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Speechless with pride

I know I’ve been a bit of a grump about London 2012 in the build-up to the summer games. With just about a week of the event left to go, though, I can’t help feeling a huge swell of pride in the British team. Today, particularly, it seems to be raining gold medals!

So, congratulations Team GB! You are making this grump very proud to be British for once!

PORK PIE AND EGG SANDWICH | JAMES WARD: I LIKE BORING THINGS

I suppose this outbreak of Union Jack bunting was inevitable given the perfect storm of both the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the London Olympics this summer. The combination of the two has caused some companies to go so completely demented that they seem to have forgotten what the products they sell are actually for. Pampers, for example, have launched a range of Union Jack nappies:

Encouraging children to piss and shit on the Union Jack isn’t celebrating Britain, Pampers.

A blog that sums up everything that’s mad and bad about this outbreak of patriotism we’re suffering.

The Olympic mascots have tipped me over the edge | Life and style | The Guardian

And the 2012 Olympics is meant to be “a showcase for British talent”. Yet out of the entire country, teeming with artists – professional, amateur, student, infant and the odd trained elephant – these nasty designs were the absolute best they could dredge up. Who designed this drek? A human? A committee? Who chose the winner? Another committee? I  want them all punished.

I have to agree.

I am on record in this very blog saying that I think Wenlock and Mandeville did actually work, when they were animated and trying to get children interested in the Olympic thing, but I have changed my mind. The whole London ’Lympics is turning out to be a tawdry white elephant. With all the talent the UK has to offer, it isn’t a very good advert at all, frankly.

BBC News – London 2012 countdown clock stops in Trafalgar Square

“We are obviously very disappointed that the clock has suffered this technical issue,” said a spokesman for the Swatch Group.

“The OMEGA London 2012 countdown clock was developed by our experts and fully tested ahead of the launch in Trafalgar Square,” he added.

“We are currently looking into why this happened and expect to have the clock functioning as normal as soon as possible.”

Not a good start, I have to say.