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Justin Casey
29-02-2012, 11:16 PM
Olympics London 2012

C. Flower
01-03-2012, 05:16 AM
Laughed!

fluffybiscuits
01-03-2012, 07:42 PM
Brilliant lol :D

Dr. FIVE
02-05-2012, 06:47 PM
London based Irish Journalist Brian Whelan who publicised (http://brianwhelan.net/) the MoD plans to put a missile launcher on the roof his apartment block has today announced:


Very sad to learn my tenancy is to be terminated and I will be forced to leave my apartment days ahead of the opening ceremony.

Clueless MoD spokesman comes to Bow Quarter - YouTube

fluffybiscuits
04-05-2012, 11:59 PM
http://brianwhelan.net/

He maintains a great blog on his site that fights fascism normally been a fan for a while but read his blog for more info. That video just highlights the poorly thought out plans of the MoD, the lad from the MoD was clueless!

I wont republish anything from his blog as it needs permission but have a read of it, explains things very well...
There is a meeting tonight with Brian speaking....

Baron von Biffo
10-07-2012, 09:18 PM
HSI not making many friends with the shambles over the equestrian reps.

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Team-Ireland-Equestrian/234374783279

goatstoe
10-07-2012, 09:39 PM
What does hypersensitivity in showjumping mean exactly? Never heard the term used in horse racing for example. Is it in reference to drug use with horses, or is it to do with a rider/jockey being overly aggressive with a horse?

Baron von Biffo
10-07-2012, 09:45 PM
What does hypersensitivity in showjumping mean exactly? Never heard the term used in horse racing for example. Is it in reference to drug use with horses, or is it to do with a rider/jockey being overly aggressive with a horse?

It can be just a natural phenomenon but it can also hint at cruel training methods that involve using substances to make the animal more sensitive to pain so that it becomes extremely afraid of hitting the fences.

Dr. FIVE
11-07-2012, 08:09 AM
What does hypersensitivity in showjumping mean exactly?

He was down Phoenix Park at the weekend

C. Flower
11-07-2012, 08:21 AM
Friends say they were stopped by an army checkpoint in the East End last week.
Nothing in the press about army or Territorials being used.

Anyone heard anything similar?

DCon
11-07-2012, 08:32 AM
HSI not making many friends with the shambles over the equestrian reps.

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Team-Ireland-Equestrian/234374783279

O'Connor will give some free advertising to rich uncle Michael.

I wonder had that any impact on the decision


MEATH-based Cian O'Connor was the only Irish rider to make it into the top ten at Gijon's five-star Grand Prix this evening, taking a sixth place on Michael Smurfit's mare 'K Club Lady'.


http://www.horsesportireland.ie/news/show-jumping.81.35.html

DCon
11-07-2012, 01:27 PM
Goldman says we will win 1 medal.

Must be the horse, or Katie Taylor

http://www.businessinsider.com/goldman-london-olympic-medal-predictions-2012-7

fluffybiscuits
11-07-2012, 03:21 PM
Brian Whelan who is an irish journalist wrote about the missiles where he is living http://brianwhelan.net/ . He challenged the people who told him he must move out.

In other news, this is ground breaking and long may it continue

http://thescore.thejournal.ie/blade-runner-oscar-pistorius-debate-london-2012-516884-Jul2012/


Oscar Pistorius was born with no femur but has two prosthetic legs fitted. He has already broken the world record :)

C. Flower
11-07-2012, 09:42 PM
I read today that the heat seeking missiles on apartment roofs have been given the go ahead in the courts.

A friend told me she had been stopped by an army checkpoint in the East End. I'm wondering was it really army (army on the streets of London not being normal) or the private security firm. Breakingnews.ie is saying that 3,500 troops are on standby.

All in all, a great opportunity to get people used to seeing the army on the streets.

http://www.breakingnews.ie/world/extra-troops-on-standby-for-olympics-558723.html

5intheface
11-07-2012, 10:32 PM
I read today that the heat seeking missiles on apartment roofs have been given the go ahead in the courts.

A friend told me she had been stopped by an army checkpoint in the East End. I'm wondering was it really army (army on the streets of London not being normal) or the private security firm. Breakingnews.ie is saying that 3,500 troops are on standby.

All in all, a great opportunity to get people used to seeing the army on the streets.

http://www.breakingnews.ie/world/extra-troops-on-standby-for-olympics-558723.html

Judge said that residents' fear of a terrorist attack was not credible.

No need for the missiles then.

C. Flower
11-07-2012, 10:38 PM
Judge said that residents' fear of a terrorist attack was not credible.

No need for the missiles then.

*bangs head off desk*

And of course, if they did let them off, they would land on Acton.

fluffybiscuits
12-07-2012, 01:40 PM
Judge said that residents' fear of a terrorist attack was not credible.

No need for the missiles then.

There is missiles on the roofs of the houses. Why does the judge think the missiles are there? In the event that Syria or Malta attacks or something like that? There is no credible evidence to support the evidence that there is going to be a terrorist attack therefore no evidence to support the need for missiles. The judge must not have been strong on reason and logic to come to a descision like that. The Huffington reports on concerns that locals have and quite credibly too...

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/11/london-rooftop-missiles-olympics_n_1664653.html


"We have always believed that an Englishman's home was his castle, not a forward operating base," said attorney David Enright.

"The clear implication of today's judgment is that the Ministry of Defense now has the power to militarize the private homes of any person in Britain, so long as they can demonstrate that there is, in their view, a matter of national security."

C. Flower
12-07-2012, 06:32 PM
There is missiles on the roofs of the houses. Why does the judge think the missiles are there? In the event that Syria or Malta attacks or something like that? There is no credible evidence to support the evidence that there is going to be a terrorist attack therefore no evidence to support the need for missiles. The judge must not have been strong on reason and logic to come to a descision like that. The Huffington reports on concerns that locals have and quite credibly too...

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/11/london-rooftop-missiles-olympics_n_1664653.html

This is very serious. It's the biggest military exercise in the UK since World War 2 and half a billion is being spent on it.

You can be sure that the military is using it as a major civilian population control 'coup' exercise.



The move brings the total number of military personnel including reservists protecting the games to 17,000 — dwarfing the 9,500 troops Britain has in Afghanistan, and at a time when the armed forces are coping with thousands of job cuts.
The substantial security operation for the Olympics also will feature 12,000 police, 3,000 volunteers, Typhoon fighter jets, helicopters, two warships and bomb disposal experts.


http://blog.syracuse.com/sports/2012/07/london_olympics_3500_troops_ad.html

C. Flower
13-07-2012, 07:32 PM
https://p.twimg.com/AxtRAaoCAAAbwtl.jpg:large

Olympic lane meets bus lane leaving nowhere for cars to go. Don't even ask about bikes. One of many such spots in London. Via Faisal Islam on twitter.

bormotello
13-07-2012, 07:42 PM
http://img820.imageshack.us/img820/1540/1000xsi.jpg
http://img215.imageshack.us/img215/9823/1000xd.jpg
aerial view of the Fred Wigg building in east London where the British military are installing a missile battery on top of it as part of the defenses for the London 2012 Olympic summer games Friday, July, 13, 2012.


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An aerial view of a British military missile battery next to a reservoir on the Lea Valley in east London, part of the defenses for the London 2012 Olympic summer games Friday, July 13, 2012.

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An aerial view of a British military missile battery on Blackheath common in south London, which is part of the defences for the London 2012 Olympic summer games Friday, July, 13, 2012.

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An aerial view of a British military missile position on top of the Lexington Building in east London, part of the defenses for the London 2012 Olympic summer games Friday, July 13, 2012.

C. Flower
14-07-2012, 07:20 PM
Great pictures, @bormotello.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/nick-clegg/9112676/Nick-Clegg-urges-Ed-Miliband-to-rein-in-Len-McCluskey-over-Olympics-threat.html


Len McCluskey has called for strikes and protests during the Olympics, to defend public services :In the interview with The Guardian, Mr McCluskey was asked whether his union had discussed the possibility of strikes during the Olympics.
He replied: "Absolutely, yes.
"The attacks that are being launched on public sector workers at the moment are so deep and ideological that the idea the world should arrive in London and have these wonderful Olympic Games as though everything is nice and rosy in the garden is unthinkable. Our very way of life is being attacked.
"I believe the unions, and the general community, have got every right to be out protesting. If the Olympics provide us with an opportunity, then that's exactly one that we should be looking at."
Mr McCluskey said his union had not yet discussed "the specifics" of how workers could target the Olympics, but said that London bus drivers would be "examining what leverage points we have, and the Olympics will clearly come into play".
He added: "Now nobody has made any decisions yet and, of course, it would be nice if we were able not to disrupt such a prestigious event as the Olympics.
"But by the same token, people have to understand that we are fighting for our heritage here.
"Our parents and our grandparents, having defeated fascism in Europe, came back determined to build a land fit for heroes. They gave us the welfare state, the National Health Service, universal education.
"All of that is being attacked. I, for one, am not prepared to stand by and have my children or grandchildren say to me, 'What did you do when this was being taken away from us?'
"When you say what can we do, and the likes of the Olympics, I'm calling upon the general public to engage in civil disobedience."

bormotello
15-07-2012, 06:29 AM
Great pictures, @bormotello.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/nick-clegg/9112676/Nick-Clegg-urges-Ed-Miliband-to-rein-in-Len-McCluskey-over-Olympics-threat.html


"Our parents and our grandparents, having defeated fascism in Europe, came back determined to build a land fit for heroes. They gave us the welfare state, the National Health Service, universal education.
and they(parents) left economy ruined by decades of left wing populism

C. Flower
15-07-2012, 07:40 AM
and they(parents) left economy ruined by decades of left wing populism

Efficent, profit-making capitalism (in so far as possible at all) would put both parents and children onto the bread line, permanently.

Britain's 'problems' include loss of imperial power and colonies, the shift of manufacturing to the east, and the global flat lining of rates of profit as a result of over-production of capital. The luxury of a democratic form of capitalism was at the expense of theft from colonies, so now they have progressive erosion of civil rights, as with appalling new "secret justice" laws.

Count Bobulescu
16-07-2012, 04:02 PM
If not a drug festival, how about a sex festival?

SPORTS BLINK - "Will you still medal in the morning? The real games in the Olympic Village will not be televised," by Sam Alipour, ESPN The Magazine: "Popping up once every two years, the Olympic Village is a boisterous city within a city: chock-full of condos, midrises and houses as well as cafés, barbershops, arcades, discos and TV lounges. ... [A] the 2000 Sydney Games, 70,000 condoms wasn't enough, prompting a second order of 20,000 and a new standing order of 100,000 condoms per Olympics. ... Olympians are young, supremely healthy people who've been training with the intensity of combat troops for years. Suddenly they're released into a cocoon where prying reporters and overprotective parents aren't allowed. Pre-competition testosterone is running high. Many Olympians are in tapering mode, full of excess energy because they're maintaining a training diet of up to 9,000 calories per day while not actually training as hard. ...
"The soccer girls? 'All hot, and they dress like rock stars,' one male swimmer says. ... Some swear off sex until their events are done; others make it part of their pre-event routine. ... Many on-the-prowl athletes maintain that they're driven by a simple human need: intimacy, if only for a moment or three. For most Olympians, the ramp-up to the Games is lonely. Not unlike movie stars on a far-flung movie shoot, the Olympics present the perfect opportunity to find a partner who understands where they're coming from. ... The athlete compound soon becomes the site of an uneasy dance between jocks on a post-competition bender and those who have yet to compete." http://es.pn/MsWHh8

20 yards of linen=1 coat
16-07-2012, 05:25 PM
This is very serious. It's the biggest military exercise in the UK since World War 2 and half a billion is being spent on it.

