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Re: Come on the Olympics by Ken Dunn on 14 August 2012 9:35pm
I watched a lot of the Olympics on TV and enjoyed every minute of it. Now that it is over I watched the movie Sahara this evening on Film 4 and it was great to have a couple of hours of TV that weren't punctuated by sport.
Re: Come on the Olympics by Lounge Trekker on 15 August 2012 2:55am
I can watch many sports at a world class level, except fencing,tae kwon do and a few others. However, the way Canadian networks broadcast the olympics virtually eliminates any chance of enjoying the competition. They edit all the games until close to the finish...I don't really care who wins, I want to watch the sports, not just the end of the gsme.

And the self-congratulatory opening and closing ceremonies...yuck, what a disgusting waste of money.

What little I did see of the gym volleyball was great. The rowing and kayak races are always good. The gymnastics can be incredible, but like figure skating, the judging is a much lower class than the competition.

If they stopped the olympics, I won't even notice.
Re: Come on the Olympics by Wheelrim on 15 August 2012 4:23pm
Loved the Olymppics, all of it, but equally relieved it is over, with no bad things happening during it. It is time that the costs are now `reigned in` though which would allow scope for others to host it maybe? the costs are spiralling, yes, it is the global event beating all every four years, but it has beccome far too corporate and tacky in the background. Those who do not like sport have hundreds of other channels to watch, and if you do not (unlike us in the UK) have to fork out £145 a year in TV licence fees then your moans fall on deaf ears at this end, 17 days in 4 years is just not worth a whinge. Any country hosting this mammoth event will self promote themselves to the hilt, the max, and I would be very pissed for one, as a tax-payer, that the organisers had not done all they could to promote my country in order to try to claw some of those billions back by way of increased tourism. Nuff said.
Re: Come on the Olympics by Lounge Trekker on 15 August 2012 10:36pm
Yes it was a good tournament for many sports that aren't 'mainstream' for us in Canada. Yes it made life worth living for many people for whom television is so important. But there it is...the olympics are a television event for which sport is but part of.

If it were shown in its entirety, I would feel differently. Of course, TV has only 168 hours a week to fill with advertising and they can only squeeze in a little of the games, and the networks must do their own self-promotion while waving the flag. The sports fan can only wait and hope for good viewing.

Re: Come on the Olympics by Ken Dunn on 18 August 2012 12:41am
Tom Daley has got 3 A Level As, the latest one being in Spanish. Tom is the GB diver who got a bronze medal.
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