Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Ballarat and Beijing: better and worse

Oh god. It just doesn't get any better. London journalist bags Ballarat athlete. London journo bags "our" (don't forget even American basketball coaches who stayed here for more 20 minutes are labelled 'Ballarat residents') Erin Carroll for being the first athlete to lose in the Olympics.

Carroll had not been in the original Australia team, but snuck in when some
spaces were reallocated by the International Badminton Federation. She has been
playing at the top level for a couple of years, so she was happy just to have
taken part. Which is not something you hear often from an Australian.

Ooooooooh! Fire up the jingo machine! Man the patriotic defences! Get someone famous from Ballarat to say those British people are mean and nasty and anyway we have a bigger tally than you andwhataboutourmineral richesandwehavenicerbeachesandexcellentfruitywines. At a reasonable price.

Here's the latest from the Show With No Name Studios:

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Aaahh yes, but our aristocracy is so much finer than yours in an inbred sort of way...not to mention our adoration of that upstanding National Socialist party in "old" Germany...and our
penchant for not bathing on a semi-regular basis...and when it comes to the Olympics, who could forget the greatest of them all: eddie the eagle.
Besides, our own Olympics is much more refined and cultured and is not a pantheon of wanton profiteering and righteous rhetoric. Oh no, the Commonwealth Games has more of a...colonial feel, allowing the natives to bask in some metallic glory for a short time in our empirical glow.

Ta ta, Vinny from Ballarat.

(I can't wait to read the venerable Keith Windschuttle's revision of that dastardly affair, the Eureka stockade. Insolent and witless convicts, the whole lot of you!)