“Under protest from their own citizens, the government partly repealed these laws but only to introduce Australian Rules Football, a watered down version of the game which, according to those who have played it is ‘more like a mixture of chess and expressive dance’.
awfurby: "I am tired of "punching above our weight" in relatively meaningless bullshit. I would prefer to have a few more Nobel Prize winners, or a thriving film industry."
biffa: "brokkr: Are you suggesting all art is without value, or just cinema?"
That is all.
Somewhat amusing Irish response to Olympic successes so far.
Although Australia’s athletes have won a handful of gold medals in recent days, the country has racked up a fraction of the 16 earned when the Games were held in Sydney in 2000, and lags well behind its pace in Beijing four years ago. This has been deemed a fiasco.
After plenty of needling from the domestic news media, the Swimming Australia president David Urquhart issued a statement alerting his compatriots that he grasped the dire implications of the country’s relatively meager haul in the Olympic pool — one gold, six silver and three bronze.
“This is not a time for blame and scapegoating,” he wrote. “This is an opportunity to make the changes required to rise to the international challenge.”
This is also, apparently, an opportunity for the British news media to mock Australia. On Tuesday, The Independent, an English newspaper, ran a story with the headline, “Yorkshire — the county that’s trouncing Australia in the Olympic medal table.” The story had a chart that read, “If Yorkshire were a country,” ranking the county 10th, with five golds, well ahead of Australia’s two at the time.
Australia now has five golds and has more than double Yorkshire’s number of total medals. But data can be sliced any old way when it comes to international taunting.
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