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13 August 2012

12:32 PM

13 August 2012

12:32 PM

I have hugely enjoyed the French verdict on London 2012: the whole thing was botched and all our athletes cheated. They really are the most ghastly people. The only positive thing about France, on a personal note, is that if the country did not exist I would have been more likely to have been in favour of the EU and the single currency.

In the end I thought the whole shebang was rather wonderful, despite having carped and cavilled in the days before it started, and fleeing the country for the first week or so. My only quibble is that the closing ceremony, with a couple of notable exceptions, doused the entire world in some of the worst music that has ever been produced, anywhere. I wish that Brian May, who seems like a lovely chap, would forget about playing his awful, screeching, overblown mid-seventies guitar solos and stick to protecting badgers. I always hated Queen, right from the first moment I saw them, on OGWT in about 1973. ‘Wrong uns’, I thought to myself, as they played their proto-camp metal-lite rubbish. And then there was the fatuous bombast of Muse and the talent free zones of multiple Spices, the hideous grizzled prowler of Hampstead Heath George Michael, the vapid Take That and so on. Ah well.

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  • rndtechnologies786

    Good blog.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/David-Davis/662052517 David Davis

    They ought to have put on a couple of orchestral cellists playing Elgar or something, but they did not.

  • Joss WE

    Far from taking a different view to the French Mr Liddle seems equally jaundiced. Perhaps he is as ghastly as they are….

  • The Shambolic Skeptic

    The Who saved the day (night).

  • Jeremy Poynton

    Queen? Rock music’s version of Vaudeville.

  • http://twitter.com/ianwalkeruk Ian Walker

    Guess who didn’t get any free tickets?

  • deanieweenie

    rod you are wrong and clearly and idiot (i am a fan of your musings for the most part)…you got it right on the puff and them slags though!

  • Forest Fan

    I enjoy French films…alright just saying!

  • John Ridd

    It was a multiculti PC NU labour diversity fest. The opening ceremony even more so. Before watching it, I wasn’t aware there were black people in rural Victorian England. They used Indian Bhangra muic and rap music he HMS was Windrush and instead of English folk music or Morris men. It was an insult the cockney’s who built London and are now mostly displaced from it. The demographics of the performers was skewed look more ethnic and not reflective of the majority of Britain plus the Romeo and Juliet scene was especially choreographed to it give a diverse lovey dovey vibe.It just lack a bit of Sharia only zones, diverse ghetto gun crime, congolese vodoo sacrifice and some Subcontinental honour killings, other that that, yea i loved it too rod.

    • http://twitter.com/dangroveruk Dan Grover

      It was the London Olympics, not the British Olympics. The racial make up – even including greater London, 3 in every 5 people living in London are white British. The rest are from other racial backgrounds – of London is not the same as Britain at large. Indeed, a lot of the 8 million people in London like rap music, Bhangra music (whose absolutely minimal inclusion is hardly an unfair representation, given the huge Indian population we have here). Also, the cockney’s weren’t displaced – they all left because they made enough money to finally escape. That’s why your standard Essex accent in many towns is basically Cockney with a twist – that’s where they all went.

      I always thought when Speccie commentators harked on about “multiculti PC NU labour diversity fest” (why do you say ‘nu’, by the way? It’s about as edgy and powerful as the people that said Tony BLIAR or George Bu$h) was for when diversity was enforced. The opening ceremony was an accurate representation of the city I’ve lived in all my life, as I see it today. Would you rather they go out of their way to make it appear *more* white? The only area you’re correct is re: Victorian Britain. Even then, again, I suspect London had significantly more ethnic minorities in the Victorian period than the rest of the UK, but I acknowledge they were probably not out there playing cricket with the boyos.

      Then again, I live in Islington, so I must be a pinko Labour, Sharia-apologist lefty, right?

      • John Ridd

        No. Many cockney’s were displaced, by what they saw as being swamped all of a sudden by alien cultures and becoming an ethnic minority in the neighborhoods where they were born and bred, they got sick of spiraling crime rates, hearing more foreign languages than English spoken.Indian people prefer to live around Indian people, Somalis near other Somalis and yes English people like living around other English people. In the 50s to 70s they moved out to the suburbs, now they are leaving the suburbs as they too are becoming enriched. Why do you think native English people are leaving places like Croydon. Watford and Barking en masse and Polish, Indian, Pakistani and African people are moving in? Why do you think towns in the West Country are growing so rapidly with Londoners? It is not white flight, as fair skinned Poles are moving into inner cities, but English flight. The people who run the show and enjoy it when they feel like it are upper middle class urbanites who live in nice little gated guarded refurbished penthouses in places like hackney or islington and are able to afford a second home in Dartmoor, or are able to afford to commute from a small village in the Home counties. The people who are left to enjoy enrichment whether they like it or not on a daily basis and live with it cheek by jowl are working class people who grew up on estates or in lower end rented accommodation. If the latter class enjoyed it so much, why don’t they stay in their areas? Would you want to raise a child in London? would you want to grow old in London? Perhaps you personally would but the overwhelming majority of the country would not.

