Sunday, July 22, 2012

Bradley Wiggins should light the Olympic Flame

Never before has a Briton worn the Yellow Shirt up the Champs Elysées to be crowned victor in the epic Tour de France. It is a phenomenal sporting achievement which ranks alongside that of our greatest Olympians. It is fitting in this year of Her Majesty's Diamond Jubilee for Bradley Wiggins to be the first Briton to take the crown of the Tour de France, echoing the conquest of Mount Everest in the year of her Coronation by the British team led by Edmund Hilary.

Sir Edmund was knighted for his phenomenal efforts: surely both Daley Thompson CBE and Sir Steve Redgrave should cease their infernal bickering over who should light the Olympic Flame. Sir Chris Hoy has already said that winning the Tour de France would be among the greatest British sporting achivements of all time. People forget that Bradley Wiggins is already an incredible Olympian with six medals, including three golds. That makes him something of a British sporting legend.

So, let us focus on the glories of the here and now: Bradley Wiggins deserves an honour before the New Year and prior to Her Majesty's next birthday. What say you, Sir Steve, Mr Thompson, Lord Coe, BOA, LOCOG?

66 Comments:

Blogger Richard Gadsden said...

Cannot happen.

Brad will not be there for the opening ceremony. He is competing in the road race, starting at 10am the following morning.

No way will he be attending the opening ceremony; he'll be tucked up in bed getting an early night so he can wake early to be ready to ride at 10.

22 July 2012 at 18:18  
Blogger Office of Inspector General said...

He should be dragged by the praetorian guard in front of the senate and proclaimed emperor !

Good show that man. You will be feted, and well deserved, what !

22 July 2012 at 19:01  
Blogger David B said...

It was an astonishing accomplishment, but it was not his alone.

Cavendish acted as a domestique for much of the tour, and didn't complain when the team often didn't try to get him into position to win sprints.

Froome paced Brad up mountains when he could have ridden away from him, and the rest of the team did their bit, too.

It was a triumph for Wiggins, but also a triumph for teamwork, and for talented individuals putting aside their own personal ambitions for the team.

The whole team should light the flame, and if Wiggins is too busy concerning himself with his first race, thn the rest of the team could stand in for him.

David B

22 July 2012 at 20:21  
Blogger carl jacobs said...

I see the Olympics Games are now considering Roller Derby for 2020. Roller Derby? Really? Is Pro Wrestling next? This year it adds Women's Boxing even as it subtracts Softball - softball being an actual .. you know .. sport. Women's boxing is by contrast a freak of nature. It's the equivalent of watching the bearded lady at the circus. Who actually wants to watch two women box each other for the sake of competition? Is there possibly a greater denial of femininity than such a spectacle? When you combine this with the fact that the "Olympic Movement" has self-consciously styled itself as a humanistic religion, it's getting harder and harder to take it seriously.

So I would think that any rational person would decline to take part in the pagan worship service that is the Opening Ceremony. I will watch the Soccer competition because it is essentially a World Cup Redux. I would watch Rugby for similar reasons. They aren't really Olympic Events. They are professional events dressed in Olympic Clothes. As for the rest, I will ignore it. And I wouldn't be overly disappointed if the whole spiritually corrupt exercise just faded away. Whatever is valuable will remain. The rest won't be missed.

carl

22 July 2012 at 20:25  
Blogger Shacklefree said...

Yes to the suggestions by the Inspector and David B. Redgrave and Thomson should bow out of the debate.

22 July 2012 at 20:27  
Blogger Shacklefree said...

I also agree with Carl about women boxing. The Olympics has become corrupted by money and like all dictators the leaders want to expand their empire by adding tennis, golf soccer etc. even though these spots already have their own version of the Olympics. That said, let's get Bradley and the team to light the flame.

22 July 2012 at 20:32  
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22 July 2012 at 20:42  
Blogger Paul Twigg said...

Carl Jacobs

Written as a true Calvinist divine!

22 July 2012 at 20:49  
Blogger Office of Inspector General said...

The Olympics have the smudgy fingerprints of the tainted hand of man all over them. Like anything else which is committee driven, it stands there as an example of what can be achieved by the inspiration of mediocrity, sad to say. It is only a matter of time before topless girl five a side football enthrals us. The Inspector for one WILL be watching, he’ll have you know....{AHEM}...

