Posts Tagged: Olympics

Marketing = consumers = customers = cash

And so, as we enjoy our short, hot summer, a new generation of university graduates return their rented gowns and mortar boards and head off into the big, wide world.

The lucky ones know what they want to do and are taking the first steps to fulfilling their dream of becoming a doctor or a lawyer or, God forbid, a banker.

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Every child has a talent at something

For how long will we say that our educational system is our country’s greatest failing?

It won’t surprise you when I say for as long as our inadequate career politicians are in charge: Read more on Every child has a talent at something…

Obama makes Martin Luther King’s dream come true

I am sure we all admired the rolling brilliance of Barack Obama’s oration when, in his Presidential acceptance speech, he said:

“If you are willing to work hard, it doesn’t matter who you are, or where you come from, or what you look like, or where you love*. It doesn’t matter whether you are black or white or Hispanic or Asian or Native American or young or old or rich or poor, abled, disabled, gay or straight you can make it here in America if you are willing to try.”

Please read them carefully because these words represent a defining moment in the history of America – just as I felt the Olympics were for Great Britain: Read more on Obama makes Martin Luther King’s dream come true…

Property values divide the nation

Last week Labour leader Ed Miliband spent over an hour telling us two things: that he wants us to be ‘one nation’ and that he went to comprehensive school.

I quite like the ‘one nation’ thing building, as it does, on our Olympic success and burying, as it should, Labour’s bigoted tribal heritage.

But isn’t there a contradiction in Miliband’s exposition of ‘one nation’ and, in the same speech, his need to remind us of his comprehensive schooling? If we are to be ‘one nation’ why drive an educational wedge between us?

And haven’t these people read what I told them last week?!  Read more on Property values divide the nation…

What makes a snob?

In Britain, the question is did Andrew Mitchell call the Downing Street police ‘plebs’?

Elsewhere it is ‘who on earth is Andrew Mitchell?’ I suspect, at the time of the incident, the police did not know who he was either: which may be why they asked him to exit Downing Street by the little gate at the side rather than the big gate in the middle.

Andrew Mitchell is the Conservative MP for Sutton Coldfield. In the recent Cabinet reshuffle, he was appointed government Chief Whip and Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury. Not for long methinks.

The police record of the incident is revealing: Read more on What makes a snob?…

When a human right is a human wrong

Sitting, lounging, reading books – as I am now – by a swimming pool overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, it is natural to absorb more sunshine than news. But the full horror of the Denver Dark Knight killings has penetrated this tranquil state and destroyed the lives of hundreds of innocent people oceans away from here.

No doubt thousands of commentators have written millions of pages about this crime (not many of which, frankly, have I read).

But how many people were reading – as I was last week – the seminal American novel ‘Freedom’, by Jonathan Franzen, on the very day the news from Denver came through? In the book, Franzen writes this: Read more on When a human right is a human wrong…

Being English, British and European in sport

We are a sporting nation. Or are we?

Sport, unlike Christianity (unless the Pope is here – see last post last week), benefits from ubiquitous media coverage. The lives of our sports stars are ruthlessly exposed (unless they can help it).

Today, as if you didn’t know, it is the Ryder Cup – in which ‘we’ are Europe.

On Sunday, it is the Commonwealth Games, in which ‘we’ are – individually – England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

In 2012, it is the Olympic Games – in which ‘we’ will be Great Britain.

Except we won’t be. Read more on Being English, British and European in sport…