Paralympics

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  1. Otis

    Otis Well-Known Member

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    Watching the coverage of the opening ceremony and asked my 8 year old what sort of disabilities she thought the competitors might have.

    She guessed at blind people and those with limbs missing ....... but then went on to add, people who had no hair or who were pregnant.

    :D
     
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    He he, very good! She has a point though Otis!
     
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    Luckily she didn't say David Bell.
     
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    'Out of the mouths of babes' Kids are great.
     
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    They should include fat guy football. Brazil would walk the gold of course.
     
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    I wonder if they have a category for benefit cheats?
     
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    Was it just me or did anyone else find the Paralympic ceremony all a bit too much arty, so deep it had no meaning, tosh?
     
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    I know it's entirely wrong to say but I don t have any real interest in the paralympics . Bags of admiration and respect but I know I won t find myself watching it. Bad?
     
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    Nope. Feel the same way.

    Trying to explain to my daughter yesterday and found it really hard to do so. I could only come up with the fact that as spectator sports they fall just a little short on the whole.

    I admire these athletes and I respect them and inspired by them but when you have seen the same sports played at the highest level it is hard to find the same degree of excitement for something which unfortunately is something that comes up just a tad short.

    The sports I am more interested in will be the sports that have been adapted for people with disabilities and have almost become completely different sports in their own rights.

    Saw a bit of the blind football covered in a news programme and though I really was amazed by these blind people identifying a ball with a bell in it and showing some amazing skill, it was all a bit too much of a mess and kick and rush for me.

    Will try and watch some but it just doesn't excite me to any degree. Find the overwhelming feeling is one of sympathy and respect and admiration for the individuals rather than excitement for the events themselves.

    I do very much understand the importance of the event and games though. Disability is still very much a taboo in many corners of the globe and we need to change that perception.
     
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    Pretty much sums it up for me
     
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    I know sympathy is not a word that sits too comfortably with a lot of disabled people. They want to be accepted for what they can do rather than what they can't, but at the same time I find it such a natural reaction to feel that way.

    I tip my hat to all of them though and these people must be a true inspiration for all those out there in the world who have disabilities themselves.

    When you hear of blind people playing football it just seems so fantastical and beyond belief and indeed, amazing.
     
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    Is a man or woman who can push their wheelchair around the circuit the quickest any less deserving of a medal than the man or woman who can get their bicycle around a circuit the quickest?
     
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    Not at all.

    Same.
     
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    I thought the ceremony was good, a bit long but good - Loved the Stephen Hawking quote of "do not look down at your feet but up to the stars"

    On another note why has he not got a knighthood!
     
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    Yeah, Hawking was good. The Prospero thing though got a bit up it's own arse somewhat I thought and it all got a bit to arty and intellectual for my liking.


    Ohh and does the Queen ever smile?
     
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    Channel 4 coverage was shite! The adverts were a disgrace, especially when they repeated one of them twice!

    Also the stadium announcer said, please stand, if you can for the paralympic anthem... But harsh!!
     
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    Loving the avatar! The Prospero/ Miranda....

    at one stage Miranda's chair was just hanging there from a harness for about 30 mins, i'm sure a joke could be made of this however, I elect to 'rise' above it :facepalm:
     
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    Bit unfair, the announcer said "in accordance with tradition, if those, who are able could stand for the anthem" bit better then everyone stand up now! that would of been harsh!
     
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    My daughter just came out with a joke.

    What sort of major sporting event do the tropical birds take part in every 4 years?

    The Parrotlympics
     
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    Bad joke corner has its own thread....:whistle:
     
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    She is only 8. :D
     
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    Inherited your poor humour I see :claping hands:
     
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    Errr ...... thanks ........ :thinking about::thinking about:
     
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    What are the random letters in the events? Confusing
     
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    Anyone see the ranting cyclist? He wasn't happy was he! :)
     

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