You can be sure that the military is using it as a major civilian population control 'coup' exercise.

Yep.

I had very little idea this was happening. Someone mentioned the 17000 security personel the other day but I didn't realise that meant army. There were only 16000 police available for the riots last year! It's all very ******* scary.


If not a drug festival, how about a sex festival?

SPORTS BLINK - "Will you still medal in the morning? The real games in the Olympic Village will not be televised," by Sam Alipour, ESPN The Magazine: "Popping up once every two years, the Olympic Village is a boisterous city within a city: chock-full of condos, midrises and houses as well as cafés, barbershops, arcades, discos and TV lounges. ... [A] the 2000 Sydney Games, 70,000 condoms wasn't enough, prompting a second order of 20,000 and a new standing order of 100,000 condoms per Olympics. ... Olympians are young, supremely healthy people who've been training with the intensity of combat troops for years. Suddenly they're released into a cocoon where prying reporters and overprotective parents aren't allowed. Pre-competition testosterone is running high. Many Olympians are in tapering mode, full of excess energy because they're maintaining a training diet of up to 9,000 calories per day while not actually training as hard. ...
"The soccer girls? 'All hot, and they dress like rock stars,' one male swimmer says. ... Some swear off sex until their events are done; others make it part of their pre-event routine. ... Many on-the-prowl athletes maintain that they're driven by a simple human need: intimacy, if only for a moment or three. For most Olympians, the ramp-up to the Games is lonely. Not unlike movie stars on a far-flung movie shoot, the Olympics present the perfect opportunity to find a partner who understands where they're coming from. ... The athlete compound soon becomes the site of an uneasy dance between jocks on a post-competition bender and those who have yet to compete." http://es.pn/MsWHh8

Haha sounds great!

C. Flower
27-07-2012, 07:46 PM
 As the Olympic torch made its way along the Romford road in Newham on 21 July – preceded by the Coca-Cola, Samsung and Lloyds buses – it was difficult not to be cynical, especially when it passed the Atherton Leisure Centre (Have a bit of pride, Blair tells critics of £9bn Olympic cost, 26 July). This is the nearest sports centre to the Olympic park, last year it was used by 240,000 people in one of the poorest and least active boroughs in the nation. In January, the council closed the pools and in December the entire centre will shut down. So much for the promised legacy, of a step change in sporting participation.
Simon Shaw
London

5intheface
27-07-2012, 07:51 PM
There's a rumour that QEII will light the Olympic flame.

You'd think someone would remember what happened the last time she had her own box of matches!

http://martinbeddall.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/02/windsor-castle-fire.jpg

5intheface
27-07-2012, 08:24 PM
Britain appears to be launching the Olympics through the medium of disco-dancing Abraham Lincolns.

Electric Six - "Gay Bar" (Hi Res) - YouTube

Spectabilis
27-07-2012, 08:33 PM
Dare I confess that I am impressed with the epic scale of their depiction of the destruction of a pastoral Britain, and the emergence of the industrial Britain and the capitalists, (who look like Abraham Lincoln) with hordes of workers recruited. Kenneth Branagh as Isambard Kingdom Brunel symbolising the change and the idealisation of industry and profit was a great idea.

A fairly political take on history for an Olympics opening night, imho.

Spectabilis
27-07-2012, 08:49 PM
I am trying to imagine an HSE equivalent to the celebration of the NHS. Dicey Reilly, Mary Harney. Drumm and others dancing around people on trolleys in an Olympian A&E. It's not working:D

Baron von Biffo
27-07-2012, 09:25 PM
What are the chances of anyone who isn't on drugs winning any event of speed, strength, or stamina?

Spectabilis
27-07-2012, 09:36 PM
But Baron, it is a competition among those on drugs who are Highest, Fastest and Strongest:D

C. Flower
27-07-2012, 09:56 PM
But Baron, it is a competition among those on drugs who are Highest, Fastest and Strongest:D

Brave of you to watch this. I got a flavour of Nuremberg rally crossed with the Home Service and Eurovision interlude. I'm taking the soft option and am watching "In the Name of the Father."

Spectabilis
27-07-2012, 09:58 PM
My bravery and courage know no limits:)

Baron von Biffo
27-07-2012, 09:59 PM
But Baron, it is a competition among those on drugs who are Highest, Fastest and Strongest:D

Many a true word is spoken in jest.

There used to be a pretence that the Olympics were about amateur competition but that was dropped after even the thickest among us could see it was nonsense.

Perhaps it's time to acknowledge that we're past the limit of what clean athletes could have achieved and drop the hypocrisy of drug testing and token expulsions.

All the 'objective' events, ie those where there's no doubt who's won, can be swung with pharmaceuticals. All the 'subjective' events, those where the winner is picked by judges, are open to corruption and rigging. At the moment about the only straight event could be marksmanship - Or are there drugs for that too?

Baron von Biffo
27-07-2012, 10:01 PM
And don't get me started on this sh!te about 'winning' silver and bronze.






What? Can't a man have a rant every now and then?

C. Flower
27-07-2012, 10:03 PM
Cyclists arrested in the vicinity of the Olympics.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-19023104

Baron von Biffo
27-07-2012, 10:04 PM
Cyclists arrested

Sweet, sweet, words. :D

Spectabilis
27-07-2012, 10:08 PM
Well there ya go. Maybe some of these drugs don't achieve much, and it is a race among the 'medical advisers' or whatever they are called.
I have to say that having watched Michelle Smith touch the wall before any of her competitors, who surely had access to whatever, and she passed all tests anyway - me and Mum who stayed up late to watch her think she was robbed:D


So why not assume that everyone tries to enhance performance and just let it go. It might even reduce the level of drug-taking if the advisers had less influence and maybe the drugs would be less damaging to the athletes in the long term and less profitable to the drug companies. Pipe dream I guess.

Baron von Biffo
27-07-2012, 10:11 PM
Well there ya go. Maybe some of these drugs don't achieve much, and it is a race among the 'medical advisers' or whatever they are called.

So why not assume that everyone tries to enhance performance and just let it go. It might even reduce the level of drug-taking if the advisers had less influence and maybe the drugs would be less damaging to the athletes in the long term and less profitable to the drug companies. Pipe dream I guess.


I just pity the poor gulls who try to play straight.

C. Flower
27-07-2012, 10:13 PM
I hope Bolt recovers from his late injury in time to compete...

PaddyJoe
27-07-2012, 10:49 PM
Aidan Burley ;)

The MP for Cannock Chase tweeted: "The most leftie opening ceremony I have ever seen - more than Beijing, the capital of a communist state! Welfare tribute next?"
http://sport.uk.msn.com/olympics-2012/inside-track/blogpost.aspx?post=518aaf2b-971a-4202-8dc2-74202337a47e

PaddyJoe
27-07-2012, 10:50 PM
More from Burley:

Thank God the athletes have arrived! Now we can move on from leftie multi-cultural crap. Bring back red arrows, Shakespeare and the Stones!

Holly
27-07-2012, 11:14 PM
It was the best Opening Ceremony ever.
I was amazed to see the Queen of England bailing out of a helicopter.
I predict the torch will be lit by Roger Banister.

PaddyJoe
27-07-2012, 11:17 PM
It was the best Opening Ceremony ever.
I was amazed to see the Queen of England bailing out of a helicopter.
I predict the torch will be lit by Roger Banister.

I'm afraid that I didn't watch a single second of it. Curious now though.
How come the Queen had to bail out of a helicopter?
Enemy fire?

Baron von Biffo
27-07-2012, 11:22 PM
I'm afraid that I didn't watch a single second of it. Curious now though.
How come the Queen had to bail out of a helicopter?
Enemy fire?

Bono was trying to clamber in from the landing skid. :)

5intheface
28-07-2012, 08:33 AM
How come the Queen had to bail out of a helicopter?
Enemy fire?

British helicopters don't get shot down, they are 'forced to make an emergency landing after coming under fire'. :)

bernadette
28-07-2012, 10:16 AM
A very good opening. Now all we need is a few Irish medals. I'm not greedy half a dozen would do.

I liked the tribute to the NHS, Great Ormond Street and those who couldn't be there.

TotalMayhem
28-07-2012, 10:46 AM
A very good opening.

http://i.imgur.com/fs9bX.jpg

bernadette
28-07-2012, 10:54 AM
http://i.imgur.com/fs9bX.jpg

LOL! I think that is her usual expression, or she overdosed on lemons. It was a good opening! It showed off what Britain feels proud of. Its multicultural: largely successfully. Its NHS: just don't try and take it away from them! Great Ormond Street: who wouldn't be proud of that place. Are we not proud of our childrens hospital in Dublin?

It was less regimented and more openly youthful than some of the openings I've seen. The fireworks were excellent and the cauldron was enough to make any witch green with envy...Tbh they had me when they played Bubbles.

ang
28-07-2012, 11:03 AM
I liked the tribute to the NHS, Great Ormond Street and those who couldn't be there.

oooops -


@emmaZbolland
The #NHS protest account has just been suspended for using THIS PICTURE! PLEASE RT!

https://p.twimg.com/Ay16hGFCUAAlGog.jpg

C. Flower
28-07-2012, 11:05 AM
What is presented in by the spinners these days is diametrically the opposite of the truth.
The whole event was spin.

bernadette
28-07-2012, 11:26 AM
What is presented in by the spinners these days is diametrically the opposite of the truth.
The whole event was spin.

Well yes it was spin but it was also true, unless I've missed something here. The Brits do love to complain about the NHS but no political party would dare to get rid of it, and the British love Great Ormond Street. Its a fantastic childrens hospita a leader in its field treating many children from abroad as well as British, and its specialisation has been followed by most countries. I think it still gets the royalties from Peter Pan the copyright laws had to be fiddled with to allow that.

The opening ceremony of the Olympics is always spin. The Brits were never going to be any different but it seemed to me that what they chose to 'spin' were things most British would agree they take some pride and pleasure in having and very few could complain about.

DCon
28-07-2012, 10:04 PM
cheap feckers


zerohedge ‏@zerohedge

Each Olympic "gold" medal weighs 412 grams and is 92.5% silver, copper and just 1.34% gold. Net cost: ~$700


zerohedge ‏@zerohedge

The Olympic bronze medal is 97% copper, 2.5% zinc and 0.5% tin. Value: ~$3.00

C. Flower
28-07-2012, 10:19 PM
Well yes it was spin but it was also true, unless I've missed something here. The Brits do love to complain about the NHS but no political party would dare to get rid of it, and the British love Great Ormond Street. Its a fantastic childrens hospita a leader in its field treating many children from abroad as well as British, and its specialisation has been followed by most countries. I think it still gets the royalties from Peter Pan the copyright laws had to be fiddled with to allow that.

