london olympic opening ceremony

Keith Moon At The London Olympics

Why does no one remember when Keith Moon had a letter wrote to him by the 2012 London Olympic committee asking to perform at the opening ceremony? The letter was wrote in complete seriousness. His manager responded by saying:

‘Unfortunately, Mr Moon is not available for the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics as he currently resides in (name of cemetery). He has been there since 1978. If however, you really require him to play, I suggest you conduct a seance.
Kind Regards’

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one gifset per appearance → olympic opening ceremony, london (27/07/2012)

The British Royal Family attended the 2012 London Olympics opening ceremony, directed by Danny Boyle. In it, there was a sketch of James Bond visiting the Queen in Buckingham Palace where he escorts her by helicopter to the Olympic Stadium and they supposedly parachute off. The part where the Queen makes Daniel Craig wait was completely improvised.

An Olympic Moment

Part of my Special Relationship AU (AO3)

A few shoutouts for this chapter:

@steggyisimmortal, whose headcanons are the lifeblood of this chapter

@ladyanj, who requested this chapter for the follower celebration

@take-me-to-ny, for being a wonderful cheerleader 

“This feels rather like a school trip,” Peggy mused as she and Steve stood in line for the coaches that would transport them from Buckingham Palace to the Olympic Arena.

Steve snorted and fanned himself with his ID tag. “We even have little pieces of paper with our names on them so we don’t get lost en route.”

“You would think, since we are all at least somewhat capable of running a country, we would be capable of getting ourselves from once place to another.”

The monitor at the door gave Peggy a strange look as she boarded the bus, Steve following right behind her. At Steve’s questioning glance, Peggy winced. “My presence here may be outside the realm of standard protocol.”

Peggy marched toward the back of the bus, intent on claiming the window seat. She plopped herself into the seat and set an imperious look his way which was met with a smug grin. He sat next to her, just slightly closer than what would be deemed an appropriate distance for two colleagues.

“Don’t go getting a big head,” Peggy huffed, a sharp elbow to his side punctuating her statement.

“I’m not!” Steve exclaimed, affronted.

“Yes, you are. I can see it swelling as we speak.”

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“50 Things About Me”

  1. I was born in Burgos
  2. I was raised in Oviedo, capital of Asturias
  3. My dad used to play football, and he was left-footed as me
  4. I’m a shareholder and fan of Real Oviedo
  5. I have won an U19 European tournament with Spain
  6. I have won the Copa del Rey with Valencia with Koeman as manager
  7. I have won the Champions League with Chelsea against Bayern Munich
  8. When I was 15 I left Oviedo and I moved to Madrid
  9. In Real Madrid Castilla I played with Alvaro Negredo, for example
  10. I’m studying sports science and marketing
  11. I have won an U21 European Tournament with David de Gea and Ander Herrera as a teammate
  12. I have won a World Cup with 22 years old
  13. I was in the opening ceremony at the London Olympic Games
  14. I have scored the last goal in the final in the last European Championship
  15. I have scored in my debut with Chelsea
  16. My favorite food is fabada, obviously
  17. My favorite movie is Midnight In Paris from Woody Allen
  18. Right now I’m watching Suits, one of the best series I’ve ever seen
  19. The first book that I really liked was Tokyo Blues from Haruki Murakami
  20. I laugh a lot with…Ander Herrera
  21. I love to play at Old Trafford and I really like to play at Wembley
  22. I dream of winning the Premier League
  23. When I was a kid my idol used to be Diego Maradonna
  24. The goal that I enjoyed celebrating the most was Andres Iniesta in the World Cup Final
  25. I really like how Andres Iniesta plays football
  26. I would like to have a coffee with Eric Cantona
  27. I have started on Twitter in 2010
  28. I really like all the Woody Allen movies
  29. I have a lovely sister, 2 years older than me
  30. My best friend in football world is David Lomban, he’s playing now in Granada
  31. I’m quite addicted to checking my phone all the time
  32. I made my debut with the Spanish national team against Turkey in Madrid
  33. I was in shock the first time I visited New York. It is an unbelievable city.
  34. I would like to speak Italian, or French
  35. I change my boots every time that Adidas wants
  36. I think I’m very good at table tennis. Who wants to play?
  37. I was very happy when we met Nelson Mandela at the South Africa World Cup Final
  38. I don’t fall asleep without setting my alarm
  39. If I wasn’t a footballer, I would like to work in something like advertising or marketing
  40. I have 8 social media accounts
  41. I always put my left boot on before the right one
  42. I always step onto the pitch with my left boot
  43. I have scored over 50 goals since I came to England
  44. And 11 with the national team
  45. I made my debut in the Primera Division in Spain with Valencia when I was 19
  46. I made my debut with the national team at 20 years old
  47. I like the tunnel and I love the atmosphere at Old Trafford
  48. I would sign for United, Andres Iniesta
  49. The last time I sang was this morning in the shower at the training ground
  50. I always send a message to my mother before a game
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“I took a bit of persuasion. They asked me twice. But when they told me everything, including the queen jumping out with a parachute I thought: ‘no one’s even gonna remember I was there, that’s brilliant’. So I thought, yeah… It is one of the best things I have ever, ever done, it was so moving and i’m just so proud to have been a part of it.” J.K Rowling reading at the 2012 Olympics opening ceremony in London.

