A grand illusion ends in Beijing

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A grand illusion ends in Beijing

Postby deja vu on Mon Aug 25, 2008 2:58 pm

China's Olympic Games were undeniably magnificent

Mark Spector, National Post
Published: Monday, August 25, 2008

There are thousands of welds that bond together the steel girders which form the skeleton
of the Bird's Nest. As a body of work, it is truly a magnificent stadium.

Step a little closer though, and you can see some cracks beginning to show in those welds.
The eventuality of rust is evident even now, only hours after the flame has gone out over
China's Olympic Games.

We are not suggesting collapse is imminent. But it sets the metaphor for an Olympiad that
looked so good from afar, yet surely did not always bear close inspection quite so well.

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Re: A grand illusion ends in Beijing

Postby CielOnTap on Mon Aug 25, 2008 7:54 pm

The article answers the questions about the practice time spent for the ceremonial choreography. I had wondered about the time invested in the routines.

Still wanting a newspaper to find out how many residents lost their homes for the Games, as well as workplace injuries/deaths resulting from building the venues. Not all residents have been compensated as the local laws indicate and the homeless literally are struggling to get their money from authorities.

What will the ParaOlympians see in a week's time for their Games?
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