        • http://twitter.com/dangroveruk Dan Grover

          I agree with everything you just said, but that’s not the definition of “displaced”. You aren’t “displaced” because you enjoy another area more, so you want to move there. Displacement suggests a distinct lack of choice, where as what you’re describing (and I agree with your version of history!) is exactly a choice.

          • John Ridd

            dis·place/disˈplās/
            Verb:Take over the place, position, or role of (someone or something).Cause (something) to move from its proper or usual place.
            1 Mass migration has caused native cockney culture to become taken over/replaced by Black American/ pseudo Jamaican Gangsta culture.
            2 Mass immigration has caused cockneys ( including my own family) to leave its ancestral home.

  • Fergus Pickering

    But it’s what they call pop music, or what they used to call pop music, of no interest to anyone over the age of twenty-five. And you’re quite a lot over that age. You ought to be listening to Mozart and Sibelius. But I expect you’re not very musical Journalists rarely are, I find.

  • Baron

    The musical mêlée of the closing ceremony reeked of bad taste because for virtually all the groups snd singers the genre has always amounted to little more than a vehicle for skipping work, imbibing drugs, shagging young girls (or boys); the truly memorable tunes with outstanding lyrics likely to survive from the misguidingly named ‘golden era’ of the British pop are few, very few and far between, Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody amongst them.

    The only jewel that stands out is the Pogues, and only because of the toothless MacGowan, fully a genuine Monty of the singing phylum of pop, well, punk, a pure genius in the Shakespearian mould, his lyrics would be hard to beat.

    Also, the Rottweiler Eddie still on the loose?, the men in white coats too busy?

  • http://twitter.com/LarkinBloke Phillip

    It was when they disinterred John “Posh Beatle” Lennon that my toes really curled. He really was a canting prig.

    • Fergus Pickering

      He was indeed. But a good musician.

      • Noa

        “..a good musician…”.

        Oh dear, each to their own, Fergus.

  • Frank Sutton

    Closing ceremony – the celebs clamber onto the podium, crying “me, me, me…”

  • Baron

    so after all that success, the trinkets of gold galore and the wholesale crying what will happen to bread, will it become cheaper?

  • Eddie

    Just noticed that the BBC is trying to take great credit for its broadcast of the Olympics which attracted huge audiences.
    Funny that, because when anything messed up, the BBC were very keen to remind everyone that in fact they, the BBC, were NOT responsible for the filming and production and broadcasting of the Olympics (sports, opening and closing ceremonies): the International Olympic Broadcasting Committee was!)
    The only thing the BBC was provide the commentary – which, listening to the dreadful trivia dn presenter-led commentary of Trevor Nelson (a black radio rap DJ) and some Scottish bint, was clearly well below par – there have been a huge number of complaints to the BBC.
    I bet the BBC use this to claim more funding and say how well they did – but really, they didn’t! Because they did not film or produce or direct any of it!
    The highlights shows in the evening were fine – and the BBC did those. But its commetary and choice of some ‘voices’ and ‘faces’ of the Olympics was not, and clearly an attempt to enforce diversity on the commentators (gotta have the ethnics and wimmin), rather than to allow the best to shine.

    • Eddie

      My favourite part of the Olympics: when I misread the BBC1 caption ‘The Girls from Aus’ (during a feature on Australian sport) as ‘The Girls from Anus’.
      For once, my misreading was at fault and not the dyslexic illiterate retards who usually do BBC subtitles…

      • arnoldo87

        Here’s another one from the dyslexic illiterate retards:-
        “And, dumbo, one does not NEED a comma is a list of advjective is one is aiming for effect.”
        The BBC eh? Tssk!
        Errr….. Hang on – no I’m wrong – this is from a post on this very blog thread. Someone called “Eddie” apparently.
        I suppose illiterate retards are more common than we thought.

        • Eddie

          Look up the word ‘typo’ in a dictionary (ask a grown-up to help) and also the word ‘context’. Writing quickly and making typos is appropriate for an informal message board or forum online.
          One would think the BBC, however, when making final captions and subtitles to be broadcast to millions of viewers would bother to get them right: though the problem is that even the ‘cream’ of journalism that works at the BBC is fairly illterate these days, especially all the ethnics whose home language is Urdu, not English.
          Anyway Arnie, may I be the first to wish you good luck with your foundation GCSE in English: you can learn all about context and appropriate writin styles in that, and teacher can teach you how to use a dictionary maybe? Then you may go beyond the level of an 8 year old you pompous semi-literate retarded twerp!

