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@p1kef1sh (45640)
August 24, 2008 7:37pm CST
Am I alone in being thankful that the Olympics is over? Two weeks of pretending to be friendly with nations that we normally can't stand. Two weeks of self congratulation as yet another medal plops into the victor's tray. Two weeks of watching sports that we never watch normally. Two weeks of desperately trying to find something INTERESTING on the TV (although the Olympics isn't the sole reason for dire TV). I'm not bashing it, I'm just tired of the hype and mutual back slapping. Look on the bright side, Britain hosts it next. Deep joy!
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@guybrush (4660)
• Australia
25 Aug 08
BWAAHAHA! Deep joy indeed! We did our stint in 2000 - hopefully the urge won't take us again in my lifetime! The only good thing was I caught up with a pile of reading because there wasn't any decent telly! Even then, all our newspapers were full of sour grapes and excuses for why we were crap. I'm afraid Aussies aren't the best sports in the world - and there is much peevement indeed at the Brits' great effort!
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@p1kef1sh (45640)
25 Aug 08
Over here apparently it is "My" Olympic games. What have I got to do with it. Today we have 400 celebratory parties, a huge number of people are expected in London to welcome home our winning "hero" athletes. Our Prime Minister will rise in an open topped bus to acknowledge all that he has done to restore national pride?!! Then to top it all. We shall be hosting in 2012. I am just a curmudgeon, but in a country that can't educate its children properly or manage their health, I'd have thought that there was a better way of spending £9 Billion than running round a track etc!!
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@gabs8513 (48715)
• United Kingdom
25 Aug 08
I didn't even watch it P1ke so I was not aware that it was finished, but thank goodness as now Eastenders will be on at normal times again, I was getting cheesed of because I missed one Episode, then I missed half another because I was not aware it was on earlier lol so I was cheesed of I am glad that it is over lol
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@p1kef1sh (45640)
25 Aug 08
Me too Gabs. I don't watch too much TV but every time it was on it was the blooming Olympics.
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@mimico (3619)
• Philippines
25 Aug 08
So I assume your British then? Congratulations on winning the bid! I personally enjoyed this years Olympics. Not just because it was spectacular. I think China did an awesome job as this year's host; and it would've been great if they didn't use the underage girls in gymnastics. But it's all good since the medal was returned anyway. And for the record, I do watch non-Olympics sports shows. The reason why we don't watch gymnastics, diving, swimming shows normally is because they aren't aired!!!
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@p1kef1sh (45640)
25 Aug 08
Yes I am. It was shameful that GB took part at all in China. China's moment of glory has been brought about on the back of misery for its own people. Whole communities were forcibly removed so that arenas could be constructed. Even the little girl that sang at the opening didn't sing but mimed! I applaud the success of individual athletes, but for me, no thank you. The thought that Britain hosts in 2012 is just too awful. £9 Billion and rising so far. If you live in London you are already paying a household tax to pay for it. Our Lottery money is being siphoned off for it too.
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@pkraj111 (2459)
• India
25 Aug 08
You are alone in thinking that nations are pretending. It is good to see that we can have some other news than just Olympics, but it happens every 4 years and why wer yu not complaining. Is it just for the reason China has conducted the games in such lavish manner
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@p1kef1sh (45640)
25 Aug 08
I was complaining PK. I do find it objectionable that China hosted the games too. But I am not alone in that.
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@nannacroc (4049)
25 Aug 08
All I can say is thank goodness for that. For the past two weeks I have hardly watched tv but when I have it seems to have been repeats of very old comedies because there was nothing worth watching. I don't watch sport and see no reason why I should have it forced on me by using the main channels. A dedicated sports channel would be best then we could all enjoy the programmes we like without having to suffer sport. Who cares what medals we won, it was pointed out on a comedy quiz that most of the medals we won were in sports where there is a lot of sitting down involved.
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@p1kef1sh (45640)
25 Aug 08
I saw that too. I applaud the individuals that won things, but it makes me cross that we have to suffer wall to wall adulation 24 hours a day. There is going to be no escape either over the next few years!
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@nannacroc (4049)
25 Aug 08
Maybe we should be brave and press the off button more.
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@mtdewgurl74 (18118)
• United States
25 Aug 08
No, I doubt you are alone in this. I know some won't even watch it. I did watch a little bit of it but stayed away from watching it mostly..it isn't over yet really it is something that will be talked about and reviewed on television for a few more weeks atleast..It will seem more exciting when Britain host it next..You have 4 years to save for a 2 week vacation if not. The Olympics is the way they go about trying to know who the best is and waste money giving million endorsements to the winners...Well, soon it will be over..
