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It's war

So, the opening of the Beijing Olympics and a land war in Europe... did we give the impression we were bored or something?

Because I would quite like less excitement than that. I wanted one kind of excitement, Olympics excitement. I wanted to look at Beijing's ceremony and enjoy myself by imagining what godawful shite London will serve up in an attempt to be "relevant" and "down with the kids" or similar. Except we will probably have a Tory government by then so we'll have military tattoos and Routemasters instead of dancing hoodies. And also Scotland will probably have seceded by then.

I did not want tanks in South Ossetia and airstrikes. No points to *you*, universe.

Six hours, thirty two minutes until I am on vacation, unless we run late. Which we do *every* *damned* *Friday*. I hadn't realised how much I needed a break until this week.

I have 10 weeks of holiday to use by next Easter. I just mention that in a gloating sort of way...


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Aug. 8th, 2008 01:50 pm (UTC)
I see that the South Ossetians cannot calculate the time difference between there and London and started their land war *before* you went on vacation. They're not following the rules, are they?

The Olympic still pictures are killing me. NBC has video locked down here until 8:08 pm ET, but I'm sure you're watching it live. :P
Aug. 8th, 2008 02:11 pm (UTC)
Selfish Ossetian, Georgian and Russians. Why couldn't they wait until 7pm?

Re: Olympics -- I can't believe that NBC can do that. It's *news* for pete's sake. It is the most gorgeous thing to see though, they've spent a ton of money and it looked amazing. It's a pity that the Russians and Georgians are spoiling the party.

I am still baffled by the idea of people wanting a spoiler cut for *news*. Well, not baffled. Irked, maybe, though I do understand
Aug. 8th, 2008 03:33 pm (UTC)
Well, seeing as how NBC has a lock on pretty much all U.S. broadcast video until NBC puts it on the air, spoiler cuts are pretty critical here.

Mind if I quote myself?

Another shook her head. "Infiltrate the system that operates the fountain. Tamper with the chlorination system. Add in some crypto or giardella. A flyover wouldn't work. I heard that the military had orders to shoot down anything that wasn't the Goodyear Blimp."

"Really?" the first scientist said. "Who has the authority to issue that kind of order?"

"NBC," a third federal worker said, and the entire group laughed.

I was only partly kidding. {g}
Aug. 8th, 2008 11:58 pm (UTC)
Truth in fiction! *g*
Aug. 8th, 2008 02:25 pm (UTC)
I've been keeping half an eye on both events via iPlayer. I'd really rather only have the Olympic opening ceremony to watch. I don't much want to see tanks at any time, unless I happen to be visiting the Imperial War Museum or something.

Hope you manage to get away on vacation more or less on time.
Aug. 8th, 2008 11:59 pm (UTC)
I did, thanks. Well, thirty-five minutes late and I spent the afternoon filled with hate, but otherwise all is lovely. How good was the Olympics opening ceremony though?
Aug. 8th, 2008 03:40 pm (UTC)
USA TODAY reports a suggestion for the London opener:

"At the BBC, a reader asks Caroline Cheese how we (London) can compete with this? Good luck. Maybe they could reunite all the living actors who've played James Bond and Doctor Who? Or go completely different and get Monty Python, supplemented by the Comedy Store Players."

Aug. 9th, 2008 12:01 am (UTC)
Oh, I think that would be pretty fun. Otherwise, after the "friendly games" of Sydney, "the Olympics come home" of Athens and "the dragon games" of China I think we're heading for "the slightly crap" games. The "mustn't grumble" games.
Aug. 8th, 2008 03:47 pm (UTC)
Your holiday makes me want to weep.

I have four weeks of holiday which includes any sick days which count as holiday for the entire year. And that is considered generous by American employers.
Aug. 9th, 2008 12:02 am (UTC)
I think that American holiday entitlement is a load of horseshit. How can they possibly make you count sickness as holiday? Fie on that.
Aug. 8th, 2008 04:34 pm (UTC)
We're at war?

... oh. Well, Russia is, anyway. Oy.

Ten weeks! Oh, you SUCK. (Come visit! After the election!)
Aug. 9th, 2008 12:02 am (UTC)
I do suck. It is true. *g*
Aug. 8th, 2008 05:24 pm (UTC)
War? What?!

Yes okay I have not listened to the news, read a newspaper or browsed the news sites on the net since I before I went to the States. I'm...uh...about 6-8 weeks behind current events!

10 weeks of holiday? WOW. How on earth did you manage that?

Can you not just tell them you're taking September, December and half of February off? *G*
Aug. 9th, 2008 12:05 am (UTC)
Oh, breakaway regions of Georgia and the Georgian government trying a crafty bit of territory regrabbing while everyone is looking at Beijing, so Russia sends in the tanks. It's all not-good.

10 weeks of holiday? WOW. How on earth did you manage that?

I had a colleague who was sick from last November to June, so I couldn't take much holiday between then and now and every four years we get a paid sabbatical to go improve our minds in some fashion. Most people go do "beach studies" or "looking at fish in exotic climes" rather than sticking to the spirit of the award but no one seems to object. *g*
Aug. 9th, 2008 07:53 pm (UTC)
Except we will probably have a Tory government by then

Mmm...nothing better than conservatives in office when there are feats of strength to be displayed and evil ones to be vanquished in the sporting arena. Not sure what 1984 would have looked like if the Soviets had shown up, but I think the GOP would have enjoyed it less. Somehow, the Winter Games are less...confrontational, at least in the US. And GWB was too busy with picking out furniture for Gitmo to get much in the way in Salt Lake a few years back.

And oh, dear, I'm so frightfully sorry to hear about all that pressure on you to take ten weeks off in the next eight months.
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