Hi, B! I hope the extra revenue is a bit fun for SOME Londoners, though yeah, there'll be some bigtime efforts and hassles along the way. But Londoners are a hardy folk with tons of resolve-- or at least, that used to be the case during the war. As for events, don't forget the Rocking Horse Race! How 'bout an axe-slinging or wood-chopper's contest? I'm up for a jolly round of Thames Teabag Flinging, myself. Yeah, yeah, teabags aren't the proper way to make tea...that's why we'll be flinging them. And-- Blues Marathon is all right by me... wouldn't you just love to see Alvin do the Duck Walk during it? ;-)
Fun for athletes and interested who get to watch it on TV, but probably not so fun for those who live and work in the London area, with all the extra security checks, closed streets and zillions of tourists, etc.
I only whish they could have some more interesting events, like "String Bending", "Duck Walk" and "Blues Marathon", etc. Alvin would be sure to win at least a couple of those..
Hey Ebenezer, I don't know anything about outsourced uniforms, and it'd probably take the Ghosts of Olympics Past, Present, Future, and Time-Warp combined to change your mind, I'll freely allow ;-)...but I love England and the Olympics too much to throw the baby out with the bathwater, or cut off my nose to spite my face. The Olympics have to be bigger than that. Would we boycott the entire 4th of July because all the little flag-wavers lining parade routes were holding Stars & Stripes facsimiles that were made in China?? You WOULD? Um, OK... ;-) But... 1936 in Berlin...now THERE was an Olympics worth boycotting! Hip, hip, hooray for Jesse Owens, though! Got to meet him at the Drake Relays when I was a kid.
not for me, outsourcing uniforms?
I'm boycotting and you ain't chaning my mind.
Ooh, Toni, that IS bad, about the made-in-China Ralph Lauren uniforms. Ugly and greedy indeed. Somehow I missed that news story. So boycott away if ye must, Dale! Not sayin' anybody who loves England should love the Olympics...just that since I love both, and they are both a way of communing with the spirit of my dear old Brit-descended track athlete and coach dad whom I miss desperately, I can't pass 'em up over uniforms. However, if I were 30 or 40 years younger and on the American women's track team (a career choice I often regret not making), I might well be tempted to pull a Gypsy Rose Lee at some point in protest. Perhaps during the Parade of Nations?? :-)
I love England too, Laurie, but I must admit I haven't really followed the Olympics in many, many years.
As for the outsourcing of uniforms, gotta admit - when Ralph Lauren has the USA Olympic team uniforms made in China...there is something seriously ugly and greedy about his business.