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Anyone looking forward to anything in particular? I'm pretty excited about seeing table-tennis on the box for once, though I think China will pretty much wipe the floor with everyone.

Just popped the tele on now to a bit of show-horse-riding. I can't describe how shit I think this sport is. It's really big in Germany and I went to a stable when I was over there, which basically consists of the middle classes prancing around for hours at a time. What's more, they have gymnastic-horse-riding, where people do gymnastics...on horses! As if gymnastics / horse-riding weren't both gash enough in isolation.

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My friend missed out in the 200m freestyle final by 0.01, which is a tad unlucky. GB have done really well to get to the final of the 4 x 100m freestyle relay, they broke the GB record by over 5 seconds to get there.

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GB won a gold in women's road cycling this morning.

Not sure what to make of gymnastics. It's seriously impressive what these wee girls can do, but it's surrounded by so much pomp and they generally look as though ready to cry at any moment.

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the olympics is a total waste of money and should be abolished, and all televised sport should be put on some obscure pay-per-view cable channel with porn in the ad-breaks so that the drooling, bloated, 3-fingered cross-eyed pie eating unwashed who want it can be satisfied without clogging up the airwaves and wasting licensepayers money on such completely inconsequential shit.

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the olympics is a total waste of money and should be abolished, and all televised sport should be put on some obscure pay-per-view cable channel with porn in the ad-breaks so that the drooling, bloated, 3-fingered cross-eyed pie eating unwashed who want it can be satisfied without clogging up the airwaves and wasting licensepayers money on such completely inconsequential shit.

Christ that's a lot of vitriol. Even if you did always get picked last at school sports, nobody can hold that much resentment towards all sports surely?

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Christ that's a lot of vitriol. Even if you did always get picked last at school sports, nobody can hold that much resentment towards all sports surely?

"i watched the telly and a man ran faster than another man it was really exciting and me and my friends cheered a lot it was really good" - no, this wasn't written by a 5 year old primary school child, it was written by a 45 year old plumber called dave in a letter, dictated to and written down by his mother, to his estranged 10 year old kid who is in prison for rape and murder.

That's the kind of people who enjoy televised sports.

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"i watched the telly and a man ran faster than another man it was really exciting and me and my friends cheered a lot it was really good" - no, this wasn't written by a 5 year old primary school child, it was written by a 45 year old plumber called dave in a letter, dictated to and written down by his mother, to his estranged 10 year old kid who is in prison for rape and murder.

That's the kind of people who enjoy televised sports.

Hahahaha. There's plenty of "socially inept musical recluse" style stories that end in similar ways chum. ;)

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the olympics is a total waste of money and should be abolished, and all televised sport should be put on some obscure pay-per-view cable channel with porn in the ad-breaks so that the drooling, bloated, 3-fingered cross-eyed pie eating unwashed who want it can be satisfied without clogging up the airwaves and wasting licensepayers money on such completely inconsequential shit.

Yeah, lets get rid of all televised sport, just in case it might inspire one of the bloated pie eating unwashed to actually take up a sport and increase their life expectancy by a year or two...

How many kids do you think would be in the park kicking a ball about if they hadn't been watching their team on telly the day before?

And have you never noticed, come Wimbledon time how many kids are out in the street blinking in the sunlight?

Especially in 'this day and age', surely the more actual physical exercise gets promoted the better?

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How many kids do you think would be in the park kicking a ball about if they hadn't been watching their team on telly the day before?

Probably about the same amount that wouldn't be at large shoplifting, snorting speed, stabbing people and catching syphillis while knocking up their mates 14 year old sister if they hadn't seen it on telly the day before.

Joking aside, there is something genuinely quite desperately sad about watching sports on the telly. At least the down and out pissheads who frequent the bookies have the balls to stake something on it.

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Probably about the same amount that wouldn't be at large shoplifting, snorting speed, stabbing people and catching syphillis while knocking up their mates 14 year old sister if they hadn't seen it on telly the day before.

Joking aside, there is something genuinely quite desperately sad about watching sports on the telly. At least the down and out pissheads who frequent the bookies have the balls to stake something on it.

