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Subject: BS: The Olympic Games
From: WalkaboutsVerse
Date: 29 Jul 12 - 05:31 AM

Great game, but the Olympics table tennis is a farce, frankly: because so many of the top 100 are Chinese, they meet against each other representing almost every nation under the sun - if you'll pardon the pun.

Otherwise, I feel spoilt for choice...what are you watching?


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Subject: RE: BS: The Olympic Games
From: gnu
Date: 29 Jul 12 - 05:41 AM

Mostly replays of Crosby's winning goal in the "Watch the Olympics because it's costing us a shiload to televise them." adverts.

Other than that, I VERY much enjoy the women's volleyball. I must say the camera crews are doing an excellent job. Every time one of the tall, gorgeous young lasses has to adjust her bra, the camera doesn't miss "attention to details".


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Subject: RE: BS: The Olympic Games
From: GUEST,Andy Shandy
Date: 29 Jul 12 - 05:43 AM

If Britain don't win any medals at these games, we can look forward to highlights of the 1966 World Cup until Christmas.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Olympic Games
From: WalkaboutsVerse
Date: 29 Jul 12 - 05:49 AM

..."Tears" - http://walkaboutsverse.blogspot.co.uk/2010/10/walkaboutsverse-150-of-230.html


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Subject: RE: BS: The Olympic Games
From: WalkaboutsVerse
Date: 29 Jul 12 - 06:08 AM

And how about the rye at Wimbledon - even Federer nearly fell and, at times, Tomas Berdych looked like a giraffe on ice.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Olympic Games
From: WalkaboutsVerse
Date: 29 Jul 12 - 07:14 AM

The finn sailing coverage looks great.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Olympic Games
From: GUEST,John from Kemsing
Date: 29 Jul 12 - 08:37 AM

I long for the day when a country, contending to hold the games, proposes to limit the competition to only those events that are held in the stadium, the walk and the marathon. Surely there are enough international, top ranking events of the other sports and games(e.g. The World Cup for rugby and football and cricket, tennis Grand Slams, Open golf championships, world swimming chapionships, Tour de France, etc.) held during the years to satisfy us?


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Subject: RE: BS: The Olympic Games
From: GUEST,Jim Knowledge
Date: 29 Jul 12 - 08:52 AM

I `ad that Danny Boyle in my cab last night. `e was reading up on court etiquette for when `e gets `is gong.
I said, " Morning Danny. Nice one last Saturday night but where were the Morris Dancers?. Surely they figure in the common man`s `istory of our islands?"
`e said, " I know, Jim. I tried but `ealth and Safety put the mockers on it. They said the racket from all them bells might do peoples ears in!!"

Whaddam I Like??


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Subject: RE: BS: The Olympic Games
From: WalkaboutsVerse
Date: 29 Jul 12 - 09:30 AM

Oh, Danny Boyle - just a bit of country dancing and a glimpse of a maypole, but, as you say JK, no Morris. And "Whaddam I like??"...well, I think it could all be a tad too much for you, JK - picking up the wrong thread!... thread.cfm?threadid=146117&messages=71

And John - I certainly agree to the extent that it's good to see some other sports on mainstream tv.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Olympic Games
From: GUEST,leeneia
Date: 29 Jul 12 - 09:34 AM

I enjoyed the boat race. (Are they called sculls?) The boats were so graceful-looking, knifing through the calm water. The scenery wasn't beautiful, but it was both pretty and tranquil.

After that, there was some kind of court game where players threw the ball into a net. I got bored and stopped watching.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Olympic Games
From: WalkaboutsVerse
Date: 29 Jul 12 - 10:20 AM

..."sculls," Leeneia...something to do with Danish drinking, I thought - and with double-sculls it all happens quicker..?


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Subject: RE: BS: The Olympic Games
From: Bonzo3legs
Date: 29 Jul 12 - 10:20 AM

Ladies synchro springboard diving is absolutely amazing!


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Subject: RE: BS: The Olympic Games
From: WalkaboutsVerse
Date: 29 Jul 12 - 04:51 PM

Women's (cauliflower ear) judo but no netball..?!


