another nail in the coffin - seriously why bother

Grumblegrunt

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#4
In that part of London it could have been Punjabi or Urdhu if it was to reflect the language of the locals, maybe Polish.
 
#5
I thought English was the international language? As used by Air Traffic controls etc the world over.

I understand the thinking behind this, but surely more people speak English as their first/second or even third langauge than French? Why not Spanish? That has a high proportion of countries speaking it.
 
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I think it's to 'honour' the French for it being them who revived the Olympic games and founding the International Olympic committee .....

Does it really matter ? With hemaphrodites competing as women, people with artificial limbs wanting to compete 'fairly' with normally equipped human bodies (despite having their own games where people with different disabilities compete 'equally' against each other), sports that have long been professional and having their own year-round tournaments like tennis, golf and soccer and drugs rife in all sports, isn't this the least of our problems ?

Dogs
 
#7
None of this is new, it is the same for all Olympic venues, I would have thought. Of course it had to be the predominantly monolingual Anglo-Saxons to get on the outrage bus over this, French is the language of our archrivals afterall, socialist cheese eating, permanently striking, berret wearing, baguette carrying, do-no-goods! Slow news day at the Torrygraphs HQ's?
 

OldSnowy

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I think it's to 'honour' the French for it being them who revived the Olympic games and founding the International Olympic committee .....

Does it really matter ? With hemaphrodites competing as women, people with artificial limbs wanting to compete 'fairly' with normally equipped human bodies (despite having their own games where people with different disabilities compete 'equally' against each other), sports that have long been professional and having their own year-round tournaments like tennis, golf and soccer and drugs rife in all sports, isn't this the least of our problems ?
I'd agree completely with DB if it weren't for one thing - Ladie's Beach Volleyball.

Apart from that, I'll be taking two weeks leave out of the area, and avoiding the commute ever day which will be even worse than normal. I know that in theory the olympics will have no impact on the trains, but I know with equal certainty that it will, somehow, manage to **** up transport around the Capital completely. It doesn't take much for the Train Op Cos to stop services!
 
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I'd agree completely with DB if it weren't for one thing - Ladie's Beach Volleyball.

Apart from that, I'll be taking two weeks leave out of the area, and avoiding the commute ever day which will be even worse than normal. I know that in theory the olympics will have no impact on the trains, but I know with equal certainty that it will, somehow, manage to **** up transport around the Capital completely. It doesn't take much for the Train Op Cos to stop services!
Theres a thought. I wonder which of the various usual suspects will be the first to threaten strike action in 2012?
 
#12
Vite! Dans le bus outrage!
 
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bokkatankie

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people with artificial limbs wanting to compete 'fairly' with normally equipped human bodies (despite having their own games where people with different disabilities compete 'equally' against each other),
Whats wrong with that???, are you saying that it is not fair the able bodied people?
 
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I'd agree completely with DB if it weren't for one thing - Ladie's Beach Volleyball.
You have a point there Snowy. Although i'm more of a lady's gymnastics floor exercises fan meeself loike. I can do 3 or 4 boxes of extra strength tissues whilst that's on the box !

My point isn't that i am anti Olympics (I'm not) so much as the fact I think that if all we had to worry about was that the first language is french, we'd be laffing. There is much wrong with the Olympics but there is also lots to celebrate. And as i speak frog, it's not a big deal to me !

D_B
 
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Whats wrong with that???, are you saying that it is not fair the able bodied people?
Not sure what you mean with your second question Bokka ...... doesn't read well. But I don't think Oscar Pistorius should be able to compete against able bodied in anything other than a just for shits and giggles type of event. You cannot calculate whether he has and advantage or is at a disadvantage.

FOR ME PERSONALLY, in the para-Olympics it is difficult to work out whether a runner with one artificial leg and one with one arm missing and another with both arms gone and a blind man with all his limbs can compete on a level platform. I'm glad all can compete but i do not think competing against 'able-bodied' athletes would have any meaning as physically they are different.

Not trying to insult anyone here ............... no, really I'm not !
 
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I will be flying in the face of IOC convention and will only be speaking mixtures of Waidmannisch, Westfalisch platt, Friesisch platt and high German during the olympics. That will teach them now won't it.

Of course it's the only language our lass and my Herman shooting buddies will ever understand.
 
#18
For some reason they use English, French and the home nation language in all their announcements

edited to add

French is the first language of the International Olympic Committee and as such that means that it must take precedence at all Olympic ceremonies including when medals are being handed out.
The presentations will also take place in English but any statement in English "should be read after the French".
 
#19
In 2008 it was French, English and then Mandarin. The Greeks,however, managed to get their language in first when they did the honours.
 

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