Daily Archives: August 7, 2012

Dem Der Games ~ Part Two

I know. I know. You have had enough of me rabbiting on about my dislike of the modern day Olympics. I wrote reams here and here.

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!

69-year-old Letitia Hamilton picked up a bronze medal for her painting of the Meath Hunt Point-to-Point Races in the Olympic art competition.

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!

Maybe I should take out the sewing machine and make a banner. Anyone interested in coming with me on a protest march to Bring Back the Arts?

I was rather harsh in my comment at Maxi’s LBC Post about the Olympics, she had chosen to write about Nur Suryani taking part in the 10m air rifle event while eight months pregnant.

I am very anti-guns and make no bones about it. For years I kissed my husband goodbye as he headed out to work each morning (for one of the major sponsors of this years games), not knowing if He would reach home at the end of the day on his own two feet, or in a coffin. Trigger happy idiots were known to shoot first and ask questions afterwards. Let me tell you there were a few very dicey days when he came home shaken and pale faced.

Nur Suryani was not the first pregnant woman to take part in an Olympic Games. Fanny Blankers-Koen from Holland, took part in the same year as Letitia Hamilton.

Fanny Blankers-Koen of Holland, 6 feet tall and 30 years old, was a “shy, towering, drably domesticated” straw-blonde mother of a 7-year-old son and a 2-year-old daughter who talked of how she liked cooking and housekeeping. She also won four gold medals in track and field and became “as well known to Olympic patrons as King George of England.” Nicknamed the “Flying Housewife,” Blankers-Koen achieved this feat while pregnant with her third child.