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Les Rosbifs disent "up yours, Chirac"

God almighty, London got the Olympics.

I had dinner with vivwiley last night, and she said she had a habit of being in places when things happen. So clearly it's All Her Fault.

I was so certain that Paris was going to get the games in 2012 that I almost didn't watch the announcement, only relenting at the last minute and heading downstairs to switch on the BBC (one always watches the important stuff on the Beeb *g*)

In that silent moment of verging towards a decision, of leaning into the future, I was waiting for it to be Paris, my lips forming a disappointed 'P' … then your man said London and I jumped up and down and yelled "holy shit!"

So exciting. It's almost worth biking into Stratford and dancing under the Giant Woman O' Doom.

This is going to be so fabulous. Not only do we get an Olympic party in 2012, we get SIX YEARS to have a good whinge about how it's completely knackering the transport, it's a complete waste of money, how we're paying through the nose via our taxes and about how Britain couldn't organise a piss-up in a brewery.

Two fabulous British obsessions (sport and pro-am Grumpiness and Moaning) in one all-singing, all-dancing package.

And we shat on Jacques Chirac. Laaaa!

Dude. You can walk to the stadium from my house. They're going to regenerate this whole area. *dances some more*

So. 2012. All back to mine, eh?

ETA: My mum just rang me and we went "eeeee!" down the phone at each other.

ETA2: The reason why we're glad we shat on Jacques Chirac, aside from him losing the EU referendum vote and then diverting attention to the British EU rebate while refusing to consider the reform of the common agricultural policy:

The French president declared that the only thing the British have ever done for European agriculture is mad cow disease, the French daily Libération reported.

Mr Chirac then reportedly said: "You can't trust people who cook as badly as that. After Finland, it's the country with the worst food."


The Guardian, Tuesday

ETA3: I break out my childish glee icon for the first time

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revely
Jul. 6th, 2005 12:33 pm (UTC)
I heard that this morning! How exciting!
marakara
Jul. 6th, 2005 12:36 pm (UTC)
And we shat on Jacques Chirac.

That was one of the best comments I heard here on the radio. "It isn't just that London won, it's that Paris lost. Again. As usual." Lots of French loser jokes after that.

Teehee!

I am sorry New York lost out so early.

Take Care
Mara
infinitemonkeys
Jul. 6th, 2005 10:24 pm (UTC)
Seeing the Parisians on the news, I felt a bit gutted for them, actually. They'd pinned so much on it and their bid was so good that they weren't expecting to lose.

Jacques Chirac, however, can kiss my fat English arse.

I am sorry New York lost out so early.

There seemed to be the sense that it was a bit soon for New York to get fully behind the bid, what with the stadium trouble and so on, but I thought what bits of their presentation I saw were good.
paratti
Jul. 6th, 2005 12:43 pm (UTC)
Isn't it fun:)
infinitemonkeys
Jul. 6th, 2005 10:25 pm (UTC)
It's cracking. Mostly because it was so unexpected. This is one hell of a summer we're having.
ropo
Jul. 6th, 2005 12:44 pm (UTC)
Wheee! I claim a spot on your floor!
timesink
Jul. 6th, 2005 02:28 pm (UTC)
You're gonna have to share it with me and mine, missy.
ropo
Jul. 6th, 2005 02:36 pm (UTC)
Too bad I called dibs first, eh? ::snicker::
loveanddarkness
Jul. 6th, 2005 04:31 pm (UTC)
ropo and I claim the Bad Girls Section of infinitemonkeys floor, but if there are various levels to this floor, then, of course timesink is my Top.

infinitemonkeys
Jul. 6th, 2005 10:25 pm (UTC)
You can always have a spot on my floor. or possibly a guest bed now that I have such a thing
ropo
Jul. 6th, 2005 10:39 pm (UTC)
Whooot! I claim the guest bed! timesink and family can have the floor. :heehee:
incorruptibles
Jul. 6th, 2005 11:39 pm (UTC)
DAMN!

How did you beat me? This &$*@ comment wasn't there two minutes ago...
incorruptibles
Jul. 6th, 2005 11:38 pm (UTC)
Make way for the Midwesterners!
Woo hoo! loligo and I claim the guest bed!

I will try not to trod upon all you floor-sleeping suckas as I make my way to the -- what do you call it over there on that sceptered isle, the...loo? -- at 4 a.m.

The French just had the World Cup a few years back. They can wait a while for the Olympics.
muridae_x
Jul. 6th, 2005 12:53 pm (UTC)
Hurrah!

I think that you've summed up all the reasons why I'm quietly glad that London won. Okay, so I'm not going to enjoy the look of my council tax bill for the next few years but... whee! Especially the bit about beating the French. Because that ambition is so built into the national psyche that it almost goes without saying.

