Apparently, the New York Times thinks Britain is a nation of Eeyores. I can’t check this as the article in question is behind their paywall, but I can understand the impression that we are a country of pessimists when it comes to the Olympics; moaning about the various fiascos that have arisen in the style of Winnie-the-Pooh’s depressed donkey companion.
However, I have decided that, as this sporting extravaganza is approaching my city with all the inevitability and potential doom one usually finds between an ocean liner and a big block of ice, I might as well stop fighting it. Nevertheless, there remains the hurdle (ahem) that I don’t do sport. So I am searching for Olympic joy in other places.
- The Daily Show is returning to Britain’s shores having been taken off air over here 18 months ago. Which is perfect timing for Jon Stewart to have a good laugh at our expense.
- Someone has created a Tumblr post featuring the athletic hunks of 2012. How very thoughtful of them.
- Today a 100 year old woman carried the Olympic Torch. She practised for the event by carrying a candlestick around the corridors of her nursing home. She clearly rocks.
- As this article points out, there are other fun things to look out for, aside from the sport – like Ann Romney’s dressage horse. Yes, really.
- For the first time ever, there will be a female entrant in the Games from every competing country. There’s still a long way to go for Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Brunei, but allowing women to compete is a start.
Is there anything that’s improving your opinion of the Games?