Saturday, 23 August 2008

The party's (nearly) over

It's difficult to imagine that the Olympics is now nearly all over. Though of course when you catch yourself watching European handball, synchronised swimming, and strange types of shooting...then you should probably recognise the signs.
What a concatenation of conclusions it brings about.
The stupid headlines which says "Phelps unseated as King" because now a runner has run faster than he can swim. Isn't there room for both.
The obvious sadness about the assessment of some (even many) that the Olympics has actually worsened the Chinese human rights situations...this depends of course on the side you are on.
And has the voice of Tibet been heard...the words "The Dalai Lama is a fool" from the mouth of a 16 year old resonate recurringly.
And then the incessant whining that we haven't won enough gold medals, as if some how our athletes have let us down. Read the story fo Anna Meares (here) who only won silver! I thought her father said the most perceptive thing I have ever heard anyone say..."I would have been pleased if she had come last!" Indeed all of them should be proud of just being there.
Any way, for most of us the Olympics will be put to bed until 2012.
Can't get enough of that synchronised swimming!

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