Liveblogging the BBC radio coverage of the Melbourne Commonwealth Games opening ceremony

Wednesday 15 March 2006

  • Melbourne is so up for this.
  • It’s very famous, I haven’t seen it.
  • This is the precursor to what is going to happen next.
  • It’s a tremdous opportunity to soak up the experience.
  • They are what they are.
  • Melburnians will come to watch any event.
Then, the broadcast suddenly stopped after half an hour and they switched to a phone-in about hosepipe bans.

Fun fact: the Australian national anthem was written by a Scotsman, who was paid 100 pounds by the government. I didn’t know that.

UPDATE: Intersecting Lines gives a first-hand account of the festivities – more details, more accurate.
  1. Um. I wasn't really. The 'Eyewitness Report' bit is, y'know, farce.

  2. Thanks a bunch, James. You just ruined Christmas. FOR EVERYBODY!!!

    I hope you're happy now.

  3. I wasn't until you told me I ruined Christmas for everybody. Now I'm ecstatic.

  4. You're a Grinch! And not a refreshingly cynical Grinch, but the sickening Jim Carrey type.