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Subject: RE: BS: The Olympic Games
From: WalkaboutsVerse
Date: 29 Jul 12 - 05:54 PM

Beyond the "plastic Brits," and Chinese table tennis players mentioned atop, sadly there seems to be more-and-more of such nation-hopping (I've just been watching the badminton). Thus, I raise this question again: "Olympics or Globalisation?" - http://walkaboutsverse.blogspot.co.uk/2010/10/walkaboutsverse-143-of-230.html


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Subject: RE: BS: The Olympic Games
From: WalkaboutsVerse
Date: 29 Jul 12 - 05:59 PM

And The Telegraph on this - http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/olympics/olympic_infographics_and_data/9391327/Team-GB-Plastic-Brits-where-do-they-come-from.ht


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Subject: RE: BS: The Olympic Games
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 29 Jul 12 - 07:26 PM

Immigration a bad word to walkabouts?

The citizenship of Olympic table tennis players from Canada is Canadian. Whether their ancestry is Chinese or Ethiopian or English is immaterial, they have chosen to be Canadian.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Olympic Games
From: Don(Wyziwyg)T
Date: 29 Jul 12 - 07:32 PM

It saves him the opprobium he would attract if he said black Brits, Q.

Don T.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Olympic Games
From: Joe_F
Date: 29 Jul 12 - 07:49 PM

The Sporting Spirit


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Subject: RE: BS: The Olympic Games
From: GUEST,Allan Conn
Date: 30 Jul 12 - 02:38 AM

Mind it may be the case sometimes but I don't think this is simply an issue of someone being racist. In the likes of football once you have chosen the country to represent at international level then that is it. You are stuck with them. As far as I know that is still the same. Some people agree with that principle others don't. However there does seem to be different rules for the Olympics. There are athletes who compete for one nation then change to another and even in Aldama's case then on to another! I believe there is a three year rule which in the Olympic four year turnaround terms means there is no wait at all. People can surely question that without being labled racist.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Olympic Games
From: GUEST,Allan Conn
Date: 30 Jul 12 - 03:07 AM

It wasn't the weekend that Britain expected regarding medals. The top two hopefuls only landed a silver and a bronze.

Britain will now have to depend those from Brixton, Bradford and Birmingham.
    This message appears to be impersonation. -Joe Offer-


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Subject: RE: BS: The Olympic Games
From: Bonzo3legs
Date: 30 Jul 12 - 05:39 AM

REBECCA ADLINGTON - EFFORT EFFORT EFFORT - AN EXEMPLAR TO BTITAIN'S YOUTH!!!


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Subject: RE: BS: The Olympic Games
From: GUEST,Tunesmith
Date: 30 Jul 12 - 07:55 AM

Really, we could do with more sport on the tv not less!
The whole country should be praying that a whole generation of obese kids will be inspired, by all these amazing young sports persons, to get out, get fit, and get healthy!


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Subject: RE: BS: The Olympic Games
From: MikeL2
Date: 30 Jul 12 - 11:49 AM

Hi

<" REBECCA ADLINGTON - EFFORT EFFORT EFFORT - AN EXEMPLAR TO BTITAIN'S YOUTH!!!">

Bonzo I don't often agree with your posts but I do here. Although at 23 Becky is no longer a youth ??!!, shows complete dedication and to her cause.
And I believe there is more to come in the 800 metres.

I enjoyed the women's cycling and especially the guts and drive of Lizzie Armistead. I thought this event was great to watch - full of incident and excitement. Great finish too.

cheers

MikeL2


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Subject: RE: BS: The Olympic Games
From: GUEST,Allan Conn
Date: 30 Jul 12 - 12:19 PM

"Britain will now have to depend those from Brixton, Bradford and Birmingham"

And that wasn't me that made that post! You'd think folk would have more to do than play around like that!


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Subject: RE: BS: The Olympic Games
From: Don Firth
Date: 30 Jul 12 - 01:44 PM

I haven't been following it much.

