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I finally got to see the baton. I went along to Victoria Park for the arrival and party and it was great fun. Huge crowd and brilliant atmosphere, helped along by music from Salsa Celtica. The kids got the opportunity to try out various events including the long jump and sprint. The volunteers were lovely and the sun came out.

I'm planning on going to Glasgow Green to see some of the events on the big screen.

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Glasgow seems to be gearing up for the Games. The sunshine is helping. Sixteen contestants here from Jersey. The Channel Islands aren't part of the UK but they are British Citizens. They've got their own laws and administration.

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So..what do we all think of the opening ceremony,if you haven't all run for the hills and aint got reception.

John Barrowman(god help us),Karen Dunbar,giant Tunnocks' tea cakes,Irn Bru,Englishman,Rod Stuart,....I could go on,and it did..on and on.Beyond awful.Oh,the weather was nice,the Queen looked like herself,and a lot of volunteers put in a lot of work.

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Good to see you posting, Gladtae. Hope all is well with you.

Wilie, I thought the opening ceremony got off to a very ropey cheesey start with too much going on and tuneless songs but I thought it picked up. I loved Nicola Benedetti and I didn't mind the giant tea cakes and quite liked the wee skit in George Square. Mainly I loved the teams arriving and thought the atmosphere in Parkhead looked brilliant. Sir Chris looked good in his kilt but those costumes, dearie me.

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Doing well in the Judo and the Swimming. Well done Murdoch on the Gold and Jamieson Silver. Hannah Mailey another swimming gold and two Renick sisters both got golds for Judo. Brilliant start to the Games.

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Ok, it was all a bit hokey but the opening ceremony did have some good bits.

I liked Billy Connolly's narrative about "his" city and the Scotties were adorable. I thought it was typically Glasgow" to hold an appeal for those less fortunate; Euan McGreggor and James McAvoy scrubbed up well.

Danny Boyle has a lot to answer for - dancing teacakes.... :rolleyes:

Hope they get some good Scottish rawk in for the final - Coldplay -pfft!

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I liked Billy Connolly too – particularly good that he mentioned Nelson Mandela Place.

The Marathon was fantastic. I was glued to the images of Glasgow (as well as the runners). The city really looked lovely and good idea to take the route through Glasgow Green, Bellahouston and Pollok Country Park.

And what about our wee thirteen year old swimmer. Well done, Erraid.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yBs-S9k3CT0

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Nelson Mandela Place.... hmm

I am never sure how I feel about adopting/misappropriating cultural icons that have no local relevance... seems out of place, somehow.

Prepares wanself to get telt: )

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Surely it is as much our responsibility to support human rights and those who fight for them no matter where they are from. When Glasgow named that street after Mandela and bestowed on him the Freedom of the City we were the first in the world to do so. Amnesty International presented him with the news on a visit to him in prison, and Mandela himself, stated how important that was for him personally and his own fight.

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Am hearing anyone displaying lapel badges in favour of YES, or flags with YES written on them are either being stopped entering any arena of if noticed in the arena are having them forceably removed from them.

I am not aware of any such restriuctions on Better Together badges nor displaying the Union jack

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I think there are plenty of Saltire flags. People should have a right to display the Yes badges. I think that's a bit much.

I think the renaming and creating Nelson Mandela Place was a strong statement against apartheid, harper. It was particularly relevant as it was where the South African Embassy was located. I remember taking part in many demonstrations at that time and how it delighted people to march there when the name was changed.

Mandela represented, and still does, a fight for equality and he held views that had impact on a global scale. They certainly resonated with many people in Glasgow.

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I haven't been to see any of the events as I'm not really all that bothered about sport. I do, however, live right next to one of the venues, Ibrox Stadium, which was used for the Rugby Sevens. I took some photies:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/lynnski1/sets/72157646009296032/

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Tonight at Hampden has been a brammer. Well done Eilidh Childs and happy, happy Jasmine Sawyer on the long jump. David Weir getting gold. Magic and the Hampden roar in excellent form. :-)

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All over, Feel quite sad. The Games were brilliant. Huge success. There doesn't seem any rhyme or reason to the closing ceremony but people are enjoying themselves. Highlight so far – Karen Mathieson.

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From the Sydney Herald

Glasgow saves the Commonwealth Games

The theme of this goodbye was to be 'A typical night in Glasgow', minus the curry sauce. A proud city duly came out to celebrate what has been anything but a typical 11 days on the banks of the River Clyde.

The Commonwealth Games are back. And yes, they did threaten to walk out the door and never return. Glasgow may well be looked upon as the city that saved a dying movement from itself, finding character in a competition that was hopelessly spinning its wheels in the modern sporting landscape.

Hampden Park had pipes and drums and all things Scottish. And Lulu. And Deacon Blue, who fittingly sang of dignity amid a Games of sportsmanship, collegiality, humour, emotion, tears, cheers and the occasional Glasgow kiss (Australia's contribution).

