英国媒体对闭幕式上“伦敦8分钟”的评价

Beijing Olympics: London 2012 handover blow to British pride


For the past couple of weeks it has been possible to feel an unaccustomed glow of pride at the achievements of our athletes at the Beijing Olympics. All those gold medals, fourth place in the league table – who would have dreamt it?


Then came yesterday’s closing ceremony, and Britain’s eight-minute window of opportunity to invite the world to London 2012 as the breathless BBC commentators put it. And guess what? We blew it spectacularly.


Amid the cast of thousands of thrillingly well-drilled Chinese dancers, acrobats, singers and fireworks technicians, a red, double-decker London bus chugged ominously into the bird’s nest stadium.


There was some naff modern dance from British youngsters pretending to be standing at a bus stop, and a cute 10-year-old girl chosen by the viewers of Blue Peter appeared at the bus door to receive a football to deliver to David Beckham, who later kicked it into the crowd of massed athletes.


How did he feel about this hardly challenging task, he was asked earlier.


"It’s very proud for London, very proud for myself," he replied inanely. What an archetypal British hero he is.


The roof of the bus eventually folded open to reveal green topiary depicting unrecognisable London landmarks and the X-Factor winner Leona Lewis rising up and up on a hydraulic lift and looking understandably uncomfortable in a dress that seemed to be made out of a couple of hundred yards of crumpled Bacofoil.


This was as nothing however to the horror of the raddled, sweat-drenched face of Led Zeppelin lead guitarist Jimmy Page, his snow-white hair unwisely tied back in a horrid little pigtail as he thrashed out the celebrated riff of Whole Lotta Love.


Unfortunately both he and Leona were virtually inaudible and all the palaver about toning down the song’s famously filthy lyrics was unnecessary because you couldn’t hear them anyway. The sound resembled a badly tuned transistor radio in a tin bucket, though elsewhere in the ceremony, and particularly when Placido Domingo sang, beautifully, it was perfectly acceptable.


In my time I’ve witnessed countless Royal Variety Performances and the opening ceremony of the Dome. This British fiasco was worse than any of them, and even at only eight minutes seemed interminable. No wonder London mayor Boris Johnson looked so uncomfortable beforehand. He must have known what was coming.


I have two tips for you, Boris. Keep your hands out of your pockets when attending high-profile events like this, and secondly fire whoever responsible for this fiasco and hire proper showbiz professionals – from Las Vegas if necessary – to handle the opening and closing ceremonies in 2012. Another toe-curling embarrassment like this would be unendurable.



翻译:

在过去的几周内可以感受到我们的运动员在北京奥运会上迸发的不寻常的热情。所有的金牌得主,奖牌榜第四名的位置——谁曾想到过呢?



随即在昨天的闭幕式上,英国的8分钟窗口时间——邀请全世界前往伦敦2012年奥运会 ——正如BBC台窒息的解说所描述的那样。你猜咋了?牛皮吹爆了


在成百上千的令人战栗的中国舞者,杂技演员,歌手和焰火技师之中,一辆红色的,双层伦敦巴士突兀凶恶的开进鸟巢体育馆


-一些英国的蹩脚的现代舞年轻人装作在巴士站等候,一个聪聪的10岁小姑娘被the viewers of 开船旗选中,出现在巴士门口,收到一个足球并转交给小贝,后者晚些时候将它踢向疯狂的运动员人群。


他对这一艰巨的任务有何感想呢?这是伦敦的骄傲,也是我的骄傲。他无比愚蠢地回答。多么典型的英国足球明星啊。


巴士的顶层最后展开,露出绿色的灌木装饰的不可辨认的伦敦地标和选秀节目的冠军-Leona Lewis——在液压电梯上缓缓升起,在一件似乎由200码皱褶的bacofoil做成的裙子里显得相当不安


更恐怖的是老糊涂的,汗哒哒的齐柏林飞艇的主因吉他手吉米佩吉,当他努力弹奏著名的whole lotta love 中的即兴段落时,他的雪白的头发不明智的向后梳成一个傻逼的小猪尾巴


不幸的是他俩事实上都难以被听见,并且所有关于这首歌著名的脏段子的八卦最终都变得无聊因为你几乎听不到他们。歌声如同一部放在铁桶里的糟糕的晶体收音机,尽管在意识的其他部分,尤其是多明戈延长的适合,声音优美并且易于接受。

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