NOT being a sporty type, I surprised myself by the excitement and elation I felt when I heard we’d won the fight to host the 2012 Olympic games.
A constant theme of news coverage and comedy shows at the moment is typical British self-loathing, the conviction that our Olympic games will be rubbish in comparison to Beijing’s because, after all, we’re British and we’re crap, etc, etc.
Well, the cynics are wrong. Britain deserves to host the next games because we put in the best bid. And after all the newspaper headlines about cost over-runs have been used as chip wrappers, the UK games will be immensely successful and – gasp! – will be something we will all feel proud of.
Having said all that, I did laugh a lot at a comment Jimmy Carr made recently on “9 out of 10 Cats”, when he described the money being spent on the games as “a lot of money for a bronze in cycling.”