The pattern shows that when you've got the money making egos doing their thing, it's crap and makes the country look like a bunch of *****. When you've got the athletes doing their thing, it's mega and makes us look really good.
Enda thought the whole thing was fecking lovely, "deepening Anglo-Irish ties" he didn't even mention all the Irish athletes symbolically become part of a big feck-off Union Jack at the end. I imagine Dev is rotating in his grave and Gerry has had to have a little lie down. Which is nice.
I'm not saying; I'm just saying. Can you imagine the United States hosting the Olympics and making everyone form the stars and stripes? "Hey, Iran, stop horsing around and get back to being one of our stars!"
The opening/closing ceremonies are fundamentally everything that you would expect when you combine national hubris with a limitless budget of other people's money; a tasteless festival of appalling tackiness that ends up competing with Aldershot in an additional Olympic event to decide which is more camp.
If they ever decide to hold a Gay Games, it is hard to see how they could top it... short of HRH Prince Edward singing Barbra Streisand's greatest hits whilst dressed in a basque and high heels.
"I'm not saying; I'm just saying. Can you imagine the United States hosting the Olympics and making everyone form the stars and stripes? "Hey, Iran, stop horsing around and get back to being one of our stars!""
Hey, USA, stop horsing around and get beck to being one of our minor colonies!
Could it be something to do with a difference in foreign policy? That is, not determined by the Jewish lobby, the Irish vote, the rapure-believing bible belt vote and not imposed by B-52?
The closing ceremony was, IMHO, pretty pants. Ray Davies should have given up years ago, and George Michael's second song was a simple plug for a new (and thus unknown) single - that was hardly the place for it. Still, all 5 Spice Girls looked eminently bonkable, as did Darcy Bussel. But why was everything wrapped in newsprint at the start? And the Pink Floyd bit that neven mentioned Pink Floyd, but did include at least one of them, and a live-action version of the Wish You Were Here sleeve.
And as for a Gay Olympics - I'm pretty sure that there is one, later this year in Nepal. I presume that George Michael and Jesse J will appear at the closing ceremony again, and that we'll be represented by a multitude of sporting legends, led by Tom Daley