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And the little Nicelandic heart swells with nationalistic pride

I can’t help it: even though I hardly EVER watch handball and really couldn’t care less about it, I was totally psyched when the Icelandic national team beat world champs Germany at the Olympics today.

wOOt!!

Consider: on the one hand we have a nation of 80 million people. On the other you have a nation of 300,000 people. The odds are not in our favour, are they? AND YET WE BEAT THEY ASSES, YO!!

AND SPEAKING OF NATIONALISTIC PRIDE
How about them Chinese, huh? They pulled a Milli Vanilli on us at the opening ceremonies and had a very cute and charismatic little girl lip-sync to singing by another little girl, who was deemed too unsightly to be seen on TV. Interviewed on a radio programme, a Chinese official explained without a hint of irony that they had no choice: China’s image had to be flawless under such circumstances. Oh – and all those awesome fireworks that went off during the ceremonies, the ones they showed on TV and exploded like a miniature Olympic Stadium, consecutively from the edge of Bejing to the stadium itself? All fake!*

WEATHER MUCH THE SAME AS YESTERDAY
Although perhaps just a tad cooler. Nice and sunny, though, especially for those who were able to take the time to be outside … sadly businesses in Niceland seem to close due to weather only in July [although with global warming, that may change]. At the moment we have 11°C [52F], the sun came up at 5.10 am and went down at 9.52 this evening.

PS – Cassie, who is visiting from New York, has an interesting take on our weather over on her blog today. Always good to get an outside perspective!

* Prolly a good thing. In between oohs- and aaahs, EPI and I kept marvelling at how they were releasing all that additional smog, as if they didn’t have enough already. We know all about firework smog up here *cough*.

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  • Jessie August 13, 2008, 12:35 am

    Congratulations on the handball! I just read about that girl who “sang” at the opening ceremonies too. It will certainly be hard for the succeeding countries to follow up with something comparable or better than what China presented to the world, real or fake. But so true about the smog!

  • Professor Batty August 13, 2008, 1:06 am

    …Björk didn’t lip-sync at the opening of the 2004 Olympics…

  • Jon August 13, 2008, 2:20 am

    Batty, neither did Sissel in 1994. How embarrassing for the Chinese people this time.

  • CarolQ August 13, 2008, 2:30 am

    I wondered about all the fireworks and the smoke it leaves. WHERE did you find that out; I’ll be the toast of the town if I can quote you/it.

    Do the Chinese really think they can do all this and not get found out?

    BTW: Congratulations on the Handball win!! I just love a David and Goliath story!!

  • Cama August 13, 2008, 5:08 am

    Congrats to Iceland in the Olympics!!! As for the Chinese, they faked us in some pet food additives and caused death to hundreds of our pets in North America a few years ago. Sad for us in the USA as so much of our food additives, vitamins, toys loaded with lead paint, and much more are bought from there and sold here. It feels like they can’t be trusted. To me they are a scary super power looming on the horizon. However…. I just love Chinese take out food….!!!!

  • alda August 13, 2008, 10:04 am

    Jessie – yes, they put on a spectacular show, but so have all the other countries that have hosted the Olympics. Personally I’m more impressed by something that is real, than by something fake – even if it looks better.

    Professor – Indeed.

    Jon – indeed, indeed.

    Carol – it was on Icelandic state TV. They had this guy giving a statement saying that there HAD been fireworks but it had been such a cloudy evening they MAY have had to be enhanced … lol. – As for being found out, it seems like they really don’t care. This is how they do things over there. Anything to keep up the facade.

    Cama – I agree, they are scary precisely because they can’t be trusted. How is it possible to trust a nation that lies constantly and censors just about everything?

  • Karen August 13, 2008, 2:01 pm

    Congrats on the handball win!

    No medal yet? Oh good, I don’t have to be jealous then…

    Countries that I’ve never heard of before have medals and Canada and Iceland doesn’t? *grump*

  • digdug727 August 13, 2008, 2:19 pm

    personally, i think if jamaica can field a bobsledding team, and win, Niceland can do just about anything! where’s your beach volleyball team?

  • alda August 13, 2008, 11:28 pm

    Karen – why thank you! I’ll accept your congrats on behalf of our handball team, even if I don’t begin to understand the rules or anything …

    Doug – practicing for the 2012 Olympics as we speak! You do know we play beach volleyball here, don’t you? No joke!

  • Lora August 14, 2008, 12:38 pm

    “China’s image had to be flawless under such circumstances”
    Uhuh, “flawless”. They can’t fool me.
    I wonder how the little girl who was singing felt.

    Oh, and congratulations Iceland! I don’t understand handball either, but heck, it’s Iceland!

  • ReallyEvilCanine August 14, 2008, 12:45 pm

    I made no friends and a few new enemies as I sat in the bar (drinking sodavatn!) in my Ósóma sheep shirt with my little flag from Tiger rooting for Ísland. Not that I’m a fan of handbolta; I’m not. And putting the Icelandic players’ surnames on their shirts is just wrong.

  • alda August 14, 2008, 1:02 pm

    Lora – well, according to Chinese officials she was ‘honored’ that he voice was used to sing at the opening ceremonies. No doubt brainwashed by all the propaganda at a tender young age.

    REC – how very courageous of you! Well, either that or reckless.

  • Sigga August 14, 2008, 9:44 pm

    My radio alarm woke me this morning with the Korea Iceland game, I knew that this was a bad sign for Iceland so I pressed snooze hoping it would end before it came back on- I am the jinx, if I watch or listen to a game I know that they will lose. Sorry Iceland, I heard the last 30 seconds….. I promise to lock myself up in a dark room when the Denmark game is on.