The opening ceremony of the Olympics is always spin. The Brits were never going to be any different but it seemed to me that what they chose to 'spin' were things most British would agree they take some pride and pleasure in having and very few could complain about.

Yes, very political, with a small p.

NHS = some quaint old thing, to be nostalgic and sentimental about, while the reality is "Trusts," cuts and outsourcing.

bernadette
28-07-2012, 10:28 PM
Yes, very political, with a small p.

NHS = some quaint old thing, to be nostalgic and sentimental about, while the reality is "Trusts," cuts and outsourcing.

In some ways you're right but the NHS is hugely expensive and not 'policed' as well as it could be. Some rules have been tightened but everyone who gets referred by a doctor or goes to A&E is seen and if necessary admitted.

Labour threw money at it and did the service no goot at all. The Tories may hack it a bit but they won't harm the core for fear of losing the next several elections.

To bring it under proper financial control it would be necessary to ensure that only those with sufficient contributions could use it and from a humane pov that is impossible.

TotalMayhem
28-07-2012, 11:05 PM
Drug festival definitely...

Doesn't it strike you odd that a 16 yr old Commie girl wins the gold medal in the women's 400m individual medley (http://espn.go.com/olympics/summer/2012/swimming/story/_/id/8209381/2012-summer-olympics-china-ye-sets-world-record-winning-400-im-gold) - certainly one of toughest races - and and sets a new world record?


The 16-year-old Ye trailed American teenager Elizabeth Beisel more than halfway through the grueling race but pulled away in the freestyle leg to win gold in 4 minutes, 28.43 seconds. She beat the 4:29.45 by Stephanie Rice at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

Ah yes, that freestyle leg, an impressive 58.68 seconds. Now, Ryan Lochte (USA, 27), seven-time Olympic medalist, set a time of 58.65 seconds in the same leg in his 400m medley win tonight. What a f***ing joke.

C. Flower
28-07-2012, 11:07 PM
Drug festival definitely...

Doesn't it strike you odd that a 16 yr old Commie girl wins the gold medal of 400m medley (http://espn.go.com/olympics/summer/2012/swimming/story/_/id/8209381/2012-summer-olympics-china-ye-sets-world-record-winning-400-im-gold) - certainly one of toughest races - and and sets a new world record?

Ah yes, that freestyle leg, an impressive 58.68 seconds. Now, Ryan Lochte (USA, 27), seven-time Olympic medalist, set a time of 58.65 seconds in the same leg in his 400m medley win tonight. What a f***ing joke.

Yes, indeed. No nice Irish girl would do a thing like that ;)

TotalMayhem
28-07-2012, 11:12 PM
Seriously, Lochte missed the world record by a tiny margin and this Chinese teenager puts in almost the same time on her freestyle leg? Something doesn't add up here.

Baron von Biffo
28-07-2012, 11:15 PM
Anyone want to predict what country will draw the short straw of providing the first token positive test?

TotalMayhem
28-07-2012, 11:26 PM
Anyone want to predict what country will draw the short straw of providing the first token positive test?

At the Tour de France two weeks ago, we saw "les flics" raiding the mobile homes of racing teams and arresting drivers. I don't think this will happen in London.

Speaking of bicycle racers, Alex Vinokurov (Vino) won the gold medal in the men’s cycling road race today. He's almost 40 and has quite a history re drugs.

C. Flower
28-07-2012, 11:36 PM
Mitt Romney and Cameron head to head of the Olympics, lol...

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/mitt-romney/9431064/Mitt-Romneys-Olympics-gaffe-overshadows-visit-to-London.html

TotalMayhem
28-07-2012, 11:42 PM
Mitt Romney and Cameron head to head of the Olympics, lol...

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/mitt-romney/9431064/Mitt-Romneys-Olympics-gaffe-overshadows-visit-to-London.html

http://i.imgur.com/sv4uB.jpg

bernadette
28-07-2012, 11:53 PM
Anyone want to predict what country will draw the short straw of providing the first token positive test?

Great Britain, that or they won't win a thing.

Ephilant
29-07-2012, 04:16 PM
Greeks around the world are up in arms about the speech made by Mr. Rogge.

In a sense, the Olympic Games are coming home tonight. This great, sports-loving country is widely recognized as the birthplace of modern sport. It was here that the concepts of sportsmanship and fair play were first codified into clear rules and regulations. It was here that sport was included as an educational tool in the school curriculum. The British approach to sport had a profound influence on Pierre de Coubertin, our founder, as he developed the framework for the modern Olympic Movement at the close of the 19th century.

There are literally thousands upon thousands of complaints raining in with IOC to get this guy to retract his comment. So, he comes out with this one now:


As all students know, the Greeks gave birth to the Olympic Games, Greece is the birthplace of the Olympics. But yesterday in my speech I said that Britain is “the home of modern sports” where rules and codes of many modern sports were invented and codified in the 19th century. In this sense, the United Kingdom is the home of modern sports but Athens is the home of the Olympics.

And the comments keep flying around the globe, some of them are really not fit for publication!

Baron von Biffo
29-07-2012, 04:33 PM
Greeks around the world are up in arms about the speech made by Mr. Rogge.


There are literally thousands upon thousands of complaints raining in with IOC to get this guy to retract his comment. So, he comes out with this one now:



And the comments keep flying around the globe, some of them are really not fit for publication!

Given the degeneration of the Olympics into a Junkie Derby, why does Greece still want to be associated with them?

Ephilant
29-07-2012, 04:43 PM
Given the degeneration of the Olympics into a Junkie Derby, why does Greece still want to be associated with them?

According to those who think these things are important, it's our "National Pride". Didn't you ask which country would provide the first postive test? We've had 2 so far, and one racist. really something to be proud of....

Baron von Biffo
29-07-2012, 04:46 PM
According to those who think these things are important, it's our "National Pride". Didn't you ask which country would provide the first postive test? We've had 2 so far, and one racist. really something to be proud of....

You should do like we do - Send over a team to make up the numbers and call them heroes if they get out of their heats. No need for drugs if you're not interested in that winning sh!te. :)

Spectabilis
29-07-2012, 04:55 PM
Jacques Rogge's reply began 'as all students know'

This is the BBC Primary school material on the Olympic Games in Ancient Greece. . If you look at the material on Britain there is no mention of fairplay or decency.
Shockin ' :eek:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/primaryhistory/ancient_greeks/the_olympic_games/

Ephilant
29-07-2012, 05:00 PM
You should do like we do - Send over a team to make up the numbers and call them heroes if they get out of their heats. No need for drugs if you're not interested in that winning sh!te. :)

But we have no horses to give the stuff to instead...

Anyway, our 2 female rowers Alexandra Tsiavou and Christina Giazitzidou made good, coming in about 2 seconds ahead of the Aussies. Go Girls!!!

Baron von Biffo
29-07-2012, 05:28 PM
But we have no horses to give the stuff to instead...

Good for you. Bunch of neigh-sayers the lot of them. :)

Ephilant
29-07-2012, 05:50 PM
Good for you. Bunch of neigh-sayers the lot of them. :)

We have this though, top quality neigh-sayer, but not pedigree horse, more a proper donkey


http://i48.tinypic.com/2mnos3a.jpg

TotalMayhem
29-07-2012, 08:29 PM
We have this though, top quality racist.

http://i48.tinypic.com/2mnos3a.jpg

Sorry, had to correct this for you.

Count Bobulescu
30-07-2012, 02:47 AM
Drug festival definitely...

Doesn't it strike you odd that a 16 yr old Commie girl wins the gold medal in the women's 400m individual medley (http://espn.go.com/olympics/summer/2012/swimming/story/_/id/8209381/2012-summer-olympics-china-ye-sets-world-record-winning-400-im-gold) - certainly one of toughest races - and and sets a new world record?



Ah yes, that freestyle leg, an impressive 58.68 seconds. Now, Ryan Lochte (USA, 27), seven-time Olympic medalist, set a time of 58.65 seconds in the same leg in his 400m medley win tonight. What a f***ing joke.
You’ve probably figured this out by now, but in case not, she beat the women's record by one second and despite the astonishing last leg, she was 23 seconds slower than Lochte overall.


Ryan Lochte said he was up until 2 a.m. after winning the gold medal in the Olympic 400-meter individual medley Saturday night. A big topic of conversation? The performance of China’s Ye Shiwen, who set a world record in the women’s 400 medley Saturday.
Ye, who topped American Elizabeth Beisel, finished her final 50 meters freestyle faster than Lochte came home in his race. She sprinted the last 50 in 28.93 seconds, faster than Lochte’s 29.10 — and the times posted by three other men in the final.
“We were all talking about that at dinner last night,” Lochte said. “That’s pretty impressive. She’s fast. If she had been right there with me, she might have beaten me.”
Ye won her race in 4 minutes 28.43 seconds, surpassing Stephanie Rice’s 2008 world record of 4:29.45; Lochte claimed his title in 4:05.18.

Ephilant
30-07-2012, 06:03 AM
Sorry, had to correct this for you.
Oh, I know, no worries. Foul mouthed donkey, we know. She really should take a long jump of a short pier :D

TotalMayhem
30-07-2012, 08:52 AM
You’ve probably figured this out by now, but in case not, she beat the women's record by one second and despite the astonishing last leg, she was 23 seconds slower than Lochte overall.

Her final 50m split was actually 17 hundreds of a second faster than Lochte's...

Baron von Biffo
30-07-2012, 10:00 AM
Her final 50m split was actually 17 hundreds of a second faster than Lochte's...

The Beeb was on the case immediately.

http://www.independent.ie/sport/other-sports/olympics-2012/other-news/london-2012-olympics-bbc-presenter-clare-balding-questions-ye-shiwens-incredible-swim-3183037.html

Can't be long now before the organisers are forced to admit - No drugs = no records broken = no spectacle = no sponsorship = no Olympics.

Maybe even as soon as 2020 you'll see a 'relaxation' in the approach.

Shaadi
30-07-2012, 11:06 AM
The Beeb was on the case immediately.

http://www.independent.ie/sport/other-sports/olympics-2012/other-news/london-2012-olympics-bbc-presenter-clare-balding-questions-ye-shiwens-incredible-swim-3183037.html

Can't be long now before the organisers are forced to admit - No drugs = no records broken = no spectacle = no sponsorship = no Olympics.

Maybe even as soon as 2020 you'll see a 'relaxation' in the approach.I go on the assumption that the majority of sports requiring athletes to compete to the limit of their physical abilities are riddled with drug use. Just do the maths, every 1% improvement over 100 metres is equal to one metre at the finish.

It's a no-brainer, to be competitive you can't cede even 1% to the opposition.

Spectabilis
30-07-2012, 01:02 PM
For badminton fans, Ireland's Scott Evans is playing the famous Lin Dan of China at 2.15 approx.

Baron von Biffo
30-07-2012, 01:11 PM
For badminton fans, Ireland's Scott Evans is playing the famous Lin Dan of China at 2.15 approx.

