Posts tagged: Olympics

Collective thought

The Olympics are officially over.

Thank god I don’t have to suffer Simon Dallow anymore. What an idiot. His sign off this evening on the TV1 news continued as it started – “It’s all about me!” I could hear him quietly scream. So smug and self-satisfied. So inadequate.

One good thing the Olympics highlights every four years is the determination and grit that the athletes dedicate to their sport. The winners always pronounce that they dreamed and thought hard about crossing that finish line, or throwing that big throw. Perhaps its the power of positive thought that made them win – not the training and government money.

And so, here’s the challenge.Think hard

If we could just get ALL the athletes in the world (not just New Zealand ones) to concentrate really hard on a big world issue – for instance, world peace – then we might just be able to influence events. It’s the perfect opportunity. Several thousand athletes, utterly committed and focused on concentrating their thought to one issue. Let’s encourage them not to be selfish and think about 8 or 9 gold medals – lets encourage them to do something nobler, and solve the worlds problems.

We’d need to run a few competitions to decide on the one topic the athletes would ultimately concentrate on, but that’s what the World Games could be for…practice runs at worthy causes.

I think the idea has legs!

[Image courtesy of Evan Holt]

The Golden Girls win again!

Caroline and Georgina Evers-Swindell

Caroline and Georgina Evers-Swindell win gold at Beijing by one 100th of a second.

New Zealand can breathe a sigh of relief. Congratulations!

Pollution in Beijing

The Chinese are now into the home straight heading for the first day of the Olympics on 080808.

The question remains whether the pollution will have been cleaned up by that time. I read a fascinating feature on the New York Times today addressing this very problem.

Having visited Beijing last November for seven days I know how bad the problem is. The day we went to the Summer Palace the pollution scale read 253. The World Health Organisation suggests anything over 20 is bad for your health. What was more shocking is that in the depths of winter the scale has exceeded 500.

Olympic Stadium, Beijing

The image of the Olympic Stadium was taken from the taxi on that ’253′ day. While I had trouble actually seeing the stadium through the smog the taxi driver was so proud of it he pulled over to the side of a busy three lane highway to let me take the picture.

The government in China has promoted the concept of Blue Sky Days – they reached 165 such days in 2007 – trouble is their ‘blue sky’ only needs to be below 100 – which is still 8 times the WHO recommendation. And the majority of the ‘blue sky days’ fall between 95 and 100.

Still, if any country can clean up their act for the Olympics then China is that country. They’ll probably do it by legislation, although they deny that they will have to resort to this.

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