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Re: Olympics

Post by Concrete » Mon Aug 25, 2008 5:18 pm

Gordon wrote:How did he get back from China so fast? Or was the flaggy thing in London?
No, the flaggy thing was in China.

I was disappointed he couldn't be arsed to button his suit jacket up, then got to the stage and shoved his hands in his pockets. If I were representing a whole city at a big global circus I'd pay more attention to my comportment than that.

I'm amused to see on the BBC's website that "Team GB" have set their sights on 3rd place in the medals table for 2012. That means beating Russia, China or the USA, so I'm guessing the tactic is to piss Russia off on a diplomatic level enough that they boycott the games, but not so much that they nuke us.

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Re: Olympics

Post by islandhopper » Mon Aug 25, 2008 5:27 pm

Concrete wrote:
Gordon wrote:How did he get back from China so fast? Or was the flaggy thing in London?
No, the flaggy thing was in China.

I was disappointed he couldn't be arsed to button his suit jacket up, then got to the stage and shoved his hands in his pockets. If I were representing a whole city at a big global circus I'd pay more attention to my comportment than that.

I'm amused to see on the BBC's website that "Team GB" have set their sights on 3rd place in the medals table for 2012. That means beating Russia, China or the USA, so I'm guessing the tactic is to piss Russia off on a diplomatic level enough that they boycott the games, but not so much that they nuke us.
Well we've got not a chance in hell of toppling the US or China, so I guess we're after Russia. We weren't dramatically behind this time to be fair.

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Re: Olympics

Post by Concrete » Mon Aug 25, 2008 5:34 pm

islandhopper wrote:Here's Boris making you proud to be British.
Oh, was that in Britain? That's not the flaggy thing I saw. He got it all in a tangle in Beijing yesterday.

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Re: Olympics

Post by islandhopper » Mon Aug 25, 2008 5:38 pm

Concrete wrote:
islandhopper wrote:Here's Boris making you proud to be British.
Oh, was that in Britain? That's not the flaggy thing I saw. He got it all in a tangle in Beijing yesterday.
I think that's still in China. After the ceremony I guess. Gordon Brown doesn't seem to be allowed anything to do with this!

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Re: Olympics

Post by Concrete » Mon Aug 25, 2008 5:47 pm

islandhopper wrote:I think that's still in China. After the ceremony I guess. Gordon Brown doesn't seem to be allowed anything to do with this!
Well, with his record...

I do find it a bit funny that it's very definitely seen as London's games, even though it's being paid for by UK taxes and UK lottery money. And it'll be weird hearing Weymouth, for example, referred to as "London".

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Re: Olympics

Post by linus » Mon Aug 25, 2008 8:08 pm

an electric guitar playing former acolyte of aleister crowley, the spawn of simon cowell, a footballing onanist slave to mammon, a violinist in hotpants grinding her hips and a blue peter competition winner atop a london bus that's full of grass???

what does it all mean?

truly this must spell the end of days

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Re: Olympics

Post by nanski » Tue Aug 26, 2008 9:44 am

cuppie wrote:I was watching a bunch of women swimmers in the qualifying races, and the woman who came in first is over 40 years old. She's an 'inspiration.'
i think she's amazing, but rather than inspiring me, she made me feel fat and unfit. damned her. she's taken away my excuse!


anyway... for all you Olympics lovers, you should read some of Gary Kamiya's stuff over on salon. He loves the Olympics, too, and writes about it in a really fun way.
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Re: Olympics

Post by Concrete » Tue Aug 26, 2008 8:02 pm

nanski wrote:anyway... for all you Olympics lovers, you should read some of Gary Kamiya's stuff over on salon.
Over on what??

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Re: Olympics

Post by nanski » Thu Aug 28, 2008 2:11 pm

Concrete wrote:
nanski wrote:anyway... for all you Olympics lovers, you should read some of Gary Kamiya's stuff over on salon.
Over on what??
www.salon.com (sorry, i thought everyone knew)
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Re: Olympics

Post by RITH » Wed Feb 24, 2010 7:52 am

No one is interested in the Winter Games?

