Category Archives: Beijing Olympics

Ned Kelly’s Olympic Torch, planning stage

An entity interested in the route of the 2012 Olympic Torch relay has asked me for my opinions on what routes to take, and with what kinds of symbolism.   Although at this time I cannot divulge too many details – … Continue reading

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Ned Kelly’s 2012 Olympic Torch

Unknown to most of my readers, I’m a dual national.   I was born in Northern Ireland.   Therefore I have taken it upon myself to conduct my own Olympic Torch relay for my mother country’s 2012 Olympic Games in London. My … Continue reading

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PR viagra cannot revive the limp Olympic Torch

Some of our readers might remember how, around this time a year ago, Catherine and I blogged voluminously about the bloody stupidity of China’s Olympic Torch relay. Now here comes news that the IOC has decided, belatedly, to jettison the … Continue reading

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Grimmy on Human Rights and the Olympics

Ned and I are the proud human companions of a 18-month old adolescent canine.  When it comes to our dog Sammy, Ned and I avoid the word “ownership”, since it is not yet clear who owns whom.  In many ways, … Continue reading

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IOC training video

From The Australian: AUSTRALIA’S Kevan Gosper, the head of the IOC’s press commission, admitted today the IOC knew China would block some internet sites during the Olympics. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) had earlier denied knowing in advance of China’s … Continue reading

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Great Moments in Olympic History

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The sacred torch, the cross and the earthquake

First, Catherine and I want to make it clear that we are not gloating over the suffering caused by the earthquake in China.   We will ask our local Catholic Priest to offer a special prayer for the earthquake victims at … Continue reading

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Ping pong, panda and China’s not so harmonious diplomatic symphony

I can understand why John Pomfret,  a senior China correspondent from the Washington Post, would strive desperately  to convince his readers that China’s international reputation has remained largely unscathed despite the recent ugly displays of racial nationalism in China and … Continue reading

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Jin Jing, Batman, Zhang Ziyi and the Three Stooges

Food for thought from Tom Legg: No one could have possibly dreamed up a story line about attacking a lady in a wheelchair to tug at the audience’s heart strings. That would be unpossible, right? Go take a look at … Continue reading

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The Visitors

The international legs of the Olympic Torch relay are over.   What has the world learned about China and the Chinese, in the past few weeks? Something like this.    An allegory from Monty Python’s, “The Visitors”: Setting:     House = The Torch’s “host” … Continue reading

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