United Kingdom
Inmy time I’ve witnessed countless Royal Variety Performances and theopening ceremony of the Dome. This British fiasco was worse than any ofthem, and even at only eight minutes seemed interminable. No wonderLondon mayor Boris Johnson looked so uncomfortable beforehand. He musthave known what was coming.
Ihave two tips for you, Boris. Keep your hands out of your pockets whenattending high-profile events like this, and secondly fire whoeverresponsible for this fiasco and hire proper showbiz professionals from Las Vegas if necessary to handle the opening and closingceremonies in 2012. Another toe-curling embarrassment like this wouldbe unendurable.
The closing ceremony was, as expected, spectacular and beautiful.
I have just finished watching the Closing ceremony of the Beijing Olympics. I must say that it was an incredible show from the beginning to the end. The whole event went on very smoothly. I agree with the IOC chairman that these games have opened China to the world and the world to China.
Thank you family of China. Thank you Beijing 2008.
We are all Children of the World and China have proved that to us.
All of the Olympians deserve credit for all the dedication and effort. It is the Greatest Show on Earth. With the best of the best. 2012 will be a great test for GB and as one Nation what a great challenge for us.
Well done China on a fantastic organisation of the games which was flawless and Team GB for their medal haul. Thank you China for putting the U.S into second place.
Well done, China! You have given the world a magnificent Olympics despite the efforts of the chattering classes in the Western media to portray you as some Stalinist state.
The female who hugged Yao Ming was Lauren Jackson, an Australia basketball player playing in WNBA. After Yao entered NBA, there was rumor she had a crush on Yao, but Yao turned her down. There were many gossip about them.
So, seeing them hugging at the closing ceremony really really made me laugh, because 4 years ago, at the closing ceremony of Athens Olympic, Yao and his girlfriend ‘Ye Li’ came out together and that was the first time their relationship went public
What was that red bus /umbrella garbage all about? What an embarrassment for UK. It was not so much the pathetic handover performance that upset me, but the arrogant, rude and disgraceful behavior of London’s mayor Boris Johnson when attending the handover party in Bejing. Show some respect Mr BJ ! Beijing was a gracious host and deserves some praise at the handover.
TMD 红色巴士和垃圾雨伞到底是虾米啊？？！！真是给英国丢脸啊。从来没有比这次可怜的交接仪式更雷到我的了。而那个伦敦市长Boris Johnson 在北京闭幕式的交接仪式上无知、粗鲁和毫无尊重的表现更是丢人。给北京一点尊重吧！北京是个热情和蔼的主人，在交接仪式上值得尊重！！
Production of Global sporting superstars at the 2008 Beijing Games is correct and will remain memorable. Yet, some of us tend to place focus on matters of less importance and one wonders what is their ulterior motives. All countries with high crime rates should learn from these recently concluded games, and note that it is of high importance to develop the youths sporting potential from a tender age, so that their high energy can be burnt in the right direction and not in criminal activities.
Hollis N Hosein, Trinidad and Tobago -WI
8 minutes of total rubbish , What the hell are we playing at , That whole bus thing and crazy people was a total sham , And as for the indian girl representing the children of England well I have seen it all now . What a mess , 2012 wont be a patch on this olympics.
Well done China, well presented games, Boris came across well, showed we have a good mayor, who knows what London has to do to ensure we put on a good show, advice from those of us who are still British is dump most of the things in the 8 minutes as they are not in tune with London/British values or what people know us for, increase the use of the union flag as the useless logo looks half useful in that guise! Boris has clearly been saddled with Livingston’s leftie leftovers, dump them be bold!
[GlobalTemplar], Kingston upon Thames, United Kingdom
It has been a long time that I felt embarrassed for 8 long minutes. I really hope the organizers get there act together for the 2012 Olympics in London, because whether we like it or not the Chinese did a wonderful job from beginning to end. Whether true or false, let us hope the Red Arrows will do a fly past at the opening ceremony in London because that will be something worth watching, unless of course Boris has something up his sleeve to surprise us all.
