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morgana
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1 of 46  Thu 15th Dec 2011 11:08pm  
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Can anyone tell me if its true, I've heard it is said that attire is being made to cover up Lady Godiva for the Olympics to hide her nakedness, in order not to offend.
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dutchman
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2 of 46  Thu 15th Dec 2011 11:32pm  
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It's not for the Broadgate statue Morgana, it's a giant carnival puppet being made for a London procession. The local media wheel the story out at intervals when they have nothing else to report. Personally I find the increasingly desperate attempts to somehow link Coventry with the London Olympics a huge embarrassment.
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morgana
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3 of 46  Thu 15th Dec 2011 11:47pm  
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Wave Thank you Dutchman Smile I fully agree with you on embarrassment, also so happy with it not being the one in Broadgate, Thumbs up how by dressing a puppet of her be Lady Godiva, money making scam again to make money for the designers and dress makers, methinks, at the ridicule of our town's heritage. Sad
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TonyS
Coventry
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4 of 46  Fri 16th Dec 2011 7:46am  
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I must admit the headline attracted my attention for exactly the same reason. It was just the way they worded it - purely to draw the eye - so I guess the writer did their job! However, Dutchman is absolutely correct - it is "Imagineer Productions" (who performed an amazing show in the square outside cathedral/university a few years ago) who are making a huge costume to cover the frame of the giant "Godiva" (although how the heck several cyclists are going to pedal it down to London is beyond me!) I have some photos of their last performance - it was incredible, I'll try and find them.
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TonyS
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5 of 46  Fri 16th Dec 2011 10:07am  
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Here's a couple of photographs taken in the University Square at a joint Imagineer/Kinetica Production for the UK Childrens Games in 2007. You can see from these pics the sheer size of the "puppets" that are being controlled by the operators. I guess the "Godiva" is going to be larger than these. I wrote this at the time.... "Both Imagineer and Kinetica work with professional and community based performers harnessing the skills of particularly young people in work of the highest quality that celebrates and promotes community cohesion. For those that were unable to make it to the event, you missed an absolutely spectacular display. Even from behind the camera the effort that every single person put in was truly amazing" Brilliant! Thumbs up Post moved from topic Lady Godiva by Midland Red, 4th Nov 2013 4:58 pm
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K
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6 of 46  Fri 16th Dec 2011 11:04am  
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Hmm, however spectacular, it looks more like Notting Hill Carnival than Coventry to me, but then, didn't Lady Godiva ride through Rio on the back of llama, or something like that?
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TonyS
Coventry
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7 of 46  Sun 1st Jul 2012 7:34pm  
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The Olympic Flame arrived in Coventry this afternoon, this is it's journey down Kenpas Highway, before arriving at the War Memorial Park
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BrotherJoybert
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8 of 46  Sun 1st Jul 2012 8:01pm  
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In the park and flame lit video What a great occasion at the Memorial Park! Estimated 20,000 watching - all very positive for Coventry Thumbs up
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Midland Red
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9 of 46  Sun 1st Jul 2012 9:08pm  
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Watching paint dry seems a much more attractive proposition to me Oh my
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Harrier
Coventry
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10 of 46  Sun 1st Jul 2012 9:17pm  
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I do find it a little sad that an opportunity was missed by not giving every leg of the local journey of the Olympic Flame to the citizens of Coventry. Also the crowds, the enthusiasm and the interest was large enough to afford an extension of the route by a mile or so, to offer many more ordinary people of the city a once in a life time experience.
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NeilsYard
Coventry
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11 of 46  Sun 1st Jul 2012 10:04pm  
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I was at the Memorial this evening. I was suprised how many were there. Overall a good event and a good way to get over the disappointment of the festival. I was though a bit miffed when I learnt that between the stages the flame was carried on a bus! And agreed Harrier - what the heck was the footballer Kanu doing taking the flame to the Park gates? Roll eyes I just hope a deserved Coventry sportsperson like Dave Moorcroft is involved in the morning. Hats off to whoever is organising the relay though.
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TonyS
Coventry
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12 of 46  Sun 1st Jul 2012 10:12pm  
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Great photos BrotherJoybert, really reflect the excitement of the occasion! Thumbs up Neil and Harrier, couldn't agree more that the carrier of the torch should have been local - although this seems to be an issue in all areas that it visits - although Neil, I guess if they had run/walked all the way in between "stops" they would still be running at Christmas! Big grin
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TonyS
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13 of 46  Mon 2nd Jul 2012 7:47am  
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.... and leaving from Millennium Place this morning ... ... the torches "kiss" in Broadgate ... And considering the time of the morning - what a fantastic turnout!! Thumbs up
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BrotherJoybert
Coventry
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14 of 46  Mon 2nd Jul 2012 1:57pm  
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Thanks for the above pics - very pleasing to see that the celebrations continued this morning with crowds to match. Thumbs up The big cheer - video clip Another video from yesterday - Twist and Pulse did a stint on stage and ended it with the above. Gives some indication of the numbers that attended. Have just watched the kids get their hands on the torch on Binley Road Lol - nice piece on Central news just now.
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Tricia
Bedworth
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15 of 46  Mon 2nd Jul 2012 2:48pm  
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Thanks Brother Joybert and Tony for the photos and video - much appreciated. Cheers
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