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and just a bit weird?
Balonz would be King of the Mods by now.
Then I realised they're actually smack in the middle of the last and next summer Olympics. So in summary, they shouldn't bother at all.
...about how rubbish the Commonwealth Games are and that I could probably represent Scotland at an event and managed to persuade her in the process that the Scottish record for the 100 metres is 15 seconds. Not sure how to undo that now.
they're not for you.
the weather's great and everyone's having a good time. The indian lawn bowls team were in my shop the other day, doesn't get bigger than that.
i saw a team in red jackets from afar last week
don't know who they were but they had red tracksuits on and people were waving at them
Stop deriving self esteem by artificially emotionally investing in the successes and defeats of complete strangers in order to feel a sense of accomplishment which you have in no way whatsoever contributed to or deserved, and instead invest your time into something a lot more meaningful and less pathetically needy. Like collectable card games, or painting Skaven.
This is your chance to let it all loose.
'supporting my countrymen by default' thing (other than the England Elite [bit weird that they're called that, innit], obviously).
Because we all know once a sport starts happening in Scotland it stops mattering.
In the highland games
This is nothing to do with Scotland. Quite like Scotland. Just don't like the Commonwealth Games.
But watching them attempt rugby on an annual basis gives me giggles
Bow to your Queen theWZA, bow to your colonial overlords.
It's literally something out of one of his dreams.
I am a big fan of wza and all wza subsidiaries but this is dead on
Come and do sports with us, we invaded your country and forced our way of life onto you a few hundred years ago, it'll be a laugh
but that '42 of the 53 Commonwealth countries have some kind of anti-gay law in place' stat that's been included in the all the Barrowman press is incredibly depressing.
and reapply our way of life to them ASAP then.
Get the boats lads, we're invading and showing these guys some open mindedness
Are they even on the medal table yet?
throwing around small indian guys. Awful to watch
I'm gonna have to start watching me some of this...
One of the commentators noted that it appeared the Welsh had simply appropriated a rugby team to play hockey. Fucking rough game, not that it helped them, they still lost 9-0 or something, plus seemed to come off second best in all the affrays they started.
they're great. it's like the indie-Olympics. smaller scale, more friendly, actively encourages charity giving, had a gay kiss and irn bru at the opening cermony.
i mean how can you hate a major sporting even when the USA aren't involved in it at all.
enjoy your prime-time sporting event at a £13.4 billion series of venues, cunt.
And The Commonwealth Games are OK really.
...that most gay people would be gay in all of them.
(you can be gay here though, meths)
that we're dubiously clinging onto some sort of dodgy connection to/leadership over though.
because of us and laws we created. oops.
do they really. It was just something whacked in to get Ewan McGregor to do it
But now they do.
where each country picks or invents a single sport and challenges all comers to beat them at it.
so everyone here was jizzing themselves over the olympics, but as soon as we get something cool everyone is suddenly over it? that about the size of it?
fucking lme wankers
almost like Glasgow isn't the centre of the UK's media and cultural elite....
Bet there weren't many for Dehli 2010 but that there were plenty for Beijing 2008.
in fact it was real big time.
big event that was
it was in England.
The opening ceremony had a scene where kids dressed up as the Stone Roses paint-throwing album.
and Glasgow got the Giant Haystacks/Big Daddy reunion
"Member states have no legal obligation to one another. Instead, they are united by language, history, culture, and their shared values of democracy, human rights, and the rule of law. These values are enshrined in the Commonwealth Charter and promoted by the quadrennial Commonwealth Games. "
the commonwealth games promotes the rule of law
here's something the bbc commenwealth games ticker just put up under a photo of the medal standings
'That circular piece of bronze captured by Dan Rivers has helped strengthen England's position as top of the pops. Those scoundrels from across the Scottish border have 18 medals slung around their necks after a day and a half of blood, sweat and tears.'
Across the border from...