That the guy they named a street for in Berlin - Unter den Lin Dan?










I'll get me coat. :o

Spectabilis
30-07-2012, 01:17 PM
Bad, Baron, really bad. :rolleyes:

In praise of badminton :

Of the 26 sports included in the 2012 Games, the worst offender in terms of the rate of findings per sample (averaged across all eight years) is cycling (http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/cycling), 3.71%.
The second highest rate - 3.05% - was found among boxers. Badminton had the lowest rate of usage-indication findings per sample, at 0.87%.




http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/datablog/2012/jul/04/olympics-2012-athletics

Baron von Biffo
30-07-2012, 01:26 PM
Bad, Baron, really bad. :rolleyes:

:( The voices made me say it.




In praise of badminton :

Of the 26 sports included in the 2012 Games, the worst offender in terms of the rate of findings per sample (averaged across all eight years) is cycling (http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/cycling), 3.71%.
The second highest rate - 3.05% - was found among boxers. Badminton had the lowest rate of usage-indication findings per sample, at 0.87%.




http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/datablog/2012/jul/04/olympics-2012-athletics

19 detections in the luge! :eek:

What sort of drug makes you better at sliding down a slope on a tray?

Baron von Biffo
30-07-2012, 01:30 PM
Interesting that they haven't the figures for the 'walking' event. Possibly because it's coming off drugs that would give the edge there.

;)

C. Flower
30-07-2012, 03:49 PM
:( The voices made me say it.





19 detections in the luge! :eek:

What sort of drug makes you better at sliding down a slope on a tray?


Prozac?

In the winter olympics, a snowboarder had his medal taken off him for having used cannabis - a performance reducing drug.

Respect.... sort of.

Ex Goldman Sachs man running the Olympic toilets - again - sort of.
Fascinating, the operational underbelly of the event.

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-06-07/ex-goldman-olympics-boss-tackles-terror-to-toilets.html

Ephilant
30-07-2012, 06:01 PM
It's a small consolation to know we're not the only ones with athletes who make racist idiots of themselves. The Swiss have packed soccer player Michel Morganella off home after he tweeted a little nasty tweet about the south Koreans who beat Switzerland 2-1.


http://1.standaardcdn.be/Assets/Images_Upload/2012/07/30/OLYCN138_OLY-SOCC-F_0729_11.jpg.h380.jpg

In his tweet he called them "bastard Huns" and threatened to beat them all up and burn them out.

Swiss team chief Gian Gilli stated that

Morganella's comments were in direct violation of the International Olympic Committee's and the Swiss team's ethics codes.

He refused to take any questions on the matter from gathered journalists.

Ephilant
30-07-2012, 06:20 PM
And on a little side note; the British FA has charged Rio Ferdinand with racism and bringing the game into disripute because of his tweet labeling Ashley Cole "Choc Ice". Twitter could end up losing a lot of juicy accounts here. I can very well see clubs telling their players to stop the crack, or else... Tweet of play so to speak.

Ephilant
30-07-2012, 06:32 PM
And more fun and (Olympic) games.

http://www.tntmagazine.com/news/olympics-and-paralympics/olympics-security-lost-keys-soldier-abused-and-a-lady-in-red

G4S loses £40K worth of wembley keys... Not just the athletes on dope then?

PaddyJoe
30-07-2012, 10:20 PM
Twitter completely losing the run of itself as it suspends the account of Guy Adams of the Independent. Guy has had a lot of nasty things to say about NBC's coverage of the Olympics.

In a piece published by the Independent the reporter said that NBC's decision to delay transmission of the Games so that it could maximise its advertising revenue in primetime had sparked "ridicule from TV critics and outrage from the US public".

Suspicions that Twitter had over-reached itself and strayed into censorship were heightened by the fact that the firm has entered into a deal with NBCUniversal in which Twitter becomes the official narrator of live events at the Olympics.

Among the sharply-worded tweets coming from Adams were:

"Am I alone in wondering why NBColympics think its acceptable to
pretend this road race is being broadcast live?"

and: "Matt Lauer: 'Madagascar, a location indelibly associated with a couple of recent animated movies.' #tosspot"

Twitter users rallied to the defence of Adams. This from the Scottish novelist Irvine Welsh was typical:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2012/jul/30/twitter-suspends-guy-adams-account-nbc

TotalMayhem
30-07-2012, 10:39 PM
Guy has had a lot of nasty things to say about NBC's coverage of the Olympics.

http://i.imgur.com/s2IRY.jpg

Count Bobulescu
31-07-2012, 03:15 AM
Twitter completely losing the run of itself as it suspends the account of Guy Adams of the Independent. Guy has had a lot of nasty things to say about NBC's coverage of the Olympics.


http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2012/jul/30/twitter-suspends-guy-adams-account-nbc
What little reporting on this that I’ve seen/heard suggests that the guy’s complaint was stupid in the first place given the 9 hour time differences between London and LA, and matched by an equally stupid response from Twitter. The suggestion being that although they may not have liked what he twitted, he did not apparently break any guidelines. The email address he identified was corporate not personal.

I’m not generally a fan of US network TV but I’ll say this, NBC’s coverage is an improvement on previous efforts at least in terms of quantity. They are using 300 cameras, to record 5,000 hours and broadcast 3,000. They are keeping one HD channel on 24 hour time delay for people who want to catch up. It’s the quality of the coverage that’s still the problem.

Ephilant
31-07-2012, 04:42 PM
Completely of topic, but just had to do this.

Sharapova v. Djokovic (training)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature...&v=dJk-vp4cxoo

Ephilant
31-07-2012, 05:39 PM
Twitter causing more havoc at the olympics...

http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/2012/jul/30/olympic-cycling-timing-failure-mobile-firms

Baron von Biffo
01-08-2012, 09:57 AM
The message from the Olympics authorities is, 'If you're going to cheat, cheat well enough to break a record'.

http://olympics.irishexaminer.com/analysis/cheats-will-be-caught-but-lay-off-record-breakers-says-ioc-202613.html

Baron von Biffo
01-08-2012, 10:14 AM
Bad, Baron, really bad. :rolleyes:

In praise of badminton :

Sorry Spectabilis,

http://www.independent.ie/sport/other-sports/olympics-2012/other-news/video-eight-olympic-badminton-players-charged-with-misconduct-after-play-to-lose-farce-3187160.html

Spectabilis
01-08-2012, 10:30 AM
:(:(:p

So that's why they don't need the drugs :rolleyes:

PaddyJoe
01-08-2012, 08:57 PM
Boris left hanging in mid air for several minutes on a zip wire. Fair play to the operator...:D
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-19079733

Baron von Biffo
01-08-2012, 09:04 PM
Boris left hanging in mid air for several minutes on a zip wire. Fair play to the operator...:D
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-19079733

Connected to the wrong part of him though. :(

Seán Ryan
01-08-2012, 09:29 PM
:D

http://dangleboris.wordpress.com/

TotalMayhem
01-08-2012, 11:18 PM
“I think it is very destructive and very irresponsible of anybody to accuse people until they are proven guilty.”

Isn't a bit late to accuse someone when they have been proven guilty already?

fluffybiscuits
02-08-2012, 04:09 PM
Well the Chinese have put in a marvellous performance and they have been proven to be innocent of any charges that have been pretty much levelled against them. We are seeing a breakthrough also, the 15 year old Lithuanian girl who smashed the records and won the 200m womens freestyle (am I wrong on that?). The whole fiasco over drugs, sponsorship, allegations of cheating to avoiud playing opponents, the emotions everything is making this a weird Olympics. Watching the rower from Niger row even though he knew he had lost and was last still made my heart leap, that is what the Olympics should be about admist all the crap and corporate ***** we hear about every day of the week.

TotalMayhem
02-08-2012, 04:19 PM
We are seeing a breakthrough also, the 15 year old Lithuanian girl who smashed the records and won the 200m womens freestyle (am I wrong on that?).

Ruta Meilutyte turned 15 only 3 weeks ago and it was 100m breaststroke, beating Rebecca Soni, she didn't even get within a second to the world record though. She didn't make the 200m final either (on tonight).


The whole fiasco over drugs, sponsorship, allegations of cheating to avoiud playing opponents, the emotions everything is making this a weird Olympics.

Very weird indeed. As far as I'm aware, there has been no positive test as of yet and we're almost one week into the Olympics. Now you can believe they're all very clean or there is a massive cover up... ignorance is bliss, as they say. The only "scandal" so far is surrounding the banned badminton players who deliberately lost their matches to meet "easier" opposition in the quarterfinals. While this may be despicable, it is not unusual in other sports, a flaw in the rules inviting athletes to exploit it. Most other athletes have actually petitioned to revoke the ban.

fluffybiscuits
02-08-2012, 04:22 PM
Ruta Meilutyte turned 15 only 3 weeks ago and it was 100m breast stroke, beating Rebecca Soni, didn't get near the world record though. She didn't make the 200m final either (on tonight).



Very weird indeed. As far as I'm aware, there has been no positive test as of yet and we're almost one week into the Olympics. Now you can believe they're all very clean or there is a massive cover up... ignorance is bliss, as they say. The only "scandal" so far is surrounding the banned badminton players who deliberately lost their matches to meet "easier" opposition in the quarterfinals. While this may be despicable, it is not unusual in other sports, a flaw in the rules inviting athletes to exploit it. Most other athletes have actually petitioned to revoke the ban.

They keep the samples on ice for eight years (wonder why they keep them if they proved they were negative samples, are they thinking there is going to be drugs they cant detect yet?)

Ephilant
02-08-2012, 06:05 PM
They keep the samples on ice for eight years (wonder why they keep them if they proved they were negative samples, are they thinking there is going to be drugs they cant detect yet?)

That's part of it. There is a thing called IGF-1 for instance which they know off, but it is notoriously hard and expensive to detect. Future tests may be cheaper?
The other reason is for samples that are found to be positive. It allows them to study rates of deterioration, long term effects, mutations, you name it. make no mistake, some of these guys are in fact guinea pigs for new stuff and samples can be used to develop new tests etc. Big business of course!

Stanley 2
02-08-2012, 08:37 PM
Absolute cracker going for Gold


http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2012/07/20/article-0-1420E7ED000005DC-503_634x701.jpg

Ephilant
03-08-2012, 11:19 AM
There's bad, there's very bad, and then there's the HOC (Hellenic Olympic Committee).

In a statement today, the HOC made it clear that under the pretence of "managing public money" it wants money back from athletes leaving the Olympic Village earlier than scheduled, due to non qualification for the next session, or injury, (or racism?) . Athletes will have to pay back 150€ out of 300€ – flat rate “pocket money’- the Committee had handed out in advance for their stay in London.

To explain this, the 300€ is "pocket money" that each athlete got for the full duration of the Olympics, or 20€ a day to spend on whatever they might want that isn't covered by the HOC as "expenses". Not included in those expenses are basic things like shampoo, tooth paste etc. You know, those little luxuries nobody really needs...