22 July 2012 at 20:54  
Blogger Johnny Norfolk said...

Its the yellow jersey by the way not the yellow shirt.

22 July 2012 at 21:36  
Blogger FrereRabit said...

Since David Cameron, Boris Johnson and other politicians are frequently pictured riding their bicycles, it is a sobering thought that they have still not beaten the French at their own game, while Wiggins certainly has.

22 July 2012 at 21:53  
Blogger bluedog said...

Mr Inspector @ 20.54 said, 'It is only a matter of time before topless girl five a side football enthrals us.'

Beach volley ball comes close.

22 July 2012 at 22:03  
Blogger Hannah Albion- Halakha said...

Hi Bluedog,

I was on the beech volley ball team at university, it's a really cool sport.

23 July 2012 at 00:13  
Blogger carl jacobs said...

Anna

Wouldn't a beech volley ball be really hard and painful and stuff? Anyways. They should revert to women's swim suits circa 1890 for the competition.

carl
Fathers Against Daughters Wearing Bikinis

23 July 2012 at 00:18  
Blogger Hannah Albion- Halakha said...

Hi Carl

Oh, I got the spelling wrong. Silly me. I shall have to do a thousand lines of the correct spelling of beach.

23 July 2012 at 00:23  
Blogger Hannah Albion- Halakha said...

Hi Carl,

Re Bikini's -
Well, you are a bit of a Puritan, so no surprise there. I have to admit I didn't wear bikini's until I got to University.

23 July 2012 at 00:26  
Blogger carl jacobs said...

Anna

What's a Puritan but a responsible father?

carl
Paternal Foundation for the Defense of Daughterly Virtue

23 July 2012 at 01:06  
Blogger Acornjet said...

He is a Londoner and he has more Olympic medals than any other active British athlete. He is the man of the moment so it should be him. If he needs an early night before the road race then they could light the flame first before the boring bit and then all the kids will get to see it before bed time too!

23 July 2012 at 10:29  
Blogger bluedog said...

Hi Hannah Albion-Halaka @ 00.13, good to hear you are an athlete, and not one of those boring intellectual women with a cinema noir type avatar and thick-lensed specs.

There's no doubt that women's beach volley ball is an elite sport and incredibly challenging - for male onlookers.

Mr Inspector, all yours.

PS I did fencing at school too.

PPS, I found the foil very boring but slashing with the sabre was more me.

23 July 2012 at 12:18  
Blogger Hannah Kavanagh said...

Hi Bluedog,

I do indeed wear specs when I don't have my contacts in. I have tried sword fighting, including using a Claymore and a Katana. I don't really like the Katana, a bit too big and heavy for a girl.

23 July 2012 at 12:37  
Blogger bluedog said...

Well, Anna, if you started off using weapons like a claymore or a katana your chances of progress would be nil. You need to learn basic technique with something manageable initially.

The comment about cinema/film noir avatars was not directed at you, indeed you were supposed to duck and let it go overhead.

Too bad.

23 July 2012 at 12:50  
Blogger Cressida de Nova said...

Wassup Rover...our little blue cattle dog on heat again..never mind Princess you can get a shot from the vet for that!

23 July 2012 at 14:57  
Blogger Hannah Kavanagh said...

Blue Dog is an Alsatian not a Labrador though...

23 July 2012 at 19:18  
Blogger bluedog said...

Thank you, Cressida.

23 July 2012 at 22:02  
Blogger The Way of Dodo the Dude said...

" ... good to hear you are an athlete" ... in a bikini ... "and not one of those boring intellectual women with a cinema noir type avatar and thick-lensed specs."

It is an acquired taste that generally accompanies maturity.

26 July 2012 at 00:14  
Blogger Cressida de Nova said...

Ah,now I am being labelled a thinking man's crumpet.I am taking this as a compliment Doddles ( even though it probably was not meant as such) .In my case I wouldn't agree about the maturity bit, judging by the overtures from a 24 year old dread locked spunk sitting next to me on a plane just recently.And yes,I was wearing my glasses.

26 July 2012 at 04:00  
Blogger The Way of Dodo the Dude said...

What is this "crumpet" thing Cressie? I merely suggested that beauty and intelligence are often overlooked by the less immature who tend to have more pressing interests. By and large, men also seem to prefer 'cute' to directness. The Greeks must have a myth covering these themes?

