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August 11th, 2012 #14
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August 11th, 2012 #16
As for the Olympics, I never used to care for them. Then I started working out last summer and since then I've gained a whole new admiration for sport in general. I'm more than happy to watch pretty much any sport...except for tennis. For some reason it bores me to tears even though everyone's got biceps you can see from across the ocean.
Probably my favourite thing about watching the athletes is they make everything look incredibly easy. Then the cameras rush down to the finish line to get an interview with the winner and you can see everyone is burnt toast from the effort. They're working just as hard as the average joe, except they're breaking world records while doing it. It makes me feel better about looking like trash whenever I finish working out.
Okay, maybe not "just as hard", but they're certainly not out on a easy morning stroll.
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August 11th, 2012 #17
We have art, they have sports. It's just nice to see some sort of global unity even if only for one or two weeks.
August 11th, 2012 #18
For less than $7 per person we went to Mars during the Olympics yet got lots of gold anyways.
It was worth it.
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August 12th, 2012 #19
I live about 10 minutes from the Olympic Stadium, and before it started I couldn't care less about the whole thing, not even enough to watch the opening ceremony.
But then something happened. I started seeing some of the athletes out in the area, in the Tube on my way to work and in the shopping center. That's when it hit me. History was being made right in my backyard, those same athletes came from all over the world to become the best at what they do, and I couldn't even motivate myself to make a simple drawing. Ffffuuuuuu..
Oh well, at least it was inspiring, and in the end I couldn't help but get excited about Mo Farah and Bolt's performances.
August 12th, 2012 #20
August 13th, 2012 #21
If the London Olymics was a drug-induced fantasy, that closing ceremony was us coming off the ceiling. God, it was pants.
Though I have to say I like the idea of getting people from all over the world in London and forcing them to stand in the shape of a union jack.
I had a problem with the way the torch was extinguished.
Rather than let the moment speak for itself... they did not trust it. They tried to hype it with music and lights and dancing and a naff phoenix because they assumed we couldn't hope for ourselves. And in so doing unconsciously wrote down to our despair rather than up to out bravery. Such is their vulgar hubris.
So they pissed a soundtrack over something real because they did not believe that a flame dying in silent darkness could embody our human commonality. That the dying of a light did not signify the reason we rejoice when we can, when we briefly hold two fingers up at the approaching train of our mortality and know it doesn’t matter.
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August 13th, 2012 #22
Well I like the Spice Girls and Eric Idle totally stole the show. It sure went on for too long.
August 13th, 2012 #23
Yes, I was dreading the Spice Girls, but they were one of the best things in it along with Eric Idle.
The Ugandan National Anthem was kinda fun... Like a slowed down, less whistly version of Z Cars.
I was also praying that Boris Johnson didn't set fire to the Olympic flag...
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August 13th, 2012 #24
i bet there were a lot of bottles of wee on that pitch after..
great games though, loads of fun.
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