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WRITTEN November 2010
I used to be an ardent fan of athletics in the 1970s. But that enthusiasm has waned a little now. Due to the sands of time, my memory is not what it used to be. I have trawled through a few web sites trying to rekindle my memories. Some of this op is more personal for me and meaningless for anyone else. But I hope that the amateur psychiatrists amongst you will be able to glean the workings of my mind.
My earliest sporting memories were in South Wales of my parents discussing the Tokyo Olympics in 1964. I can still remember the distinctive theme tune to the Olympics. I can remember the build up to the Mexico Olympics in 1968. Most of the events were shown late at night and I was too young to understand what was going on.
I do remember the brilliant theme tune to the Mexico Olympics sung by Long John Baldry. A few years later I came across his tearjerker 'Let the Heartaches Begin'. After listening to this track, I could cry and cry until I became psychotic. Being two-timed is not a nice feeling. There are emotions of helplessness, shock, jealousy and anger. Certainly she never looks at me the same way in which she looked at him.
The first athletics event I took an active interest in was the 1970 Commonwealth Games. These took place in Edinburgh. I really enjoyed the 1971 European Athletics Championships in Helsinki. My role model was David Jenkins who won the 400m at the age of 19. He started in lane 8 but gave everything he got. From the gun he was first off the blocks and maintained his lead till the finish. It was a phenomenal performance.
RUNNING IN OLYMPIA
During Easter 1973, my parents and me went on an arduous Cosmos coach holiday of Greece. 98% of the coach party were grown-ups. Possibly I was too young to undergo this type of holiday. Perhaps I would have been better off with a holiday at Butlins or Pontins?
During the holiday, we visited Olympia, the site of the first Olympic Games in 776 BC. I had the privilege of running on the original running track finishing second in a two-horse race! There was also a museum of the Olympics in Olympia. There was a tribute to every single Olympic Games held. The Olympic torches from those games were displayed. Even the heart of the modern Olympics founder Baron Pierre de Coubertin was displayed in a glass bottle. Nowadays the Olympic torch is lit from the rays of the sun at Olympia.
I learnt a lot about ancient Greece on that tour. I loved the theatre of Epidaurus, Oracle of Delphi and the Parthenon. In Mycenae, there was a deep well used by the doctors. Apparently mentally ill patients were put in the well and snakes were released as well. It was thought that the sheer terror involved would cure the patients. I might have a word about changing my treatment with my psychiatrist! I also enjoyed my stay at the Hotel Marinos in Corinth. A few years ago I purchased a Nana Mouskouri cassette tape which was easy on the ear. I wonder if our Caroline thinks of me as her Adonis!
MY BRONZED ATHLETIC CAREER
In athletics races I was always the bridesmaid but never the bride. My school sports teachers all agreed that I had no coordination at sport. But at least I tried my best. At Carr Lane School, I was picked to participate in the potato race on sports day. I came third behind Michael Clark and Derek Briggs. It was a good feeling to have the equivalent of a bronze medal. The weather was sunny and lovely. It was one of the red letter days of my life. Shame that my parents did not bother to attend. Unfortunately I was not subsequently picked to participate in the Haltemprice Sports event.
The potato race involves collecting 4 potatoes in a line one at a time which are placed in a bucket. A lot of skill is required gathering the potato and maintaining your balance whilst turning back for the bucket. In the late 1970s and early 1980s Liverpool football club used shuttles in their training. Shuttles is similar to the potato race except that 8 posts are used and the player has to go to each post before returning to the start. It made the players fitter and was responsible for the club's success on the field. Perhaps the present coaching team should reintroduce shuttles in the training.
At Hymers we did athletics only in the Summer term. There was a cinder track with a long jump pit. Having been in the school rugby team, I was fitter than some class members. The extra fitness helped my running. My time for 100m was 10.1 seconds. But the track seemed shorter than 100m at 90m or so. My friend Ian Wilkinson commented at the time that I ran faster than East Germany's Stecher. My time for 200m was 28.7 seconds. Finally my time for 400m was 60 seconds. I did not have any tactics. I simply ran as hard as possible from the start. I had a fast run-up in the long jump but could not translate the speed into distance.
