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Old 13th Aug 2012, 11:32
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Am I the only one?

I didn't watch either opening or closing ceremonies or any of the bits in between.
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Old 13th Aug 2012, 11:32
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Originally Posted by Victor Inox View Post
First post-Olympic disqualification has already happened. Nadezhda Ostaptchuk, the shot-putter from Belarus, has been stripped of her gold medal following testing for illegal drugs.
British discus thrower Brett Morse apologised to his Twitter followers after accusing Ostapchuk of doping last week.
And what is worse, the New Zealander, Valerie Adams, was denied the glory of standing on the top podium to receive the gold that is now hers. Its not the same, receiving it in the post!
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Old 13th Aug 2012, 11:41
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Here's an idea - dopers (including British ones) to be banned for life, any appeals must be endorsed by all the people they cheated out of medal placings.
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Old 13th Aug 2012, 12:39
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Here's an idea - dopers (including British ones) to be banned for life, any appeals must be endorsed by all the people they cheated out of medal placings
Ahh, but then the BOA did try this approach, but it apparently interferes with human shites, sorry: should read human rights.
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Old 13th Aug 2012, 12:49
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That is a very good point and one that was made by an Aussie
who last week was told he was getting a Bronze medal from
the Athens or Beijing games.

He said his parents had traveled over to see him compete
and so will never have the opportunity to see him on a podium
or have photos of him receiving the medal.


I think these changes to the results will be coming for a while.
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Old 13th Aug 2012, 12:50
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Well thank God that's all over. Now only the Paralympics to get through (=avoid completely). Accidentally watched part of the closing ceremony. Great to see Freddie Mercury brought back to life. I wonder what his first move will be. Sueing his former bandmates for wrecking his legacy no doubt.

Completely puzzled by Prince Harry sitting there with his brother's wife. So soon. What a scandal, no wonder his Mother didn't turn up.

As for ending up with Take That. In all seriousness considering all the British musical talent out there. All they could think of using was a massively overrated bunch of lads who made a career miming other people's songs?

Seriously?

As for all this talk of the legacy of the London Olympics. It'll be all forgotten in a couple of weeks as usual.

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Old 13th Aug 2012, 13:09
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Completely puzzled by Prince Harry sitting there with his brother's wife. So soon. What a scandal, no wonder his Mother didn't turn up.
His mother didn't bother to turn up because she's dead, I guess. Killed in a car crash in Paris in August 1997.

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Old 13th Aug 2012, 13:13
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Going back to the pre 1992 days when USA and the USSR vied for top position, I thought it would be interesting to see how the former USSR would have done if all the medals from its constituent states were added up.

Interestingly, taking into account the disqualification of the Belarus girl mentioned above, the medal totals show a dead heat of golds at 46 each for the USA and USSR, but the USSR coming out on top when all medals are counted, the USSR on 161 beating the USA on 104 into second place.

Proves nothing, but it was a quiet shift at work this morning and it whiled away a few minutes.

Re the closing ceremony, somebody had picked 'Waterloo Sunset' on Desert Island Discs earlier in the day, which I enjoyed as always, then Ray Davies went and spoiled it all in the evening. Time for Ray to be turned on the same pasture as McCartney, I think

Oh by the way I was only kidding about Cliff, but I shan't be tempting fate again!

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Old 13th Aug 2012, 14:31
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OK The closing ceremony wasn't a patch on the opener, but lets be honest, if you have managed to spend the last two weeks failing to be impressed, enthralled or inspired by at least some event in the Olympics, then really you need to take a long hard look at yourself because you are one miserable bastard.

I spent the lead up to the games expecting rubbish.. what we got was a spectacular opening and then some of sports true greats - Phelps, Hoy, Bolt really delivering. We also got new heroes Ennis, Farrah, Rutherford, Kenny, Trott, Grainger, DuJardin to name but a few.. Gemma the Judo ace, The little Welsh TaeKwando girl Jade whatever her name was with the wonderful big smile.. Rudisha and his 800m record.. the list goes on and on.

Sad thing is, now it's over, back to Football or Test cricket..
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Old 13th Aug 2012, 14:49
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I am retired in Spain, three times this morning I was asked if I was English, when I replied that I was the response was a variation on "you must be very proud, what a wonderful Olympics that was". Seems it made an impact here and the coverage on Spanish television was dire !
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Old 13th Aug 2012, 15:00
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OK The closing ceremony wasn't a patch on the opener, but lets be honest, if you have managed to spend the last two weeks failing to be impressed, enthralled or inspired by at least some event in the Olympics, then really you need to take a long hard look at yourself because you are one miserable bastard.


