They went ahead and did it then. London 2012 burst into life last night, well I say burst, it probably did if you’d been there but it just appeared in the telly otherwise. It was better than I though it would be. Danny Boyle, oh Danny Boyle, we love him so…
I wondered what the johnnies (foreigners) made of it. Are they au fait with our societal history? “And did those feet, in ancient times, walk upon England’s mountains green”. Well one largish hill anyway. It was well done though although the rolling up of the grass bit wasn’t as smooth as it might have been. I was waiting for the rolling out of the windmills and the like, solar panels, electric cars, biofuel…
Was a bit leftie? No. Not one bit of it. It was hugely and almost entirely leftie. Womens rights to the fore. A tale told of the sixties, seventies and eighties with two main ethnic characters. The BBC suggesting that London was probably the most race diverse capital in the world. Over 300 different language groups they said and that’s just during one episode of Eastenders I thought.
We didn’t have to listen to Call me Dave, does he not speak or interact with his wife at all now? We did get Seb Coe talking. Yawn. The message is we must encourage all of our children to take up sport, which will solve all of societies ills.
Last week we were being told that music was the saviour of our children and should be given a lot more time in schools. Now it’s athletics. Isn’t athletics mainly the realm of the university and public school types? Not all sport though of course and not all ABC groupings based to ensure stereotyping.
The Olympics costs a fortune to stage. Where does the money come from? Ticket sales? Not enough. Sponsorship? Not enough. So where from? Easy answer. The taxpayer. The Olympics has rarely, if ever been a commercial success. But its sport you cry, it’s not about money. Really?
Really? There’s a lot of money to be made by successful athletes. Good for them. But, and there’s always a but, they don’t create wealth beyond a vey small group of advisers etc.
The vast majority of students in schools leave to take up jobs. Jobs which will pay for the lifestyle they want or will end up affording. Very few of those will be based in full-time participation in the arts and sports. The arts are something we all enjoy at a level we like be it a gig, a movie or a musical/play. The arts are a distraction for the rest of us looking in. A distraction from the bills, work, office politics, relationship issues, health issues, family stuff, safeguarding our children, etc. etc. etc.
What we really need is an Olympian economy. An economy where real business stars come to the fore and encourage the younger generation to follow in their footsteps. We need the economy to be capable of making things at a price and quality, which people all over the world will want to buy again and again. We need an economy, which will provide full employment. We need an economy that is based on the right level of governance, which ensures fair play, and moral adherence.
Most of all we need our children to leave education understanding how the economy actually works so they know how wealth is created and how a proportion of that wealth has to go into providing small, accountable and real democratic government. Low taxation and the responsible spending of taxpayers money would of course be encouraged.
A lot of world records will be broken over the next couple of weeks. Human ingenuity almost guarantees this since sports science moves on a pace. Is it important for a human to be able to run 100 metres in 9 seconds? No. To some it is necessary because they want to and they can. Like climbing Mount Everest, walking to the North Pole for the first time or circumnavigating the globe. Or the Guinness book of world records. Somewhere on the planet someone will be getting ready to eat 40 Greggs sausage rolls in under 90 seconds. If they do it, it will be a world record, their world record.
Danny succeeded. His reputation is intact. Johnnies the world over will be scratching their heads and wondering what it was all about though, but no matter, Queenie will be having a long lie. Seb will be preening and officiating. Some athletes will be getting sweaty and either making progress or be losing out already.
I’m sure I saw a zombie during the nightmare scene last night. It wouldn’t have been a Danny Boyle production without at least one zombie. There may have been a few more in the crowd you know. Paul McCartney was on stage…
I’ll leave it at that.