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Who invented the Olympic games?
« on: 06/05/2012 03:45:31 »
Popular belief is that the games were invented by the Greeks to honour Zeus.

This year the games will be held in London.

Does that worry you? It ought to; it sure as hell worries me!

Those French must be thanking their lucky stars they didn't get lumbered with it.

But, at least we're safe from an air attack. Rapier missiles have been deployed to shot down any hijacked plane posing a threat to the games. Might be best not to fly into London City Airport for a while. Being just a few miles from the Olympic village.............. Well, mistakes can happen.

In fact, it might be as well to evacuate east London altogether. Imagine a hijacked airliner in the stack for Heathrow suddenly turns and heads straight for the Olympic stadium. Not a problem. One Rapier Missile will sort it out. The hijackers will miss their target, landing instead on.......... Perhaps, on nearby Westfield, Europe's largest shopping mall.

Ooops, sorry pardon folks.

Or perhaps on Canary Wharf, where the big financial corporations have their HQ's.

Hmmm, maybe not such a bad idea after all.

But just to top it off, the Royal Mint has presented its coins to celebrate the 2012 games. They are resplendent with their Greek Gods portrayed on them. Errr, no, sorry, make that Roman Gods.

Yep! No kidding, Roman Gods!

When it comes to a right royal cock-up, you just know you can trust us Brits.


OH! The shame!
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Re: Who invented the Olympic games?
« Reply #1 on: 06/05/2012 18:35:17 »
Popular belief is that the games were invented by the Greeks to honour Zeus.
This year the games will be held in London.
Does that worry you? It ought to; it sure as hell worries me!
If you find an enormous horse parked outside of the city,
leave it alone.
Don't pull it into the city,
much less into the middle of the Olympic games.

I wonder if the Greek Bankruptcy can be traced back to the Olympics?

I was going to say that the goal of the Olympics is to show international unity and that they haven't been attacked, but perhaps it is worthwhile to review the 1972 Olympics.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Munich_massacre

And, of course, boycotts haven't been uncommon.
1936, Berlin, Germany Boycotts suggested, but apparently not done.
1956, Melbourne Australia, Boycotted by 7 countries for various reasons.
1976, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, Boycotted by several African Countries.
1980, Moscow, USSR, Boycotted by the USA and about 29 countries.
1980 (Winter), Lake Placid, New York, Boycotted by Taiwan.
1984, Los Angeles, Boycotted by the USSR, and 14 of their allies.  Also Iran and Libya
1988, Seol, South Korea, Boycotted by North Korea.

So...  in fact in an event that is supposed to bring international unity, there does seem to be a lot of political strife.
 

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Re: Who invented the Olympic games?
« Reply #2 on: 06/05/2012 21:24:29 »

I wonder if the Greek Bankruptcy can be traced back to the Olympics?


Yes. It's all about how much is a Grecian urn.
 

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Re: Who invented the Olympic games?
« Reply #3 on: 07/05/2012 02:47:31 »
I wonder if the Greek Bankruptcy can be traced back to the Olympics?
Yes. It's all about how much is a Grecian urn.

Perhaps I didn't say WHICH Olympics.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/06/03/greek-financial-crisis-olympics_n_598829.html
http://www.csmonitor.com/World/2008/0721/p04s01-wogn.html

Although, looking at the Greek Debt figures, it doesn't appear to have changed much in 2003 & 2004.  It wasn't until 2006 that the debt started increasing significantly again.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Economy_of_Greece#2010.E2.80.93present_government_debt_crisis
 

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Re: Who invented the Olympic games?
« Reply #4 on: 07/05/2012 08:26:42 »
I'm sure Don_1 will be able to explain :)
 

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Re: Who invented the Olympic games?
« Reply #5 on: 08/05/2012 10:33:39 »
If you find an enormous horse parked outside of the city,
leave it alone.

Should I find such a thing while trudg on around the suburbs, I shall do as you suggest. I don't want to get involved in any horse play.

I'm sure Don_1 will be able to explain :)

Oh dear! Shame on you Clifford, you have fallen for one of the oldest puns in the book.

Q} What's a Grecian urn?
A} About 12 Drachma* an hour.

You could say that's his vase wage.

A Grecian Urn:

What a Grecian earns:

*OK, so its Euros now, but it just doesn't have quite the right ring in that old crack as Drachma, and anyway, they just might be back to Drachma one day. The Italians back to Lira, the Spannish back to Peseta and as for us Brits, we could end up going back to Groats!!!
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