One Hymers sports day did have bad memories for me. I was picked to compete in the 400m for my form. A few minutes before the race, Smig told me to sprint from the start otherwise I would not win. I did as he said and was leading at 10m, 200m and 300m. But then doubts entered my mind, I looked around and lost speed. I eventually finished 3rd in bronze medal position. I was just a couple of meters away from winning. I was devastated. If I was a horse then I would be Crisp who finished second in the 1973 Grand National to Red Rum. The good thing about the British is that they prefer gallant losers to winners. When I got home, my parents did not ask me where I finished nor did I tell them. I simply suffered in silence.
The day of that race coincided with the Queen's Silver Jubilee. The Queen was in Leeds that day giving out medals at a school athletics sports day. Around that time there was a discussion involving journalists from France, Soviet Union and America. The American journo said that the BBC's pictures of the Jubilee were some of the best broadcasting of all-time. In those days I was actually a fan of the Royal Family. I turned against them after the death of Princess Diana's bodyguard Barry Mannakee in a motorcycle accident. In my opinion, he was murdered. MI6? I find it incredulous that the police treat mysterious deaths as mere accidents. Princess Caroline's husband Stefano Casiraghi died in a powerboat accident. In my opinion, he was murdered. Mafia?
I attended another school sports day as a spectator. Our class was missing a shot putter and asked for my help. I refused as I had bad memories of my 400m defeat. I never raced again.
They say that listening to music is enhanced 3 times if listening with another person. I wonder what the ratio would be with regards to watching sport on TV? My parents were not fans of athletics so I has to watch the action on my own. My wife and I often watch athletics competitions together. It is great to bounce ideas off someone. My knowledge of Indian athletics is non-existent. I have only heard of the runners Shiny Wilson and P T Usha. But several Indian athletes did well in the recent Commonwealth Games at New Delhi. I suspect that a few officials were allegedly bribed in order for the Games to come to India.
When I resat my A Levels at the Hull College of Further Education, one of my class mates was Debbi Brown. One afternoon she came to the house for a natter. There was an athletics competition on TV which made very good viewing. Debbi listened to all my UFO theories. I gave her a book 'UFOs Over Canada' which was a good read. She comes from a great Kirkella family. Her mother calls her car Simon. Her brother dyes his hair red every month. Her younger sister Melanie often snores. The last I heard of Debbi was that she was studying Pharmacy at Sunderland Polytechnic. Where
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Baby Paul Kundu, alleged love-child of Olympic Champion Tessa Sanderson. For Athletics in General Ciao review.
is she now? IMPROVING FITNESS
They say that if you are physically fit then you are mentally fit. Certainly my best academic performances came when I was in the school rugby team. In the 1970s there was a programme called 'Nationwide' which was telecast after the early evening news on BBC1. One episode featured a running club where participants went to after work. The running kept them fit and happy. At times in my computing career, all I did was work, eat and sleep. Perhaps if I joined a running club it may have benefited me?
Haltemprice Sports Centre opened in April 1974. I went there a few times playing badminton. Sports centres are an inexpensive way to become fit. I read somewhere that Hamburg has over 300 sports centres. When I was attending a job club a few years ago, someone from the local sports centre turned up saying that job seekers at the club could use the sports centre's facilities at a reduced price.
About 3 years ago I was thinking about joining a gym. I got all the leaflets but decided not to join up. The monthly fees were quite steep. I was not sure if I could attend the gym for 12 months with the same enthusiasm. I don't know if our Karen is into athletics? She always looks so fit!
Running can improve your fitness. And eating the right foods can help you run faster. Marathon runners normally eat plenty of protein before a race. But a couple of days before the race they only eat carbohydrates to give the body extra energy. This is known as carbo-loading. One Chinese coach feeds his athletes on turtles' blood! There are many sports drinks on the market such as Lucozade Sport, Powerade etc. One of America's leading sports drink is Gatorade. There are a few products which help athletes train. One such product is 'Up Your Gas' which replaces the proteins in your body after training. The 400m runner Solomon Wariso tested positive for a banned substance after taking 'Up Your Gas'.
SPORTS AT SCHOOL
It is now over 30 years since I left school so I am perhaps not the best person to impart advice on the future of sports at school. At school I had two games periods and one indoor gym period per week. In the rugby team we had practice on Wednesday afternoons and a match on Saturdays. I still have frozen memories of running cross country races in winter. In a typical class of 30 pupils, 10 were very good at sport, 10 average at sport and 10 with little or no interest in sport. School sports days can be memorable events. I can recall a Hello magazine cover page which featured Princess Diana attending Prince William's school sports day. There were allegedly Mossad cars at the entrance and exit of the Alma Tunnel. The engagement of Prince William and HRH Kate has lifted the planet. I imagine that they have champagne and caviare for breakfast. I am faced with a lonely bowl of Sugar Puffs every morning. I reckon that, from a certain angle, the Honey Monster resembles Pippa Middleton!
