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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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Jul. 6th, 2005 12:33 pm (UTC)
I heard that this morning! How exciting!
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.


I am sorry New York lost out so early.

Take Care
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.
Jul. 6th, 2005 12:43 pm (UTC)
Isn't it fun:)
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.
Jul. 6th, 2005 12:44 pm (UTC)
Wheee! I claim a spot on your floor!
Jul. 6th, 2005 02:28 pm (UTC)
You're gonna have to share it with me and mine, missy.
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Make way for the Midwesterners! - incorruptibles - Jul. 6th, 2005 11:38 pm (UTC) - Expand
Jul. 6th, 2005 12:53 pm (UTC)

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.
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*
(no subject) - muridae_x - Jul. 6th, 2005 11:52 pm (UTC) - Expand
Jul. 6th, 2005 12:54 pm (UTC)
Word. This is my favourite Olympics response post so far; thank you. Woot, etc.

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.
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*
Jul. 6th, 2005 01:33 pm (UTC)
Dude! Better you than us. Have fun.
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!
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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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.
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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!
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)
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!
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.
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*
Jul. 6th, 2005 10:37 pm (UTC)
Thank you for the congrats and for your prescience *g*
Jul. 6th, 2005 02:38 pm (UTC)

Let the complaining begin before the celebrating ends!!

I absolutely love the Chirac quote, btw. I phhfffbbbtttt him for you from over here.
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.
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!
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.
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