For those amongst you expecting one of my usual, insightful, essays on the subject of animal cruelty, forget it; this is an entirely different “dead ‘orse” that I’m flogging! 😈
It won’t be long now, before we have to suffer the couple of weeks of torture that is the Olympic Games. It’s a five ring circus of grossely overpaid ‘super sportsmen and women’ who are in it for the money, not the honour and glory of, the days of this Olympic Oath ere long gone:
” We swear. We will take part in the Olympic Games in a spirit of chivalry, for the honour of our country and for the glory of sport. “
to become this:
“In the name of all the competitors I promise that we shall take part in these Olympic Games, respecting and abiding by the rules which govern them, committing ourselves to a sport without doping and without drugs, in the true spirit of sportsmanship, for the glory of sport and the honor of our teams”
Note they keep the last bit about glory, better bung in a bit about drugs! Wonder they haven’t added “and hoping we don’t get caught”; forget honour of our country, it’s the team that counts now; what a load of hypocrisy. It’s the money they’re after!
You’ve probably gathered that I don’t have much interest in the games; this hasn’t always been the case, it’s just since television people got their grubby hands on them and polluted the games. The games needed someone of Avery Brundage’s strength and character at the helm to keep them honest!
Now I’ll start “floggin’ ‘orses“.
There are, I believe, in excess of 200 countries taking part in the Olympic Games, so I suppose there are more than 200 teams partaking too. But it’s the countries I’m interested in for this load of codswallop. 😈
Each of these countries has a flag, well if they haven’t you can bet your life they’ll make one for the occasion, and I suppose a ‘National Anthem’; you know, just in case….. but I know of a couple of countries that have a flag but no ‘N.A.’ that I know of; and how do I know? Because I’m English, and England doesn’t have one.
Neither does Scotland have one; it does have an unofficial anthem (which they’ll probably use if and when they split from the UK.) ‘The Flower of Scotland’; I don’t know why they don’t go with ‘Scotland the Brave’ probably been drinking too many wee drams.
Forget “God Save The King/Queen“; that’s not the anthem for England that’s for the United Kingdoms of England & Scotland, commonly called the UK!
The other two countries of Great Britain; Ireland and Wales, each have their own National Anthem.
There will be no “BRITS” participating at the games, just as there will be no Euro’s (not the money but the Europeans) why should they be identified as French, Belgium, German whatever if the English and Scots and Irish and Welsh have to put up with “BRITS”? Or the Asians and South American countries, but I’m not going into that…. I have a thing about being called a “BRIT” 😡
So in the event of England getting a medal requiring all the brouhaha of flag raising and anthem playing what will they do, the flags no problem, the music is, so what are they going to go with this time.
“Land of Hope & Glory“ is always a good bet, every Englishman and woman knows the first line of that number, after which it’s lah lah lah all the way to the end, which kind of makes it hard on the person on the stand with a medal round the neck who is expected to sing along, looking suitably patriotic and proud.
Then again theres always, “They’ll Always be an England” but some smartie will be caught singing the next line ‘as long as Scotlands there’; it’s not really the words but they do fit the music perfectly and it’s better than lah lah lah.
It wouldn’t surprise me if they go for the next little number, “Jeruselem“; I kid you not! I don’t know what the Israelis will think about, and I don’t particularly care. It’s a maudlin poem written in the 19th century and set to music in the 20th, by one of my arrogant countrymen. And there are plenty of us, arrogant that is, XD
Now to finish on more cheerful note.
My wish is that a Welshman or woman gets to stand on the winners box and gets to sing their ‘National Anthem’; now that would be something indeed. For those of you not familiar with the Welsh and their anthem I’m going to add a link. The Welsh love to sing and have great delight in showing their prowess in the art.
Here it is ” Land of My Fathers” :
and for those who’s body tingled with that shortened version and want to hear the full work sung by one of the worlds greatest singers Bryn Terfel giving it his all as only a Welshman can!
And there are many many more versions on YouTube. XD