Dutch speed skater Sven Kramer was disqualified on the 10.000m last night. He hadn't lost one race in the past four years.
With eight laps remaining in the 25-lap race, referee Hannu Koivu of Finland ruled that Kramer made an “incorrect changing of lanes.” Kramer himself didn’t know of the penalty until he crossed the finish line in 12:54.50 – which would have been the winning time and an Olympic record, but now it is reduced to a historical footnote. Kramer told reporters that his confused coach caused him to change lanes at the wrong time. His coach, Gerard Kemkers, was devastated and said, "It was my mistake, my responsibility."
No one outside the Netherlands cares about the speed skating, do they? This will be the talk of the year here. My stupid secret sport related chauvinsm made me watch this for two long hours last night.

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Re: Olympics

Post by a layer of chips » Wed Feb 24, 2010 8:03 am

I love that ski cross thingy. It's how all skiing should be; instead of one really posh bastard on his or her own going down a hill, there are four really posh bastards and the changes of DANGER are much higher.

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Post by anders » Wed Feb 24, 2010 9:30 am

I'm very interested in the Winter Olympics! Much more so than in the Summer Olympics.

Not so much speed skating, although I did catch that Sven Kramer incident in the highlights last night. Poor guy. I like the cross country and biathlon the most. And ski jumping and downhill skiing. (And the Norwegian curling team's trousers?) I'm really looking forward to the men's cross country 4x10km relay this evening!

Skiing? Posh bastards? Maybe if you're from England and the only way of doing any skiing is a weekend off to Chamonix, but not really if you're from somewhere that's actually got mountains, I don't think.

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Re: Olympics

Post by islandhopper » Wed Feb 24, 2010 9:31 am

I've been watching a lot of curling and getting far too caught up in it. Poor wee 19 year-old Eve Muirhead didn't seem to cope tremendously well with being the skip.

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Post by a layer of chips » Wed Feb 24, 2010 9:36 am

Is she only 19! I thought she looked young to be captain, but I didn't know she was that young.

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Re: Olympics

Post by islandhopper » Wed Feb 24, 2010 10:20 am

a layer of chips wrote:Is she only 19! I thought she looked young to be captain, but I didn't know she was that young.
She is! She played pretty well at the end of yesterday actually, but she missed far too many easy ones all the way through the competition. I find something quite pleasant about the Steve Cram/Rhona Martin commentary pairing for some reason.

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Re: Olympics

Post by Paquito » Wed Feb 24, 2010 10:47 am

I wish I lived in a different time zone. As someone who's mainly interested in the hockey, the Canada-Russia quarter final at 12.30am tonight is going to kill me especially as I'm due in at work at 8am tomorrow...

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Re: Olympics

Post by mkgleeds » Wed Feb 24, 2010 7:44 pm

RITH wrote:No one is interested in the Winter Games?
I haven't seen much but flicking through the channels on Saturday i found some cross-country skiing.

Initially i only watched to try and work out what the difference between the 2 styles was, as they had to change halfway round, but there was a classic 'lone break will he hold on' bit from one of the Swedes and my brother and i ended up hooked and ended up missing Match of the Day.

The Swede didnt hold on but luckily the nasty Norwegian didn't win because his poles were the wrong size or something.

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Re: Olympics

Post by RITH » Sat Feb 27, 2010 12:49 am

I was wondering tonight: how come Great Britain is so... unimpressive at the Winter Games?
It's extremely unimportant, but I was just thinking about it after I saw some random medal statistics:

Medals Record Norway
98 gold
98 silver
84 bronze

Medals Record Germany
68 gold
65 silver
46 gold

Medals Record Netherlands
25 gold
30 silver
23 bronze

Medals Record UK
Gold 7
Silver 3
Bronze 10

Don't British people like ice and snow?

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Re: Olympics

Post by mkgleeds » Sat Apr 23, 2011 10:02 am

Have done my Olympics tickets application.

If i'm 'lucky' (more likely to win the lottery) - i'll be watching Usian Bolt and Chris Hoy.
More likely i'll be watching sports i dont understand the rules of.

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Re: Olympics

Post by sideburnsjim » Sat Apr 23, 2011 12:06 pm

Thats pretty much the same as me. I think I am in for about £1000 of tickets if manage to get all I have booked for, so I really hope this is not the one time I get "lucky"!

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