Over the years schools have sold off their playing fields for business to build supermarkets etc. Some schools have no playing fields of their own. One school in North London actually hires a coach to take the pupils to a sports ground an hour's drive away. The Education Minister has slashed over GBP 100m off the schools' sports budget. The Australian tennis champion Pat Cash tried to sell mini-tennis to several schools. The idea is that 5 year olds have the chance to feel a racquet at an early age. But headmasters refused his proposal on health and safety grounds. Australia produces the likes of Rod Laver whilst we produce the likes of Michelle Tyler. I also admire Pat Cash for allegedly pulling that Swedish model. The future of sports in schools seems to be in decline.
WORK HARD OR PLAY HARD?
During June there were many sports events such as athletics meets, the Wimbledon Tennis Championships, Football World Cup and European Championships. My parents have always blamed my love of sports for getting poorer exam results than expected. I must admit that in 1980, my mind was subconsciously on the European Football Championships rather than on my A levels. England played very well for the first 20 minutes including a super goal by Ray Wilkins.
I feel that parents can improve their children's exam results. During the October before my A Levels my father went on a 4-week medical conference of the Far East. My mother subsequently could not run the house properly. I also had to cope with going to medical schools for interviews without my father's help. When he returned, he was taken ill within 3 days. A doctor diagnosed high blood pressure and diabetes. Really he should have gone on that trip during the Xmas holidays.
Three months before my finals, my grandmother (mother's mother) came to stay with us for 3 months. My father hated my grandma and did not speak to her at all. My mother was angry at my father and did not speak to me at all. I was angry at my grandma for coming and regularly practised my wrestling moves on her! The atmosphere in the house was not conducive for exam revision and I messed up my exams. My grandma later extended her visa to 6 months and later to one year. Believe it or not, she again came to the UK 3 months before my university finals. I demanded that she stay with my junk uncle in Walthamstow and my request was adhered to. I passed my exams with flying colours. In all my grandma has visited the UK 3 times. But that has meant 3 years where my mother has not spoken to me. During the past few years when I have travelled to Kolkata, I have not bothered to speak to my maternal relatives. It could be argued that my parents deliberately tried to sabotage my exam results. I found it funny that they went to school parent evenings asking my teachers how I could achieve better at school. They forgot to mention that they regularly beat me to a pulp when I returned home from school. Perhaps Norman Bates had less problems with his mother!
Sometimes being at work can clash with sport. I wanted to see live TV coverage of the 1986 European Athletics Championships in Stuttgart. But I was working on a project and was putting in plenty of unpaid overtime in the office. At that time my boss was Phillip George Mitchell otherwise known as Mitch. He was such an astute business manager that he could generate a profit in a depression. He watched live TV coverage of the athletics on the company TV before returning to his desk. When I joined Logica, most of my work colleagues gave me false information. Mitch later allegedly told my father over the phone that I could not be trusted and he told my work mates to deliberately feed me false information. I took revenge by telling my bosses that the project I was working on was finished when there was still a little work to be done. If the secret Congress report on the cover-up in January 1988 is Wikileaked then the UK defence software industry would collapse overnight. But the the cover-up of this cover-up was brilliantly executed.
In 1988 work again got in the way of sport. I left early from work to watch the European Championships football match between England and Holland. We lost 3-1. That summer the West Indians toured England. The TCCB had introduced the law that a minimum of 90 overs must be bowled in a day. There was no time limit for the overs to be bowled. Sometimes I saw live test cricket until 7 pm.
1973 EUROPA CUP
I saw live coverage of the Europa Cup the first time in 1973. The competition consists of 8 men and women's teams competing over a hosts of events. Points are awarded 8 for the winner and 7 for 2nd place etc. The women's competition was dominated by the East Germans. They seemed to win every event. The men's competition was more open. At that time my favourite athlete was the high jumper Barbara Inkpen. I loved her surname.
1977 EUROPA CUP
The 1977 Europa Cup was also exhilarating to watch. I recall the final day took place on a sunny day outside. I think Great Britain won 4 races on the final afternoon. My favourite moment was Britain's Andy Carter winning the 800m. That day was probably my favourite athletics moment.
