I know my recent track record hasn’t exactly been pro-Olympian. I’ve made no secret of the fact that I am at best, apathetic towards the whole thing. Maybe it makes me a bad Brit, but it’s the truth.
Nevertheless, whilst what I’m about to say may come across as yet another cynical attack on the Games, let me assure that this is not the case. While I’m not that bothered one way or the other, I’m not so out of touch that the buzz and excitement hitting almost everyone else has had no effect on me whatsoever.
But I’m not all that different from all those die-hard Olympic fans, either. Because although I may be more out of touch with the Games than your average Jo, your average Jo is completely out of touch with everything else that is currently going on in the world.
Yes; there are other things currently going on in the world.
Not that any of us could be blamed for not knowing. For according to the media, everything is just wonderfully hunky dory.
Four Gold, five Silver and four Bronze; a total of 14 medals currently held by the Brits. And whilst we’re not exactly topping the leader board as yet, every medal that is won has been met with pride, accolade and respect (unless you’re Tom Daley, that is).
Anyone heard that gold prices have fallen $1,600 an ounce in London? Or that silver prices have dropped $27.21? Or that a 236-year-old irreplaceable bronze bell has been stolen from a church in Ireland?
Or how about news of the three rockets fired into Israel from Gaza on Saturday? Or of Sean Rigg, the schizophrenic man who died in police custody after unsuitable force was used on him?
Let’s be honest – the only reason any of us really know that a cyclist was killed last night is because a, it was by a bus carrying journalists to the Olympic park, and b, Olympic gold athlete Bradley Wiggins has been campaigning for compulsory cycling helmets ever since.
It’s as if all our journalistic resources have been sent to report on the Olympics.
Which is ironic, really. Seeing as so many of their seats are empty.