26 July 2012 at 09:56  
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26 July 2012 at 10:00  
Blogger The Way of Dodo the Dude said...

Ps - that is of course *overlooked by the less mature*

And male mammals, including dogs, do not experience the estrous cycle with its physiologic changes induced by reproductive hormones. This occurs only in mammalian females.

26 July 2012 at 10:05  
Blogger Cressida de Nova said...

By and large intelligent women like strong men not attention seekers,bimbo supporters and tedious applause junkies.Next time,you're on your own Sunshine.

26 July 2012 at 13:11  
Blogger The Way of Dodo the Dude said...

cressida

Now that's harsh!

26 July 2012 at 15:54  
Blogger Cressida de Nova said...

Well you have said in the past how terribly cruel and direct I am...
So just keeping in character.

Will try to do "cute"

Hugs and kisses Doddles Darling
Hetero Love Calls and Smoochy Squeezes
Your
Cruel Catholic Cressida

26 July 2012 at 16:25  
Blogger The Way of Dodo the Dude said...

cressida

On balance, I prefer cruel and direct. But "tedious applause junkies" is an arrow too many!

26 July 2012 at 16:36  
Blogger Cressida de Nova said...

Tut tut.Hutzpah Hannah will be comin' a stalkin' soon so you can have a moan to her.She would not say such nasty things to you.She will just lull you into a coma of boredom and then cut your head off like Salome.
Toodle pip

26 July 2012 at 16:52  
Blogger The Way of Dodo the Dude said...

True, she will be flattering and kind and, so far as she is able, understanding.

Anyway, as I recall the story, Salome did not use boredom. Rather she flaunted her young body, wiggled her hips and fluttered her eyes. She was also being used by a another too.

26 July 2012 at 17:11  
Blogger Hannah Kavanagh said...

Hi Dodo,

U know it is impolite to speak about people when they are not there! How are you anyway? I've had a terrible day, having managed to break something I'm on crutches...thankfully one of my nice cousins is coming over to look after me (and of course my flatmate is being as nice as possible- not that i'm treating him like a servant or anything...).

26 July 2012 at 17:20  
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26 July 2012 at 17:50  
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26 July 2012 at 17:50  
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26 July 2012 at 17:56  
Blogger The Way of Dodo the Dude said...

Hannah - you poor thing! Did you fall over whilst using a Katana to fend off an over excited Rover?

I'm feeling terrible too having been deeply wounded by hurtful remarks. I stand accused of being a disloyal, attention seeking, bimbo supporting, tedious applause junky. It's crushed me, crushed me; I tell you.

26 July 2012 at 19:23  
Blogger Hannah Kavanagh said...

hi Dodo,

I'm sorry to hear that- hugs and kisses to you. You know I see nothing wrong with a woman celebrating her own body nor in anyone admiring it, as I am not a raving feminist.

As for me, well, I have broken my legs, on crutches (possibly a wheelchair to come) and am on strong painkillers. See you soon, as I am feeling quite sleepy. My flatmate has been really cool, he is such a kind gent you know.

26 July 2012 at 19:41  
Blogger Cressida de Nova said...

A steam roller could not crush either of you!

26 July 2012 at 20:31  
Blogger The Way of Dodo the Dude said...

Quite right!

I would most certainty hear or see it coming and get out of the way! I am not stupid and am aware of what's going on around about me, most of the time.

26 July 2012 at 23:11  
Blogger Paul Twigg said...

Hannah,

I am glad you appreciate the support of your housemate, I am sure that you will also suggest to said house mate that dinner is on you when your leg is fully recovered?

26 July 2012 at 23:13  
Blogger The Way of Dodo the Dude said...

Are you said housemate, Paul? Or a cousin, other relative or family friend perhaps?

26 July 2012 at 23:55  
Blogger Cressida de Nova said...

He is none of those things Dodo...just your competition...so learn to live with it.

27 July 2012 at 00:13  
Blogger The Way of Dodo the Dude said...

Competition?

Surely Hannah has love in her heart for everyone?

27 July 2012 at 01:26  
Blogger Cressida de Nova said...

Oh, she does Dodo just like you do.

pares cum paribus

27 July 2012 at 06:25  
Blogger Hannah Kavanagh said...

Hiya Paul,

Funnily enough I did suggest this to my somewhat clumsy flatmate this morning and that we'd go to Avi's once this girl's back on her feet ?

