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Old 28th Dec 2012, 23:40   #1 (permalink)
 
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Sir Bradley Wiggins, - discuss.

Is it me, or are we losing it?
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Old 28th Dec 2012, 23:46   #2 (permalink)
 
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Yes, no question, surgeons teachers nurses and even the road sweepers and binmen deserve recognition before sportsmen/women or so called celebrities.
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Yes, no question, surgeons teachers nurses and even the road sweepers and binmen deserve recognition before sportsmen/women or so called celebrities.
There are thousands upon thousands of those folk you mention, fantastic as they are but how many Wiggins are there
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Old 28th Dec 2012, 23:56   #4 (permalink)
 
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As a teacher, I am happy to have sportsmen recognised (ahead of me, ) if:
They are genuine masters of their sport.
They set a excellent personal example
They do their bit for society/community

I think Wiggo meets those criteria.

I wouldn't give any footballer a chocolate medal never mind a real one.
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Old 29th Dec 2012, 00:06   #5 (permalink)
 
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Each group has its own talented performers who deserve recognition, just because people like Wiggins is feted by the media, they are showered with honours, but a surgeon or physician who is working all hours is unrecognised by anyone. I know of one surgeon who is a prof, is seen at all times of day and night if he has a really sick patient under his care, just wanders in from home to see them and if the staff looking after them are happy. That is dedication and the amount of knowledge he has is amazing.

That people who undertake sport is good, but honours please, do me a favour, a percentage will end up seriously wealthy, and all from the receipt of public or lottery funds. Good on Danny Boyle for refusing an honour in these circumstances.
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do me a favour, a percentage will end up seriously wealthy,
Do I detect the real source of your ire
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No, not even the slightest bit jealous as a capitalist accumulating wealth is what I try to do despite the Inland Revenue, I am neither rich nor poor enough to be a socialist and this is were the idea of funding these people comes from. We cannot afford socialist ideas of funding something that brings little return, in particular when it comes from either or both government or lottery funding. If a company wants to sponsor sportsmen, at least they are responsible to their board or shareholders as a tax payer they are not responsible to me as a member of the voting public. The money spent by the Department of Culture Media and Sports could have been far more usefully spent funding the hospice movement to a greater extent, but only to 49% that means the hospices have the power not government.

Remember socialism only works until it runs out of other peoples money.

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Old 29th Dec 2012, 00:23   #8 (permalink)
 
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Once a king, always a king, but once a knight is enough.

Time was when you got knighted for some brave and valiant deed like throwing your cloak over a puddle. But now you get it by being on television.
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Mike wsm, one a night is never enough
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Old 29th Dec 2012, 00:29   #10 (permalink)
 
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Wrong tense usage: delete "losing", insert "lost". (And the answer is yes).

Much as I admire Wiggo, IMHO he doesn't merit a knighthood.
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We cannot afford socialist ideas of funding something that brings little return
The prestige that he has brought to the country is enough for me.

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Old 29th Dec 2012, 01:11   #12 (permalink)
 
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Sir Bradley Wiggins, - discuss.

Air Pig. Just how much of your hard earned cash do you think Wiggo takes home with him? His wages are paid by Team Sky. Whilst cycling as a whole does get several millions of pounds in lottery funding and government subsidy, those that are rich are not in that situation because of your taxes. Athletes that survive purely on grants are definitely not rich.
Wiggo is a bloody great ambassador for his sport and his country. He works bloody hard and has achieved an awful lot in what is an extremely demanding sport.
In my opinion he deserves every bit of his Knighthood. However, I respect your right to disagree.
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Old 29th Dec 2012, 02:05   #13 (permalink)
 
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Who's Wiggly Braddins??
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Old 29th Dec 2012, 02:18   #14 (permalink)
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discuss.
And everybody obeys...

I have noticed the teacher style appearing on JB a few weeks ago already with "discuss" proudly and firmly written on top of the thread, a bit like an order.

I have noticed that the general level has lowered aswell, it was more dynamic and interesting not so long time ago...

Only an observation... Please go on and DISCUSS!
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Old 29th Dec 2012, 04:38   #15 (permalink)
 
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Wiggins deserved his Populist Knighthood more that the Wicked Wide-mouthed Witch deserved her CBE.


At least Wiggins brought some happiness and joy into the lives of people..........
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Old 29th Dec 2012, 05:10   #16 (permalink)
 
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In the eyes of the honours committee, Wiggins achievement is comparable to this.
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Old 29th Dec 2012, 09:01   #17 (permalink)
 
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The "discuss" is not a command but an ironic remark.

Examination questions would frequently be phrased " Giving a knighthood to a sportsman is wrong. Discuss"
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Old 29th Dec 2012, 09:08   #18 (permalink)

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....one name conspicuously missing from all the honours handed out to cycling involved peeps...and not just this year....the man who has done more than any of the others...Chris Boardman.
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Old 29th Dec 2012, 09:52   #19 (permalink)

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Ranking slightly above Lord David Beckhan , or Sir Wayne Rooney (a chimp in a morning suit would look funny though)

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Old 29th Dec 2012, 09:55   #20 (permalink)
 
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Never mind Wiggins - WHY the hell has Cherie Blair received an honour??????
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