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@p1kef1sh (45640)
25 Aug 08
Kentucky in 2012? I'll come for about a year! LOL.
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@mtdewgurl74 (18118)
• United States
25 Aug 08
lol
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@pumpkinjam (5782)
• United Kingdom
25 Aug 08
I hadn't noticed it much. It didn't seem to have gone on for as long as it normally seems to go on. Perhaps that's because I have found more interesting things to do than watch telly and I recorded the three good programmes in a week so we've got something to watch. And then there is the little person whose current obsession is with Warner Brothers cartoons. I am glad the Olympics is over but doesn't that mean that it's nearly football season or something? There will always be some sport to ruin telly along with "reality" t.v. and the like. The thing I don't understand is why all the sports coverage is on BBC1. It used to be on BBC2 because that's where they put stuff because there weren't any programmes on it. Now, instead of doing that, they take off stuff that people actually want to watch from BBC1 and don't even bother moving it to another channel. I'm not too bothered because, as I said, we usually have other things to do than watch telly but it is a pain when you sit down to watch one of the few programmes you enjoy only to find that it's been taken off for stuff like the Olympics. It's not like you're watching the sport though, it's worse than that. It's all commentary and medals. It's great that some people are good at stuff but we don't all get to be on telly because we happen to be the best at our job and, to be fair, that's what it is except that the Olympians do it purely for their own satisfaction. I'm sure we aren't the only people who don't care that someone can jump 20 feet in the air or row a boat across the Thames.
@p1kef1sh (45640)
25 Aug 08
My sentiments too Pumpkin. Although I was opposed to the Olympics for political reasons too. China should not have been allowed to host them at all with their human rights record. The fact that the UK shouts about China's awful record and then sends the PM to watch just beggars belief. Oh well, that's my rant. LOL. Have good day.
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• United States
25 Aug 08
I personally have loved every minute of the Olympics, and I'm going to miss it deeply. I think this has been one of the best and most memorable one yet. It's just amazing how for 2 weeks the entire world can come together and celebrate humanity and peace. I'm very sad it's over....
@p1kef1sh (45640)
25 Aug 08
Humanity and Peace?!!! Do you know how many people lost their homes so that China could build the arenas? Thousands. New laws got enacted so that Beijing gave the impression of a wonderful happy place. At one point they talked about banning dogs from the city along with wild birds!!! Now we've got the next one. Money will be wasted, corruption will be rife. Nope, there was/will be precious little humanity and peace about the next Olympics either. I applaud individual athletes, but this is not about sport. Simply politics. Call me cynical. LOL.
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• Canada
25 Aug 08
I'm with ya, Pike. I'm so glad the hype is over, too.
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@p1kef1sh (45640)
25 Aug 08
Me too Annie. Me Too.
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@kbourgerie (8781)
• United States
25 Aug 08
I don't normally watch TV, in fact, have just been given one by my aunt that is visiting through tomorrow. So whats on TV doesn't bother me one way or another. As for the Olympics, I did see a few minutes of it when my son had it on and I agree with you regarding it being the "mutual admiration society". You make some very good points. I didn't know that Britain would be hosting it next. That is good news and perhaps something to look forward to a bit more.
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@p1kef1sh (45640)
25 Aug 08
Have you missed not having a TV Kat? I could quite happily get through life without. We now have four years of hype, budget overruns and blind panic to look forward to. Oh goody!! LOL.
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@dhisaw (304)
• United States
25 Aug 08
Are they really over? I am glad they are even though i didnt watch any of them. It made it hard to find something to watch on television and that kind of thing. Plus i am tired of hearing about them. Even little children are talking about it.
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@p1kef1sh (45640)
25 Aug 08
They are over thank goodness. But we host them next. So we've got another four years of it all!
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@mummymo (23707)
28 Aug 08
LOL You know p1ke honey I am not a great fan of sports on TV but I LOVED the Olympics! I was even fascinated watching the outdoor swimming in the early hours of the morning - and that took 2 hours! As for the Athletics well I watched in disbelief and wonder at the speed of Usian Bolt and how easy he made it look to run faster than anyone else ever has! Sorry sweety can't agree with you on this one - I am a HUGE fan of the Olympics - I was even shocked at the Tae Kwan Do competitor who kicked the Refereee! lol xxx
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@p1kef1sh (45640)
28 Aug 08
That's OK. I'll cry myself to sleep now. LOL. XX
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@mummymo (23707)
29 Aug 08
LOL Don;t do that I shall feel guilty! It is so sad but I actually miss it in the early mornings (usually 3 am ) when I can't sleep! xxx
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@suehan1 (4355)
• Australia
28 Aug 08
i am with you on this one p1ke.i am sooo over the olympics,the only part i watched was when the aussie's came on in the opening ceremony,and that was because i was up so late making balloon decorations for my daughters party the next day.i might get into to it next time and come to london,and just might pay you a visit while i am there.lol.cheers sue
@p1kef1sh (45640)
28 Aug 08
You will be very welcome if you do come Sue. I'll come up to meet you and we will do very non-Olympic things!
