080808. Today the Olympic Games start in Beijing. The Chinese lucky number 8 on the date: August 8, 2008. China finally officially goes on the world map despite it being a founding member of the United Nations in 1945. Hundreds of Millions will be watching the opening ceremony on telly tonight. Forget the politics, racism and all the “stuff” people waffle on about. Let the games begin! Actually, maybe we will indulge in a just little politics and waffle…
Tamsyn Lewis vs The Do Gooders
OK. I’ve got to bring this one up. Tamsyn Lewis made, what I thought was a pretty innocent and obvious statement a few days ago. She believes she will be lining up against athletes who cheat by taking drugs. Well, that upset a few people. Hello! What planet are they on? She only said what everyone in the world already knows. And that really upset the do-gooders and “Don’t Rock The Boat“, “Play It Safe” and “Keep Your Head In The Sand” people out there.
Now, if you see the photoshoot for the swimwear magazine below, you’ll probably understand why the others are really upset. Oh dear! Grow up people. Amazing what a bit of make-up does, by the way 😉
It’s a Game. Compete – Don’t Cheat!
You have to laugh! Poor Tamsyn. She likes publicity, scrubs up OK when she wants to and the rest don’t like that. Especially in Tall Poppy Australia where you cannot speak up against the grain or YOU WILL be torn down to the same level as the cellar dwellers. Maybe the upset athletes should answer by taking a drugtest and compete on even terms. Now there’s a thought! It would be pretty ignorant to think an Aussie athlete (or many others) wont take drugs if they know it’s unlikely to be detected.
Like all other Aussie athletes, I hope Tamsyn Lewis does alright in the games (hopefully no one spikes her urine samples). She will now have everyone speaking against her for being honest. Speaking your opinion should not be a crime. It may be in China but lets not turn that way here in Australia where we already have a reputable human rights record. Well, at least if we forget about being nominated for appalling breaches of human rights issues. Oops! Did I slip that one in?
Above All – Have Fun
In the spirit of the Olympic Games: It’s supposed to be about participating above all. I’m sure it will be a great Olympic Games and possibly the best one yet. The Chinese culture is older than most western countries and they know how to put on a show. Hopefully they wont have kids competing and men lining up in the womens events like they did a few years back. LOL (sarcasm alert!). I’m sure the only difference between the male and female athletes in their swimming team of the 90’s was the names… Oops! I did it again. Hopefully I didn’t upset anyone. Seriously, some of those women looked very scary… I’m sure their East German coaches had nothing to do with it, at all. 😉
How funny would it be if they did what they do in Aussie Primary Schools? Give everyone a participartion award and treat them like a winner. No one wins regardless of the end result. It’s a bit like a wet rag in the face, actually. Then later in life, winning seems to more important than doing it fairly, it seems (for some). Anyone who has cheated at Monopoly would have to agree.
Have fun at the games this year. Go The Aussies! Show the world our proud sporting tradition. Now what was I saying in the opening paragraph about waffling on about “Stuff”?
(I removed a joke from this post as it didn’t pass the Do-Gooder code of practice. It was a cracker joke, I think. But the Do Gooder got the better of me. It has been posted in the comments section below)
Have a most Outstanding Olympics
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