          • Kenhubert

            At least he’s wittier than you Eddie and, I see, has nicely wound you up.

            • Eddie

              Yawn. I know it must have been traumatic going through life being called Kenneth, but can you please take your frustration out on someone else (your blow-up wife perhaps) rather than poor innocent posters like moi.
              I am sure the BBC has a helpline for you somewhere…

    • Ben K

      I thought the Beebs coverage was rather good. The commentary and analysis – a few twists and Trevor Nelson’s aside – was generally excellent. Also the great thing in the UK was that everything – 24 feeds in total – was available to watch live across a range of platforms.

      Its hard to argue that a private broadcaster could have done as well – nothing to do with public broadcasting being ‘better’ – just because they would don’t have the same need to monetise all the content – such as in the states where NBC time shifted all the big events to the evening slots. People over there knew they were getting worse service than NBC were capable of just to make as much cash as possible.

      they can rightly take credit for that

  • Fred Taylor

    Take That? Take WHAT exactly?

    • Terry

      Sh!t

  • DougS

    Rod’s piece just about sums up the closing Ceremony for me – mostly godawful music. They even seemed to pick the worst examples from the various artists’ repertoires.

    Amazingly (for me) I thought that the least worst were One Direction and The Spice Girls!!

    Somehow (for me) classical music always seems more appropriate (and professional) on these big occasions – where was Alfie Boe?

  • Oedipus Rex

    As for rubbish music, could I humbly suggest a compilation of a list of the worst music? Not of course the obviously bad – Take That, Gary Glitter, etc, etc – but the truly awful that is so highly rated. The more it gets rated, the angrier I become.

    For me, in reverse order:
    3. Kate Bush – yes, some people rate her highly. Bony upper class women who think they’re cultured and don’t realize that the Bloomsbury Group have, thankfully, gone.

    2. Queen – onanistic ersatz adolescent rock opera that gives both homosexuals and this country in general a bad name. But again, so many people from all over seem to like it. How come?

    1. Pink Floyd (post Syd Barrett) – The Wall in particular; ‘We don’t need no education’ and so on. When I accidentally hear this I sometimes have to be restrained by concerned friends while frothing at the mouth – written by privately educated Oxbridge tossers, the worst kind of show off MoR rock that’s as bad as their nicely trimmed hairstyles used to be. I even reckon Blair’s ‘Ugly Rumors’ were better.

    I’ll calm down now

  • DeeJay

    The final ceremony was a lot of fun notwithstanding the Spice Girls and those two old geezers from The Who singing ‘My Generation’ …with a hint of a stutter rather than genuine teenage angst. But we should leave it to the rest of the world to pass judgement rather than blowing our own trumpets. I don’t need the BBC to tell me how good it was…..or Boris and certainly not Dave. My gold medal goes to Russell Bland.

  • Archibald

    Speaking as someone who finds themselves temporarily living in France, you are all a bunch of pathetic bigots with no concept whatever of reality. The vast majority – vast, vast, vast majority – have loved the games and have been hugely complimentary of the games, London etc, something I have witnessed daily (throughout each day) on the French TV coverage. Furthermore, the commentators in key races where Brits have been involved such as Mo Farah and Chris Hoy have gone probably more mental in their excitement at the success than their BBC counterparts. Still, let’s not let reality interfere with the thoughts in your tiny minds, eh chaps?
    I would agree with you on the closing ceremony though Rod, as I heard someone (English) say yesterday, two weeks ago the world thought we were rubbish at sport and great at music…

    • Gillian Duffy

      Will people please stop calling me a bigot?

  • Sarah

    I suspect that this is a case of the French press saying things and a journalist assuming that they’re saying what French people are thinking.

    A quick perusal of English people’s and press comments on the ceremonies ought to prove that this could well be a leap of logic.

    • Le Roi Oedipe

      Sarah, I’ve been closely following the reports and comments in L’Equipe, particularly with the cycling, since the Tour de France. Yes, about 80% are convinced we’re cheats, stealing their national sport, responsible for every failure that they themselves attain, the weather, their haemorrhoids, the collapse of the Euro and the impending end of French as a language which will inevitably lead to the end of the world. It’s in their nature, poor darlings; I know, I lived there – I almost miss it sometimes. Of course there are those who are wiser and berate the whingers – but they are the minority.

