Friday, March 03, 2006

Schlock, horror - the games are coming to town

Yes well, you'd be cranky too if your town was about to be swamped by the Commonwealth Games and all attendant acolytes (aka athletes).

It is bad enough living in a country where being able to spell antidisestablishment is regarded as appalling and utter dingbat fruitwits (being a mummified mummy my vocab has been dry cleaned recently so as not to traumatise the toddler) are regarded as role models. I loathe sport, I really do.

Sorry SC, I realise the pic you use on your blog is of a rugger chap. But at least you had the good sense to behead him. Very Henry Vlll.

And I am not being a raving anti-monarchist. No disrespect is meant to Her Maj.

I simply don't see the point. I am prepared to be flexible and even emotional about the Olympic Games which is a far better representation of the global village (and in some less salubrious cases, the innovative uses of horse steroids). The Commonwealth Games just seem so second rate.

I really can't see the point of beating your chest and making He-Man like noises when we beat Canada at say, swimming. Or when they beat us at, say, curling (truly hilarious stuff). I mean, I am as competitive as the next chick - actually probably more - but world class does actually mean, world class not - oooh, we beat the Tongans.

No doubt I will be regarded as anti-Australian for not salivating at the prospect of the Games hitting our shores in about a week/fortnight ?? But, hey, I was the only kid with a reserved cushion in the school library at lunchtime so I reckon I will cope.

11 comments:

Tea and Books, etc said...

Ha! I remember the to-do over 'antidisestablishment'! :-)

I'm with you about the sports thing... 'Um, is it over yet?'

And I'm doubly with you about having a reserved spot at the school library! Take that you athletic, um, boogers! ;-)

mummified said...

Dear Tea Leoni (sorry, couldn't resist)
I have also heard such people referred to as jocks. This seems appropriate as, in Australia, this term is used to denote men's underwear rather than intellectual potency.

Tea and Books, etc said...

Er, 'intellectual potency'? Isn't that an oxymoron? ;-)

Well, appropriately enough, 'jocks' can be both, ahem, male athletes and men's underwear. I leave you to draw what conclusions you will. Heh. :-D

mummified said...

I don't know - I find the intellect the most potent and appealing aspect of all. However, I recognise that this is not a mainstream perspective.

Tea and Books, etc said...

Oh, dear! I misinterpreted! I thought you were applying intellectual potency to the athletes and thus my inappropriate response. *shamefaced* >:-(

I agree with you actually. Isn't the brain supposed to be the sexiest organ? :-D

mummified said...

indeed it is, tea and books. indeed it is.

:-)

SC said...

Who are you calling a rugger player? Cyclist, thank you very much. Sniff. I decided to remove the head to spare you the nightmares. Oh, and me too.

Whassat you gals are talking about? Intellectual what? Don't understand.

By the way, Jocks is a term we fondly use to describe our Scottish neighbours too...

mummified said...

Okay, okay - cyclist. Is it as dead trendy to be a cyclist in the UK as it has become here ?

SC said...

Hmm. 'Dead' trendy, you say? Not sure I like where this is going...

Dangerous, hell yes. Hence the buzz. Dunno about trendy tho.

SC said...

What is that bore talking about above me? Cycling dangerous? *Parp*. Sorry, but it's about as dangerous as helping with the shopping. That guy needs to get a life. And some clothes.

mummified said...

God you make me laugh. It is a wonderful remedy to exhaustion. Seb, I reckon you should be writing comedy for Channel 4. Little britain has had its day, now it is time for Seb's half hour of jolly japes...