But you don't have a national anthem You'll need a national anthem. Or
is that "On Ilkla Moor baht 'at"?
And you'll also need a coat of arms - a shield, grey, supported by a
ferret and a whippet, with pints and mushy peas, surmounted with a
flat cap. With the motto "Eat all, sup all, pay nowt".
Surprisingly, during my research, I found this page on Wikipedia:
Pity The Independent couldn't spell Lizzie Armitstead's name correctly:
they missed the t before the s.
Actually, for such a little island we're doing bloody well. 22 golds, 48
medals in total, so far. Did you watch Sir Hoy? That's 6 golds now,
terrific. That beats Steve Redgrave. The ozzies elbowed their way to a gold
over Pendleton though. What can you expect from convicts.
It just shows that there are a lot of olympic sports that are not THAT
hotly contested where a decent athlete put on a rigorous training
schedule and coached well can quite easily get the No 1 spot.
Cant produce a Usain Bolt tho.
Look at rowing. There is obviously an art to it - how hard to go and
when, - to get the best time, but its not that hard to master compared
with - say - sailing or shooting.
Next remember than about half the nations you will compete against have
little or no access to inland waterways at all and the rest will have
about as much access as a Jamaican attempting the ski jump.
Throw money at these sports.
Watch the golds roll in.
Its a masterful application of cost-benefit analysis to winning olympic
medals and a pat on the back for whoever did it.
If only they could apply the same methodology to e.. electrical power
generation, or something really useful.
(in-ep-tocβ-ra-cy) β a system of government where the least capable to
He also had to borrow equipment - skis for example from other
No, but he was a tryer, he wasn't a quitter
The Germans loved him for it and , despite what the british olympic
authority thought, was a great ambassador for the UK
Eddie der Adler - the Spiegel goes as far as to call him a legend
On Wednesday, August 8, 2012 10:42:14 AM UTC+1, The Natural Philosopher wrote:
Maybe it's not quite that easy.
Well no, it's best to produce someone with a differnt name otherwise they'll get confused. But a a couple of years time perhaps even befpore the next Olympics another Usain Bolt type might appear, just like they did with Jim Hines in 1968 .
Is shooting that difficult, you have a guide or site and you pull the trigger.
I was quiet suprised by the complexitiy of a modern bow and arrow, not the bows and arrows I remmeber as a kid. I wouldn't be suprised if the new ones had GPS ;-)
Think you're exagerating there, most countrties do have inland water ways of some sort, not that I'd go swimming or canoeing in the amazon, but I wouldn;t do either in the Thames anyway.
Did we throw as much time and money at them as china or the USA for example.
How come there weren't any chinese cyclists ?, or diod I miss them.
Well good training/coaching is important and tehre's more science involved than there used to be.
Think you're exagerating there, most countrties do have inland water ways of
some sort, not that I'd go swimming or canoeing in the amazon, but I
wouldn;t do either in the Thames anyway.
I have been canoing and swiming on the Amazon. There is no problem. Why
should there be?
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