      • Archibald

        Absolute garbage. Wiggo and Cav et al have drawn huge admiration from the French and Wiggo’s popularity clearly grew throughout as he demonstrated himself to be completely fluent in French, open and honest. The commentators were even wearing side burns to interview him during the Tour before it was even thought of in the UK. Criticism of Team Sky was very minimal and more about them being hugely professional and so without the risk taking that can add excitement, which is fair comment. At the velodrome in London, Cav who was working for the Beeb was picked out by French telly and pointed out like he was a rock star. The praise of UK riders like Hoy was genuine and full of admiration, I watched it live and the saw the Beeb later, the French chap was more excited by his last medal. Get a life and go spread your lies elsewhere you tiny minded little man.

        • Oedipus Rex

          I agree that the journos and (although I haven’t seen French TV for years) the commentators presumably have appreciated us – but I’m checking the thoughts of les internautes, and that’s how it comes across – you’ll also remember Wiggo’s complaint of his treatment there and how he had to ‘justify’ his performances. But I could be wrong, my view maybe skewed by the French comment boards which are also full of people who come out with ‘get a life’, ‘lies’ and tiny minded’ sort of stuff!

          • Archibald

            I love that you don’t see the irony in what you say about the French on a comment board here while basing your views on French comment boards, and even try to suggest not very subtly that I might be like one of them. Get yourself a mirror mate. As well as the odd normal person, these places are pretty much always the last refuge of the faceless, mindless moron and have no relation to what real people think. You know that, yet you base your views on them, so I stand by my comments that you attempt mock shock at.

            • Oedipus Rex

              http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-19249953

              And that’s pretty tame compared to what I’ve been reading. If I wasn’t working so hard and had the time I’d find you some choice quotes.

              Unlike Rod, though, I still quite like the French.

              • Archibald

                So an English twat scouring the newspapers so he has an angle for a story and something to say on the ever-worsening BBC where standards are shat on daily, versus hourly coverage of praise heaped upon praise – even of the dreadful closing ceremony that French TV thought was great. I don’t know, I’ll go with the TV if it’s OK with you, rather than the increasingly desperate efforts of that nobody paper reader to make a splash and journos in France and like Rod who try to make a name for themselves with ‘controversial’ aka boring as shit views. Speaking to locals where I am, they have loved every minute, and the only appropriate word to describe the TV coverage is gushing. And it’s not just celebrated sport, but UK foods, music, I even saw a chap from Neals Yard in London do a pretty long interview on great UK cheeses. Perhaps we can agree that there are people like Rod everywhere, desperately trying to scrape a living by coming up with something a bit different from ‘that was good’, and losing a bit of self respect each draining time they try to justify something they don’t honestly feel. Spice Girls obviously not included.

      • Eddie

        Yep, this is indeed true. Ignore Sarah – she rarely knows about subjects she writes about and always takes the side of anyone opposed to Britain… Maybe she’s French eh?
        The French losing their status as world number 1 cycling nation must hurt – they claim to have invented the bicycle (though of course the Brits invented a version of the bicycle before a Frenchie added a chain). Still, they can still moan like peasants about how awful British food is (without even trying it!) and stay stuck in their bigoted bourgeois delusion of granduer, in which they arrogantly still think France and the French language matter.
        But we must have sympathy: the new world now makes the best wines (and England some of the best whites) and British cheese has beaten French cheeses to win all the international prizes lately. Added to that the UK still has its triple A rating (which France lost) and a Brit even won the tour de France. So the usual Frenchie envy is reach new and spiteful heights (wait for the predictable attack soon on British food and how awful the British are at sex…the usually insults when France is humiliated).
        The French have coped so badly with the modern world – that’s why they fought to preserve their empire and vetoed Britain’s joining of the EEC (their grand projet to take over Europe, which is failing badly now).
        Having said that, I do love visiting France – its countryside especially – it really is a lovely quaint backwards kind of place, and I like that: it’s a nice contrast to multi-culti diversity-worshipping British cities. Though the wine and food is not as good as we can get in the UK these days and there is really so little choice: the French really are deeply conservative people.

        • sarah

          Oui, maybe I am Eddie.

          Hey – maybe I’m French and black and female. The axis of evil.

          Actually maybe I’m a French-American black, female, lesbian, bint-whore, feminist immigrant, Muslim revert.

          Uh oh, Eddie’s just combusted.

          • Eddie

            Calm down, dear – I think you need some meds.
            I have no problem with anyone who is French or black or American oir Lesbian or muslim or a prostitute (bring it on, I say!).
            What I do have a problem with is silly ignorant hypocritical manhating bints like you Sarah who assume you own the moral high ground simply because you spout predictable parroted diversity-drivel on a message board.
            And we all do wish you’d stick to the topic and post posts about it, instead of stalking me and hurling irrelevant and boring attempted insults around. Perhaps you have looked at what the French, Chinese and Russians have said bout the London Olympics – all the unfair accusations, insults and lies. The question is, why do you automatically support these people? I suspect that you hate yourself and thus are projecting – very common amongst man-hating feminasties. Sad, really.