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July 5th 1948: NHS launched

On this day in 1948, the National Health Service came into effect in the United Kingdom. Ideas for a nationalised health system had been around for decades before 1948, but it was not until then that they became a reality for British citizens. The Labour government of Clement Attlee, elected in 1945, were committed to the principles of the welfare state. They were greatly influenced by the 1942 Beveridge Report, which recommended social reform to tackle the five ‘Giant Evils’ of squalor, ignorance, want, idleness and disease. Thinkers around Britain thus came to see healthcare as a fundamental universal right, not a privilege held by a few. Working with these ideas, the government passed the National Health Service Act in 1946, which came into effect on July 5th 1948 and created the NHS in England and Wales (Scotland’s was created separately). The creation of the NHS led to universal health care in the United Kingdom, paid for through central taxation, ending the requirement that patients pay directly for their own healthcare. It radically restructured the British health care system, with the NHS taking control of the almost half a million hospital beds in England and Wales and placing almost all hospitals and staff under its jurisdiction. Despite ongoing debates over the efficiency, cost and structure of the NHS, it remains a central feature of the British welfare state. As seen with its celebration during the London 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony, the NHS is a point of national pride for Britain. Indeed, according to a recent study, thanks to the NHS Britain has the best healthcare system out of eleven of the world’s wealthiest nations, with the United States in last place.

66 years ago today

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J.K. Rowling, Kenneth Branagh, Voldemort attacks at London Olympic opening ceremony 


The London Olympic summer games began on Friday evening with the opening ceremonies at Olympic Stadium, and a few familiar faces showed up during the over-hour-long celebration of Great Britain through the centuries.


Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling made a brief appearance during the literary segment, reading an excerpt of J.M Barrie’s Peter Pan to a crowd of children; film actor Sir Kenneth Branagh started off by reading Shakespeare’s The Tempest before centuries of Britain unfolded around him.

And finally - so far - confirming rumours, a massive blow-up version of Lord Voldemort was thwarted by a shower of Mary Poppinses from the sky. Photos of those can be seen below; we will have video footage as soon as they are made available.

The opening ceremony aired live in the U.K. on BBC1 and pre-taped versions will be available on NBC networks later in the evening. 

87TH OSCARS PRODUCTION TEAM ANNOUNCED

Producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron today announced 13 key members of the production team for the 87th Academy Awards, which will air live on Oscar Sunday, February 22, 2015, on ABC.

Director Hamish Hamilton returns to the show for the third time, after receiving an Emmy nomination for his work on last year’s telecast.  He made his Oscar debut with the 82nd Academy Awards telecast in 2010.  Hamilton has directed many other celebrated live televised events, including the 2014 Super Bowl halftime show featuring Bruno Mars, the 2013 Super Bowl halftime show featuring Beyoncé, the 2013 “MTV Video Music Awards” and the opening ceremonies of the 2012 London Olympics, for which he also received an Emmy nomination.  He shared a 2011 Peabody Award for the fifth annual “CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute” and a 2003 Grammy Award nomination for the musical special “Robbie Williams – Live at the Albert.”

Production designer Derek McLane has been part of both Oscar shows that Zadan and Meron have produced.  He won a 2014 Emmy for his production design of the 86th Academy Awards, and earned a nomination in the same category the previous year.  McLane also has designed sets for numerous acclaimed Broadway and Off-Broadway shows; he has received four Tony Award nominations and won the award in 2009 for his work on “33 Variations.”  McLane’s designs can currently be seen in “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical.”  His other Broadway credits include “The Heiress,” “Nice Work If You Can Get It,” “Gore Vidal’s The Best Man,” “Follies,” “Anything Goes,” “Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo,” “Grease” and “I Am My Own Wife.”  McLane’s television credits include “The Sound of Music Live!” which was executive produced by Zadan and Meron. 

Choreographer Rob Ashford has worked on the last two Oscar telecasts as well as the 81st Academy Awards show, for which he won an Emmy.  He was recently nominated for a Directors Guild Award for his work on “The Sound of Music Live!”  Ashford has been nominated for eight Tony Awards® and won for Best Choreography in 2002 for “Thoroughly Modern Millie.”  His other Broadway choreography credits include “The Wedding Singer,” “Curtains,” “Cry-Baby,” “Evita” and “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.”  He also has served as choreographer on such feature films as “A Million Ways to Die in the West” and “Cinderella,” due out next year.

