Thursday, February 09, 2006

The horror, the horror

The 2006 Winter Olympics get underway in Torino tomorrow evening. Nothing like an Olympic opening ceremony to get the old national pride going! Waiting for your country to be called into the stadium, feeling the lump in your throat as the crowds cheer, picking out the athletes you can recognise from the team, rubbishing this year's choice of outfits, laughing even harder at those worn by other teams... definitely more than enough cheese to satisfy everybody.

But, as the saying goes, the only thing worse than an Olympic opening ceremony is an Olympic closing ceremony, and in just over two weeks' time, Torino will be no exception. Why, you ask? It's all to do with who's hosting the next Olympic Winter Games in 2010: Vancouver. As per Olympic tradition, the next country to host the games gives a presentation at the closing ceremony, showcasing all their cultural niceties. I remember the Torino showcase at the Salt Lake City Games in 2002, all Italian soft-rock and runway models sporting Versace couture. But that will pale into comparison with Canada's offering this year... Celine Dion?, I hear you laugh. No, no, no. Think something far more anaemic, far more pointless, and far, far more embarrassing for the nation at large.

Think Avril Lavigne.

On behalf of my country, I would like to offer my most heartfelt apologies.

9 Comments:

At February 09, 2006 1:51 pm, Blogger sleazenation said...

Could have been far worse... I hear Rush aren't doing anything at the moment....

 
At February 09, 2006 2:42 pm, Blogger Lady M said...

Personally I would much rather have seen these guys invited instead.....

 
At February 09, 2006 3:01 pm, Anonymous pangloss said...

God. Winter Olympics for Caandiennes must be like real Olympics for everyone else.
I'm supporting Denmark.

 
At February 09, 2006 3:39 pm, Blogger Lady M said...

Yeah, but only cos you know that Ireland haven't got a chance. ;-)

 
At February 10, 2006 11:39 am, Blogger sleazenation said...

So, what do you make of the turn-coat liberal who has joined the Conservatives just weeks after campaigning on a Liberal platform?

 
At February 10, 2006 12:35 pm, Blogger Lady M said...

Bit sneaky of him to do it immediately after the elections. He obviously knew that he had more of a chance of getting elected under a Liberal banner and waited until after his seatwas secure before defecting. I dunno. Not really that interested to be honest. Right now my mind is too full of room decorating, Goldfrapp, Belfast and Amsterdam. :)

 
At February 10, 2006 2:28 pm, Blogger Deaglan said...

Avril is OK. Vancouver is OK. What gets on my Olympic goat is that the whole world is merrily holding hands for the next Summer games in Beijing - that well-known beacon of human rights and democracy...i guess Tibet won't be fielding a team...

 
At February 11, 2006 11:01 pm, Blogger Lady M said...

Yes, I agree it's pretty disgraceful the way the world will be turning a collective blind eye to China's human rights abuses in 2008 (although I'm sure there will be a huge amount of protests around the world, for all the good it will do). It's amazing how easy it is for people to ignore what goes on in places so far away when there's money to be made...

 
At February 13, 2006 1:24 am, Blogger sleazenation said...

Or, in the case of Montreal, so much debt to pile up to cripple the city for generations into the future...

 

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