We know things are bad here, very bad. But this is simply ridiculous in the extreme. the maximum the HOC stands to gain out of this is just over 15,000€. That is if all had failed and returned to Greece a week ago.

bernadette
03-08-2012, 11:28 AM
There's bad, there's very bad, and then there's the HOC (Hellenic Olympic Committee).

In a statement today, the HOC made it clear that under the pretence of "managing public money" it wants money back from athletes leaving the Olympic Village earlier than scheduled, due to non qualification for the next session, or injury, (or racism?) . Athletes will have to pay back 150$ out of 300€ – flat rate “pocket money’- the Committee had handed out in advance depending on the days they would stay in London.

To explain this, the 300€ is "pocket money" that each athlete got for the full duration of the Olympics, or 20€ a day to spend on whatever they might want that isn't covered by the HOC as "expenses". Not included in those expenses are basic things like shampoo, tooth paste etc. You know, those little luxuries nobody really needs...

We know things are bad here, very bad. But this is simply ridiculous in the extreme. the maximum the HOC stands to gain out of this is just over 15,000€. That is if all had failed and returned to Greece a week ago.

You're right that is ridiculous! Its mind numbingly mean. England is cheaper to live in than Ireland but E20.00 per day is cutting it very fine.

Ephilant
03-08-2012, 11:36 AM
You're right that is ridiculous! Its mind numbingly mean. England is cheaper to live in than Ireland but E20.00 per day is cutting it very fine.

Not only that, but it also means that Voula Papachristou actually got paid 150€ for her racist tweet...

Baron von Biffo
03-08-2012, 11:41 AM
There's bad, there's very bad, and then there's the HOC (Hellenic Olympic Committee).

In a statement today, the HOC made it clear that under the pretence of "managing public money" it wants money back from athletes leaving the Olympic Village earlier than scheduled, due to non qualification for the next session, or injury, (or racism?) . Athletes will have to pay back 150€ out of 300€ – flat rate “pocket money’- the Committee had handed out in advance for their stay in London.

To explain this, the 300€ is "pocket money" that each athlete got for the full duration of the Olympics, or 20€ a day to spend on whatever they might want that isn't covered by the HOC as "expenses". Not included in those expenses are basic things like shampoo, tooth paste etc. You know, those little luxuries nobody really needs...

We know things are bad here, very bad. But this is simply ridiculous in the extreme. the maximum the HOC stands to gain out of this is just over 15,000€. That is if all had failed and returned to Greece a week ago.

The pettiest of minds seem to flourish in times like these. A few days ago here we had a newspaper highlighting €47 round of drinks on a minister's expenses.

Ephilant
03-08-2012, 01:40 PM
The pettiest of minds seem to flourish in times like these. A few days ago here we had a newspaper highlighting €47 round of drinks on a minister's expenses.

but of course, you just never know what those ministers are up to


http://i48.tinypic.com/34ijx4y.jpg

At least our athlettes are only innocent tweeters...:D

fluffybiscuits
03-08-2012, 02:22 PM
That's part of it. There is a thing called IGF-1 for instance which they know off, but it is notoriously hard and expensive to detect. Future tests may be cheaper?
The other reason is for samples that are found to be positive. It allows them to study rates of deterioration, long term effects, mutations, you name it. make no mistake, some of these guys are in fact guinea pigs for new stuff and samples can be used to develop new tests etc. Big business of course!

Well not only that but all that is needed to be done is to change a chemical group on a doping agent and they will not detect it as a lot of the chemcials will be similar but undetectable as they only test for specific doping agents and general families as far as I am aware. There is also something they were worried about which is genetic doping if you may which would involve gene therapy of sorts but this is not really in practice yet but could in a few years. Imagine a gene which means you can sustain yourself on more oxygen,

http://news.yahoo.com/could-gene-doping-part-future-olympics-130409630.html

TotalMayhem
03-08-2012, 02:27 PM
Usain who? ;)

Cincinnati Zoo Cheetah Sets New World Speed Record in 100 Meter Run - YouTube

fluffybiscuits
03-08-2012, 03:08 PM
http://thescore.thejournal.ie/neo-nazi-boyfriend-544572-Aug2012/

German rower quits over Nazi boyfriend....

TotalMayhem
03-08-2012, 03:16 PM
Well, she didn't really quit as she wasn't to start in any further competitions anyway. She also had to leave the Police force over the same issue.

Oh, and the NPD is by no means a "movement" confined to the northern city of Rostock but a registered German party and. albeit being frequently investigated by the Verfassungsschutz, not illegal.

Baron von Biffo
03-08-2012, 03:32 PM
Usain who? ;)

Cincinnati Zoo Cheetah Sets New World Speed Record in 100 Meter Run - YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eNjUOK8sJWs)

It's long struck me as strange that someone would devote a sizeable chunk of their life to something that animals can do much better.

ang
04-08-2012, 09:59 AM
Twitter alive with rumour that the IOC intend suing the moon for inappropriate use of the "protected" olympic rings/logo -

https://p.twimg.com/AzcB6sUCIAALvvK.jpg

Holly
04-08-2012, 10:50 AM
The moon must represent the continent of Australia.

C. Flower
04-08-2012, 12:38 PM
"Medalling" :(

English language is on drugs too...

Stanley 2
04-08-2012, 08:17 PM
Absolute cracker going for Gold


http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2012/07/20/article-0-1420E7ED000005DC-503_634x701.jpg




Maybe could have done it the in high heels, what an athlete pound for pound, exceptional

Baron von Biffo
04-08-2012, 08:21 PM
Maybe could have done it the in high heels, what an athlete pound for pound, exceptional

Who is she?

Ephilant
04-08-2012, 08:30 PM
Who is she?

Miss Photo Shop?

TotalMayhem
05-08-2012, 12:18 AM
"Medalling" :(

English language is on drugs too...

'To medal' or not 'to medal'? (http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/rogermosey/2010/08/good_use_of_language_should_be.html) ;)

PaddyJoe
05-08-2012, 12:35 AM
Tory MP Adam Burley is probably not too happy about the British winner of the 10.000 meters:D

fluffybiscuits
05-08-2012, 02:31 AM
Can someone tell me what the point is in the sprint cycling in the velodrome? Has to rank as one of the worst sports alongside sychronised swimming.!

PS Bernard Dunne wrecks my head commentating on the boxing!

bernadette
05-08-2012, 08:14 AM
The Brits must be thrilled to bits with themselves. Who knew they had ten golds in em and now there's twelve! Well done them.

5intheface
05-08-2012, 09:44 AM
Someone asked me yesterday if I knew who had won Ireland's first Olympic medals as an independent nation. I confessed ignorance and was told to look it up. I would have been a while guessing.


No medals in the sporting events were won by Ireland at the Paris games but Jack Yeats was awarded an Olympic silver medal for his painting “Swimming” in the Olympic Arts division and Oliver St. John Gogarty was awarded a bronze medal for his “Ode to the Tailteann Games” in the Literature division.

Slim Buddha
05-08-2012, 09:56 AM
Can someone tell me what the point is in the sprint cycling in the velodrome? Has to rank as one of the worst sports alongside sychronised swimming.!

PS Bernard Dunne wrecks my head commentating on the boxing!


Worst Olympic sport???

No contest! Football- It should never have been allowed in. Complete waste of time. I would also kick out tennis. And we are getting golf next time, for God's sake!

Stanley 2
05-08-2012, 10:01 AM
Who is she?


You must lead a very sheltered life, but to help you along, Jessie Ennis, not photo-shopped.

Baron von Biffo
05-08-2012, 10:08 AM
You must lead a very sheltered life, but to help you along, Jessie Ennis, not photo-shopped.

Thanks. I wouldn't be the most knowledgeable when it comes to sport.

bernadette
05-08-2012, 10:32 AM
Thanks. I wouldn't be the most knowledgeable when it comes to sport.

A very pretty girl, black father white mother I believe. Who says the two don't mix! She's the face of the London Olympics and a fine athlete. :)

Slim Buddha
05-08-2012, 10:36 AM
A very pretty girl, black father white mother I believe. Who says the two don't mix! She's the face of the London Olympics and a fine athlete. :)

No question about that. She completely dominated the event. It was a good day for Britain yesterday.

Her win was followed by a Long Jumpgold for Greg Rutherford and then came what was for me the most impressive performace of all yesterday with Mo Farah winning the 10,000 metres in a gruelling race where the tactics employed by the Eritreans presented huge psychological challenges on top of everything else. A phenomenal performance.

bernadette
05-08-2012, 10:50 AM
No question about that. She completely dominated the event. It was a good day for Britain yesterday.

Her win was followed by a Long Jumpgold for Greg Rutherford and then came what was for me the most impressive performace of all yesterday with Mo Farah winning the 10,000 metres in a gruelling race where the tactics employed by the Eritreans presented huge psychological challenges on top of everything else. A phenomenal performance.

Mo Farah was amazing! What I liked most though was his win showed the human side of the games. His heavily pregnant wife was there and so was his daughter! I can't remember seeing family members on the track at any other Olympics perhaps its a regular thing but it made it more than a triumph it became a happy family occasion. Remarkable achievement against those countries who run as one star with minders in to block opposition.

disability student
05-08-2012, 12:49 PM
It was strange to see Chinese winning many medals especially on the side of swimming/other sports, which i suspect dope but no real evidence otherwise. It's like when you were drink drive long before you get caught. I think same applies to any drug cheats out there for the sake of analogy.

It has a whiff of that now especially when you look back re previous winners such as one of ours and East Germans before it all came out.

Recall three famous chinese runners who beat Sonia easily and they never ran again.Link:http://corkrunning.blogspot.ie/2011/12/sonia-still-ponders-legitimacy-of.html

My view is that Sonia is one of the greatest Irish sportperson ever to grace on our shores.

So far it has been great to watch dazzling array of sports as it's superb re London olympics.

Slim Buddha
05-08-2012, 01:39 PM
I was talking to a Russian colleague during the week about the Chinese successes in comparison with Russia's modest performance so far. She was quite emphatic about the Chinese performance

"SInce the break up of the Soviet Union, we have stopped torturing children for the sake of sporting success. These days in Russia, judo is the only important sport."

This was underlined by Putin's visit to the judo in London and his congratulating a Russian gold medal winning judo contestant. Putin is famously passionate about his judo.

Dr. FIVE
05-08-2012, 08:02 PM
Our Olympic couldn't be more polarised class wise could it?

Boxing - Sailing, Show jumping

Dr. FIVE
05-08-2012, 08:30 PM
8 years on, Athens in decay

http://summergames.ap.org/article/8-years-later-athens-olympic-venues-decay

C. Flower
05-08-2012, 08:36 PM
8 years on, Athens in decay

http://summergames.ap.org/article/8-years-later-athens-olympic-venues-decay

Whole thing of building this infrastructure in a different place each time seems crazy to me. The Olympics should stay in Greece.

Dr. FIVE
05-08-2012, 08:47 PM
Enda talking

https://p.twimg.com/Azj9a2gCMAA8gN_.jpg

no one listening

Baron von Biffo
05-08-2012, 08:51 PM
Our Olympic couldn't be more polarised class wise could it?

