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.

  1. 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.
  2. Someone has created a Tumblr post featuring the athletic hunks of 2012. How very thoughtful of them.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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?

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2 Responses to Eeyore

  1. Zoe W. says:

    I giggled so much at the Hotlympics. “Not everyone shares my fondness for large Russians, but those that do will hopefully appreciate Dmitriy as much as I do.” Brilliant.

  2. Barbara says:

    Surely the sheep MUST have an opinion about Mitt Romney.

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