        • arnoldo87

          “the new world now makes the best wines (and England some of the best whites)”
          So there we have it – the master oenologist has spoken.
          Puligny-Montrachet and the other top white Burgundies – give up – it’s all over. The gentle valleys of Dorking and the faraway fields of Blenheim have you beaten.
          Err…(for to do so is human)….. just one thing though. How come you can still charge and get £30+ a bottle?
          Fiendishly clever and devious these Frogs.

          • Eddie

            Arnie – the French wine industry has been complacent and lazy, assuming its wine was the best in an oh-so-French way. But then the new world – Brits out in Aus and NZ and South Africa and South America started making consistently good wine at a better price than the frogs (who are such peasants that they never try any wine from anywhere else). 1 in 10 French bottles of wine is bad.
            I did not say all their wine was bad – I said that the wine from elsewhere is generally better these days.
            There is still some quality French wine, of course.
            I am greatly looking forward to the 2012 vintage – infused as it will be with the flavour of Gallic Olympic tears or envy and regret (though it may just taste of sour grapes eh?)…
            English wine is excellent – places like Lamberhurst in Kent. Lovely fruity white dessert wine. Sadly, tres chere. £15+ a bottle.

  • Sarah

    I suppose the picture of Brian May and Jessie Jay looking coital is entirely deliberate Rod?

    But it’s rather at odds with your article which suggests you’re going for the xenophobic and homohobic angle rather than sexist one. Couldn’t you find a cross-dressing Emeli Sande cottaging or something?

    • Noa

      A post overtaken by events… any thoughts on the aging slappers that replaced Mr May and Miss Jay?

      • Sarah

        Yes my thought is that your comment says a great deal more about you than about them.

        • Noa

          So you haven’t then, but you could well be a contemporary given your reaction.

  • Noa

    Ah Rod Thank you for announcing the All Clear. I can at last re-emerge from the Olympic Free bunker, eyes blinking in the unaccustomed gloom. What’s that, the Para Olympics? Time to re-stock the shelves…

  • Noa

    Ah Rod Thank you for announcing the All Clear. I can at last re-emerge from the Olympic Free bunker, eyes blinking in the unaccustomed gloom. What’s that, the Para Olympics? Time to re-stock the shelves…

    • Noa

      And we realy do need t be nicer to those French people, y’know, over taxed, over here, over heard. After all they have an aircraft carrier we might need to borrow shortly…

      • Fergus Pickering

        Why? Who are we fighting? The Argies again? We won’t need an aircraft carrier. Two or three jet fighters should be sufficient.

        • Noa

          It’s your complacence, don’t you think, that’s simultaneously your most irritating, as well as your most endearing quality?

    • Noa

      And we realy do need t be nicer to those French people, y’know, over taxed, over here, over heard. After all they have an aircraft carrier we might need to borrow shortly…

    • Noa

      And we realy do need t be nicer to those French people, y’know, over taxed, over here, over heard. After all they have an aircraft carrier we might need to borrow shortly…

  • kidmugsy

    If al-Q can’t hit as huge and inviting a target as the Olympics, can we now scale down all the “security” bollocks, please?

  • Eddie

    I haven’t heard the French verdict – but I did note that at the beginning of the Olympics the French President was dissing us and sneering at us ‘nah-nah-dee-nah-nah’ sytle, saying French athletes had won more gold medals then we had (then). Errr… by the end we won 29 (FFS 29 gold medals!) and France won, what, 7 or 8?
    The Olympics was a triumph in the end – the whole world can see that. No Islamist bombs (I expect the terrorists were enjoying the infidel Olympics too…)
    The only thing that spoilt it was the mad decision to announce everything in French at the stadium. I mean, why? Didn’t happen in China or the USA. And French is really unimportant as an international language these days.
    The Frenchies have been sulking since 2005 when London won the Games. Mind you, they’s been sulking since the early 18th century when the Brits whipped Louis XIV’s cul, and since we thrashed Napolean, and since we save the Frenchies skin in WWII.
    And let’s not forget, all this French misery, sour grapes and humiliation makes the whole London Olympics even more fun!
    Zut alors!

    • Hexhamgeezer

      There must be some sort of Olympic dictat on French. At all of the St James’ Park games every announcement was preceded by a specially muffled French version. One had to be on one’s toes to work out if it was an important message about pies or beer rather than which Honduran or Mexican had just been booked.
      I suppose it helps keep la langue on life support.

      • lady of shalot

        Thank you for mentioning the pointlessness of the announcements in French – completely irrelevant in this day and age. By the way I have been completely entertained by the posts of Sarah and Eddie. But why does he feel he needs to frequently use that vulgar word b***?

        • Eddie

          Errr because it’s a good word, love, and good words are to be used! And it winds up hysterical manhating weeping wendies like Sarah, so worth using!

