Closing Ceremonial

I didn’t watch the Olympics closing ceremony — that kind of thing doesn’t really float my boat — but I was pleased when I heard that the Shipping Forecast would be featured in the British bit of the pageantry. (If Gordon Brown’s Britishness crusade was all about things like the Shipping Forecast, I’d be much more enthusiastic, especially if we could have Finisterre reinstated in place of that godawful Fitzroy.) But if they wanted British icons, I think lots and lots of Daleks would have been even more fun, although I admit that Dalek values are perhaps not entirely in tune with those professed by the International Olympic Committee (or Gordon Brown).

(I enjoyed the Olympics. Much more than I thought I would. I pretty much ignored the Games in 1996, 2000 and 2004, and I was expecting to do the same this time around. But that thing on the BBC website that allowed you to stay focused on the sport you were interested in made it all bearable, and, as I’ve said before, tehgraun‘s internet coverage was, I thought, superb.)

2 thoughts on “Closing Ceremonial”

  1. “But if they wanted British icons, I think lots and lots of Daleks would have been even more fun, although I admit that Dalek values are perhaps not entirely in tune with those professed by the International Olympic Committee (or Gordon Brown).”

    Then again, in the final episode of last series when Davros wanted to detonate a reality bomb thus ending all of creation except for a little pocket of daleks, this was perhaps not disimilar to Gordon’s commitment to decimating the Labour Party’s hopes for unity and future electoral success within the next generation so as to give himself two more years in power?

  2. Speaking of British icons at the closing ceremony: watching Boris Johnson trying to project dignity as the representative of London was for me a great, if perhaps perverse, joy. (He was, however, disappointingly un-shaggy by Bojo standards).

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