Cultural Cleansing for the Cameras - the Olympic Spirit

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tean
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Re: Cultural Cleansing for the Cameras - the Olympic Spirit

Post by tean » Tue Aug 14, 2012 11:40 am

Immediately after winning the gold medal Ben Ainslie was interviewed and he said then that he owed a lot to Cornwall and the support he received from the Cornish people and thanked them for it. This was while he was still in his boat and it was the first thing he said. Helen Glover has also had a lot of TV coverage and photos in the press but not once has she draped herself or waved a Cornish Flag so why pick on Ben Ainslie?

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Re: Cultural Cleansing for the Cameras - the Olympic Spirit

Post by Trevorpen » Tue Aug 14, 2012 12:44 pm

Exactly right Tean. Both these Olympians have been, quite rightly, praised so highly in Cornwall.
All the GB represented their country and they quite rightly draped themselves in the nation flag of Great Britain.

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Re: Cultural Cleansing for the Cameras - the Olympic Spirit

Post by Rosko » Thu Aug 16, 2012 8:55 pm

You ignorant tosser, TrevorPen. And what about the north of Ireland Olympians, who also competed for the 'UK' team?

Yes Tean, they both mentioned Cornwall, and good for them, and whoopee for Cornwall. As an onlooker observing the whole olympic experience, again, I can't help but be saddened by the pollution of big money interfering with the so called olympic ideal/ethos, at every turn.

Where we had mass drug-taking some 30 years ago - and evidently many sill do (take 'em), case in point being that 'supernatural' Chinese swimmer (if you've ever been involved with any aquatic discipline at almost any level, you'll know exactly what I'm talking about) - we now have many, many athletes prostrate to the God of Cash. Ben may have mentioned what a great place Restronget/Cornwall was to learn to sail, but sadly the symbolism displayed to the world for many days was.... Next.... Probably not his fault, but sad.

Olympic spirit RIP

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Re: Cultural Cleansing for the Cameras - the Olympic Spirit

Post by GrahamHart » Sat Aug 18, 2012 1:43 am

Before he makes a statement to the world like 'Black Power' did in mexico in 1968 and suffer all the negative consequences that came with it for his career, he could do with some assistance from a Malcolm X or a Martin Luther King first. And the Olympic spirit is not dead. Far from it. But the people who run it soon will be.

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Re: Cultural Cleansing for the Cameras - the Olympic Spirit

Post by Rosko » Sat Aug 18, 2012 8:19 am

You're right, it's reincarnated as the Paralympics...

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Re: Cultural Cleansing for the Cameras - the Olympic Spirit

Post by TeamKernow » Sun Aug 19, 2012 8:05 pm

Penzance - Sunday August 19th 2012.
Celebration of Helen Glover winning Cornwall's 2012 Olympic Rowing Gold Medal
LOCOG directed Metro Men stay over in England where they belong - proud St Piran's Cornish National Flag rises:


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Ludgvan
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Re: Cultural Cleansing for the Cameras - the Olympic Spirit

Post by Ludgvan » Mon Aug 20, 2012 8:22 am

And Helen, from the Pirate FM pics:

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Re: Cultural Cleansing for the Cameras - the Olympic Spirit

Post by Rosko » Mon Aug 20, 2012 10:05 am

WooHoo!!
Good work helen... Proper Cornish maid... Where's Ben to, then?!!
I think Cornwall's gold medal haul was actually one. Ben came to Cornwall, got the sailing knowledge, and took it to Hampshire, probably where his heart lies. Cornwall, however grateful Ben is, was just a learning post, just as you might go to Cardiff university to learn medicine. Doesn't make you Welsh, however much you enjoyed your Wales experience, and are grateful to the university town and its people. Likewise Ben Ainslie.

Contrast that with Cornish maid Helen Glover... Says it all.

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Re: Cultural Cleansing for the Cameras - the Olympic Spirit

Post by Carbilly » Mon Aug 20, 2012 3:51 pm

Ludgvan wrote:And Helen, from the Pirate FM pics:

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Anyone fancy a bet as to whether you'll see this particular shot on 'Spotlight' or displayed by any Northcliffe rag? ;)
In TK's top piccy, why is that silly cow in the foreground holding an English flag? Geographically confused?

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