Also, beach volleyball at Horseguards Parade. I soooo want to see it.
infinitemonkeys
Jul. 6th, 2005 10:28 pm (UTC)
I don't know about you but when I watched the 10 o'clock news I felt quite gutted for the Parisians. They were so sure they were going to get it (their bid was so good) and it meant so much to them.

Still. Hah! Not gutted enough not to celebrate.

Also, beach volleyball at Horseguards Parade. I soooo want to see it.

I hope they will clear up the horse dumplings first *g*
muridae_x
Jul. 6th, 2005 11:52 pm (UTC)
I think the problem was that they expected to win just a little bit too much. Some of that got seen, and is most unseemly.

But yeah, I do feel sorry for them. Probably sorrier than I'd have felt for us if we'd not got it, actually.

I hope they will clear up the horse dumplings first *g*

Let's hope not too many of them resemble volleyballs...
duranorak
Jul. 6th, 2005 12:54 pm (UTC)
Word. This is my favourite Olympics response post so far; thank you. Woot, etc.

E.
x
noelleleithe
Jul. 6th, 2005 12:56 pm (UTC)
I feel your pain. Also your fun. :)

You should volunteer. It was a grand time. Except for the part about the ugly culottes.
infinitemonkeys
Jul. 6th, 2005 10:36 pm (UTC)
Steady on there. If I am in my current job I'll be lucky to leave the office for two days together. What are these culottes of which you speak? *g*
musesfool
Jul. 6th, 2005 01:33 pm (UTC)
Dude! Better you than us. Have fun.
cofax7
Jul. 6th, 2005 01:56 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad San Francisco got knocked out early (I seem to recall someone thought it would be a good idea: no: we can't even replace a bridge that fell down 16 years ago!); and as soon as I heard the announcement, I thought of you. May your property taxes not keep pace with your rising home value, my dear.

Childish glee icon! Adorable!
infinitemonkeys
Jul. 6th, 2005 10:30 pm (UTC)
May your property taxes not keep pace with your rising home value, my dear.

A faint hope but thank you. And we shouldn't let utter incompetence stop any city from hosting the games, as that would rule out London and would certainly have ruled out Athens until about six weeks before the last Olympics
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infinitemonkeys
Jul. 6th, 2005 10:31 pm (UTC)
Goodness, me too. I almost said 'stuff it" and went out to the cinema early so I didn't have to watch us being 'plucky losers' yet again.
muridae_x
Jul. 6th, 2005 11:49 pm (UTC)
I soooo expected us to be runners up. As usual.

Still haven't got over the shock yet.
pandarus
Jul. 6th, 2005 02:10 pm (UTC)
We WON? Holy cow!

Go London!

I am utterly gobsmacked. Pole-axed. Chuffed to bits. Go Team Us! For all the reasons you cited!
infinitemonkeys
Jul. 6th, 2005 10:32 pm (UTC)
I know! You and the entire population of the United Kingdom (well, the bits that aren't enjoying a bit of recreational rioting up by Gleneagles)
vaznetti
Jul. 6th, 2005 02:22 pm (UTC)
Two fabulous British obsessions (sport and pro-am Grumpiness and Moaning) in one all-singing, all-dancing package.

Add in crapping on the French and Jacques Chirac (who will have to make nice with Blair up at Gleneagles now, and won't that be fun!) and it's like a dream come true!
infinitemonkeys
Jul. 6th, 2005 10:35 pm (UTC)
Sad but true. I should be ashamed of the very unlovely national gloatfest going on, but it's not happening tonight.
sharinlilbit
Jul. 6th, 2005 02:29 pm (UTC)
Congratulations! I'm thrilled for y'all! Also happy for myself since last night I picked London in the "Who do you think is going to get the Olympics?" poll on cnn.com. Go me. *g*
infinitemonkeys
Jul. 6th, 2005 10:37 pm (UTC)
Thank you for the congrats and for your prescience *g*
comice
Jul. 6th, 2005 02:38 pm (UTC)
Bwahaha!

Let the complaining begin before the celebrating ends!!

I absolutely love the Chirac quote, btw. I phhfffbbbtttt him for you from over here.
infinitemonkeys
Jul. 6th, 2005 10:39 pm (UTC)
Truthfully? I loved the Chirac quote as well. Such a funny story. And sort of true. Our national cuisine is seldom lovely outside a domestic setting. When pubs serve it, it tastes like cack. Of course, the English don't complain within earshot of anyone who could do anything about it.
lilydale
Jul. 6th, 2005 03:19 pm (UTC)
I totally thought of you when I heard about the Olympics. "infinitemonkeys is going to be so happy to have increased property value overnight! And also, she gets years of country-wide budget whining!" *g*

I'll come sleep on your floor for a reason not having to do with music or the theater!
timesink
Jul. 6th, 2005 04:40 pm (UTC)
You're going to have to fight me and Ropo and Kim for that spot, missy. And maybe even my children.
lilydale
Jul. 6th, 2005 06:14 pm (UTC)
I have time and years to train. Watch out! ;-)
se_parsons
Jul. 6th, 2005 03:20 pm (UTC)
Chirac is an arse with his mad cow comments. He can look up Jethro Tull, say, and Four-field crop rotation and the British Agricultural revolution if he wants to not sound stupid.