We had a friend visiting from out of town and she wanted to watch a bit of it last night, so we watched it with her. We saw some of the swimming events and women's gymnastics.

I must say that what some of those young women gymnasts were doing was downright spectacular ("able to leap tall buildings in a single bound!")

But a salient feature of our watching experience yesterday evening was that, during one half-hour segment, we saw three swimming events, each of which didn't take more than a couple of minutes—and the rest of the half-hour was commercials!

This is one of the reasons Barbara and I don't watch much commercial television and stick pretty close to the presentations of our local PBS affiliate.

NBC did a bit better when they show the women's gymnastics, however. Maybe only half of that time was given over to commercials.

Don Firth (mutter, mutter, snarl!)

P. S. Didn't bother to keep track of which country was winning what, however. More interested in what the athletes themselves were doing, which, to me, is what the Olympics is really all about.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Olympic Games
From: Bonzo3legs
Date: 30 Jul 12 - 02:02 PM

BTITAIN'S YOUTH??????

Ah, letter T is next to R!


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Subject: RE: BS: The Olympic Games
From: Donuel
Date: 30 Jul 12 - 02:11 PM

Harumph

The judges for mens fencing will have a great future as Russian ICe Dancing judges.

The 3 hour womens bike rade was exciting.

Scientific American Magazine has a chart showing that Sailing is the safest olmpic sport and soccer is the most injurious sport.

It turns out that more injuries occur from ping pong games than cycling.?~!


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Subject: RE: BS: The Olympic Games
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 30 Jul 12 - 02:16 PM

The gymnastics are awesome, to use current kid lingo.

In school, the rings, pommel and bars were tried, but the physical conditioning instructor told me I was hopeless, clueless, and a disgrace to the humanoid evolutionary tree.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Olympic Games
From: Dead Horse
Date: 30 Jul 12 - 06:40 PM

I switched on to see Li Xeuyings snatch.
Frankly it was a let down and not at all what I expected :-)


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Subject: RE: BS: The Olympic Games
From: GUEST
Date: 30 Jul 12 - 07:00 PM

I agree Dead Horse, lying open like a Wizards cuff.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Olympic Games
From: GUEST
Date: 30 Jul 12 - 07:29 PM

Because I insisted on live via the internet...I was not aware that my American friends saw a censored version from NBC.

The tribute to the UK 7/7 victums with the music "Abide With Me " ... was replaced with a seven minute taped interview with a swimmer.

Sincerely,
Gargoyle

Has Max gotten a job with NBC?


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Subject: RE: BS: The Olympic Games
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 30 Jul 12 - 07:50 PM

There was a story about that on NPR this evening. Skipping it was a mistake.

SRS


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Subject: RE: BS: The Olympic Games
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 30 Jul 12 - 08:50 PM

In Canada, we got the tribute.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Olympic Games
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 30 Jul 12 - 09:10 PM

(Canada, west)
We get Olympic events on cable from three sources, so often have a choice of what to watch. The NBC (American channel) has much material recorded at an earlier time,, good in case we missed something earlier.

The rough water kayak events were interesting, I hadn't seen them before.

We get some Canadian content advertising, not just Coca Cola, MacDonalds, etc. Hudsons Bay, Rona, etc. I drooled over the BMW adv.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Olympic Games
From: Bonzo3legs
Date: 31 Jul 12 - 06:42 AM

Is there any way of converting an HD recording in 3D to normal HD?


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Subject: RE: BS: The Olympic Games
From: GUEST
Date: 31 Jul 12 - 07:29 AM

No, Bonzo, you just have to sit and watch it cross-eyed. (Try it, it works, although the formatting is wrong).