Writer, producer and director Greg Berlanti joins the team as head writer for his first Oscars telecast.  Berlanti’s writing credits include the television series “The Flash,” “Arrow,” “Everwood” and “Dawson’s Creek,” and the feature films “Wrath of the Titans” and “Green Lantern.”  Berlanti also has executive produced such series as “The Mysteries of Laura” and “Brothers & Sisters” as well as the miniseries “Political Animals,” for which he received an Emmy nomination.  His directing credits include the 2010 film “Life as We Know It.”

Zadan and Meron have brought in Michael GreenSeth Grahame-Smith and Andrew Kreisberg to complete the writing staff.  Green is a writer and producer whose writing credits include the feature film “Green Lantern” and the television series “Everwood” and “Heroes.”  Grahame-Smith is a writer and producer known for his work on the television series “The Hard Times of RJ Berger” and such films as “Dark Shadows” and “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.”  Kreisberg, a longtime writer and producer, has written episodes of “The Simpsons,” “Boston Legal,” “Fringe,” “Arrow” and “The Flash.”  

Music director Stephen Oremus makes his Oscar debut this year.  A music director and Tony Award-winning orchestrator, he has worked on Broadway shows including “Avenue Q,” “Wicked,” “All Shook Up,” “9 to 5,” “The Book of Mormon” and “Kinky Boots.”  The latter two shows, which are still running, earned him 2011 and 2013 Tony Awards for Best Orchestration.  Oremus also served as the orchestra conductor and music director for Rufus Wainwright’s Carnegie Hall and London Palladium tributes to Judy Garland in 2006 and 2007.  He did his first feature film work on 2011’s “Shame,” arranging and producing “New York, New York,” which was sung by actress Carey Mulligan.

Costume designer Julie Weiss returns to the show after working on the 85th and 86th Academy Awards.  Weiss has designed costumes for more than 40 feature films, and received Oscar nominations for her work on “12 Monkeys” and “Frida.”  Her other feature credits include “Steel Magnolias,” “Searching for Bobby Fischer” “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas,” “A Simple Plan,” “American Beauty,” “Auto Focus,” “Bobby,” “Blades of Glory” and “Hitchcock.”  Weiss earned Emmys for her work on the TV movie “The Dollmaker” and the miniseries “A Woman of Independent Means.”  Her Broadway credits include “The Elephant Man,” for which she earned a Tony nomination, “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” and “Ann.”  In 2011 she received the Costume Designers Guild Career Achievement in Film and Television Award.

Talent producer Taryn Hurd joins the Oscar telecast team for the second consecutive year.  Hurd has served as talent producer on events including the FOX network’s “New Year’s Eve Live,” the Breeders’ Cup telecast, “Teen Choice 2013” and “VH1 Divas Salute the Troops.”  She also has served as talent producer on the FOX series “So You Think You Can Dance” and ESPN’s “SportsCenter.”  Previously, Hurd amassed numerous credits as talent executive on broadcasts such as “The ESPYS,” the “Billboard Music Awards” and the “Critics’ Choice Awards.”  She also was the talent producer for the Academy’s 6th Annual Governors Awards.

Also rejoining the production team are supervising producer Michael Seligman, co-producer Lee Lodge and lighting designer Robert Dickinson.  Seligman has more than 300 major television events to his credit and has earned 12 Emmy nominations, including 10 for his work on Oscar telecasts.  Seligman’s other producing credits include “The American Giving Awards,” “America Celebrates July 4th at Ford’s Theatre,” “Stand Up to Cancer” and “Return to the Titanic…Live!”

Lodge served as co-producer on last year’s Oscar telecast and screens producer on the previous five.  His credits also include co-executive producer on the “MTV Video Music Awards” in 2012, 2013 and 2014, creative producer on the “CMA Awards” since 2010, and screens producer on the “Billboard Music Awards” since 2011.

Winner of 18 Primetime Emmys, lighting designer Dickinson has worked on 25 Oscar broadcasts, including the 86th Academy Awards earlier this year.  His numerous other credits include the “Kennedy Center Honors,” “Grammy Awards,” “Emmy Awards,” “Tony Awards,” “American Music Awards,” Olympic ceremonies in Atlanta, Salt Lake and Athens, and the television broadcasts “The Sound of Music Live!” and “The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show.”

The 87th Oscars will be held on Sunday, February 22, 2015, at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood, and will be televised live by the ABC Television Network.  The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

Follow the Oscars producers and host Neil Patrick Harris for the latest updates throughout Oscar season.

Host
Neil Patrick Harris: http://twitter.com/ActuallyNPH

Oscars Producers
Neil Meron:  http://twitter.com/neilmeron
Craig Zadan http://twitter.com/craigzadan