Saturday, 19 May 2012

What is the point of the Olympic Games any more?

Now the papers report  Beckham, BECKHAM, might play in the Olympics. And some surmise, though he denies this, that this will be in order to sell tickets and help sales of souvenirs and shirts. Either way this multi-millionaire is the antithesis of the spirit of amateurism. My loathing for the Olympics reaches new depths.

The last Olympics in London in 1948 sound infinitely nicer and very home-made. Boris Johnson tells the story here.

I liked this vignette which attracted the Mayor's disapproval:

Trying to sum up what was great about Fanny Blankers-Koen, who won four golds in spite of being a 30-year-old mother of two, the Daily Graphic said: “She darns with artistry. Her greatest love next to racing is housework.” 

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