Friday, March 03, 2006
MP in pointless Motion shock - Part II
Citius, Altius, Fortius. Now what's latin for inspiring pointless EDMs?
Sometimes when the muse takes me I have a squizz at EDMs and pick out the sillier ones. Here's my offering today:
EDM 1716:NORDIC NATIONS PERFORMANCE AT THE WINTER OLYMPICS
That this House congratulates Sweden's achievement in winning the Olympic Men's Ice Hockey competition and its neighbours Finland on winning the silver medal; and notes that, although the Nordic nations' population is 24.5 million, they achieved a total medal haul of 42, whilst sending 298 athletes with five nations in five teams to the Games compared with the population of Great Britain at 60 million, sending only 39 competitors and winning only one medal with three nations in one team.
This put down by Angus MacNeil, SNP Member for Western Isles. Let's just have a think. Scandanavia does better than the UK at the Winter Olympics? It's hardly surprising, is it? You know, Scandanavia is freezing. It's climate and geography (loads of hills and mountains and stuff) are more inclined to producing Winter Olympians than places like say...Milton Keynes and Welwyn Garden City.
On an interesting side point, someone (so interesting I can't remember who) said that the Winter Olympics were slightly fraudulent (Ok this isn't verbatim and is my interpretation), the 5 olympic rings represent the 5 continents and the Winter Olympics do not give a fair crack of the whip to Africans and (the Chinese and Japanese aside) Asians. Not too many Australians either. I agree. Abolish the Winter Olympics and just have World Championships.
Secondly, true fans wanted Finland (the best team since Emilio Estevez's Mighty Ducks) to win the Ice Hockey and will not congratulate the bastard Swedes.
I was having a similar conversation with someone about this yesterday.
Not only do we Africans and Asians not participate, we are largely unaware of its existence.
I remember first hearing about the Winter Olympics in 2002, and thinking it was all a huge joke or some one-off event. I was shocked to discover you guys had been having your secret Olympics for ages!
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