Post by joethree56 on Jul 28, 2012 18:17:53 GMT -5
The Olympic (trademark) bunfight is over apparently and the actual sport bit has started. Actually this is something of a relief for a non sporting enthusiast such as I. For weeks now the whole of the media has been obsessed with this circus so everything has been filtered through the LondoncentricOlympic sieve. The true reality is that most of the UK countries have the same attitude to the capital of England that they have to a sleazy nightclub. To be sure they will now watch a lot of the actual sport but the build up hype left them unmoved in spite of desperate attempts by an unloved government (even by its own disgusting supporters) to detract from the bread robbery by the circus passing by.
I am ready for the Olympics nonsense to be over....I cannot stand to hear one more word about it. So much time, money and effort devoted to what?
I'm watching it a bit, but I honestly think I'm less engaged in this Olympics than any I can remember. Part of it is the atrociously one-eyed local coverage. I've seen about 30 seconds of the Dream Team in action, and no handball. If there's no Aussies in it, why would anyone want to watch it, right?
Doesn't help that MIFF is on as well. Much rather go see a good film than tune into wall-to-wall jingoism.
Going to Starbucks for coffee is like going to prison for sex. You can get it, but you won't like it. - Adam Hills
Something a bit strange is happening over here. We, the Brits, are having a good Olympics. I don't mean just the medals great as they are but rather the whole novel idea of staging a success rather than a cock up. Immense numbers of visitors from overseas have descended on London to the bemusement of these and the natives. The contact/fraternisation seems to have gone rather well with a party atmosphere being the the usual norm. The weather has helped though. In what is a record breaking lousy wet summer still peppered with violent thunderstorms around the country, London has enjoyed decent temperate British summer weather of sunshine, cloud and the odd shower or two. This whole shebang has cost us an arm and a leg and many of us were not happy with this as it seemed like mortgaging the business to pay for its advertising but as we had decided to stage the expensive feast we might as well enjoy the fare. When the euphoria has faded and the dust settled will be the time to take stock. Of one thing I am certain though and that is that the Yorkshire Tykes (from our biggest county that is in many ways akin to Texas) will get even more insufferable than is usual as they have a bunch of home grown athletes who have won a bigger haul of medals than many competing nations.