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@suehan1 (4355)
• Australia
28 Aug 08
thanks p1ke
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@littleowl (7157)
26 Aug 08
Oh p1ke you make me laugh lol but I do AGREE with you am not into the olympics really let alone sports but the tele has been put on hold cos of the games there hasn't been anything on that I like and my son has just had BB on all the time UGH dirty washing can't stand the programme...littleowl
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@p1kef1sh (45640)
27 Aug 08
I'd watch the Olympics rather than BB Littleowl. I don't get it. A bunch of foul mouthed twerps all being goaded to be even more stupid than they already are.
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@littleowl (7157)
27 Aug 08
Hi p1ke you do make me giggle the way you phrase things! I wholeheartedly agree with you about BB..but guess I would rather not watch anything with them both on thankfully though its over well the olypics next so does BB hopefully then there will something interesting on TV! littleowl
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• United States
25 Aug 08
The only part of it I watched was the opening ceremonies. Ummmm, I am just wondering,(and busting your chops, a little, maybe) how is Britain hosting the Olympics going to make it any less boring?
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@p1kef1sh (45640)
25 Aug 08
It's not. The blooming thing will be interminable and we will bask in a sea of self important pomposity. I'm fed up hearing about it already. Only four years to go!!!
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• United States
25 Aug 08
Giving you hug and a pat on the head, smiling.
@Hatley (164507)
• Garden Grove, California
3 Sep 08
hi pikie yes me too I am glad its over as I got so sick of hearing how many gold medals China won. and in the gymnastics I think our american team got robbed by the chinese kids who said they were sixteen but looked more like thirteen to most of us. they were illegal and they knew it' yet they won the gold medals. that is patently unfair in my eyes.
@p1kef1sh (45640)
3 Sep 08
I have heard that here has been cheating. But in truth as I didn't see any of it I can't really say on way or the other. I did hear that there was a little girl that "sang" at the opening ceremony who was actually miming to another girl's voice.
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@MsTickle (24983)
• Australia
3 Sep 08
Ditto to all that. I was bloody sick of it before it even started!!! I was sooo over it already. We are still sending of athletes to Beijing for the disabled (apologies, cannot think of politically correct word here)Olympics. I was quite surprised though because I was able to find things to watch on TV. I rarely watch any sport on TV but thought I should do my patriotic duty and watch but it was all so meaningless. Once again...the amount of money involved in construction and wages and getting the teams outfitted and trained is just OBSCENE!!!
@p1kef1sh (45640)
3 Sep 08
They're already making a huge meal of the 2012 event here. It's driving me mad. LOL.
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@GreenMoo (11842)
29 Aug 08
Do you know, until I read another discussion about the Olympics earlier this morning, I didn't even know it was all over! Perhaps that gives you an indication of how interested I've been in the whole thing!
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@p1kef1sh (45640)
29 Aug 08
You are lucky. I must admit that being holed up in front of the computer has meant that I've missed most, no all, of it. The Boss watched the tennis, but then she fancies Nadal for a son in law. LOL.
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@skinnychick (6907)
• United States
26 Aug 08
Nope you are not!! I'm so glad they are over! I don't get what the big deal is anyway. The Olympics have never done much for me. Unless of course, it was the Beauty Olympics, that would be captivating television. I would for sure be a multiple gold medalist with all the stuff I use!
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@p1kef1sh (45640)
27 Aug 08
You are Miss World Skinny. No debate about that. XX
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@snowy22315 (51278)
• United States
26 Aug 08
I loved the Olympics when i was a kid. I have since long grown up and no longer find it enthralling. One thing is I dont like the rule change. It used to be only amateur athletes could compete, now you have the likes of Kobe Bryant in the Olympics how are baketball peoples from a small country supposed to compete with that? It's not really fair.
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@p1kef1sh (45640)
27 Aug 08
Same with the tennis. I mean, was there ever any real prospect that Nadal wouldn't win the Gold?
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