The London 2012 Olympics have begun!
The opening ceremony was inventive, powerful; inspiring and moving. It graphically illustrated the transition from a rural England to an industrial and post-industrial England Apart from a few issues, which can be ascribed to musical taste, or lack of it, the only real negative that I would level at the night was why was it thought necessary to display the pale shadow of the Giant that was Mohammad Ali?
Surely he deserves his rest!
Now that we have moved onto the actual action of the games we English must prepare ourselves for having to discover who all the invisible athletes are!
The BBC, along with most of the media, seems to forget that English sportsmen and sportswomen exist. Already we have heard about it being a proud day for the Scotsman when Sir Chris Hoy entered the arena whereas Sir Steve Redgrave was British. Also in the football Giggs was ‘a proud Welshman’, but Rose was a Tottenham player and Butland was ‘a young Birmingham player’!………………………….Just listen out for the number of ‘Welsh wizards’ or ‘Flying Scotsmen’ etc there are in the next two weeks compared to the few time anyone will be referred to as English!
Just listen out for the discrimination when, hopefully, medals are won or athletes do well, Welsh and Scots we be referred to as such but English are either British or referred to in connection with their Club, a ‘Haringey member’, a’ Birchfield Harrier’, or ‘trains at the Gateshead Club’!
Hello! Excuse me! If they are not all just ‘British’ then please remember that the English are there too!