In a reply to a comment from Shackman where I complained about wall to wall coverage, I added, way down at the end this little piece:
If my tastes in Crafts were given such coverage, I bet there would be plenty of complaints. Wars have started for less.
I was complaining about the wall to wall coverage on all channels of television and radio.
Well lo and behold, my flabber was ghasted when I learned that Ireland won an Olympic Bronze Medal, and it was the only Irish medal of the 1948 Games.** No I have not suddenly suffered hallucinations or taken to the Poitín and become a medal or sports fan. I have no interest in the medals but the taking part, and had I been more than one year old, I would have had my fingers in this one!
For the first four decades of competition, the Olympics awarded official medals for painting, sculpture, architecture, literature and music, alongside those for the athletic competitions. From 1912 to 1952, juries awarded a total of 151 medals to original works in the fine arts inspired by athletic endeavours. Now that is what I call inclusive!