        • sarah

          Because he feels inadequate and hates himself and needs to lash out at somebody, but he’s too cowardly to target people he thinks could fight back. Isn’t it obvious?

          • Eddie

            Yawn yawn yawn. STALKER ALERT! I really do think it’s disgraceful we let psychos like Sarah out of high-security hospitals early. No wonder the streets are so full of Misery-style mentalist bints reversing their cars into things…
            Hate myself? Ho ho ho! I don’t even hate you, Sarah you silly bint – I think you’re sad and pathetic, yeah; but hate?
            Cowardly? How so? I argue with people who could fight back if they learned to argue to a high level, like me; it’s not my fault your an ignorant and incompetent inadequate moaning minge, Sarah – be a woman, and stand on your own two feet! Pathetic!

      • Fergus Pickering

        There is such an Olympic diktat.

      • Just Bob

        I dare say it’s something to do with Baron de Coubertin, the founder of the modern Olympics, being a Frog.

    • Hexhamgeezer

      There must be some sort of Olympic dictat on French. At all of the St James’ Park games every announcement was preceded by a specially muffled French version. One had to be on one’s toes to work out if it was an important message about pies or beer rather than which Honduran or Mexican had just been booked.
      I suppose it helps keep la langue on life support.

    • Eddie

      3 countries have said negative things about the London OIympics: France (bien sur), China (fascist nationalistic dictatorship), and Russia (corrupt dictatorship who drugged up athletes for decades).
      Sacrebleu! Govno! Ying-tong-iddle-i-po…
      Any criticism from these three miserable hateful places in praise indeed.
      The Olympics must have been even better than I thought!

      • http://www.facebook.com/ben.lefroy Ben Lefroy

        Aah, yes, some good old-fashioned racism. That’s what the Olympics clearly missed. How much of your life have you actually spent in any of these “three miserable, [comma inserted for accuracy] hateful places”?

        • Bop

          What life?

        • Eddie

          Racism? I was not aware that the French, The Russians or The Chinese were ‘a race’. Maybe you have starling new evidence to share with us?
          Odd, too, how you accuse me of racism yet do not accuse France, China and Russia of the same. If hypocrisy were an Olympic sport, fellow countryman, then we could have won 30 gold medals with your efforts.
          And I do not accuse the Russians, Chinese and French racism – just bigotry, nationalism, jingoism, sour grapes, attempted cheating (the Chinese), doping (Chinese and Russians), rudeness, lack of maturity and manners, pomposity, jealously and envy.
          And, dumbo, one does not NEED a comma is a list of advjective is one is aiming for effect. Your literacy level is clearly stuck at a primary school standard. We writers can bend artificial ‘rules’ however we wish.

          • Sarah

            That’s the second time I’ve seen you compare yourself to a writer Ed babes. Last time it was Swift.

            And you can not bend rules once you’ve mastered them. By the way.

            • Eddie

              Well Sarah, if they had an Olympic event for being a mentalist stalker man-hating silly bint, I’m sure you’d have done us all proud, love…
              But
              Good to know you enjoy reading my posts so closely.
              Now, have you got anything to say about the topic in question? Or are you just here to spazz a hysterical hateful bucket of bint juice over everyone?

              • Sarah

                So which famous writer do you think you were channeling in that diatribe? No wait, don’t tell me: it’s got the ring of Ruskin.

              • Just Bob

                “…mentalist stalker man-hating silly bint…”

                Ain’t she just! She’s the praying mantis of the human world. Any man laying that should be taking out life insurance prior to the dastardly deed.

                • Sarah

                  Don’t worry about it Eddie-Bob hybrid, it’s never likely to be a threat you’ll face.

                  But I’m sure any woman would have eaten their own head long before they got to the point of laying that.

            • Matthew Whitehouse

              he said artificial rules,

          • Matthew Whitehouse

            spot on

        • Fergus Pickering

          Well, you didn’t ask me but I’ve been to France often. Paris good. Parisians rude. Normandy shit and full of the sort of peasants who handed over British flyers to the Nazis. Once you get south of Lyons the French seem to get better. Down in Provence they are really great people inclined to lots of song and sunburnt mirth.

          China and Russia are corrupt dictatorships, aren’t they? No doubt about it. What’s racist about saying so?

          • Eddie

            Indeed. But anyone who ever criticises anyone from any other country, especially if they are ‘of colour’, is a way-cist apparently. Anyone who accuses others of this has lost the argument of course, and is just spouting a learned and parroted insult – like ‘Juden!’ or ‘Jew-lover’ in Nazi Germany, one feels. Oh the irony…
            Strange too that these people don’t seem to care about the massive human rights abusive happening in China and Russia, and the former’s complete disregard for the environment, or protecting endangered species, so long as Chinea gets rich and closer to its aim of making the entire world Chinese in its kowtowing to the mightly Middle Kingdom (which we have stupidly allowed to become crazily rich by exporting consumerist crap to the West)!