Boxing - Sailing, Show jumping

Do you know anything about how the sailing operates? That young Murphy girl seems to be competing several times a day but not for any medal event. Seems to be a lot more work in involved than for other sports.

goatstoe
05-08-2012, 08:51 PM
Medal for John Joe Nevin guaranteed.

What's that thing that Usain Bolt does with his fingers about when he's on camera?

goatstoe
05-08-2012, 08:52 PM
That was quick

DCon
05-08-2012, 08:54 PM
Can we find Bolt an Irish granny and teach him how to catch a rugby ball?

Dr. FIVE
05-08-2012, 08:58 PM
Do you know anything about how the sailing operates? That young Murphy girl seems to be competing several times a day but not for any medal event. Seems to be a lot more work in involved than for other sports.

points over ten races I think

Baron von Biffo
05-08-2012, 09:01 PM
points over ten races I think

Jaysus, the runners have it cushy by comparison - Pints after two races.

Spectabilis
05-08-2012, 09:02 PM
Do you know anything about how the sailing operates? That young Murphy girl seems to be competing several times a day but not for any medal event. Seems to be a lot more work in involved than for other sports.


The Medal event is to be shown tomorrow at 1300 on RTÉ. I hope:)

The top four are just a point apart but apparently they go in to this event without the history affecting them.

Dr. FIVE
05-08-2012, 09:09 PM
Katie Taylor up at half two then

Slim Buddha
05-08-2012, 09:40 PM
Medal for John Joe Nevin guaranteed.

What's that thing that Usain Bolt does with his fingers about when he's on camera?

I thought he was "walking" his fingers. I don't know if this is meant to indicate that the race will be a walk in the park for him, which in most people would be an indication of immense hubris but in fairness to him, it usually is.Tonight he had space to spare at the finishing line. Some sprinter!

C. Flower
06-08-2012, 01:41 PM
Glued to the box...

C. Flower
06-08-2012, 01:48 PM
Taylor leading 19-11 after three rounds against Jonas.

C. Flower
06-08-2012, 01:51 PM
A powerful win. Taylor nearly floored Jonas twice.

26-15

Dr. FIVE
06-08-2012, 01:55 PM
She is unreal, so fast

Stanley 2
06-08-2012, 02:10 PM
Can we find Bolt an Irish granny and teach him how to catch a rugby ball?


Take your point but long term you would want a lad like that on a breeding program with the cailin aileanns selected by the crew from Coolmore, thats what the Jamaican lads are into, a few crates of Red Stripe + the happy gear.


Excellent program on BBC a few weeks ago by Michael Johnstone in which he explained how and why Jamaica excelled in Sprinting and the major link to the slave trade, himself included.

Slim Buddha
06-08-2012, 02:13 PM
Take your point but long term you would want a lad like that on a breeding program with the cailin aileanns selected by the crew from Coolmore, thats what the Jamaican lads are into, a few crates of Red Stripe + the happy gear.


Excellent program on BBC a few weeks ago by Michael Johnstone in which he explained how and why Jamaica excelled in Sprinting and the major link to the slave trade, himself included.

Michael Johnson is one of the real assets the BBC have in this Olympics. He is erudite, knowledgable, informative, sometimes understated (for an American) and really knows his stuff. Listening to what he says is always a useful exercise.

DCon
06-08-2012, 02:16 PM
Michael Johnson is one of the real assets the BBC have in this Olympics. He is erudite, knowledgable, informative, sometimes understated (for an American) and really knows his stuff. Listening to what he says is always a useful exercise.

The Enda Kenny of sports commentary

Slim Buddha
06-08-2012, 02:17 PM
The Enda Kenny of sports commentary

Ah, here, there's no need for that!

bernadette
06-08-2012, 02:56 PM
Katie Taylor won her boxing match. I'd forgotten it was on.

I suppose she didn't notice Mohammed Ali at the opening of the games or even know how Joe Louis ended up. Two of the greatest names in boxing. One a brain damaged super hero and the other a doorman for Las Vegas crooks - and the crooks were doing Louis a favour! No one else would.

C. Flower
06-08-2012, 02:59 PM
Katie Taylor won her boxing match. I'd forgotten it was on.

I suppose she didn't notice Mohammed Ali at the opening of the games or even know how Joe Louis ended up. Two of the greatest names in boxing. One a brain damaged super hero and the other a doorman for Las Vegas crooks - and the crooks were doing Louis a favour! No one else would.

Professional boxing is the pits.

It is not usual for amateur boxes to get concussed, any more so than amateur rugby players or riders.

Baron von Biffo
06-08-2012, 03:04 PM
Katie Taylor won her boxing match. I'd forgotten it was on.

I suppose she didn't notice Mohammed Ali at the opening of the games or even know how Joe Louis ended up. Two of the greatest names in boxing. One a brain damaged super hero and the other a doorman for Las Vegas crooks - and the crooks were doing Louis a favour! No one else would.

Fair points. There's something distasteful about people beating each other up for entertainment. It's even less edifying somehow when it's women doing the beating up.

bernadette
06-08-2012, 03:15 PM
Professional boxing is the pits.

It is not usual for amateur boxes to get concussed, any more so than amateur rugby players or riders.

No but its a very short step from amateur to professional. Most professional boxers, the 'good' ones were amateur first.

I think it was Katie Taylor who said she had to decide if she wanted to be a pretty girl and not do anything. Or become a boxer and not care about looks. Unbelievable! Boxing flattens bones the nose, ears. Not to mention what continually knocking the brain does over time.

I dislike it intensely and am one of those who would see the whole 'sport' banned.

fluffybiscuits
06-08-2012, 09:41 PM
Katie Taylor won her boxing match. I'd forgotten it was on.

I suppose she didn't notice Mohammed Ali at the opening of the games or even know how Joe Louis ended up. Two of the greatest names in boxing. One a brain damaged super hero and the other a doorman for Las Vegas crooks - and the crooks were doing Louis a favour! No one else would.

Long term exposure to boxing can cause lots of brain damage. Its heart breaking to watch Muhammad Ali with tremors trying to keep it together.

http://menshealth.about.com/od/fitness/a/boxing.htm


The American Association of Neurological Surgeons say that 90% of boxers sustain a brain injury. Boxing may account for fewer deaths than some other sports but the numbers of boxers suffering brain damage are believed to be much higher than recorded.

I see some Italian walker got caught doping,the dope ;) Seriously though a walker?

Loved the gymnastics and was heart wrenching to see Annalise Murphy finish fourth but she did us proud :)

bernadette
06-08-2012, 10:04 PM
Long term exposure to boxing can cause lots of brain damage. Its heart breaking to watch Muhammad Ali with tremors trying to keep it together.

http://menshealth.about.com/od/fitness/a/boxing.htm



I see some Italian walker got caught doping,the dope ;) Seriously though a walker?

Loved the gymnastics and was heart wrenching to see Annalise Murphy finish fourth but she did us proud :)

Completely agree

TotalMayhem
07-08-2012, 02:26 AM
I see some Italian walker got caught doping,the dope ;) Seriously though a walker?

The IOC is shutting the stable door after Usain has bolted.

DCon
07-08-2012, 07:10 AM
good pre commentary here

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/06/irish-olympic-sailing-commentary-video_n_1747853.html?ncid=edlinkusaolp00000003

Sam Lord
07-08-2012, 07:34 AM
Excellent program on BBC a few weeks ago by Michael Johnstone in which he explained how and why Jamaica excelled in Sprinting and the major link to the slave trade, himself included.

I'm interested in what the theory is. The country has a population of less than 3 million and three representatives in the mens 100m final. Extraordinary.

There are 42 million Afro-Americans in the USA and there was only one American in the race. So it would seem to me that there is something else to the Jamaica story other than the gene pool.

evil_g
07-08-2012, 08:17 AM
In all of the Olympic Summer Games up until Beijing, Jamaica had won 7 Gold Medals.

At Beijing, they won 6.

That’s a remarkable improvement isn’t it?

Slim Buddha
07-08-2012, 08:32 AM
In all of the Olympic Summer Games up until Beijing, Jamaica had won 7 Gold Medals.

At Beijing, they won 6.

That’s a remarkable improvement isn’t it?

A bit like Britain in Cycling, isn't it?

bernadette
07-08-2012, 08:49 AM
Bolt is extraordinary. I heard he has a ten foot stride, surely that must mean that in any race he has to take less steps. He just reaches! But, considering he says he hates training and doesn't do as much as he should, he is well muscled up.

DCon
07-08-2012, 08:59 AM
Bolt is extraordinary. I heard he has a ten foot stride, surely that must mean that in any race he has to take less steps. He just reaches! But, considering he says he hates training and doesn't do as much as he should, he is well muscled up.

Bolt definitely enjoyed himself post race!

http://i4.mirror.co.uk/incoming/article1226452.ece/ALTERNATES/s510b/Usain+Bolt+twitter+pic


Jamaican Usain Bolt reportedly celebrated his 100m triumph with three stunning beauties at his room in the Olympic Village.


According to reports in the Swedish media, three members of Sweden’s Olympic handball team, Jamina Roberts, Ulrika Agren and Isabella Gullden, spent an hour-and-a-half in Bolt’s room after stopping Bolt’s coach and asking for his accreditation so they could congratulate the sprinter.

http://www.mid-day.com/sports/2012/aug/070812-Bolt-celebrates-victory-with-swede-beauty.htm

Stanley 2
07-08-2012, 09:04 AM
I'm interested in what the theory is. The country has a population of less than 3 million and three representatives in the mens 100m final. Extraordinary.

There are 42 million Afro-Americans in the USA and there was only one American in the race. So it would seem to me that there is something else to the Jamaica story other than the gene pool.




http://www.theartsdesk.com/tv/michael-johnson-survival-fastest-c4


Program was actually on Channel 4, excellent viewing, Google it, there was a lot of newspaper comment.

Stanley 2
07-08-2012, 09:08 AM
Bolt is extraordinary. I heard he has a ten foot stride, surely that must mean that in any race he has to take less steps. He just reaches! But, considering he says he hates training and doesn't do as much as he should, he is well muscled up.


BBC pundits said 41 strides

bernadette
07-08-2012, 09:11 AM
Bolt definitely enjoyed himself post race!

http://i4.mirror.co.uk/incoming/article1226452.ece/ALTERNATES/s510b/Usain+Bolt+twitter+pic





http://www.mid-day.com/sports/2012/aug/070812-Bolt-celebrates-victory-with-swede-beauty.htm

Has he finished all his events? I know he was down for the 200 but I'm not sure if its been and gone.

TotalMayhem
07-08-2012, 10:00 AM
Has he finished all his events?

No.


I know he was down for the 200

And the 4x100m relay as well.

DCon
07-08-2012, 10:02 AM
And the 4x100m relay as well.

Maybe he will run faster after 90 minutes with 3 Swedes.

I know I would

Baron von Biffo
08-08-2012, 10:09 AM
The Irish triathlon competitor says he didn't shave for two days before the event to avoid "losing energy growing it back". I jest not.

