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THE 2012 Olympics commenced at … ah, we have a problem. HM The Queen declared the Games open at 12:18am on July 28, 2012. But the Olympic Cauldron was lit at 12:35am. The starting moment is crucial to an accurate horoscope; fortunately, both times produce very similar charts in this particular instance. So, let’s go with 12:18am given it’s the time of the Queen’s command. I have used the Equal House system.
This gives us a chart ruler of Venus with Taurus rising; and Venus itself is in the 1st house – very well aspected, trining Mars and Saturn, underscoring an essential harmony to the intense rivalry at the heart of the Games. Venus also rules the Olympics’ 5th House in which Mars is located, and H6 via Saturn, under Libra.
WHILE we all admire our Olympians for their determination and will, there’s nothing like their kit failing them to show us the things they perhaps tried to hide.
That’s because we’re all rampaging Peeping Toms and very jealous ones at that. If these athletes are going to be really brilliant at something, then we should be allowed to peevishly laugh at them when their wangs and boobies fall out.
TO Lord’s cricket ground where an “Asian” G4S worker providing security for the archers has called a soldier, a veteran of the Afghan war, a “baby killer”. He then spits at him. The Sun adds that the soldier, from the 35 Engineers, had asked to search the guard. Why? We don’t know.
It’s a horrible story. The guard is an obnoxious thug. But a soldier whose seen live action on the battle field can take bit of name calling, surely. Or not. The Sun call upon ex-Helmand commander Colonel Richard Kemp to thunder:
“This is an absolute disgrace. A soldier shouldn’t have to put up with this terrible insult. If there’s any possibility of a prosecution, then it should go ahead.”
The Duke of Edinburgh and Princess Anne watch the Dressage stage of the Eventing at Greenwich Park, London on the second day of the London 2012 Olympics. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday July 29, 2012. Photo credit should read: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire. EDITORIAL USE ONLY
WHAT is winning a gold meal at London 2012 worth? No, not in endorsements, appearances on A Question of Sport and advertising junk food and insurance. What will your country give your for bringing home gold?
Malaysia: £400,000 for any gold medlaists plus a solid gold bar worth £380,000 if that gold comes in badminton
AS soon as a horse appears in the title sequence to a TV show your writer turns the channel over or the telly off. The show will either be a costume drama or feature people who want to live in one. So, then, to the Olympics, where Jan Ebeling is riding Rafalca, a dressage horse owned by Mitt Romney’s wife Ann Romney.
Ebeling wants to assure us that dressage is not as expensive as you might suppose. If you budget right, you might have some cash left over for a holiday home in Sardinia. So. Can dressage be a go-to sport for inner city schools? Says Ebeling:
If you look at our team, there’s nobody who’s a millionaire. When I grew up we had no money. I worked my butt off. I cleaned stalls. People saw the talent and would let me ride their horses. Money is not something that defines dressage. It’s something you can do with a normal budget.
MORE news on empty seats at the London 2012 Olympics.
“I was at the Beijing Games, in 2008 and one of the lessons that we took away from that, is that full stadia create the best atmosphere, it’s best for the athletes, it’s more fun for the spectators, it’s been an absolute priority….It’s a shame this happened, but we are going to do everything we can to make sure we fill up these stadia” – Jeremy Hunt- Culture and Sport Secretary.
AS the German team appeared in traditional pink and sky blue suits, in the crowd a German dignitary gave his nation’s athletes the time-honoured Nazi salute.
Kenneth Brannagh and all that rugger had threatened to run the show in a cunyfest. But, then, William Beveridge – The Musical got underway and the show became a melange of Friday night British sit-com (Mr Bean reminded of Chariots of Fire when listening to, erm, Chariots of Fire), Her Majesty The Queen’s big acting break, humour, heart, youth culture and great telly.
THE Olymics got off to a jittery start this week, when the North Korean women’s football team walked off in protest after the South Korean flag was mistakenly displayed at Hampden Park.
The organisers apologised, explaining that the faux pas was a case of human error rather than deliberate snub, and David Cameron was swift to step in and smooth ruffled feathers. But it will come as some consolation to know that it is a rare Olympics indeed that passes off without some kind of cock-up…
MORE polemic from the political hotbed of women’s Olympic football. Scottish footballers, American -born Ifeoma Dieke and Kim Little, refused to sing God Save the Queen, the Team GB anthem, before their match against New Zealand.
When the men’s outfit played Senegal, Welsh footballers Ryan Giggs and Craig Bellamy kept their mouths shut. There exists the very real possibility that Giggs is the subject of self-imposed super-injunction. Is it wise for a man with his chequered love life to be filmed singing about divine love for another woman? Think not of the Queen, but the kids and the suffering wife.
DAY 69 of the Olympic Torch relay: London. The sun shone. The crowds cheered. London looked brilliant. Really brilliant. The Olympics are all about people, humanity being pushed to the limit by courage and endeavour. Of course, the setting matters. Place and politics give the Olympics their backstory, making the edge of competition sharper. When the cost of security, selling burgers and bullshit legacies is overlooked, the sport is fantastic value. The lasting memories of London 2012 will not be the fear foisted by stories of security lapses, terrorists, missiles and sexual exploitation, rather it will be those magic moments yet to come when humanity strives to better the rest. Forget the on-message stuff about it being inclusive. That’s the politics. For the elite athletes, this is their moment. The rest of us are happy to watch…
IT was the kind of mistake you might suppose the North Korean would roll with. When the second match in group G of the Olympics women’s football tournament began in Glasgow, the boffins in the big screen booth heralded the arrival of the North Korean women’s football team with the South Korean flag.
SPAIN’S Olympic kit is visible from space. Alex Fàbregas tweeted a photo of himself in the kit and the words: “Olympic equipment, there are no adjectives …” Of course, there are many adjectives. Too many. And like that kit, thy’re going cheap if your buy a gross for cash….