But not quite as desperately sad as trolling around on threads and talking the usual, predictable rubbish on subjects that you blatently have no interest in whatsoever.

Arse.

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But not quite as desperately sad as trolling around on threads and talking the usual, predictable rubbish on subjects that you blatently have no interest in whatsoever.

Exactly. Please stop feeding the trolls everyone. Give them negative rep, add them to your ignore list and then move along.

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But not quite as desperately sad as trolling around on threads and talking the usual, predictable rubbish on subjects that you blatently have no interest in whatsoever.

Arse.

The only person trolling here is you, you're just trying to stifle the discussion and calling people names.

The OP asked if anyone is looking forward to the olympics, and I'm saying no, I think the olympics is a massive waste of money and resources that is totally unwarranted. This is what most civilised people call a discussion, and most people manage to accomodate a variety of points of view without resorting to pathetic insults.

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The OP asked if anyone is looking forward to the olympics, and I'm saying no, I think the olympics is a massive waste of money and resources that is totally unwarranted. This is what most civilised people call a discussion, and most people manage to accomodate a variety of points of view without resorting to pathetic insults.

To which you then replied with the deeply insightful, constructive and inoffensive...

"the olympics is a total waste of money and should be abolished, and all televised sport should be put on some obscure pay-per-view cable channel with porn in the ad-breaks so that the drooling, bloated, 3-fingered cross-eyed pie eating unwashed who want it can be satisfied without clogging up the airwaves and wasting license payers money on such completely inconsequential shit."

You're the one trolling here and don't kid yourself otherwise. So please stop trying to ignite yet another thread and start some constructive discussion for a change or get lost.

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Let's get back on topic please, otherwise there is going to be more posts deleted and more infraction points handed out.

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So anyway, who else thinks the olympics is a huge, pointless waste of money for the host nation and an excuse for the bbc to waste huge sums of license payers money on coverage of what is frankly a meaningless minority interest? Don't you think it is really quite offensive that people here are quite content to sit around drinking pints, eating pies and getting excited about other people having a race etc while completely ignoring the human rights abuses and restrictions on religious and political freedom that china is well known for? Apparently it's fine to let the executions and the political opression slide for a few weeks because afterall, this is a really important race or ping pong game.

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So anyway, who else thinks the olympics is a huge, pointless waste of money for the host nation and an excuse for the bbc to waste huge sums of license payers money on coverage of what is frankly a meaningless minority interest? Don't you think it is really quite offensive that people here are quite content to sit around drinking pints, eating pies and getting excited about other people having a race etc while completely ignoring the human rights abuses and restrictions on religious and political freedom that china is well known for? Apparently it's fine to let the executions and the political opression slide for a few weeks because afterall, this is a really important race or ping pong game.

I was on your side until you mentioned Ping Pong, which actually IS more important than peoples liberty.

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If you sift through any sphere of the modern world's output, I'm sure you'll find something distasteful, morally-objectionable or irrational somewhere. I don't really want to spend my energy analysing these facts of life, nor do I want to get ignorantly swept up in anything. Call it sitting on the fence if you want, but I think there's a degree of freedom in enjoying the huge irrationalities of modern life whilst retaining the ability to look through them for what they are.

Regarding Chinese civil liberty history... I make the assumption that an event that draws global attention is a positive thing for the suppressed.

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I think it's appalling that the UK is wasting millions on preparing for the 2012 olympics. I suppose the people in this country living in abject poverty, who can't afford to eat or heat their homes are supposed to feel a flush of patrotic admiration on seeing "that man that ran a bit faster than that other man and he done it in london in that big flashy new stadium!".

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I think it's appalling that the UK is wasting millions on preparing for the 2012 olympics. I suppose the people in this country living in abject poverty, who can't afford to eat or heat their homes are supposed to feel a flush of patrotic admiration on seeing "that man that ran a bit faster than that other man and he done it in london in that big flashy new stadium!".

That's a rubbish argument. The money used to build the stadium and host the games etc. will after all be used to pay builders, stewards and whatnot, heating their homes and feeding their kids. Besides, would you grudge Rome their Colosseum?

Anyway, it's sort of nice having something that all countries and cultures can relate to.

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