27 July 2012 at 09:48  
Blogger Hannah Kavanagh said...

It's also nice to see Dodo and Cressida have 'kissed and made up' (even if their jokes are at my expense).

27 July 2012 at 09:59  
Blogger The Way of Dodo the Dude said...

You think cressida and I have 'kissed and made up'? That we are joking? How little you seem to comprehend!

27 July 2012 at 13:44  
Blogger Hannah Kavanagh said...

Hi Dodo,

Perhaps this might help ;

"I think you've made your point now.
You've even gone a bit too far to get the message home.
Before it gets too frightening,
We ought to call a halt,
So could we start again please?"

27 July 2012 at 15:59  
Blogger Cressida de Nova said...

You are not being cruel to our Hutzpah Hannah I hope,suggesting that she is a bit thick,are you Dodo? Particularly unkind, as she has two broken legs, and a fractured intellect.And you say I am the cruel one!

27 July 2012 at 16:06  
Blogger Paul Twigg said...

Hannah,

Said flatmate might be thinking that's very good and that he's sorry you won't be able to get away for the games as previously planned, he'll be back in a month's time and hope that you can make it to his birthday part in the home counties. Also for you to note Dodo gave some good advise on who to engage with on this blog in a thread above- suggestion you read in and you won't be wasting time on threads like this.

27 July 2012 at 16:46  
Blogger Paul Twigg said...

Dodo,

My fine feathered friend.

As far you questions are concerned re flatmates and my religion, I am following a policy of deliberate strategic ambiguity,so as not to be pounced upon/or be pigeon holed in debate.

27 July 2012 at 16:47  
Blogger The Way of Dodo the Dude said...

Cressida I merely passed an observation, 'tis all. Cinema noir, intellectual women, who wear specs should be more circumspect.

Hannah, was that a poem? We have "started again" several times so maybe we are just incompatible. You do seem to bring out the worst in me.

27 July 2012 at 16:53  
Blogger The Way of Dodo the Dude said...

Paul, I completely understand and will not question you again on these matters.

27 July 2012 at 16:56  
Blogger Hannah Kavanagh said...

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27 July 2012 at 16:56  
Blogger Hannah Kavanagh said...

Hi Dodo,
It's from a famous west end musical.

Hi Paul,

Yes I did see said flatmate's rather illegible hand written note on the fridge door- I wish said house mate hadn't used my Star of David fridge magnet with which to pin said note to fridge. Also, as usual Dodo gives some wonderful advise- if only he stuck to those rules himself. I think I will see said flatmate at the party next week- hope you will pass on message.

Hugs and kisses to all communicants for Shabbat xxx

27 July 2012 at 16:58  
Blogger Paul Twigg said...

Dodo,

No worries mate.

Hannah,

Said flatmate does apologize for the cultural insensitivity, perhaps he was going to use the Rowan Williams fridge magnet, but it had unfortunately broken into two, (prophetic perhaps?).

27 July 2012 at 17:09  
Blogger Cressida de Nova said...

A persistent flea in the ear can bring down a mighty elephant. Mission accomplished!

27 July 2012 at 17:15  
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27 July 2012 at 17:29  
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27 July 2012 at 17:34  
Blogger The Way of Dodo the Dude said...

A couple of final comments from me before our long suffering host evicts the lot of us.

cressida, cats are known to carry fleas and other mites. You must warn len of this and advise him flea collars are a good precautionary measure.

Hannah, yes I do know where the song originated! Sarcasm was a survival tool in my neighbourhood.

Being stupid it was the first movie I ever took my wife to just after we met in 1976. Not terribly romantic of me. She hated the film but fortunately it did not put her off me. I much prefer the book and fell asleep during the film - and snored. Years later she confided this experience her made her question my suitability as a potential suitor.

There is one song I rate highly in the film, sung by the same character as the one you posted. I think it profoundly moving and deeply thought provoking.

28 July 2012 at 01:21  
Blogger Cressida de Nova said...

Doddles...And this is my last word on the subject.
'Quand une femme frappe dans le coeur d'une autre elle manque rarement'
and what better way to get to me than through you. I did give you an advanced screening of how this play would unfold but you did not want to believe me.
In literature and life the flea always causes so much damage that it is unusual for an elephant ever to survive the onslaught.There will be a lot of cheering and partying at the vermin olympics.

28 July 2012 at 04:08  
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28 July 2012 at 23:28  

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