Sunday, August 10, 2008

Olympic rant

Day two of the Olympics.

I love the Olympics. I pretend that I can tell a good synchro dive from a bad one. I cry when people win sports I have never heard of. I have pressed the red button for interactive TV for the first time ever. I love it. But - Purlease! - if more one BBC commentator asks how on earth we are ever going to beat this years opening ceremony in 2012.....

Here's my suggestion.

The stadium is dark. There is a fanfare by a military band ( I don't care who thinks they are a superpower, no one can march like a UK military band). A screen comes to light on the floor of the stadium. Pictures are projected onto it. A maternity ward in the DCR . A school in Cambodia . A clean water systen in Nepal. A whole sequence of images of what we bought instead of effectively rolling up tenners inside a firework tube and setting fire to them. The lights come up. The athletes come in each wearing a badge with the face of a child in Lesotho whose parents is alive because they actually got HIV/AIDs medication.

Beat that.

8 comments:

floribunda said...

yes, please! who do we write to?

Quilt Pixie said...

if only the olypic committee would see social justice as part of its calling too :-)

Laura Jane said...

What a brilliant idea!

If I see one more formation dancing team and bloody children's choir, one more cheesy, forgettable official Olympic song, one more earnest re-enactment of the journey to their country...give me strength!

The Calico Cat said...

Only an oppressive regime that does not care properly for it's over abundant population can afford to spend that much on a show.

I don't think that any country shoud even try to match what Beijing did... Just let it be waht it was & do your own thing.

BTW BBC America is fairly silent on the subject - they don't have broadcast rights on this side of the pond. But they still get my viewing time when it comes to the "news."

Gina said...

I'm with you all the way. But if you are organising it can the band please be the Royal Marines. they are the only band worth watching and they are all gorgeous in their uniforms.

Love and hugs Gina xxx
(Daughter/cousin/friend of a Royal Marine - can you tell)

Elaine Adair said...

Amen!

Helen said...

A darn good idea. I elect you 'in charge' forthwith!

margi said...

If only!