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Olympic Overkill

I’ve got no objection to the Olympics; I think it’s a great celebration of the greatest sportsmen and sportswomen in the world.

On top of that it has been refreshing to see the last 10 days worth of newspaper front pages celebrating our nation’s sportspeople’s achievements as well as those of other nations around the world.

It’s been great to see the public outpouring of national pride, something that this country in general lacks, as a rule we take somewhat more joy in bringing our idols down than putting them on a pedestal.

At the same time I have little or no personal interest in the spectacle. With the exception of the opening ceremony, which if I’m honest I watched out of morbid curiosity rather than any sense of national pride, I have not watched or followed a single part of the Olympics.

I’m not knocking it, I felt the Opening ceremony was extremely well done, my personal favourite moment was the forging of the Olympic rings, which was pretty epic, and Mr Bean and the Bond sketch where without a doubt a stroke of genius and quintessentially English.

It’s just something that really doesn’t interest me.na

The closest to “interest” that I could profess was in the Football, but even that meh, it’s not like it’s the World Cup or the Euro’s

My gripe isn’t at the event itself, it  isn’t at the enthusiasm of those who are avid follower or supporters of one sport or another, or even those freakishly weird people who think it’s normal to dress head to toe in a Union Jack.

Instead it’s the lack of media coverage of anything else in the world what so ever, unfortunately I forgot to charge my kindle the other day and was faced with a 20mn journey with no reading material but luckily being a London train there was ample newspapers that had been left by the previous occupants.

But rather than being a newspaper it was essentially an Olympic Program, literally cover to cover the only page that wasn’t a story about the Olympics was the classifieds pages.

I have no objection to celebrating the achievements of these outstandingly talented athletes, at the same time I really would like to be able  read a paper, watch the news or check my Facebook and read about something else.

I guess I now know how those non Football fans feel during the World Cup.

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  1. Cathie
    August 7, 2012 at 9:22 pm

    Can’t believe I’ve just read another thing about the Olympics – you can’t get away from it! 😉

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