Mark Hubbard enjoyed last night's interview with canoeist Ben Fuohy, whose responses (unlike the braindead questions) were refreshingly free of the usual pabulum:
'What do you think went wrong?'
'Doesn't take a blind man to see that. [Looking back down the course]. The winning boat was there, my boat was way back there, damn hard to win a race with a boat in front of you like that.'
'And do you think you'll take something from this race 'going forward.''
[Fouhy looking at interviewer as if he just arrived from Planet Prime Time.] 'Probably not. No.'
Very forthright. Meanwhile, and from two opposing world-views, Nick Provenzo in posts here and here , and new Tumeke correspondent Phoebe Fletcher both remind us that we should taihoa somewhat in our enjoyment of the Olympic spectacle, lest we forget that China has still to completely shake off its authoritarian past.
UPDATE: Rather than applauding the literally extraordinary Michael Phelps and Usain Bolt for their outstanding victories, as Mindy reports there are some hateful harridans -- hateful of the good for being the extraordinarily good -- who damn their achievement as a means by which to damn achievement per se.
Its very much worth understanding the phenomenon, since this is the mentality of socialism: far better, to this mentality, to ensure the failure of many than to stand back in admiring wonder at the success of a few.
Leave them to their misery. As Jamaican-born John Newnham says, "Isn't it just an effing joyous thing to watch someone *achieve*?!!"