The story of Lillian Board is the most heart rendering. She was a precocious talent. She won medals at various championships at 400m. But then was struck down by cancer. Her illness was featured daily on the evening news. Every day I would come in from school eager to know if she was recovering. I was very sad when she passed away.
I know of two cancer cures which do not have any side-effects. The out-of-its-depth Coalition Government is allegedly deliberately suppressing cancer cures in order to appease the pharmaceuticals. There was an X-Files episode where the US Government tried to suppress a remedy on the same grounds. Perhaps I should finish off what Duane Barry started?
I was very angry with God for taking Lillian so early in life. Paul wept.
Angel – Sarah McClachlan.
Rosemary Stirling was a 800m runner in the early 1970s. Every time she ran, she seemed to win. I was disappointed when she did not have a podium finish at the 1972 Munich Olympics. I was gutted when she got married. That's what goes through a mind of an 11-year old.
My summer school holidays of 6 weeks were filled in the early 1970s watching television. The BBC and ITV broadcast great programmes such as Casey Jones, Marine Boy, Big Blue Marble etc. There was even one programme called 'Why Don't You Switch Off Your Television Set And Do Something Less Boring Instead'! There was also an excellent athletics programme hosted by Ron Pickering. He featured top athletes on every episode. One episode featured the hammer thrower Howard Payne. Ron could transfer his enthusiasm for athletics to the viewer. Another programme he hosted was 'We Are The Champions'. This was filmed around Wimbledon time. The show featured a series of races between teams on land and in the swimming pool. The programme was entertaining and had a catchy theme tune. I really have to thank Ron Pickering for getting me interested in athletics.
Brendan Foster was a world-class 5000m runner. He had the unique ability to sprint during the middle of a race and leave his opponents in his wake. He regularly participated in the Gateshead Games which were exciting to watch. He used to run to and from his office every day. He always told the best jokes at the BBC Sports Personality Of The Year event. He is an excellent commentator for the BBC. His knowledge about athletes is second to none.
I first saw David Hemery in the 400m hurdles at the 1972 Munich Olympic Games. Although he did not win, he showed great humility as a loser. He was later featured on 'This Is Your Life' with Eamonn Andrews. During the transmission, he said to Eamonn 'I hate to think what all this costs'. He had a theory that he won the 1968 Olympics because he had convinced himself that he would not lose. He later wrote a thesis on this theory. He later helped Sally Gunnell win the Olympic 400m hurdles crown. He won his Olympic title in a time of 48.1 seconds which was a world record. It does not get better than that.
Ian Thompson is my favourite marathon runner. As an unknown athlete, he won the 1974 Commonwealth Games marathon. He repeated the the feat later in the year at the European Championships. His mother helped design his vest which coped with the hot weather. I would have automatically pre-selected him for the 1976 Montreal Olympics. But the stupid selectors asked him to run in a race just a few months before the Games. It was impossible to peak twice in such a short interval. A few years ago he took part in the London Marathon starting in last place. For every person he passed, he earned money for charity.
The decathlon is the hardest event to compete in. It consists of 10 arduous events in 2 days. The aim is to complete the event rather than aim to win. Daley Thompson dominated the event for a decade. The training for all these events was arduous. He even trained on Christmas Day. He won gold medals at all the major events and broke the world record. His finest performance was beating 3 fellow West German decathletes at the 1986 European Championships in Stuttgart. He even allegedly pulled Sue Barker.
Several British 400m runners do well in the first 300m of a race before tying up in a sea of lactic acid. Roger Black had the unique ability to keep of going till the tape. He won medals in all the major championships. His nickname was 'Sex On Legs' which was a nice nickname to have. I wonder what our Laura's nickname for me is? Roger now fronts athletics events for the BBC.
Michael Johnson had an unique style of running. His head was always upright as he ran. He was virtually unbeatable over 200m and 400m. He is now a summariser for the BBC. His knowledge is so deep that when he speaks you listen.
Sergey Bubka was a world-class pole-vaulter. He won all the major championships. He broke the world record several times. He only increased the world record by a cm a time so that he could claim the cash bonus on offer. He had a nutritionist, strength coach, sports psychologist amongst others in his team. The finest pole vault event I saw took place at the Montreal Olympics in 1976.
