Aug 2, 2012

The Games, the gold, Boris and a Billy Bunter pinata

A golden Olympic double pumped the host nation a few places up the medal tally and offered relief to a British public who had been watching a performance that to date had been coxless.

Guy Rundle — Correspondent-at-large

Guy Rundle


God it was a strange day in London. Thankfully, the Brits finally got gold, two in fact — one in cycling, with Bradley Wiggins in the cycling time trials, and one in the rowing with Helen Glover and Heather Stanning in the women’s coxless pairs.


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6 thoughts on “The Games, the gold, Boris and a Billy Bunter pinata

  1. Holden Back

    The Flying Doormat was taken by a North Korean sub off Rye back beach?

  2. Rena Zurawel

    And the opening ceremony was a non-event. There is no comparison between very artistic and magnificent Asian Games opening ceremony and the London miserable performance. Waste of money.

  3. Krungthep Kris

    You’re right when the h-ll did it become “bad” to only beat 99.98% of all swimmers to win a silver medal. That is a BRILLIANT achievement that should be treasure and not devalued and derided – the STOOOOPID commentators that say that it is gold or nothing are part of the problems.
    The win at all costs syndrome that coaches are bringing in at every level of ALL “sports” is killing the joy of “playing the game”. It’s BS. The lady from Channel never asks a question without it being presumptive, or before exposing her “interpretation” of how the interviewee should be feeling – don’t presume just ASK an open question.
    Why would you let your kids go through that unpleasant pressure. It’s not what sport should be about

    Even at school levels now the 10 and 11 year olds are asked by their “wannabe, but never-been” coaches to “hate” their opposition and to hang their heads in shame when they don’t come first – this is NOT sport

    The same “blood lust” has come into Rugby League and Union which – the STOOPID commentators cheer on and elevate the lack of respect/concern for the safety for one professional for another who is also trying to earn a living from playing a game. KING HIT after King Hit now making it’s way to the streets because it isn’t derided as a shameful act on the playing field – rather hero worshipped.

  4. Gerry Hatrick, OAP

    Hang on, is Boris Johnson still a massive tool or not? I’m confused by what I see on the TV

  5. AR

    Buffoon Boris certainly is but infinitely preferable to Camoron and Bumnose Osbourne – at least he plays to it and can bring incisive wit & intelligence to the fore when required.
    Camoron & Bumnose not only don’t understand nobless oblige but eschew the very concept that those with much only have it because of the hard graft of others so a little humility is due.
    Arrogance is bad enough but when outweighed by ignorance it is toxic.
    Oh, sorry, was this thread about ‘faster,higher,strong’ sport?

  6. zut alors

    Confession time: I like Boris, there’s more sincerity about him than most politicians (faint praise) and he uses superior parlance.

    Nevertheless I laughed when Jon Stewart described him as ‘a boiled ham in a Donald Trump wig’

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