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Saturday, August 04, 2012


ME ?


.....NO , NOT AT ALL.


This blog should have has a special affiliation with the Olympics , seeing as they are practically named after us ("...historical records of the original Tailteann Games are very vague indeed. Mythology has it that they were instituted in ancient Ireland by the god Lugh, in honour of his mother Táilte, who had just died. It's said that they took place until 1169, after the Norman Invasion......") but enough is enough : there's only so much running , jumping and racing etc that a girl can watch before she gets dizzy.

I can appreciate that , as far as some people are concerned , these games/trials highlight all that is best in human athletics achievement and that millions and millions of people will eagerly follow every move in the table tennis / fencing / track race / rowing etc etc and will loudly cheer-on their sporting heroes in the belief that they are witnessing sporting miracles but I'd have to insist that those fans should realise that there are (...must be ?) an equal number of us WHO JUST DON'T GIVE A DAMN and have had our fill of having hardly any choice except to tune in to hour after hour after hour of these sports that we don't understand nor have any interest in ?

About the best thing I can say is that I am glad it has started as it will be all over and done with a lot sooner than if it had NOT already started lol !

Here's a neutral
(ish) piece about the Olympics from 'The New York Times' and , finally , to finish this rant on a positive(ish!) note - and in my own defence - I must stress that I can just about manage to stay in a room when a football match is on the telly but that's because I need only keep myself diverted for 90 minutes whereas this present sporting abomination demands that I mentally duck-and-dive for two weeks (although it feels like two months already...)

To (mis)quote Oscar Wilde : " To make athletics good is to be a brilliant diplomatist - the problem is entirely the same in both cases. To know exactly how much oil one must put with one's vinegar."

And someone definitely got the mix wrong this time....