“The past is a pebble in my shoe.”
Edgar Allan Poe
Well, today is the Last Day of the London Olympics 2012. And, I hate to say it, but secretly I’m a little glad. I want the Olympics to go away so I can watch some proper telly. 17 solid days of sport is just a little too much.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m glad we had it. I’m glad that Mo Farah got double gold and that we won the rowing and that Usain Bolt broke 100 world records. Again.
And I’m tentatively optimistic about the Olympic Legacy that David Cameron, our Beloved Leader, was wittering about on BBC1 this morning. Making team sports compulsory in schools is a Good Thing. I think this for several reasons:
- Team sports encourage cooperation. (Unless you are the unsporty kid who never gets to touch the ball because your sporty teammates know you’ll just drop it.)
- It will stop schools running those weedy non-competitive sports programmes that have no bearing on real life, ever. Children need to know that occasionally they will lose, and that they just have to get on with it, whatever “it” may happen to be.
- Team sports tend to be more fun than just running around in a circle or jumping on the spot or whatever.
- Team sports are educational because you have to think about tactics.
Our Beloved Leader, however, did not seem to think it worrying that the Olympic Park has, as yet, no permanent tenant to use it after tomorrow. Apparently several football teams are “vying” to get it. Why is there no contract yet then? The Aquatic Centre has already gone. Music Friend, who is Polish, was telling me that the stadium in Warsaw that was used for the Euro 2012 football tournament isn’t being used because it’s too expensive to rent or something. I hope to God that doesn’t happen here.
The newsreader was, in the manner of newsreaders, trying to catch Beloved Leader out on the whole Inspire a Generation thing. “21 school playing fields have been sold in the last year,” she said. 21? You’re worrying about 21 playing fields? How many schools are there in the whole country? Thousands. 21 playing fields, in the great scheme of things, is not a significant statistic. Anyway, it doesn’t matter because Beloved Leader could account for them all. “14 were sold because the schools were closing, 4 because of mergers. So that’s only 3. And they were trying to raise money for more sports facilities.” What? What? Let me get this straight. 3 schools sold their playing fields to get money for sport? Where are they planning to play this sport, in the canteen?
A last nugget from Beloved Leader:
“We didn’t just make the Legacy up this week, you know.”