Given that he only managed to come 23rd, perhaps he should go for a 2 year ban on the blade if he's going for another attempt in 2016.

http://olympics.irishexaminer.com/analysis/no-meat-no-shaving-noble-lives-the-olympic-dream-203413.html

PaddyJoe
08-08-2012, 11:02 AM
The Telegraph seems to have some geography issues..


http://i50.tinypic.com/2aj2ywo.png

Slim Buddha
08-08-2012, 11:21 AM
Maybe he will run faster after 90 minutes with 3 Swedes.

I know I would

I am thinking this might read with more veracity if you said you would run better for 90 minutes after 3 Swedes. No?

bernadette
08-08-2012, 11:40 AM
I am thinking this might read with more veracity if you said you would run better for 90 minutes after 3 Swedes. No?

First you have to win the 100m and train for the 200m.

Dream on......:cool:

DCon
08-08-2012, 11:40 AM
The Telegraph seems to have some geography issues..

That's **** poor, but expected from them lads

DCon
08-08-2012, 11:47 AM
no perks, apart from Bolt and the Swedes obviously..

Imagine the bill JOD would have sent the taxpayer if he was still Minister for fun



Olympic athletes asking "Where's the party?" when their event is over are getting a disappointing answer: It's probably in Ibiza.

London's famous party scene hasn't caught Olympic fever. In this recession Olympics, clubs and bars are faring no better than other businesses, regulars say. Corporate bashes are smaller. Celebrities are too expensive.

"London in general seems to be surprisingly quiet," said party promoter Amin Abbasian, noting that the social scene's normal clientele has left town "for Ibiza" or other popular getaways. Abbasian, who normally books celebrities for social events, decided not to do so during the London Games after realizing the investment wasn't going to pay back.

Athletes, though, are on the hunt nonetheless. They report the scene here doesn't compare with Beijing in 2008.

On Saturday night, dozens of swimmers crammed into the celebrity-favored London club Chinawhite, which relaxed its strict dress code to accommodate athletes in jeans and flip flops at its "Last Lap" Olympic party. Gold medalists, including South African Chad le Clos, who unseated Michael Phelps in the 200-meter butterfly, popped champagne. Some athletes showed their muscles to prove to partygoers they really were Olympians.


Late Saturday night, Canadian rower Darcy Marquardt pulled out her freshly-earned silver medal and walked to one of the club's bars. "I'm gonna try to use it to get free drinks," said Marquardt, who was celebrating her third Olympics and her first medal. She scored a couple free shots but had to buy the rest—at £15, or $23-plus, per cocktail. "There was a lot more free booze in Beijing," she said.


At the "House of Hellenes," the Greek house sponsored by the British Hellenic Chamber of Commerce, guests were invited to a chandelier-lit opera performance and round tables on the future of the Eurozone. Organizers were criticized for the splash's nearly $235,000 bill, which was privately funded. Still, they said they kept costs as low as possible.

"We did it in the most cost-effective way," said chamber President Harris Ikonomopoulos, noting that guests were served wine, albeit inexpensive wine.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10000872396390444246904577573190415738530.html?m od=wsj_share_tweet

Slim Buddha
08-08-2012, 12:14 PM
First you have to win the 100m and train for the 200m.

Dream on......:cool:

Not au fait with the Swedish womens handball team but an archer in the Russian women's archery team did catch my eye. I found out she is an ethnic Buryat. Odd but interesting.

Kid Ryder
08-08-2012, 12:35 PM
That's **** poor, but expected from them lads

Der Britischer Beobachter for as long as I can remember...

Slim Buddha
08-08-2012, 12:48 PM
Der Britischer Beobachter for as long as I can remember...

A bit unfair, Kid, given the "Beobachter" means "Observer" in German and the newspaper of that name in the UK is definitely not like the Torygraph.

But I understand your intent :)

DCon
08-08-2012, 12:55 PM
Taylor back in the ring in 5 minutes

PaddyJoe
08-08-2012, 01:09 PM
RTE website is down. Too many hits, I suppose:(

Baron von Biffo
08-08-2012, 01:10 PM
RTE website is down. Too many hits, I suppose:(

Oh PJ. :o

PaddyJoe
08-08-2012, 01:18 PM
Oh PJ. :o

Looks like Katie has brought down the entire Irish media web....newstalk won't load either. Come back old technology:D

DCon
08-08-2012, 01:19 PM
She won easily.

Fair play to her

PaddyJoe
08-08-2012, 01:20 PM
She won easily.

Fair play to her

RTE online had better up their game for the final tomorrow;)

Kid Ryder
08-08-2012, 01:27 PM
A bit unfair, Kid, given the "Beobachter" means "Observer" in German and the newspaper of that name in the UK is definitely not like the Torygraph.

But I understand your intent :)

The Observer wasn't and isn't noticeably Irish-friendly either. The 'Oirish' edition is just the 'mainland' edition practically unaltered. Its takeover by the Guardian Media Group changed the Middle England unthinking racism in it not a whit.

PaddyJoe
08-08-2012, 01:27 PM
Sun front page tomorrow:


http://i48.tinypic.com/2daiwr4.jpg

Kid Ryder
08-08-2012, 01:29 PM
RTE online had better up their game for the final tomorrow;)

And Cde. Bunny wants to tax us for this $hit service. A 'Broadcast Charge' in the absence of any serviceable broadcasting. Only in Oireland Inc. ...

Slim Buddha
08-08-2012, 02:08 PM
The Observer wasn't and isn't noticeably Irish-friendly either. The 'Oirish' edition is just the 'mainland' edition practically unaltered. Its takeover by the Guardian Media Group changed the Middle England unthinking racism in it not a whit.

I am not saying it is a great publication but it does not deserve to be placed in the same boat as the Mail, Express or Torygraph.

Spectabilis
08-08-2012, 03:42 PM
And a bronze medal in showjumping for Cian O'Connor. :cool:

Baron von Biffo
08-08-2012, 03:44 PM
And a bronze medal in showjumping for Cian O'Connor. :cool:

Not the most popular result in the equestrian world.

DCon
08-08-2012, 09:17 PM
And a bronze medal in showjumping for Cian O'Connor. :cool:

At least D4 got a medal

They will take no part in the boxing medals.

Slim Buddha
08-08-2012, 11:21 PM
At least D4 got a medal

They will take no part in the boxing medals.

What, we are dividing up Ireland in accordance with the way Ireland winds meadal??

Wow, a whole new means of diviseveness, though up by arseholes!

PaddyJoe
08-08-2012, 11:46 PM
At least D4 got a medal

They will take no part in the boxing medals.

Medals in fighting and riding so far. When does the drinking competition start? :)

Sam Lord
09-08-2012, 12:16 AM
Medals in fighting and riding so far. When does the drinking competition start? :)

lol. Hilarious.

Baron von Biffo
09-08-2012, 07:40 AM
Medals in fighting and riding so far. When does the drinking competition start? :)

:D

TotalMayhem
09-08-2012, 07:58 AM
Medals in fighting and riding so far. When does the drinking competition start? :)

Citius, Altius, 40us!

DCon
09-08-2012, 08:05 AM
Some Australian proves his ignorance


Commentator Russell Barwick provoked an incredulous reaction when he compared Ireland not flying the flag for Britain to Tasmanian athletes not performing for Australia.

The ESPN star fronts the hugely popular and irreverent 'Pardon the Interruption' show.

He went on to say Irish athletes going for gold for their country was similar to a Hawaiian surfer claiming he wasn't from the United States.

He said: "It's a whole Irish joke, the whole thing. It just makes no sense.

"We, the rest of the world, can't understand. It's like a Hawaiian surfer not claiming that he surfs for the USA.

"It's not like Tasmanians say they don't want to represent Australia. You're all part of the one mix master."

He said: "I understand the history of Irish politics. Well. . . I don't understand the history of Irish politics."

Ah, that would be the United Kingdom of Great Briain AND Northern Ireland


He then told his baffled British co-presenter that half of Ireland was part of Great Britain.

Ah, that would be the British and Irish Lions


He then claimed Ireland managed to forget about their national identity when it came to the British Lions in rugby.

He said: "Team GB has an enormous advantage over basically every other country in the world because it's four countries all wrapped up into one.

"What about the British Lions tour? They all kiss and make up for a British Lions and they kiss and make up for Six Nations."

http://www.independent.ie/sport/other-sports/olympics-2012/irish-news/ireland-a-joke-for-not-joining-team-gb-in-olympics-3195120.html

DCon
09-08-2012, 08:39 AM
Looks like Katie has brought down the entire Irish media web....newstalk won't load either. Come back old technology:D


RTÉ says online coverage of Olympics has been a success

http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/finance/2012/0809/1224321786240.html

DCon
09-08-2012, 10:52 AM
We should move nicely up this list after the boxing finishes




Rank Country Medals Population Population
per Medal
43 Ireland 1 4,588,252 4,588,252

http://www.medalspercapita.com/

Not sure if the population should be adjusted to include some of Norn Iron though as a lot of our boxers hail from there

Stanley 2
09-08-2012, 12:15 PM
Medals in fighting and riding so far. When does the drinking competition start? :)



John Delaney, FAI fame, is in position at the Excel centre waiting for the call up, Euro champ after the football, ready to go for the Olympic title.

Slim Buddha
09-08-2012, 12:21 PM
John Delaney, FAI fame, is in position at the Excel centre waiting for the call up, Euro champ after the football, ready to go for the Olympic title.

Poland was merely "conditioning training"

PaddyJoe
09-08-2012, 02:47 PM
RTE has put back in the cable in the server room that the summer intern tripped over yesterday:D

Due to an ongoing issue with RTÉ.ie servers, we have created this dedicated Olympic Streaming web page. This step has been taken following an outage yesterday during the Katie Taylor fight.
The outage was due to an issue unrelated to RTÉ.ie's streaming capacity. The content you see on this page is being hosted on external Cloud servers while this issue is being rectified.
Service to rte.ie, rte.ie/sport, and RTÉ Player will resume this evening. We sincerely apologise for the interruption to service.
http://olympics.rte.ie

fluffybiscuits
09-08-2012, 03:16 PM
RTE has put back in the cable in the server room that the summer intern tripped over yesterday:D

http://olympics.rte.ie

There is going to be a big gathering in the canteen for this at quarter to five here in work. I think our Katie is going to win, I can feel it in me waters! ;) Already the thrash talking has started with her opponent saying we are broke as paid of the judges! (What a cow..)

http://www.thejournal.ie/judges-favour-superstar-katie-says-russian-opponent-ochigava-ahead-of-gold-medal-showdown-551422-Aug2012/

DCon
09-08-2012, 03:19 PM
RTE has put back in the cable in the server room that the summer intern tripped over yesterday:D

http://olympics.rte.ie

I'll watch this one on the telly!

PaddyJoe
09-08-2012, 03:41 PM
I'll watch this one on the telly!

I don't have much faith. They've replaced the main rte.ie page with the live streaming page for the fight and now the RTE 1 Drivetime stream is broken:(

C. Flower
09-08-2012, 03:43 PM
Lithuanian friend says to me - "I keep fingers for the girl"
She means crossed, and not the Russian one.

DCon
09-08-2012, 03:54 PM
Lithuanian friend says to me - "I keep fingers for the girl"
She means crossed, and not the Russian one.