I do have to say, though, the only decent food I had in England was curry (everywhere), thai from that place by your house and the Chinese take-out we got in Essex and the fried fish the first day. The rest of it was horrid. I mean, seriously, who fucks up PASTIES in the land that invented them? Apparently the Cornish. And pasta primavera? I can make that out of the contents of my fridge and the stuff we paid a TON of money for in London was undercooked and, wet, and not in a good way. I will not speak of the hideous pub "nachos" made by people who had clearly never had real nachos in their lives or the laugh of going to Little Chef - but DUDE, IHOP or Dennys could so totally take Little Chef in the culinary smackdown that it's just WRONG. It is possible we just had bad restaurant luck, but bad cooking seems pretty endemic. It's one of those, I think there may be a reason for the stereotype, much like the one of "Americans are fat."

It doesn't excuse Chirac for being an utter dick, though.

Nice the French can feel good about their cuisine (and deservedly so) because they are tending to lose most every other competition lately.
infinitemonkeys
Jul. 6th, 2005 10:43 pm (UTC)
it's true. We have some of the best food in the world in London but it's not indigenous cuisine and it's seriously expensive -- not like the US or Australia, where it's easy to get good food cheaply -- hence our reputation for serving up cack. Because we do serve up cack.

But I did love the Chirac quote. Talk about *him* playing up to the stereotype.

Eh, God love him, apparently he's sexually incontinent and has the staying power of a 15-year-old in a room full of Pamela Anderson posters.
xsabx
Jul. 6th, 2005 03:31 pm (UTC)
Finally
a place on my FL who are happy about what will happen in the next seven years.

I'll see you there, matey.
timesink
Jul. 6th, 2005 04:43 pm (UTC)
i suppose i should talk directly to you now {g}
Best thing about London getting the Olympics? No more freakazoid Opening Ceremonies!

infinitemonkeys
Jul. 6th, 2005 10:45 pm (UTC)
Re: i suppose i should talk directly to you now {g}
I dunno. Someone will come up with something outlandish. It seems to be tradition now.

On the radio they were suggesting that Ozzy Osbourne should open ceremonies with Paranoid *g*
laurashapiro
Jul. 6th, 2005 04:44 pm (UTC)
I hope it really does turn out to be fun for you, and not an inconvenience-fest.
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leiliaxf
Jul. 6th, 2005 06:32 pm (UTC)
kewl. Rule Britannia!!
leadensky
Jul. 6th, 2005 08:56 pm (UTC)
The French president declared that the only thing the British have ever done for European agriculture is mad cow disease, the French daily Libération reported.

...No, no, on second thought, I won't go there, you dark-ages-living technophobe.

Mr Chirac then reportedly said: "You can't trust people who cook as badly as that. After Finland, it's the country with the worst food."

1. Scones rock.

2. Fish n chips are pretty dang dandy, too.

3. Dude. Guiness. (And hell, yeah! it counts as food.)

4. Even if one totally does not care for the rest of Brit cooking, one must admit they inspire some of the best ethnic food in the world.

Yah for ya'll!

- hg
curiouswombat
Jul. 9th, 2005 07:24 pm (UTC)
Seems a bit late now, but having read your post about the bomb attacks I scanned down the rest of your journal. I was so glad about London getting the games too, because I couldn't face the idea of a gloating Jacques Chirac. I really, really hope that if the voting ever becomes public, we discover that Paris lost because the Finns were even more pissed off about his cuisine comments, and their friends the Estonians, Norwegians, Swedes etc. voted with them in a sympathy vote - like Eurovision -ish!!

Would you mind if I friend you - I find your entries very readable?
infinitemonkeys
Jul. 10th, 2005 10:22 pm (UTC)
I like your idea of a Eurovision of voting but I am not sure we ever get to find out who voted for whom. I imagine it would lead to lots of revenge voting at the next go-around

Please feel free to friend if you'd still like to.
curiouswombat
Jul. 10th, 2005 10:30 pm (UTC)
I imagine it would lead to lots of revenge voting at the next go-around

I'm sure you're right - pity, but no doubt how-it-has-to-be!
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