Jarmila was a brilliant Czechoslovakian middle distance runner. She was powerfully built and seemed to sprint all the way through her races. She was never fazed by her opponents.
SOME GREAT RIVALRIES
Sir Roger Bannister and John Landy: This rivalry took place before my time. I can only relate what I have read. Bannister had one shot at breaking the 4-minute mile record which he achieved. He knew that Australia's Landy would attempt to break the record the following month which he did. But in a major head-to-head Bannister beat Landy.
Steve Ovett, Sebastian Coe, Steve Cram and Peter Elliott: It can be unusual for Britain for have one world-class middle distance runner. But to have four great middle distance athletes at the same time was unbelievable. There actually was no rivalry between Ovett and Coe. Before the 1978 European Athletics Championships in Prague the two of them had a couple of meetings to work out the best tactics. Their rivalry was actually caused by a tabloid newspaper battle. Ovett won several major medals and broke many world records. Seb Coe brought innovation to athletics by using oxygen masks in his training. He also won several medals and broke a few world records. Steve Cram was in the England Commonwealth Games team at the age of 17. He also won medals and broke world records. He is a Sunderland supporter and commentates for the BBC. Peter Elliott was a gritty runner. But he always made the most of his talent.
Andrea Lynch and Sonia Lannaman: Both runners excelled in the sprints. They always occupied the top two positions in a race. Sonia Lannaman made her début for Britain at the age of 14.
Anders Garderud and Bronislaw Malinowski: Both were world-class 3000m steeplechasers. The major championships always featured them amongst the medals. Malinowski unfortunately lost his life in a car accident. His mother was Scottish and he had hoped to represent Scotland at the Commonwealth Games.
SOME DRAMATIC MOMENTS
Derek Redmond: held the British 400m record but his career was dogged by injury. In the 1992 Olympic semi-finals he pulled up early in the race with a hamstring problem. Despite that, he got up and managed to complete the lap on one leg. His father helped him across the final line. It was so emotional. A few minutes later David Grindley had taken Redmond's British record. In an radio interview, he said 'I lost it all today'.
Fatima Whitbread and Tina Lilak: The inaugural World Championships took place in Helsinki, Finland in 1983. The women's javelin competition was fascinating. Britain's Fatima Whitbread led all the way throughout he competition until the final round. With her final throw, Tina Lilak beat Whitbread's throw to win the gold. Whitbread broke down in tears. There was a lot of sympathy for her.
Sonia Lannaman: did very well in sprints during the season. But at one major championship she pulled her hamstring. She was favourite for at least a medal. I felt very sorry for her.
Evelyn Ashford: was a top American sprinter. She pulled her hamstring in 1983 Worlds. It was very sad. But she she recovered well to win the 1984 Olympic 100m gold. A tremendous comeback.
SOME SPORTING MARRIAGES
Emil and Dana Zatopek.
Valeri Borzov and Ludmilla Turisheva.
Alan and Della Pascoe.
Kathy Smallwood and Garry Cook.
SOME ATHLETIC BEAUTIES
Shireen Bailey, Helen Golden, Kim Hagger, Gabriella Dorio, Raelene Boyle.
The marathon distance is 26 miles and 385 yards. Completing it must be an exhilarating experience. I first came across marathons in the early 1970s watching the DJ Sir Jimmy Savile raise money for charity by running marathons. His girlfriend singer Polly Brown from the pop group Pickettywitch was ever so sweet. I do enjoy watching the London Marathon every year. But it takes a lot of effort to get up at 9.30 on Sunday mornings. It is great watching all the wheelchair racers, the serious runners and the fun runners competing. In 1987 I actually went to the Mall to see the London Marathon in person. It was quite exciting at first. The only runner I recognised was Sweden's Ingrid Kristianson. The comedian and actor Eddie Izzard ran a astonishing 40 odd marathons in 50 days. One of my favourite marathon runners was Ron Hill. He did not win every race but he never gave up. My favourite woman's marathon runner is Joyce Smith. Once she refused to do an interview saying that she had to make her husband's tea.
DRUGS AND CHEATING
There was a radio interview a few years ago with an athlete who had admitted using performance enhancing drugs. He said that as a schoolboy it was wrong to take drugs. But as a professional it was frustrating to train all day and getting beaten by the same opponents time after time. If there was a chance of improving one's performance by taking drugs and avoiding detection, then he would take it.
