Since Stephen Fry’s open letter to David Cameron and the IOC (International Olympic Committee) I have seen many misapprehensions from people defending the hosting of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games at Sochi, Russia (cough cough Daily Telegraph cough cough). The same arguments as to why the Games should go ahead despite Russia’s human rights violations go round and round so I thought I would list the principal ones I’ve seen and my suggested responses. I’m sure there are more around – please add your own in the comments!
“There are lots of places which don’t respect human rights, why aren’t they complaining about Saudi Arabia and Uganda and just concentrating on Russia?” Well Saudi Arabia and Uganda aren’t hosting the Olympics! And if they were I would argue against that too.
“We didn’t stop China having the Games and their human rights record is terrible!” True, and in my opinion the IOC shouldn’t have let them host the games. But two wrongs don’t make a right.
Barman just gave me change from £20 when I gave him £10. After a moment’s soul searching (well more than a few moments if I’m honest) I let him know and gave it back.
He said it would have come out of his wages and got me a shot. And from now on whenever I’m at the bar no matter how many people are waiting I get served first.
£10 well spent as far as I’m concerned!
I love languages, science, mathematics and people with something to say. Life can be wonderful and perplexing, often at the same time, and this is my take on it! I live in Brighton, UK.
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Nothing like making you feel old than waking up early and going for a walk along the sea front and walking past kids still bopping in the clubs down there.
They do still call it bopping, don’t they?
Eavesdropping on couple next to me on train bemoaning the fact they’ve lost their phone.
Her: Oh no that video was on it!
Him: Not that video!
So they repeat “University Challenge” at 3pm on a Saturday?
I’m having so much fun getting all the answers first. I really should get out more.
An ambition was fulfilled last night when a real live Spaniard said “on those trays” so I was able to reply “no, it’s un dos tres!”
How he laughed.
Why did HMV have to fail? It’s just another excuse for people to pronounce the letter “h” as haitch all over the bloody TV.
Got tricked into clicking on a “before they were famous” photo gallery by the London Evening Standard where I was promised 36 counterposed photos of before and after shots of stars.
I am very pleased to report that I got to number 7 before I actually knew who one of them was either before, or indeed, after.
At which point, dear reader, I left.