Another via Claret and Amber:
Where does one start with the tidal wave of
cynicism and apathy enthusiasm in Scotland for the Olympics?
Yesterday for example the opening women’s football match was held between the USA and France. Following poor ticket sales for the game, over 35,000 tickets were given away to schools and the like to boost the crowd. Organisers confidently predicted that 41,000 would be there.
The crowd was under 15,000.
The USA won the game 4-2 and they are favourites to retain their Olympic crown.
However the real news story from Hampden came in the build up to the second womens’ game, namely the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea (North Korea) v Columbia
Regular readers here will know of course that this is the flag of the DPRK
Unfortunately on the giant video screens the North Korean women were depicted thus:
As any fule kno, that is the flag of South Korea.
To give you a flavour of how The DPRK view their southern neighbours, may I direct you to a previous post here
So the game was held up whilst the problem of removing the flag of human scum/rabid dogs was sorted out.
As it turned out the game eventually did get under way with the North Koreans prevailing 2-0. With the game delayed for over an hour, the crowd by kick off time had dwindled to fewer than 1,000
It’s not known how McDonalds and Coca Cola sales were on the night but anyone even asking for pie and bovril would presumably have been taken away for questioning.
Thank goodness we live in a fair and open society eh?
Hardly the kind of thing you’d expect from the Olympics but on womens boxing it’ll be in there from 2012, with the other two sports being introduced in 2016.
Boxing in fact is the only Olympic sport where there hasn’t been an opportunity for women to compete until now. I’ve seen a few potential participants in Dumbarton over the years.
I heard a radio phone in caller suggesting darts and snooker as possible events.
Personally I think Monty Python may have been on the money with their suggestion almost forty years ago.
I had a chuckle at Mr Eugenides article about going to the Royal Mile to see Scotland’s victorious team GB members returning with their medals in open topped bus fashion. Mr. E conducted a quick survey to find a union jack in amongs the plethora of flags on display and in a half hour search in ‘Scotland’s most unionist city’ found a grand total of one. Even Chris Hoy was wrapped in…………..a saltire!
Alex Salmond one feels must pinch himself on an hourly basis. He must think he is living an a dream with the catalogue of errors that the Labour government come up with to further the nationalist cause. Gordon Brown’s latest wheeze for a GB Olympic football team is only the latest in a long line of doomed suggestions to try to revive the spirit of dear old Blighty. Now it is fair to say that team GB did very well at the Olympics and that’s great. HOWEVER traditionally football is a sport governed by the four separate UK football associations. Even in the days in the 1920’s and 30’s when it was common for letters to Scotland from England to be addressed ‘North Britain’ (there are still North British hotels and the like) Scotland had its own identity in world soccer.
Now, when Scotland Wales and Northern Ireland have their own parliaments (another Labour og – setting up the infrastructure for separation) we have this suggestion from Brown. One feels that this is some kind of last ditch attempt by him to imbue some unionist spirit into all of us. Maybe its an attempt at a legacy? If so it won’t work. Meanwhile in Holyrood Edinburgh a portly party leader laughs, barely able to contain his glee.
One wonders what the potential Labour candidate in the forthcoming Glenrothes (adjoining GB’s constituency) rout
by election must think of it all.