Of all the animals of prey, man is the only sociable one.
Every one of us preys upon his neighbour, and yet we herd together.
The Beggar's Opera: John Gay

Saturday, 8 February 2014

Olympic Soundbite

Oh dear, a Sochi calamity
USA bobsledder locked in a lavatory;
Posted on twitter, it's caused much hilarity,
Don't you just long to be there?

"Heeeeere's Johnny!"


  1. But was he there from Monday to Saturday?

  2. Crikey - I hope nobody has to take similar drastic measures to get in.

  3. Demetrius, the days of the gentleman athlete are long gone; I can't imagine a modern Olympian - all 'pumped up' with competitive zeal and killer instinct - being prepared to wait politely for rescue for five minutes, let alone days.

    AKH, it depends, I suppose, how desperate they are; all that cold weather can wreak havoc on the waterworks. On the plus side, most of the sports equipment would adapt admirably for demolishing doors.

    Meanwhile, since peculiar lavatorial arrangements are rapidly developing into the Leitmotif of the games, perhaps he should have been grateful to have a door at all.


  4. The interface between Russia and the rest of the world is entertaining in itself.

  5. Presumably, JH, even more so for those who know Russia well.

    The openly gay winner of the ladies' ski jump will certainly shake things up...