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Subject: RE: BS: The Olympic Games
From: GUEST,G-Force
Date: 31 Jul 12 - 07:31 AM

I seem to have become a guest.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Olympic Games
From: WalkaboutsVerse
Date: 31 Jul 12 - 07:33 AM

Now watching Fukuhara OF Japan play Ding Ning OF China in the later stages of the women's table tennis: as I suggested here, unlike top female tennis players, neither has bulging muscles nor veins nor strapping running down their limbs, both are better than I ever was, and I'm enjoying it.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Olympic Games
From: G-Force
Date: 31 Jul 12 - 07:39 AM

Ah, now I'm back in action again.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Olympic Games
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 31 Jul 12 - 04:49 PM

Women's Team Gymnastics played out today, a hard fought competition. Roumania picked up the bronze; I remember Nadia Comaneci and her perfect ten. She is active in several charities, effective as a speaker. She is a naturalized American, living in Oklahoma with her husband.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Olympic Games
From: WalkaboutsVerse
Date: 01 Aug 12 - 05:28 AM

She's not alone there, of course, Q. So many of the world's top sports people end up in the U.S.A. E.g., Rod Laver left Australia to coach young Americans, before getting the centre court in Melbourne named after him.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Olympic Games
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 01 Aug 12 - 01:04 PM

Watched Rowing, eights, this morning. Canada got silver, a good effort.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Olympic Games
From: WalkaboutsVerse
Date: 01 Aug 12 - 05:52 PM

I enjoyed that, too - but, in line with what I've said above, not women's (bulging muscles AND veins) rowing, which only became part of the Olympics quite recently.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Olympic Games
From: WalkaboutsVerse
Date: 02 Aug 12 - 05:25 AM

"Wiggins gets gold!"...well, no surprise there - he's by far the best time-trialist in the world. What I found interesting is that, when devoted to the track, he weighed in at 82kg and, to be the best on the road, has reduced to 67kg!


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Subject: RE: BS: The Olympic Games
From: Nigel Parsons
Date: 02 Aug 12 - 05:37 AM

I enjoyed that, too - but, in line with what I've said above, not women's (bulging muscles AND veins) rowing, which only became part of the Olympics quite recently.
Actually 36 years ago, at the 20th Olympiad (of modern times)So womens rowing has been in for one third of the modern olympics.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Olympic Games
From: WalkaboutsVerse
Date: 02 Aug 12 - 05:58 AM

And for how long have females been getting cauliflower ears from Olympics judo?

I should add that, e.g., I have no problem with the next Archbishop of Canterbury being a female; nor women playing, e.g., non-contact netball or light-racket table tennis.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Olympic Games
From: Nigel Parsons
Date: 02 Aug 12 - 06:09 AM

When it comes to fighting (be it judo or whatever) there is no need to wrap the ladies in cotton wool:

WHEN the Himalayan peasant meets the he-bear in his pride,
    He shouts to scare the monster, who will often turn aside.
    But the she-bear thus accosted rends the peasant tooth and nail.
    For the female of the species is more deadly than the male.

    When Nag the basking cobra hears the careless foot of man,
    He will sometimes wriggle sideways and avoid it if he can.
    But his mate makes no such motion where she camps beside the trail.
    For the female of the species is more deadly than the male.

    When the early Jesuit fathers preached to Hurons and Choctaws,
    They prayed to be delivered from the vengeance of the squaws.
    'Twas the women, not the warriors, turned those stark enthusiasts pale.
    For the female of the species is more deadly than the male.


Kipling


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Subject: RE: BS: The Olympic Games
From: WalkaboutsVerse
Date: 02 Aug 12 - 06:14 AM

"And - which is more - you'll be a Man my son!" (Kipling - the greedy imperialist).

#BBC2012 Do you like females with bulging muscles AND veins, or cauliflower ears? Do you like women's rowing, or women's judo? I don't.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Olympic Games
From: Allan Conn
Date: 02 Aug 12 - 07:50 AM

I'm sure our brilliant two young and attractive women rowers who won the Gold wouldn't lose sleep that some bloke posting on the internet doesn't approve of women rowers!


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Subject: RE: BS: The Olympic Games
From: gnu
Date: 02 Aug 12 - 08:42 AM

Canada has 6 medals and China has 30. If we went per capita, Canada would have 240 medals. WE ARE KICKIN ASS!

GO CANUCKS!


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