Tuesday, 14 August 2012

Put that in your pipe and smoke it Mr Blatter!

Result:  Alloa 1-1 East Fife  -0.3pt  Running Total -0.7pt

I'm being a bit harsh, because it wasn't just Sepp Blatter who kicked England's bid for the 2018 World Cup into touch.  From memory we only received two votes in the first ballot, so it seems there was a general consensus that we couldn't run a piss-up in a brewery.

That may well be true as far as the FA are concerned, but there is always the hope that the geniuses in charge of the Olympics could have been co-opted to produce the best World Cup ever.

After Sydney I thought that only a lunatic would think that they could do better.  LOCOG duly stepped up to the plate wearing purple jackets that did up at the back and outshone both the Aussies and the Chinese, with a dazzling Olympic Games.

There were things that were naff about it, Sepp Blatter presenting the medals for the women's football being a prime example, but because of the enthusiasm shown by all involved they were easily overlooked.  It was a joyous fortnight and I felt a genuine sadness that it was all over when the closing ceremony drew to a close.   I'm not a fan of  Jessie J or Rap Music and Russell Brand doing a Tiny Tim impersonation, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MV0O2Y9xto4 was very strange.  I'd rather he'd treated us to a new stand-up routine based around the Olympics.

The highlights of the closing ceremony  for me were Eric Idle and Freddie Mercury's 'sing along' from Live Aid in 1985Having The Who blowing everyone away at the end left me with a stunned feeling when I wanted to be left with a tear in my eye.

Boris Johnson was another star of the Games.  He has an uncanny ability to tap into the zeitgeist that no Tory in my lifetime has ever had.  The silver medal has to go to either Margaret Thatcher or Tony Blair. There's no getting away from the fact that neither of them ever lost a general election.

Boris has got the common touch.  You won't get Political Correctness from him and that works because he's a genuinely enthusiastic and decent bloke.  Even if his assertion that two hours of physical education every day made him the man he is today rings a bit hollow when you'd be led to think by the evidence that he's not sure whether he's playing the Eton Wall game, Rugby or Football when he runs onto the field of play. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uOivzoRc0I8  To give you some idea of how this wowed the crowd at that game you'd have to see the original which had the crowd chanting, Borrris! Borrris! Borrris!  It's odd that you can't get the original any more...

Since the warm-up act was so good I think it's time I got some tickets for the Paralympics.  If they're not sold out already!

There is no Mid-week selection this week.

Good Fortune Viewers!


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