" I have been absorbed by the excellent coverage provided by the BBC"

BS, to quote a Mr McEnroe..."you cannot be serious ! ".....or, maybe, after several bottles of red / white or whatever your perceptions are a shade distorted

I will say that, as a failed Pavolian conditioning member of the UK population, I have always distinguished between the actual sporting element and the organisational element, and my hope is that whatever success is achieved in the former is not used to disguise the many failings of the latter, some of which I have no doubt are yet to emerge.
Found one. Right here. Also, barked up the wrong tree. Repeatedly.

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Old 13th Aug 2012, 22:20
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His mother didn't bother to turn up because she's dead, I guess. Killed in a car crash in Paris in August 1997.
Ah that explains everything. But where was Granny. She's around, pretty sure she skydived into the venue a couple of weeks ago. Well OK, that's a tough gig at her age. Guessing she took the night off. Personally I found skydiving hard on the old bones.

Probably stayed home with a shot of whiskey, sorry whisky.
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Old 13th Aug 2012, 22:22
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Granny is on her summer holidays at Balmoral.

And as for the whisky, James has converted
her to Martini's !


Although after that Skydiving job, she probably needed
a few stiff one's !!!

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Old 13th Aug 2012, 22:56
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His mother didn't bother to turn up because she's dead, I guess. Killed in a car crash in Paris in August 1997.
Ah that explains everything. But where was Granny. She's around, pretty sure she skydived into the venue a couple of weeks ago. Well OK, that's a tough gig at her age. Guessing she took the night off. Personally I found skydiving hard on the old bones.

Probably stayed home with a shot of whiskey, sorry whisky.
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Old 14th Aug 2012, 01:26
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Similar impression here in Brazil where local TV coverage was also abysmal. It would be interesting to have thoughts on here as to how other expat Brits or non-Brits see the Games, sans chaff, spin and cynicism.

Rio's next, and with the World Cup up in 2014 to boot. Progress so far rather worrying.
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Old 14th Aug 2012, 03:46
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Basketball - The Rules.

Anybody here know anything about Basketball? Used to play when I was in the Army and I seem to remember that, when 'shooting' a basket it was imperative that the player DID NOT contact the rim of the basket, these days they swing on it! Also seen player pull themselves up by one hand and dunk the ball with the other etc. Quite a few variations all of which would have got a whistle and a loud call of, "No Basket" in my day.

Am I imagining things or have the rules been changed, or are the rules simply being ignored?
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Old 14th Aug 2012, 04:14
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It would be interesting to have thoughts on here as to how other expat Brits or non-Brits see the Games, sans chaff, spin and cynicism.

Ex-pat Brit in Vancouver. Enjoyed the games, the international coverage was very positive. Having been here through the 2010 Winter Games (which the British press weren't very nice about, apparently) there seemed to be a similar pattern involved: namely,

a) Grumbles and cynicism for months before the opening ceremony
b) A brief period of "told you so!" when the ticketing arrangements, security or weather fall short on days one and two
c) Complete about-face when the host nation outperforms and the medals start rolling in
d) Patriotism, Rainbows and Unicorns
e) Lots of waffle about lasting legacies until the bills come in

Overall, a job well done and it's been terrific to have wall-to-wall sport on the TV for a couple of weeks!

"Our" ladies soccer team arrived back in Vancouver today from London with their bronze medals to something of a hero's welcome; really nice to see.

Cheers, P.
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Old 14th Aug 2012, 04:29
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That is a very good summary and what I think happens in a lot of big events.

As an Ex pat, it was great to see the UK in such a good light.
Our coverage here was excellent although a bit over the top
when it came to calling races Australia was in.

Oh, and Australia didn't give credit to the UK re the medal haul
until the very end which was interesting.
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Old 14th Aug 2012, 04:48
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Thanks 500N; the medal haul was very impressive and certainly got some column inches over here.

On that topic, I did find this amusing today, from Toby Young. Hard to argue (read from bottom to top).


Cheers, P.



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Old 14th Aug 2012, 06:47
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Who is Toby Young?

Anyway, what is the point of comparing medals won by one EU member state (UK) with the aggregate won by all other EU member states together? Not something anyone with a minimum knowledge of statistics would do. Which leads me to suspect Toby Young might be a politician.
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