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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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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.
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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