July 27, 2012

The Hey-Ho-Lympics

From all the competitive challenges over the next 17 days, only a few will cater to my Olympi-likings:

~ Gymnastics ~ (female only) 

~ Synchronized Swimming ~ (which is women only anyhow)

~ Equestrian ~ female riders only.

~ High Diving ~ (women's - but don't mind the occasional bloke-dive)

I'm not being deliberately sexist here, I merely find the female of the species naturally attunes to such events far more artistically than that of their testosterone counterparts.   I suppose it's down to grace and a taste, that divides the line for me.

Anyhow, keeping on track * groan*, I'm dying to see our Olympics Opening Ceremony.  Beijing's was astounding in 2008 and if Britain is wanting to equal or top it, then they better HAD bring it about via the rumours hopping from tabloid to tabloid. But dancers, prancers, fireworks and massive groups of entertaining youths with flags is a must.

One other aspect of the British madness right now, is the cost of erecting 17 (last minute) sandstone boulders, sitting on top of 8ft high steel poles. This is in association with where the Olympic Sailing Events will take place (in Dorset) and a marshy field is 'hosting' the sculpture.  This has cost the taxpayer £335,000 which, needless to say, has angered the public given our economic meltdown.  Government uses this halfhearted attempt to try to convince us it's mainly been lottery tickets sales and direct arts councils that has funded this future 'landmark'. 

 A mystery guest will be settling the torches' final journey flame for the next 17 days.  So, I would be mega delighted if that important flame to start the games was lit by my biggest heroine, the little Olympian Goddess of all time:



Jon said...

I'm looking forward to the upcoming events at the Olympics. And I don't really have a preference as to which gender is performing.
I'm not sure about those sandstone boulders on steel poles, however.
They look as ugly as they do dangerous. The boulders could possibly fall off the poles and clobber somebody......

Hey Monkey Butt said...

I've never made the time to sit and watch the opening ceremonies or even much of the Olympics in the past, but I'm excited to see it this year! I love the winter games so I think I could get into these as well. Shall see. Have an awesome weekend!

Helena said...

The ceremony rather bored me - but there was THAT salute from the German dignitary that gave Camilla and Boris a giggle. It got well out of the media's hand, if you ask me!!

ps.....Doria - I prefer the winter games, too!

Steve E said...

Yup! Gymnastics for me--and Yup! Women. Shhhh, that's a secret.

But I never have liked to 'watch' men, unless the're swinging from a construction rafter 68 stories about the street. Only then is OK

OK, Lena, goodbye for now, hope to see you again...GIRL-watcher!--grin!

Stafford Ray said...

I recommend listening on radio to the synchronised swimming!

Jenny Woolf said...

I love to watch the gymnastics too. But there's something very appealing about the athletics. On balance, I think it's dressage for me, though.