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Here Come The Night Elves

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Watching the Winter Olympics as a Brit is a bit like going to a party when you don’t know anyone: it all looks jolly good fun but you can’t help feeling on the periphery of things because everybody else is listening to Europop and wearing lederhosen.

If the Winter Olympics was a breakfast it would be that strange collation of cold meats and Emmenthal that is always served in continental hotels. It’s an attractive prospect on a one-off basis, but you wouldn’t be throwing out your Coco Pops in a hurry. It’s just a bit too weird and frightening to digest on a daily basis.

What I am struggling to say is that for the British sports fan the Winter Games has an exotic but not enduring appeal. We’ll tune in every four years, but we won’t be inputting the Nordic skiing World Cup on Eurosport into our Sky Plus consoles.

Still, there is one thing we can all certainly look forward in Vancouver come February 12. The opening ceremony has got to be seriously bonkers to live up to the legacy of its predecessors, which can only have been conceived by choreographers struck mental by the cold. Who can forget Barry Davies in Lillehammer in 1994 whispering in reverential tones as if Nelson Mandela had just appeared: “and here come the night elves”. If there isn’t at least one night elf performing next Friday then I shall want my money back.


Written by harrisharrison

January 31, 2010 at 7:01 pm

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  1. I thought it was in Sochi? Damn that pub quiz


    January 31, 2010 at 8:44 pm

  2. I am going to start a blog called ‘(A Very) Free Nelson Mandela’. It will basically be the Mr Mandela dolly accompanying me on various trips. No need for words or an introduction from Barry Davies. The photos will suffice. Do you think it’s a goer?


    February 3, 2010 at 10:49 am

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