It'll be a sunny humid Christmas in Vilnius before a Lithuanian supports a Russian

C. Flower
09-08-2012, 03:56 PM
Very close fight.

DCon
09-08-2012, 04:02 PM
get in!

C. Flower
09-08-2012, 04:06 PM
Very good fight....

C. Flower
09-08-2012, 04:07 PM
The Russian girl was very good I thought.

PaddyJoe
09-08-2012, 04:07 PM
Yayyy..
and the rte site stayed up:D

fluffybiscuits
09-08-2012, 04:10 PM
GGGGOOOOOOOOOOOLLLLLLLLLLD!!

Im surprised my size 12's didnt put a dent in the floor, we were screaming at the TV, I need a cuppa!

Quarter to nine sees Paddy Barnes fight for the next medal!

Kev Bar
09-08-2012, 04:29 PM
At least D4 got a medal

They will take no part in the boxing medals.

Sure their toughest are deep under cover in Cavan as we speak.

Keeping us all safe.

"There's Henry in a haystack!"

Dr. FIVE
09-08-2012, 06:23 PM
https://p.twimg.com/Az3sj1aCAAAHKf-.jpg

DCon
09-08-2012, 06:36 PM
https://p.twimg.com/Az3sj1aCAAAHKf-.jpg

the scumbag Ahern was at it

Dr. FIVE
09-08-2012, 06:49 PM
http://k-punk.abstractdynamics.org/archives/011918.html

Stanley 2
09-08-2012, 07:05 PM
the scumbag Ahern was at it



Bertie would not get in the Gate, he would not spend money on a ticket, he will have checked out old mate, Tony, for tickets and got short shift "Do you not remember NI", now fup off.

The decor is this room is sparse compared to what Bertie and Celia spent on Mick's gaff according to Mahon

C. Flower
09-08-2012, 07:12 PM
http://k-punk.abstractdynamics.org/archives/011918.html

Hate teh blooming tower - it looks like entrails entwined around the remains of a drone.

http://k-punk.abstractdynamics.org/archives/dezeen_ArcelorMittal-Orbit-by-Anish-Kapoor-and-Cecil-Balmond_b.jpg

DCon
09-08-2012, 07:18 PM
Bertie would not get in the Gate, he would not spend money on a ticket, he will have checked out old mate, Tony, for tickets and got short shift "Do you not remember NI", now fup off.

The decor is this room is sparse compared to what Bertie and Celia spent on Mick's gaff according to Mahon

he was at it alright, if reports are true

No way he paid. He would have been on a free. maybe someone he gave taxpayer money to owed him a favour

Hapax
09-08-2012, 07:22 PM
Hate teh blooming tower - it looks like entrails entwined around the remains of a drone.

http://k-punk.abstractdynamics.org/archives/dezeen_ArcelorMittal-Orbit-by-Anish-Kapoor-and-Cecil-Balmond_b.jpg

Poor ripoff of a great original.

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/f/ff/Tatlin%27s_Tower_maket_1919_year.jpg

Tatlin's Monument to the Third International

Pity they never built it.

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/0/0c/Russia-2000-stamp-Tatlin_Tower_and_Worker_and_Kolkhoz_Woman_by_Vera_ Mukhina.jpg

That's Katie Taylor on the right.

C. Flower
09-08-2012, 07:24 PM
That's the difference between constructivism and deconstructivism.

DCon
09-08-2012, 07:27 PM
Here's the Sports Illustrated article teh lads in the studio were talking about

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2012/olympics/2012/writers/chris_mannix/08/08/katie.taylor/index.html

DCon
09-08-2012, 07:54 PM
he was at it alright, if reports are true

No way he paid. He would have been on a free. maybe someone he gave taxpayer money to owed him a favour

Apologies, it was Bray he was in.

Probably picking pockets in the packed crowd

http://ballsdot.wpengine.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/w7wq.png

http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/breaking/2012/0809/breaking40.html

DCon
09-08-2012, 08:10 PM
The Telegraph seems to have some geography issues..

bit half-hearted


The Telegraph ‏@Telegraph

We're sorry for mistakenly describing the fantastic boxer Katie Taylor as British in our London 2012 section today. She is Irish, of course.

Kev Bar
09-08-2012, 08:13 PM
Listening to the voices of newsreaders ending on smug variants of 'what Katie does next' feels like the Bray gentlewoman is pummeling my gut.

bernadette
09-08-2012, 08:16 PM
Hate teh blooming tower - it looks like entrails entwined around the remains of a drone.

http://k-punk.abstractdynamics.org/archives/dezeen_ArcelorMittal-Orbit-by-Anish-Kapoor-and-Cecil-Balmond_b.jpg

Hideous isn't it. Is it temporary or does someone think it should stay, forever. :eek:

DCon
09-08-2012, 08:20 PM
love the humour


Danny O'Leary ‏@DannyOLeary2

Katie Taylor would have won that race if she wanted to #UsainBolt

Kev Bar
09-08-2012, 08:21 PM
That's the difference between constructivism and deconstructivism.

:)

C. Flower
09-08-2012, 09:48 PM
Katie Taylor backed by Labour


KATIE TAYLOR IS AN ISPIRATION - GILMORE

I would like to extend ny sincere congratulations to Olympic Champion Katie Taylor for her win in today's boxing decider.

Katie showed true grit and determination in today's bout, and even when she fell behind by a point, she kept her eye on the prize and battled through.

Winning an Olympic Gold has been Katie's ambition since she was a child, and the fact that she has put in the hard work over many years, and stuck with the plan through thick and thin, has been truly inspiring.

Today Katie performed on the biggest sporting stage of the world and came out on top and as a result, we as Irish people can hold our heads that bit higher.

She has been a terrific ambassador, not just for her sport, but also for her country, and for that, Ireland owes her a debt of gratitide.

C. Flower
09-08-2012, 09:56 PM
Katie Taylor backed by Labour




Gilmore's spilling affictd by the victry?

DCon
09-08-2012, 10:03 PM
Cian O'Connor on Tonight with McGurk soon

Sam Lord
09-08-2012, 11:14 PM
http://www.theartsdesk.com/tv/michael-johnson-survival-fastest-c4


Program was actually on Channel 4, excellent viewing, Google it, there was a lot of newspaper comment.

I'm not buying it.... just too simplistic. There are 13 million blacks in Brasil ... all descended from West African slaves and we have yet to see a decent sprinter emerge from amongst them.

Dr. FIVE
09-08-2012, 11:35 PM
The tower reminds me of (http://thehelpfulengineer.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/Anglo-Irish-Bank-HQ-1.jpg)

DCon
10-08-2012, 12:26 AM
someone done well!

https://fbcdn-sphotos-c-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-snc7/313090_4447817841413_1406065318_n.jpg

Slim Buddha
10-08-2012, 05:20 AM
someone done well!

https://fbcdn-sphotos-c-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-snc7/313090_4447817841413_1406065318_n.jpg

........if he or she survived a cardiac issue at the end of Round Two.

C. Flower
10-08-2012, 06:24 AM
I'm not buying it.... just too simplistic. There are 13 million blacks in Brasil ... all descended from West African slaves and we have yet to see a decent sprinter emerge from amongst them.

It seems to me to be a deeply racist theory that brings together ignorance about the conditions of slavery with ignorance of genetics to produce a pile of hokum.

For a start, the idea that slavery in the West Indies was a kind of race horse breeding ground is surely wrong? Notoriously, the approach of the British plantation owners was to work people until they dropped and buy more slaves. Slaves were so cheap that it was cheaper to buy new ones than to rear or properly sustain or rear the children born to slaves. There was a devastating level of child mortality.

"Slave breeding in Barbuda - A Myth"

http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1749-6632.1977.tb47770.x/abstract

Salacious accounts by Europeans of "breeding" were in the main based on lurid fantasy.

The making of an athlete is mainly based on effort and development of skill through training, not on genetic make up.

DCon
10-08-2012, 07:44 AM
Newstalk playing a clip of the Minister for Fun Michael Ring roaring and shouting his congratulations to Katie Taylor in the small hours of this morning.

I hate politicians.

Interviewing Ring now. He says he did not want to make a political speech last night "as it was not the time for it". He's been on a jolly at the Olympics since Tuesday and is coming back today.

DCon
10-08-2012, 07:49 AM
Ring taking credit now for Katie Taylor's gym getting funding for a jacks

Slim Buddha
10-08-2012, 09:32 AM
Andrzej Jezierski through to the semi final of the Canoe Single Sprint (C1) 200m!

Baron von Biffo
10-08-2012, 10:27 AM
Interesting letter in the IT:-

"Sir, – From watching the Olympics coverage on the BBC, I have noticed a trend among some British competitors. Instead of revelling in the fact that they won an Olympic medal, some competitors now apologise to their country during interviews for “letting the public down” by “only” getting a silver or bronze medal. Surely this is not in the spirit of the Games, to focus on the failure to achieve first place?

To enter the Olympics and qualify for the final is something to be respected in itself and to win a medal at all is outstanding, so please, stop apologising and be proud. – Yours, etc,"

I'm reminded of a story I heard on radio some years ago about James Joyce. Joyce was a fine tenor and he once competed in a Feis Ceoil and came second to one John McCormack and was awarded a silver medal for his pains. According to the story, Joyce was so disgusted at not winning that he threw the medal in the Liffey on the way home.

Much googling has failed to turn up any confirmation so I don't know it the story is true. I hope it is though.

I'd have a lot more respect for someone who apologised for not winning than for someone who thought that silver or bronze was worth boasting about.

http://www.irishtimes.com/letters/index.html#1224321894084

Slim Buddha
10-08-2012, 10:51 AM
Andrzej Jezierski through to the finals of the Canoe Single Sprint (C1) 200m!

Slim Buddha
10-08-2012, 10:57 AM
It looks like Andrzej has his work cut out for him as at least 7 competitors had a faster time than him in the semis. But fair play to him for getting as far as he did so far.
It would be great if he could get another medal for Ireland.

Slim Buddha
10-08-2012, 11:23 AM
London 2012 website erroneously said he got to the final but the ultimate authotitative source says he didn't

http://www.independent.ie/sport/other-sports/olympics-2012/irish-news/andrzej-jezierski-fails-to-make-canoe-final-for-ireland-3195921.html

DCon
10-08-2012, 12:14 PM
Go on Paddy!


Paddy Barnes had some fun on Twitter this morning, telling Piers Morgan he should keep the £1,000 he donated to charity for a face-lift. Morgan responded saying they could split the money because they both need one in the television presenter's opinion, with Barnes stating that his Chinese opponent today might need one. I guess it passes the time while he waits for the bout.

http://olympics.rte.ie/

Baron von Biffo
10-08-2012, 12:15 PM
Clare Byrne and some PR character on News at One now suggesting that Taylor needs to ditch the daddy if she wants to go further.

Slim Buddha
10-08-2012, 12:25 PM
Clare Byrne and some PR character on News at One now suggesting that Taylor needs to ditch the daddy if she wants to go further.

Where is further? Turn pro, go to America and never be heard of again?