Still not massively bothered about the competition but really enjoying the atmosphere in and around the city
I was late for my dermatology/ dermarolling appointment earlier and there were these FUCKINGT SLOW CUNTS ambling in front of me, walking five abreast in gordon street, V obviously Gamesters. Instead of accidentally catching the back of their knees with my briefcase or screaminG MOMOS, i just hoppedd off the kerb onto the street to get past themn and swore at the car that nearly took me out instead. PEOPLE MAKE GLAGSOW.
Probably just as well considering what Nigeria is like at the moment
To the colonial olympics.
People of Glasgow, enjoy it, I still well up when I think about the Olympics being in my home and the atmosphere in the city. But the Commonwealth games is a bit naff
asking if the song Barrowman sang was written by "a committee of xenophobic English schoolchildren" :'D
The Tonight at the Game prog with the inevitable Clare Balding and fucking Chapters. And a funky house band. So desperate. So bad.
like with all sporting events
The Queen can do one. The Commonwealth is objectionable on the one hand (and the stench of Empire doesn't help), but, on the other hand, (with a bit of a tweak) could be a potential platform for much good. Maybe. Whatever.
On a more local level, the whole city is full and buzzing. The weather's glorious. The organisation is mega. Loads and loads of festival/cultural stuff has happened as a consequence: the amount of stuff that's flourished as a result of this is mega. Especially in parts of town that (regrettably) probably won't ever have the chance to lock onto something so positive and feelgood for a long time to come. If ever. School projects, community group involvement, local participation, etc. That's without touting the (perennially borderline dubious) future benefits of 'Legacy'.
Have a snide scoff and a satisfied chortle at the 'weirdness' if you want. But I'll tell you what else is weird - the shady IOC and their delusions of purity whilst being completely beholden to the corporate dollar. Despite these games allowing adverts/sponsorship inside the arena, etc, they really don't feel overwhelmed our dominated by the heavy hand of corporate shot-calling like the Olympics do/did. The fact that they're more low-key is a blessing of sorts, in that we're not bombarded with the "partner" company logos at every turn, for months in advance, which proudly proclaim of being the official nappy/pen/kettle/lightbulb "supplier to the games". A major sporting event without Coke and McDonalds gleefully shovelling their sugar and fat down our gullets makes for a refreshing change (admittedly that refreshment comes via an average of three chip shops on every Glasgow street, and 'the other national drink' which is no less sugary than The Real Thing, which somewhat undermines the point here).
Also, properly integrated parasport.
tl;dr so I think the most appropriate thing to do now is precisely quote some Burns...
What though on hamely fare we dine,
Wi' weird Games, an’ a’ that?
Gie fools their silks, and LME their 2012 –
A party’s a party for a’ that. ;-P
Haven't had a good gripe about #bbcbias yet, either. Mainly cos I don't think it's /quite/ as bad as some people more ranty than I would have you believe (and which probably belongs in another thread, but here I go anyway...) I'm enjoying the bit of newsreel from the velodrome that's currently being repeated every 15 minutes, with the commentary saying "there's a recognisably famous Scotsman" in the crowd. It's Billy Connolly sat next to ex, First Minister Jack McConnell. We know which one is being referred to. Now I appreciate that JMcC isn't quite as recognisable to a UK-wide audience or an English commentator as Alex S is. And I'm not rushing to defend a mediocre Labour politician in a hurry. But. It was definitely a hint of one if the many little bits of 'British' commentary, where British, means English. Which is not the most surprising, coming from the /B/BC. But it's an irk, when BBC Scotland allegedly exists. But cf Scottish Labour, and newspapers with a thistle on the masthead.
Would love to chat some more, but I've got to dash for the rugby sevens and then the badminton. x
What happens to bbc3 when you know what happens?