But where were The Proclaimers? Their music has been a constant throughout the Games. Usain Bolt was even dancing to it before his relay and jokes about the marathon being 500 miles, than 500 miles more, seemed to get funnier with every telling. It was an odd omission by any reckoning

Australia featured strongly in a prolonged pitch to entice the world to visit the Gold Coast in 2018. Jessica Mauboy crooned her way through a backdrop of tourist-brochure images and Mick Fanning, the Coolie kid and surfing champion, played his part. Kylie Minogue sung and sung and the athletes danced along, enthused by a timely break in two days of miserable Scottish weather. Even steeplechaser Genevieve LaCaze got in on the act, jumping up on stage and dancing with the Kylie.

If Delhi was the moment many felt the Games movement had finally flushed itself down what was probably a faulty toilet, Glasgow has been the Games that has refloated the old Empire's boat. This city of shipbuilding and steel has built a new legacy for an event many still see as a curiosity and an anachronism.

Part of the secret has been Glasgow's focus on celebrating the differences. There was no pretence of replicating an Olympics. How could they, when just two years ago London, a true city of the world just an hour away on a plane, staged one of the most successful Games in Olympic history?

Instead, Clydesiders held aloft the small moments, the 'hipster' sports like squash, lawn bowls and table tennis. And those athletes for whom simply being here was a life-changing experience were hailed as champions, equal and deserving.

The seamless melding of para-sports with the main program remains one of the Commonwealth's shining lights. For those like swimmer Rowan Crothers, a 16-year-old from Brisbane, to stand on the same podium minutes before a Magnussen or a Campbell is quite simply a dream come true. Not even the Olympics can provide that forum.

It has become a cheap gag to knock the Commonwealth Games for its absence of some of the biggest hitters of world sport; the Americans, the Russians, the Chinese. And in many cases, the depth of competition reflected the names of the entry list.

But in others, the presence of every nation on the planet wouldn't have changed the outcome. In the pool, the Australian 4 x 100m women's freestyle relay team lowered the world record on the opening night. The velodrome was bristling with world and Olympic champions. And good luck rolling Usain Bolt and his merry band of Jamaicans at the track.

Even if the elite weren't in the building, Glaswegians didn't mind a bit. To appreciate sport is to appreciate the purity of the moment. There would have been few fans that walked out of a thrilling A-League grand final, only to moan that Barcelona weren't involved. Nor does the Six Nations rugby take on any less significance because the All Blacks and Springboks aren't taping up the boots.

And so it was in Glasgow, where the achievements weren't lessened by the context. For many athletes here, this was their Olympics. Their joy, and sorrow, was celebrated and sympathised in equal measure.

For Australia, much will be made of the medal count, topped by an English juggernaut (58 golds to Australia's 49) still powering forward on the back of success in London and the goldmine of funding that it unearthed. It is surely a non-controversy but respective sports will have their reviews, some after undergoing the crisis they seemingly had to have.

Figures can flatter to deceive. England picked up nine gold medals in gymnastics to Australia's zero, a figure that virtually squares the ledger. And while the endless debates about funding and who gets what slice of a limited and diminishing pie will endure, there has been much cause for optimism.

Athletics proved to be the basket case of these Games, as was swimming in London. But better to crash the bus into a cliff during Commonwealth competition rather than the Olympics. By Rio in two years time, the team may be glad the meltdown had been endured.

For others, the experience has been profitable, with the knowledge garnered in big stadiums invaluable. In the pool, Bronte and Cate - the Clan Campbell - are spearheading a new generation of world-class stars. Some have been born, others like James Magnussen continue to be reborn.

For the boxers, who returned without medals in Delhi and London, two golds and a silver points to a vast improvement. Cycling and shooting also exceeded their targets, while athletics, gymnastics and weightlifting - as well as swimming - were statistically short of theirs, although Australian sports bosses are hardly in a state of wild panic.

The Gold Coast's flag handover had a touch of cringeworthiness, featuring monologues from Fanning and Sally Pearson, who looked more nervous taking the stage than she did before her 110m hurdles final. It was very Australian, cannon-fodder for the cultural elite but all rather endearing, if slightly tedious by the time Kylie had finished her very own marathon of tracks.

But the reality is the Queensland city by the beach now takes on an event that has been reinvigorated by a blue-collar city that itself has convinced the Home Nations of its merits, all amid a subtext of Scottish independence. A rush of gold for the Saltire was just the tonic for an optimistic nation that stands at a political crossroads.

In four years, with a backdrop of stunning beaches, abundant fields and glorious weather, it appears the only way the Gold Coast could stuff things up is if they put Don King in charge.

As the chief of the Commonwealth Games, Prince Imran, put it: Glasgow's Games were 'pure dead brilliant'. After 11 days in a sea of unintelligible English spoken faster than Usain Bolt's feet, that part, at least, we understand.

Nay fuss, nay hassle. Gie it Laldy indeed.

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Prince Imram seems like a very nice man and I think the games were 'puir dead brilliant'. Kylie was on too long but she did create the party atmosphere. I think everyone would have enjoyed The Proclaimers playing 500 miles though.

The Gold Coast is looks amazing.

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