Olympics 2012 and the "Invisible nation".
Take This Life  

Go Back   Take This Life > The Lighter Side > Hobbies > Sports

Olympics 2012 and the "Invisible nation".

This is a discussion on Olympics 2012 and the "Invisible nation". within the Sports forums, part of the Hobbies category; It beats me why the "Loyalist" / "Unionist" / protestant majority population of my home statelet, N. Ireland ,continue to ...

join us
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 03-11-11, 04:07 PM   #1
Senior Member
 
Black Dog's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Constant state of anger.
Posts: 3,935
My Mood:
Default Olympics 2012 and the "Invisible nation".

It beats me why the "Loyalist" / "Unionist" / protestant majority population of my home statelet, N. Ireland ,continue to give their allegiance to a "Queen and country" based across the Irish sea. The ruling powers that be over there do not give 2 fucks about them, if truth be told... never did and never will.

Just look at the forthcoming 2012 Olympic games in London as a prime example of what I mean.

The "UK" does not feature as a nation in any Olympics literature or performance table, being referred to only as Great Britain or "Team GB". This is curious, given that the official name of the team under the International Olympic Committee (IOC) is "Great Britain and Northern Ireland". In addition, the national Olympic committee is the "British Olympic Association", thereby incorporating Northern Ireland, and the national anthem played after each resounding success will be that of the United Kingdom – God Save the Queen (with no dispensation for atheists or republicans).

There is no political entity called Great Britain. Within the UK may be found the entities of England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland, but "Great Britain" is only part of the UK, and just one of the isles from which members of "Team GB" hail.

So, rather than being called "Team GB", the olympic team should be called "Team UK" as the "United Kingdom" (UK) is made up of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and N. Ireland. Will this happen? Not on your life...the excuse given that "Team GB" is a recognised trade mark, a marketing tool.

But, as I said, the real reason is no-one seems to give to give 2 fucks about a nation of "Paddys," even though in actual fact that most of them will be called George, Davey or Sammy.

N. Ireland...in truth the "Invisible nation".

Don't try to tell me that politics doesn't enter into sport.
__________________
That's the thing about depression: A human being can survive almost anything, as long as she/he sees the end in sight. But depression is so insidious, and it compounds daily, that it's impossible to ever see the end.
Elizabeth Wurtzel


The most important things to do in the world are to get something to eat, something to drink and somebody to love you.
Brendan Behan

Last edited by Black Dog; 03-11-11 at 04:10 PM.
Black Dog is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-13-11, 05:33 AM   #2
TTL Platinum Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: ENGLAND
Default

it is to be shown on BBC is it - sorry UKBC
brandysnap is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-13-11, 06:49 AM   #3
Senior Member
 
Black Dog's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Constant state of anger.
Posts: 3,935
My Mood:
Default

Wendy Houvenaghel?

You are probably thinking..."Wendy who???"

Well, she is an olympian from Upperlands, in Co. Derry, N. Ireland who won a silver medal as a cyclicist in the 2008 games in China for "Team GB".

But, keep this information to yourself...don't tell anyone...as she is not from GB (but N. Ireland) the IOC might decide to strip her off her medal if they found out
__________________
That's the thing about depression: A human being can survive almost anything, as long as she/he sees the end in sight. But depression is so insidious, and it compounds daily, that it's impossible to ever see the end.
Elizabeth Wurtzel


The most important things to do in the world are to get something to eat, something to drink and somebody to love you.
Brendan Behan
Black Dog is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 03-26-11, 05:20 PM   #4
Senior Member
 
Black Dog's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Constant state of anger.
Posts: 3,935
My Mood:
Default




The girl from Upperlands won a silver at the China Olympics. Now, she has done even better by winning a gold.

Wendy Houvenaghel and her Great Britain team-mates, Laura Trott and Dani King produced a stunning ride to clinch the gold medal in the team pursuit at the World Track Cycling Championships in Apeldoorn on Thursday night last. This is the 3rd gold for Wendy as part of "Team GB" in this event, having been a member of the winning teams in 2008 and 2009, having to settle for a silver in 2010.

But......SSHHHH.....keep it to yourself, for as a N. Ireland girl she is an imposter as she is not from GB.
__________________
That's the thing about depression: A human being can survive almost anything, as long as she/he sees the end in sight. But depression is so insidious, and it compounds daily, that it's impossible to ever see the end.
Elizabeth Wurtzel


The most important things to do in the world are to get something to eat, something to drink and somebody to love you.
Brendan Behan
Black Dog is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 02:58 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Shoutbox provided by vBShout v6.2.1 (Lite) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2020 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
vBulletin Security provided by vBSecurity v2.2.2 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2020 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
 

Content Relevant URLs by vBSEO 3.3.2