- Skag, Salmond and Suspicious Parents
- Yes, No, Avoid
that was exactly the same as sun, sex and suspicious parents but in every episode it was salmond getting smashed in lanzarote
Glasgow or new Cumnock
I enjoyed the rugby 7s LOADS
felt pretty bad for wales right enough
it was amazing, eh? bit gutted that nz lost though
gonna be PROPER great
yeah, the better team won anyway
Whereas swimming or running isn't (hence you get some Australian shitehouse winning the marathon). That is what makes the Commonwealth games shite.
the Commonwealth games is fine, it's a bit of fun but surely everyone has to recognise that it is pretty Mickey Mouse.
the commonwealth games has some WORLD CLASS athletes competing.
Unfortunately, unlike the Olympics (or the World Championships) it does not have all of the best in the world competing. That makes it a bit weird and pointless.
Same reason the European Championships (athletics) is shit.
I used to watch it all the time, but it is, ultimately, shit.
so any european football is a bit weird and pointless
the six nations is a bit weird and pointless
the ryder cup etc etc
But, equally, the Euros obviously aren't as good as the World Cup.
The six nations is shite, yes.
The Ryder cup I love, but I would like to see something that involved the rest of the world's golfers. Not sure the olympics is going to fill that hole tbh, but we'll see.
so you're wrong then.
You telling me that was a world class field?
Sounds about right, yep.
I'm glad you agree.
Someone's gunnin' for a poppin'.
You picked the one event where the single dominant country in world athletics is actually in the Commonwealth.
Your blind hatred for Australians has completely ruined your argument, you fool!
And the way he kept pricking about on the finish line? At least walk a few yards away you piece of filth.
If you have to hate, hate the Kiwi twin with an actual mullet in the 5,000m.
Dangerous game for a rat tail, I'd have thought.
Such a stupid baby of a city.
Pretty embarrassing, but quite sweet.
Oooh it's amazing how much support the home athletes are getting!
Is it? Really?
(Quite enjoyed Michael Johnson pointing out that Adam Gemili needed to shut up about enjoying the crowd's support and concentrate on actual fucking winning)
scotland isn't ever realy good at anything and nobody in the crowd can actually belikeve that we're winning the odd medal here and there. hence a kind of disbelieving euphoria emerging as we realise we might not come last.
You're a world leader in typos!
"isn't ever realy good at anything"
"nobody in the crowd can actually believe"
"odd medal here and there"
Where to start? I'll bring sweet relief to DiS by not bothering this time, but... jfc, PO, self-deprecating for comic effect is one thing. But willfully doing yersen down? Really?
don't say 'yersen'. Its so cheesy.
with tongue firmly in cheek.
For instance one day we'll look back and remember an entire stadium was cheering on Greg Rutherford. Not in my name.
But... The Terriffic Home Support™ trope was repeated ad infinitum during the 'lympics, so it's no surprise they're continuing with the theme.
Bit of a case of seeing what you want to see, there.
I pretty much agreed with you and stated the same thing as what GeOff posted. Hadn't seen his reply when I posted, otherwise I would've just ^This'd GeOff, like you've done.
Also, the chip-on-shoulder thing is Theo's specialty. And you don't really want to be ploughing his furrow.
Even by your standards.
only used to be worth it to catch another glimpse of Frankie Fredericks. God I loved that man.
Classic Olympic/World silver/bronze medallist though. Could've been a real contender but just came up against 1/2 quicker lads.
the station was full! what even is that. fuck the games.
this morning, underneath central station.
It wasn't very well lit, and I caught my heel on a ramp. Was bloody fizzing.
and is now that wierd italian takeway with the clock had a back door under the station. went exploring in there once, it's mental how much space there is under there. honestly. quite amazing.
*faint half hearted cheer*
is going to be playing che guevara in evita
managed to get tickets to the lawn bowls on thursday, really hoping for a raucous atmosphere and that they play "chelsea dagger" when someone scores a point
sat here right now enjoying it
Sounds like a load of old rubbish, but the original headline of Usain Bolt calls Commonwealth Games a bit shit did make me laugh
He's stood in the rain waiting for a car, when he's barely competing and is asked a cheeky question, so gives a cheeky answer.
was good, even though i do grudge paying £4.50 for a plastic bottle of heinekin