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jaywhat
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Olympics

#1 Post by jaywhat » March 27th, 2012, 2:44 pm

This was mentioned on the 'Interview the person' thread and .......

We shall watch a fair bit on telly and might even see my son cyclist partnering a blind athlete in the paralympics. He is not definite yet having broken a leg!

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Re: Olympics

#2 Post by Alan H » March 27th, 2012, 2:51 pm

What Olympics? :shrug:
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Re: Olympics

#3 Post by Dave B » March 27th, 2012, 5:11 pm

Been trying to find a hotel, preferably somewhere interesting, that is offering totally Olympics free holidays. No luck as yet.
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Re: Olympics

#4 Post by Alan C. » March 27th, 2012, 6:47 pm

There will be no Olympics in our house! No, not even that most riveting show of sporting prowess, synchronised swimming.
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#5 Post by Fia » March 27th, 2012, 10:58 pm

Mine neither. No TV, no interest. Sounds like Dave needs to spend some time in rural Scotland... when does this happen? I have a spare room...

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Re: Olympics

#6 Post by Tetenterre » March 27th, 2012, 11:19 pm

Well, I shall watch quite a lot of it, but not only because one of my former pupils will be competing in the paralympics.
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Re: Olympics

#7 Post by jaywhat » March 28th, 2012, 6:07 am

I am quite surprised at some of the responses here re. attitudes to the Olympics. Is my positive attitude to such things as athletics somehow non-humanist? Am I doing something wrong? I need to know. I want to be a good person. :smile:

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#8 Post by Ninny » March 28th, 2012, 7:40 am

You're not a Scot, Jaywhat!

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Re: Olympics

#9 Post by jaywhat » March 28th, 2012, 7:48 am

:pointlaugh:

Mind you, it does annoy me and make me feel embarrassed at being a human to see all the crossing oneself before the starter's gun and thanking something up in the clouds for making them so brilliant - I hate all that.

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#10 Post by Tetenterre » March 28th, 2012, 8:24 am

Ninny wrote:You're not a Scot, Jaywhat!
Which, Jaywhat, means you already have most of what it takes to be a good person. :scorepoint:
jaywhat wrote:Mind you, it does annoy me and make me feel embarrassed at being a human to see all the crossing oneself before the starter's gun and thanking something up in the clouds for making them so brilliant - I hate all that.
I used to do a lot of sport (not that you'd think it to look at me now) and I know that state of mind plays a tremendously important part in performance. I've always considered myself to be a rational person, and I know that superstition is crap, but I had my "little rituals", from how my bag was packed to which boot I put on first, and I would feel very uncomfortable if I had to do something different. It becomes self-fulfilling: if you don't do the ritual, you feel uncomfortable, you don't perform well -- the illogic is when you believe that it's the ritual, not the state of mind, that is responsible. Sportsmen and women are generally very superstitious people.
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Re: Olympics

#11 Post by Dave B » March 28th, 2012, 8:26 am

I have nothing against athletics or sport in general - I just intensely dislike the political/commercial/egoistic/theatrical baloney that accompanies it.
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Re: Olympics

#12 Post by jaywhat » March 28th, 2012, 11:21 am

I agree with you.

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Re: Olympics

#13 Post by Alan H » March 28th, 2012, 12:21 pm

Dave B wrote:I have nothing against athletics or sport in general - I just intensely dislike the political/commercial/egoistic/theatrical baloney that accompanies it.
You missed out nationalistic baloney as well. I think it's that that puts me off as much as anything else. I'm sure some are competing for their country, but are they all? Have a games where people compete to see who is the best/fittest/fastest/strongest. Why bring nationalism into it?
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#14 Post by Nick » March 28th, 2012, 2:28 pm

Early in the last century, a plucky Brit found himself coincidentally at the Olympics, only to find that the UK was not represented in a rowing event. So he entered himself, representing his club. :D

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#15 Post by Fia » March 28th, 2012, 4:21 pm

Alan H wrote:...nationalistic baloney as well. I think it's that that puts me off as much as anything else.
It certainly grates hugely on me too.
Alan H wrote:Have a games where people compete to see who is the best/fittest/fastest/strongest.
This is what I really don't get. Who cares who's the best/fittest/fastest/strongest? One person gets given such accolade and the the rest are failures. Sends an appalling message IMHO. Life is so much better with co-operation, not winners and losers :headbang:

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#16 Post by Alan H » March 28th, 2012, 4:34 pm

Fia wrote:
Alan H wrote:Have a games where people compete to see who is the best/fittest/fastest/strongest.
This is what I really don't get. Who cares who's the best/fittest/fastest/strongest? One person gets given such accolade and the the rest are failures. Sends an appalling message IMHO. Life is so much better with co-operation, not winners and losers :headbang:
I don't disagree with that, but getting rid of the nationalistic side of things would be a step in the right direction.
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Re: Olympics

#17 Post by Val » March 28th, 2012, 6:28 pm

I wish there was an Olympic event to see who is good because Jaywhat is one of the goodist people I know. (please dont transpose this to 'the words and phrases wot annoy us').

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#18 Post by Compassionist » March 28th, 2012, 8:29 pm

Fia wrote:
Alan H wrote:...nationalistic baloney as well. I think it's that that puts me off as much as anything else.
It certainly grates hugely on me too.
Alan H wrote:Have a games where people compete to see who is the best/fittest/fastest/strongest.
This is what I really don't get. Who cares who's the best/fittest/fastest/strongest? One person gets given such accolade and the the rest are failures. Sends an appalling message IMHO. Life is so much better with co-operation, not winners and losers :headbang:
I totally agree with you Fia. Instead of creating global co-operation, the Olympic games create even more competition and jingoism.

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#19 Post by getreal » March 29th, 2012, 11:57 am

I suspect there is much less enthusiasm for it north of the border-like the diamond jubilee. I don't know anyone who even knows when that is, though I do, as we are going off camping to Benderloch, taking advantage of the extra hols!
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#20 Post by Nick » March 29th, 2012, 2:47 pm

It's time someone stuck up for sport! I'm a great fan, and while co-operation is fine, without competition we would be the poorer. It is a question of when to compete and when to co-operate. Exercise also good for one's health and wellbeing. I love playing squash. I don't like losing, but I don't mind being beaten, if you understand the difference. And I happen to share something in common with the great Jonah Barrington....
Spoiler:
We've both gone as far as we can in squash.... :D
With any such structure, there will be those at the very top. Frankly, they are mostly odd people, driven beyond what is normal. But without them, we would not have goal to aim for. Hence Olympic and other such competitions.

What I would say, though, is that I wish there was more emphasis on sports that more people can enjoy as a leisure pursuit. How many people actually ring up their mates to say "How about putting the shot tonight?" or "Do you fancy running 100m tonight?" Once you've throw a javelin, what's next? Dunno really. If you are not competing, where is the fun in doing so many of the Olympic sports? They do not seem to translate well into the working lives of the population.

The other notable thing about the GB team, is that they seem to do well at the "sitting down" sports: sailing, rowing, equestrian, cycling..... What's all that about? :D

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