            • Etienne

              No, simply criticizing others doesn’t make one a racist “apparently.” But verbally abusing others simply because of their race or nationality or religious beliefs does make one racist and bigoted. When they had the chance, the British political classes bloody-mindedly exploited and oppressed other peoples for their own selfish gain and were hypocritical enough to claim that their brutishness was in fact some sort of bestowal of civilizing grace. However this may be, it does not justify anyone crying out that the Brits are a thuggish people. They’re not. They’re just ignorant and hard-pressed, frightened by a world they don’t understand. And you, you squeaky unclean man, are a mere symptom of this fear begotten by spiritual degeneracy. One almost feels sorry for you.

              • Eddie

                I think you need a few English lessons, love. Verbally ‘abusing’ (ie criticisng, mocking, lampooning, satirising) people because of their nationality and religius beliefs is NOT RACISM!
                The British empire took civilisation, democracy, rule of law, prosperity, technology, education, culture, language, decency and fair play around the world as a moral mission – and the empire gave way more than it took. The empires it replaced were infitinely more brutal and greedy, as was the French empire, and especially those of Germany, Russia, Japan etc. It is a good job the Brits whipped the arse of that lot, or the world would be a far worse place.
                Idiot. (American French Idiot, I suspect).
                The Brits ignorant and hard pressed? The Brits with their triple A rating, stable economy and currency, booming creative scene, and the Brits who have just staged the best Olympics ever )which the French hate because they wanted the Games)? The French are stuck in the past and have never been able to cope with losing their empire (they fought for it; the Brits managed the independence of countries instead). The French really are so lost in the modern world – ignorant and broke. And arrogant as usual, but with no Napolean to back the hubris up. Sad sad sad. Still, nice countryside – like Albania too.
                Go pray to your French god – I expect he’ll need a bribe and 10 forms filling in – and may well want you to pleasure him in the French manner. But hey – if that’s your type of spiritual kick, then please go ahead (pardon the pun).

                • Kenhubert

                  Eddie,

                  Before you rhapsodise further on the civilising joys bestowed upon benighted lesser races by the Raj and its African spin-offs, you might first of all consult them, or those of them who remember what it was actually like. If you are lucky and hob-nob only with the local compradores you might get away with a horsewhipping. Perhaps your glib assumptions about how all very fine and straight it was could do with a reality check. I suggest you consult the Diaries of Colonel Richard Meinertzhargen (oddly, and very, British) as he, er, pacified Fort Hall in Kenya. No, you silly twit, it wasn’t very fine. As for your obsession with things that drip, squirt and ooze, could you give it a rest, you awful little twerp.

                • Eddie

                  Funny how twerps like you ignore the massive brutality of the kings, sultans, chiefs, moghuls in Asia and Africa – and also the disgusting vile torture, rape and murder perpetrated by the Mao-mao in Kenya.
                  I did not argue that every single thing about the British empire was wunnerful; I do however argue that most of it was: it replaced vile brutal dictators and created law-abiding civilised societies across the globe.
                  Just look at what happened to Africa (and Kenya) once the natives took control: corruption, despotism, tribal and religious wars. Great.
                  And yes, actually, when terrorists are torturing and murdering children, then perhaps torturing them for information or revenge is understandable – you were not there, and no doubt you would have been cacking yourself hiding under a bed from the savage Maumau if you had been.
                  Very easy to condemn from your armchair, fattie.

              • sarah

                Don’t worry about Eddie. He calls anyone he thinks is female derogatory names.

                His mum obviously didn’t wipe his bum well enough for him when he was young and he’s been left with a lasting hatred of women and a permanently itchy arse.

                • Eddie

                  There you go again, sister – desperately trying for find female solidarity and support after I have comprehensively demolished you silly bint sexist arguments.
                  No-one asked your opinion on this topic and you know nothing about it – but I see that like French persons, you have a rather unhealthy obsession with bums. Ironically, the only dirty little arse here is you, darlin’.
                  And no, I don’t hate women – I hate self-righteous, misandrist, pompous, lie-spewing, hypocritical, useless, annoying, sexist strings of bint-slime like you, Sarah. T’ain’t the same ting, love.

            • Etienne

              No, simply criticizing others doesn’t make one a racist “apparently.” But verbally abusing others simply because of their race or nationality or religious beliefs does make one racist and bigoted. When they had the chance, the British political classes bloody-mindedly exploited and oppressed other peoples for their own selfish gain and were hypocritical enough to claim that their brutishness was in fact some sort of bestowal of civilizing grace. However this may be, it does not justify anyone crying out that the Brits are a thuggish people. They’re not. They’re just ignorant and hard-pressed, frightened by a world they don’t understand. And you, you squeaky unclean man, are a mere symptom of this fear begotten by spiritual degeneracy. One almost feels sorry for you.

