Filed: Sport

Para Queen

No, I’m not about to have a moan about the Olympics opening ceremony – that could be safely left to the Daily Mail.

Having reluctantly admitted that it was ‘bloody brilliant’, it couldn’t help adding that ‘viewers voice anger over announcements being made in French first‘. Read more ›››


Olympics Minister, Jeremy Hunt, joins in the bell-ringing in his usual style.

Including the kitchen synch

Kitchen Sink

The sheer number of ways of accessing coverage of the London 2012 is pretty mind-blowing, at least compared to previous Olympics that tended to be restricted to a terrestrial tv station or two and BBC radio.

Auntie Beeb has gone absolutely bananas this time round. Yes it will be on the main channels wall-to-wall and Radio Five Live ‘is your Olympic station’ but there is so much else besides. Read more ›››

Raising the Bard


Women’s boxing is one of the more controversial additions to the list of medals available at London 2012, but it isn’t entirely new to the Olympic calendar.

The sight of two women bashing each other round the head first appeared as a demonstration event at the 1902 games in Paris, but didn’t catch on. I suppose it was too much for Pierre de Coubertin’s French philogynous sensibilities to bear. Read more ›››

Quote Unquote

Pinsent and Redgrave

As the London 2012 draw nearer, I suppose it is inevitable that you start to dredge through your own Olympic memories, although in my case I have to question whether they actually happened or not.

Barcelona ’92 is my favourite games for many reasons, from the theme music – Freddie Mercury and Montserrat Caballé singing Barcelona – to the paralympian archer firing a burning arrow to light the Olympic torch, it was the most theatrical event. Read more ›››

Boo Boo

Long Jump

The media has rightly given a bashing to G4S over the complete hash it has made, and continues to make, over the security arrangements for the Olympics.

But the media is not above Olympian cock-ups of their own.

Click on the image on the left which I scanned from the Sunday Times Olympic Scrapbook for kids. Read more ›››

Five Ring Circus

The Savage Games

As it is Olympic year, I had a notion to focus on competitors past and present for the next round of ABC Wednesday, but filling the alphabet proved a bit tricky. One or two may appear, but on the whole I dropped the idea.

However, I came across this story of the 1904 Olympics held in St Louis that really shocked me, not just because it’s a shameful stain on the reputation of the Olympic movement, but also because it isn’t a story I’d ever come across before and there isn’t much much online to shed more light on it either. Read more ›››

Sticks and Stones

The c-word

I don’t know if it’s just me, but I found the news reports of the John Terry racist comments trial rather surreal and not a little bit sad.

The radio journalists had to be extremely circumspect when reporting the alleged comments made by both Terry and Anton Ferdinand and there was a lot of on the fly self-editing going on. Read more ›››