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Old 08-05-2012, 10:03 PM   #141
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Thought you might enjoy a side note. There are certain times of the year when companies do not hire any one. From Thanksgiving to January 2nd. And during Olympic Years. Absenteeism is high during those times.
I have been talking with friends in London. . . not surprisingly, No work is getting done in the City, unless you are working in pubs or restaurants. It's basically just one large party.
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Old 08-08-2012, 03:28 AM   #142
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While there are a few contenders that are "overweight blobs", by and large, that doesn't represent the heavy weight as a whole.

Heavyweight - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Take a quick look at the current champs, and see who is an overweight blob. . .
Tat mate maybe I was a bit over the top but I had just watched a terrible bout featuring a football player who converted to boxing 2 yrs ago being humiliated by an average opponent.
The late great Teofilo Stevenson (three gold medals) or the great Ali would have been embarrassed to enter the ring with this crop of boxers.
I was lucky to meet both(not in the ring) I met Ali in the Q club in London (I was the only white person there) I asked him about TS, his comment was he would love to fight him as a proffesional but not box him as an amateur.
Olympic Boxing needs a strong US team in all weights, what has happened?
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Old 08-08-2012, 03:43 AM   #143
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Buon Giorno,

Saturday night at the Hotel Bar in Corfu, we caught the Swimming Championships for the Gold Medal.

The Netherlands won the Gold.

Not 10%, here and there ... We have been celebrating the Vet´s birthday 60 km. from Puglia, Italia via Ferry in Corfu, Greece ...

There are seven Ionic islands, and Corfu, is the Capital and the main island. We are have taken a tour of several of the others.

Amazing, one is an island of wild Oregano ( have 3 whole bags of it ); one is a fishermens´ paradise, one is for raising and breeding Donkies, and one is just virgin beaches to die for ... with tiny hotels. .
you missed out the cricket and the classic corfu blow back.

Ps for those who do not know about the blow back, please place the toilet paper (used) in the bin provided in the bathroom.
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Old 08-08-2012, 09:20 AM   #144
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What happened?
Referee from boxing scandal expelled from Olympics - Boxing News | NBC Olympics

The FULL video of the mess with commentary is included with the link...
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Old 08-08-2012, 09:25 AM   #145
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Stephen Feck Of Germany and his ultra graceful dive from the London Olympics...

Highlights: German Diver Lands On Back - Diving Video | NBC Olympics

Perfect score....
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Old 08-08-2012, 10:31 AM   #146
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The European Newspapers Have Excellent Coverage

Laurie,

Innovative and timely Thread.

The European Newspapers have excellent coverage, including 10 pages of Photographs with the Contestants, the Order of the Gold, Silver and Bronze Medals and a bio on each of the contestants too ...

Spain has done quite well in the Swimming and Water Sports areas.

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Old 08-08-2012, 11:46 AM   #147
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Okay, so what's up with Canada and contraversy. It seems that we can't get a break.

Our soccer women play a fantastic game that is shaken with two dubious (I won't say wrong) calls, and not only do they lose the game but after reporters stick microphones in their faces seconds after it is over asking "how do you feel", they are now under review for bad mouthing the official. I haven't had it on today, so I don't know if the players (including our awesome captain) will be expelled from the bronze medal game.

A Canadian boxer fought his heart out against a Brit in his quarter final match, the only Canadian to get that far in awhile. He was a washout in the first round but clearly won the second and third. They were tied in points and the judges gave it to the British fighter.

We had a male swimmer told he wasn't was and wasn't again in the final of a race because of a Chinese swimmer appealing and winning a false start charge. Yes, if there was no problem he would have been ninth and not make it, and they didn't appeal, but it is hard on them when they have such a routine in preparation. Same happened with a Female swimmer where she thought she was done so didn't rest and had to come back and swim in a semi.

I am not mad about any of this really. And I know there were many other controversies with many other countries (the Nigerian runner who threw a race was disqualified from the 1500 that he wanted to run, was put back in and won it). It is just the Canadian in me and our "why does this always happen to us", mentality. (Alix, Taxlady, CWS, etc. don't worry I have my tongue planted firmly in my cheek )
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Old 08-08-2012, 11:56 AM   #148
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I cannot speak about the dubious calls, not having any background in the game. There sure did seem to be some obscure rules invoked, according to the commentary I heard on the TV.
I do wish that the reporters covering the game would be required to wait in an area away from the athletes. Give them a chance to compose themselves....win or lose...and not just the Olympics...all sports.
I am not sure if these games are less organized than games in the past or if there is simply more intrusion by the media, looking for "the story". Likely, there is the same kind of thing occurring in every Olympics, we just are hearing about it more and more.
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Old 08-08-2012, 06:03 PM   #149
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Before heading to London, the athletes are sent to media charm school. They are more or less told to suck it up and smile. Always cooperate with and answer all questions the media asks you. I personally would love to see one losing athlete break down into deep sobs when the reporter sticks a mike into their face. It would leave the reporter speechless.
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... I personally would love to see one losing athlete break down into deep sobs when the reporter sticks a mike into their face. It would leave the reporter speechless.

This is exactly the kind of reaction the media loves! The camera would stay on that athlete for 5 minutes. Media are always looking for the biggest emotion to put on TV.
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