        • Matthew Whitehouse

          Oh my Fkin life mate. Get a bit of national pride in ya! Traitor

      • http://www.facebook.com/ben.lefroy Ben Lefroy

        Aah, yes, some good old-fashioned racism. That’s what the Olympics clearly missed. How much of your life have you actually spent in any of these “three miserable, [comma inserted for accuracy] hateful places”?

    • Eddie

      3 countries have said negative things about the London OIympics: France (bien sur), China (fascist nationalistic dictatorship), and Russia (corrupt dictatorship who drugged up athletes for decades).
      Sacrebleu! Govno! Ying-tong-iddle-i-po…
      Any criticism from these three miserable hateful places in praise indeed.
      The Olympics must have been even better than I thought!

    • Mike Barnes

      “The only thing that spoilt it was the mad decision to announce
      everything in French at the stadium. I mean, why? Didn’t happen in China
      or the USA. French is really unimportant as an international
      language these days.”

      Erm, yes they did announce everything in French at Beijing. And at every other Olympics. French is the official language of the IOC seeing as a Frenchman re-invented the Olympics in it’s modern day format.

      • Eddie

        OK – I didn’t watch the Peking Games. But did they announce things in French first at the US and Athens Games? Anyone care to enlighten me?
        But YOU ARE WRONG – a Frenchman DID NOT ‘invent the Olympics in its modern format’ at all: Baron Coubertin nicked the idea from the Much Wenlock Games in the UK, which he acknowledged himself.
        Time we stopped treating the French with deference in Europe – every single country in the EU would be happy to accept the reality – which is that English is the one truly global language.
        Time to dump the French language from these things (though I speak passable French and am glad I do, actually – it makes it easier to tell Frenchies who have no idea how to queue to F off when on my hols – and it also means I can buy stuff at decent local prices (not the rip-off price and low quality they serve dim ex-pats from the home counties).

    • Eddie

      Just being doing a bit of research I thought I’d share. The opening ceremony owes a lot to the book ‘Pandaemonium: the Coming of the Machine’ by Humphrey Jennings – quirky, off-beat patriotism and internationalist idealism. So it seems quite a lot of ‘influences’ were taken from that (though I would never use a nasty word like ‘plagiarism’).
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Humphrey_Jennings
      Some twits make a big deal bout the fact that Danny Boyle and the writer Frank Cottrel Boyce are lapsed Catholics (which is piffle – anyone of any religion can nick ideas from an old book!

    • Matthew Whitehouse

      We should have let the Germans keep France in WWII hehe

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/David-Davis/662052517 David Davis

      We saved the buggers in WW1 too. If we had not gone in at Mons (and behind it all the way to inner-France because the French retreated – we could have stood there in Belgium quite well and we knew it – ) the French would have been toast by October, and Russia would then have gone down, and the EUSSR would have been a reality by 1916, and facing us from 3,000 miles of coast and with all the French, German, Austrian and Russian battleships under its central command. Italy might also have decided to join the Central Powers, and Turkey would have jumped in immediately and not in 1915. Think about it.

      They are ungrateful, whingeing, miserable toads.

  • Kevin

    For a genuine cultural merging of pop music and sport I think you would have to go back to Euro ’96 when the spectators spontaneously broke into “Three Lions”.

    Incidentally, that was when we had a Conservative government that did not, as I recollect, try to co-opt “Cool Britannia” for their propaganda.

    • Oedipus Rex

      Yes they did, Virginia Bottomley trying to co-opt the ‘culture’ of Damien Hirst and his crew into a speech she gave at a Tory conference – it was so embarrassing that I can still remember.

  • Nedeen

    You mean that in the final analysis the French were right? And speaking of “ghastly”, what exactly could the Brits have offered up for a closing act that wouldn’t have been awful? Let’s face it, when it comes to common and vulgar there are no gradations.

  • rod liddle

    I said more likely, not likely. Out of touch? Not sure bout that. I’d have liked some of the UK’s best young bands up there hammering away, like Yuck……..

    • Terry

      Rod, learn to use the reply button.

  • Billy Corr

    Rod, try to be fair!

    The Olympics threatened to be an utter shambles and turned into a British display of last-minute improvisation and pluck.

    The closing ceremonies were a splendid display of vulgarity and tackiness.

  • Matthew Whitehouse

    I would suspect that you are quite ready to admit that you are an old out of touch, grumpy old fart. We can agree about the French, but you would join EU without them? surely that’s an exageration.

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