Pirates steal sport

Olympic Rant #17 IOC what you are up toPirates of the High-O SeaREDCLIFFE Musical Theatre rendered the Gilbert & Sullivan musical The Pirates of Penzance as if it were carried on an invigorating ocean breeze.The large cast of many ages was obviously having fun and it was contagious for the audience.Pirates, along with The Mikado … Continue reading Pirates steal sport

Phoney war on drugs

Olympic rant #16 Journalism 101 Create a furoreTHE Bolt v Lewis drug brouhaha was a classic media beat-up. It raced across international television screens and newspaper front pages with a speed worthy of the central characters.Carl Lewis points the fingeronly to have it bitten offThere was little to the yarn and it was hardly news … Continue reading Phoney war on drugs

Daily Mail arrives every 24 hours

Olympic Rant #15 The Mailman deliversOLYMPIC coverage by the U.K. newspaper the Daily Mail is ranging from traditional adolescent-male nonsense to the downright weird. Extremely talented GB cyclist Victoria Pendleton is physically attractive and this has not passed across the Mail eagle eyes without notice.The Mail loves pedalling VickyCondoms in the athlete’s village were gold … Continue reading Daily Mail arrives every 24 hours

Winners and sinners

Olympic Rant #15 Third-rate Stuporpowers declare warTHE rivalry for Olympic medals between Great Britain and Australia is difficult to understand if you are not from one of the two countries. It is impossible for the surprisingly large number of Americans who think Australia is a European country near Germany.Jessica Ennis helps GB leap over OzAustralia … Continue reading Winners and sinners

Run up for Jah

Olympic Rant #14 Celebrate Jamaican IndependenceOLYMPIC athletes  Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Veronica Campbell-Brown, Usain Bolt and  Yohan Blake provided a thrilling prelude to  today’s Jamaican Independence Day with a combined four medals in the marquee 100m sprints.Fraser-Pryce and Bolt  completed back-to-back golds, an uncommon feat in the 100m dash. Campbell-Brown took the bronze and Blake the silver … Continue reading Run up for Jah

Bolts in with the name game

Olympic Rant #12 Fast men are gone in well under 10THE power of words is more than a casual contribution to the living mythology that is Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt. He might not go Gaga on Twitter but he is the biggest name in Ol’ London Town as he defends his 100m Olympic title. Usain … Continue reading Bolts in with the name game

Games people play

Olympic Rant #11 Games reputation on the chopping blockWHEN I heard the IOC had booted out a referee and the coppers had lumbered an Olympic tweeter, I thought it best to turn my attention to an alternative spectacular, the annual Pine Rivers Show.No axes in the back at the Pine Rivers ShowIn the noble sport … Continue reading Games people play

Badminton should be good mittens one of my favourite things

Illympic Rant #10 Do those Commie bastards!!!IN an earlier rant I portrayed the efficiently murderous missiles being developed by a  Russian-Indian partnership as shuttlecocks for the impending Illympic sport of water badminton. Little did I know that badminton would become the focus of a Sino-West showdown at the London Games.Life follows art in the world … Continue reading Badminton should be good mittens one of my favourite things

Pay a wet tribute to Phelps

Olympic Rant #9 Give the pool cleaner a medalONE important thing which sets sporting champions apart from the rest of us is they hat3e to lose.That also sets sociopaths apart from us too, but Michael Phelps is no sociopath. The Human Medal DetectorFew of us ever have a close relationship with a sporting champ, though … Continue reading Pay a wet tribute to Phelps

How the West has lost

              Olympic Rant #7 More surprises than at a Tea Party Geography QuizUPSETS are the order of the first daze of the 2012 Games.Super swimmer  Michael Phelps set the tone when he was unplaced in his first final, the 400m individual motley.Some thought Michael Phelps swam in a dinner suitPhelps … Continue reading How the West has lost

Shoot and Poke at the Olympics

Olympic rant *6 Asia tops the West They like to start the killing sports early at the Olympics.China’s Siling Yi took gold in the 1om women’s air-rifle shooting-at-things and South Korean Jongoh Jin won the men’s 10m air-pistol shooting-at-things.Jin wins shooting-at-thingsItalian Elisa Di Francisca won gold in the women’s poking-holes-in-people individual foil.A foil used in the sport … Continue reading Shoot and Poke at the Olympics

Rand and rand the Olympic track

Olympic Ayn Rant # 3: The American AnthemI AM a big fan of political and corporate leaders aligning themselves with arts and literature to the merriment of the general public.London Louie B. Mayor Boris Johnson did a fine job of commissioning a modern version of the Olympic victory ode. In the spirit of the great … Continue reading Rand and rand the Olympic track

Mad Mayor forgets it is all Greek

Olympic Rant #2: The London Games Anthem WE all might worry about the London Lord Mayor’s insistence on an Olympic anthem in the style of an ancient Greek ode if we did not know Boris Johnson is a total loop-de-loop. Johnson delivered his first over-the-top serving of a  of a Pindaric Ode for the London … Continue reading Mad Mayor forgets it is all Greek

Gonzoid rants on the London Olympics 2012

Olympic Rant  #1 The PatronTHESE Olympic reports are written from the edge of the city and the jaws of hell.The city in question is Brisbane where, as in all fair cities of Australia, good drug and  alcohol-fuelled citizens are regularly bashing one another senseless, and occasionally lifeless.  Friday and Saturday nights are the preferred times … Continue reading Gonzoid rants on the London Olympics 2012