很长一段时间内，我都为我们的8分钟感到丢脸，我真心希望那些组织者去为了我们的2012年伦敦奥运会，一起去那里（北京）看看，因为不管我们喜欢与否，中国人从头到尾都做得非常棒。无论正确与否，让我们希望在伦敦开幕式前the Red Arrows（英国红箭飞行表演队，在BBC开幕式的评论上就有英国人提到我们不会又上红箭吧，看来英国果然只有红箭啊-_-）能够腾飞起来，只有那样，说不定才有点看头，除非Boris又把他的手揣在兜里，来给我们所有人一个惊喜！
In the London segment in the final countdown at the end of the Bejing olypics was total rubbish. If that is the best we can do to portray ourselves, then what will the rest of the world think. As a once great country we are now behind the third world, Shame
Thomas Smith, Newcastle upon Tyne
There is one word for the “London 2012” presentation at the Beijing Olympic closing ceremony…naff !
This includes Boris Johnson who looked as though he is in need of a decent tailor. It would help if he buttoned up his jacket. He looked like a 4th form schoolboy.
The Chinese show was magnificent. Our athletes were brilliant.
这其中包括咱们的市长大人Boris Johnson ，他看起来需要一个体面的形象顾问，如果他把扣子扣上，看起来也不会那么，他看起来像一个4年级的中学生！
The closing ceremony was just fine apart from the British bit which was simply atrocious!
Why did we have some prehistoric rock guitarist and a talent show winner miming to some abysmal sound track? What has David Beckham got to do with the Olympics? Hardly portrays a young, vibrant and exciting vision of what the 2012 games might offer.
If this is an example of how good London’s Olympics is going to be, then perhaps Boris should ask the Chinese to keep the Olympic flame in Beijing.
The Beijing to London handover shows how ill equipped we are to deal with an event of this scale.
Compared to spectacular displays by the Chinese, our offering is a pathetic embarrassment.
The 2012 Party belongs on Blue Peter and was on par with an end of term school show: Scouting for Girls destroying London’s Calling; Morrisons’ theme tune by Last Choir Standing and The Feeling playing with no feeling at all.
Is this all Britain has to offer?
2012年的开幕式应该是以Blue Peter 为主吧，而闭幕式会以中学毕业晚会的形式来搞：调戏女孩子的声音毁坏伦敦的通讯；合唱团唱Morrisons的诗歌腔调；唯一的感觉就是没有感觉。
I see censorship and control by the state-owned media continues.
Where is the report on the BBC website of the celebrations in the Olympic borough of Waltham Forest being canceled because of yet another knife murder, this time yards away from where the choir was supposed to sing to the cheering happy crowds in Walthamstow, who instead were replaced by the police investigating a crime scene.
You couldn’t make it up. You really are a Ministry of Truth.
humble scholar, London, United Kingdom
The Chinese showed their rich heritage and history in a dignified and beautiful performance.
Us? We showed just what a farce 2012 will be.
Our country’s heritage (prior to the last government!) is one to be proud of. We have customs and a richer history than many others. So why are we showing a logo from the 70’s (I’m a designer, it’s shocking!) and a display of ageing rock, one-hit wonders, chavs and only modern London?
I’m proud to be English, but in 2012? I may be moving…
Lets hope the UK can match the chinese games with same character and skill! Well its all up to Boris now and his management capabillities!! We know our athletes are capable!! Mind you he has on hell of a job to beat!!
[newtried], maidenhead, United Kingdom
Why couldn’t the BBC TV commentators just shut up when there is music on the screen? They did the same stupid thing at the opening and once again today. The TV is there for us to WATCH and when the music is on why give commentary? Also so much about history and the meaning of this and the meaning of that and the symbolism of this and that. For Heavans sake WHY did they not just shut up and let us listen to the music, to the drums and all that was happening. This was a disastrous coverage.
606: “A beautifully organised Games all around, then Boris appears, jacket undone, looking like a drunk who gatecrashed the party, what an embarrassment.”
AND HERE’S BECKS! AND A WOMAN IN A RUNNING OUTFIT PLAYING A VIOLIN! Becks boots a ball into the crowd… just the one, and it doesn’t quite make the crowd… a couple of officials have a bit of a scrabble over it… and that’s that, London’s eight minutes are up… what to make of that?