In the 1970s the East Germans wanted to show their political muscle by dominating athletics. Unfortunately they cheated using anabolic steroids. These steroids were even injected into muscles to make them grow bigger. Other athletes took masking drugs to prevent the steroids being detected. Some athletes used blood doping. Here a pint of blood is removed from the athlete who then goes altitude training to make up the blood loss. Then the original blood is injected back into the athlete thereby increasing the number of red blood cells in the body. I think that field athletes are more prone to using drugs. There was the case of a field athlete being found guilty of doping offences and given a ban from athletics. When he came back, he won the Olympic gold medal. It is a bit of a farce. Now drug testing takes place out of season and a few athletes have been caught out. But the drug testers do not always get things right. I suspect Florence Griffiths-Joyner allegedly took drugs to produce her incredible times in the sprint events. The middle-distance runner Diane Edwards was found guilty of taking drugs. In my opinion, she is innocent. I have followed her career since she broke into the international team. Butter would not melt in her mouth!
Cheating goes on in other sports as well. I feel that the referee was allegedly bribed in the 1967 European Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Inter Milan. In the 1985 European Cup final the referee allegedly admitted to Kenny Dalglish that the winning goal was not a penalty. Surely when a death has occurred in the stadium, the match should have been immediately abandoned? Cheating goes on in cricket regarding pitch preparation, ball tampering, spot fixing and match fixing. A Chinese swimming coach was allegedly found with a suitcase of drugs during an event in Australia. There was the case of a rugby league player who allegedly claimed that his drink was spiked and he got off scott free. A tennis player alleged that the reason for his positive drugs test was that he kissed a girl who had been taking drugs. The All Blacks were allegedly given food poisoning just days before the World Cup final against the host nation.
There are questions you have to ask yourself. Is athletics clean today? No. Will athletics ever be clean? Never.
ATHLETICS AND POLITICS
Ideally sport and politics should not mix. But that is not the way of the world. In the 1970s there was a sporting boycott of South Africa due to its apartheid regime. The boycott did not really work. Perhaps economic sanctions or military intervention would have proved more fruitful. The African nations boycotted the 1976 Montreal Olympics due to the participation of New Zealand who had played rugby against South Africa. The Americans boycotted the Moscow Olympics due to the invasion of Afghanistan by the Soviet forces. The Soviets then boycotted the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games.
The only loser in these boycotts are the sports fans. I can remember in 1979, Prime Minister Thatcher and her foreign secretary Lord Carrington coming regularly on the TV saying that Britain should boycott the Moscow Olympics. Thankfully the athletes ignored them. I don't like the allegedly dubious links between Lord Carrington and Dr Henry Kissinger. The great New Zealand middle distance runner John Walker was commentating on the Moscow Olympics. He said that Great Britain should be congratulated on having the guts to compete at the Games.
Despite being an athletics fan, I was not totally happy when London was awarded the 2012 Olympics. London has already hosted the Olympics twice before and perhaps it is now right that future Olympics should be given to cities which have not held them before. I also worry about the cost of holding the Olympics. Perhaps the money could be better spent elsewhere. In Hull, I spend a lot of time driving around Princess Avenue, Hawthorn Avenue etc. I feel that a lot of investment is required to the infrastructure to improve matters for the residents. But where is the money coming from?
The day after London were awarded the Games, the G8 Summit began as did the 7/7 bombings. Is there a tenuous link between these events? The Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu left London for Israel the day before the 7/7 bombings. The Israeli mayor Ehud Olmert left New York for Israel the day before the 9/11 events. Mossad has allegedly links with every Islamist terrorist group. Something is not kosher here. We have lost the battle to win hearts and minds in Afghanistan. We are losing the war in Afghanistan due to alleged links between the Afghan Taliban and the Pakistani ISI. If I was the British army, I would get Combat Barbie to nuke the Taliban into submission.
I feel that I have already seen the 2012 Olympics. They were featured in an episode of Doctor Who a couple of years back. It is great to se the actress Katy Manning back as Jo Grant. She was my favourite Dr Who assistant. I hope that the 2012 Games are memorable and trouble free.
This opinion took a long time to compose. But researching the facts brought back many happy memories. As I have a speech impediment, it is easier for me to get my point across in print rather than verbally. I have left out a few athletes and golden moments in athletics. I hope that Big Sis is impressed with this op. Finally I wanted to end this op with an athletics-themed song.