Saturday, 11 August 2012

How Olympic heroes exposed the myth of celebrity

So, the Games are almost over.  The BBC’s 24 dedicated channels are almost all obsolete and Sainsbury’s is desperately trying to shift it’s leftover Olympic tat at half it’s original price but still more than double its value.  Above all that, people are beginning to ask the most important question of all: “What did it all mean?”.

The opening ceremony will no doubt be revisited.  Was it left-wing, multi-cultural crap or a vision of a Britain that many of us recognised and more importantly could feel proud of?  I’ll take for the latter, thanks.  And I’ll take the fact that arsewipes like Toby Young, Adrian Burley and Rick Dewsbury found it offensive as a welcome bonus.  Although it’s a shame that outside the Olympic Stadium, away from the prying eyes of the world's media, the British establishment was celebrating the opening of the Games in traditional style by suppressing the ‘dissent’ of 182 people who were simply exercising their legal right to peacefully cycling where they wanted.

God save the Queen. The fascist regime.
Next up was Super Saturday when TeamGB grabbed six golds, three of which came courtesy of the athletes in just 44 scintillating minutes.  At the same time, tucked away on BBC Three (for once just a side-show to the main event) the men’s football team was doing what our footballers seem to do best at tournaments – losing in the quarter-finals.  On penalties.  The contrast was stark and the comparisons all but inevitable and in the world of social media the debate began instantly on Twitter about whether the Olympians had pulled back the curtain to show us that our footballers weren’t so wizard after all.