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Simon (Highwayman) (highwayman) | 4698 comments I'm watching the opening ceremony of the commonwealth games. They keep stopping to tell us to give money to unicef. I am a bit disappointed that they have turned it into another bloody charity evening.

I think I will go up the pub.. Bah humbug.


Michael Cargill Cargill (michaelcargill) | 2994 comments I'm disappointed at how bad the entire thing is.


Simon (Highwayman) (highwayman) | 4698 comments Ummm.. I need to be positive... It's a great tv screen... Otherwise I agree Michael. It obviously all went wrong because the Queen refused to skydive in.


Michael Cargill Cargill (michaelcargill) | 2994 comments It all went wrong because they drafted in someone who specialised in organising school nativity plays.


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Pete Carter (petecarter) | 637 comments Simon (Highwayman) wrote: "Ummm.. I need to be positive... It's a great tv screen... Otherwise I agree Michael. It obviously all went wrong because the Queen refused to skydive in."

There's a balMoral there somewhere.


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Pete Carter (petecarter) | 637 comments I've spent the entire evening uploading a book into createspace. Bloody hell! It's sequentially easy, but then they want you to do all that US tax stuff all over again. Why couldn't they just link to your Amazon account? Createspace is after all part of the same outfit.

Completely forgot the games were on, thank goodness.


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Pete Carter (petecarter) | 637 comments Michael wrote: "It all went wrong because they drafted in someone who specialised in organising school nativity plays."

Err - school nativity plays aren't organised. Or is that the point you're making. (Asks he who didn't watch it.)


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Pete Carter (petecarter) | 637 comments Pete wrote: "Michael wrote: "It all went wrong because they drafted in someone who specialised in organising school nativity plays."

Err - school nativity plays aren't organised. Or is that the point you're ma..."


I left out a question mark. Here it is : ?


Michael Cargill Cargill (michaelcargill) | 2994 comments I wonder if those Yorkshire terriers are going to shit all over the place.


Simon (Highwayman) (highwayman) | 4698 comments Michael wrote: "I wonder if those Yorkshire terriers are going to shit all over the place."

Spooky. I just had the same thought. It would spice it up if we had a blue Peter moment.


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Joo (jooo) | 1636 comments I kept commenting that the average age of some of the smaller teams seemed to be over 50, then when the Welsh team came on in rather lovely red dresses, I said I thought they'd got lost on a hen party they were so young and blonde :)

And isn't Rod Stewart dead by now? His singing talent died along time ago.


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Michael Cargill Cargill (michaelcargill) | 2994 comments The Welsh team looked lovely, I had no idea there was a beauty category.

Rod Stewart is about as Scottish as a pizza and has the stage athleticism of a dalek.


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Tim | 9478 comments I've been reading the opening chapters of my little story into a microphone - bloody good it is too, if I say so myself (the microphone, not the story). Haven't been near a telly since monday!


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Jim | 21709 comments Haven't watched telly for about seven years, so managed to avoid an awful lot of rubbish :-)


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Jud (judibud) | 18537 comments Just watched a clip of the opening ceremony cause one of the guys from my theatre group was a dancer in it (you see him when they start the tunnocks tea cake dance). I have to admit I'm not very impressed but maybe it's different if you are actually a Scot, perhaps the country is full of hairy Scots in terrible outfits yelling "FRRRRRREEEEEEEEEEEEEDOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM!" this morning


Patti (baconater) (goldengreene) | 61757 comments Sounds like something I'd have pointed and laughed at.


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Jud (judibud) | 18537 comments It was more car crash like. Too horrific to do anything but stare with your lower jaw on the floor


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Will Once (willonce) | 4053 comments Welcome to the clichéwealth games.

Scotland is a truly beautiful place that has given the world the peerless pleasure of uisge beatha aka the water of life aka whisky aka "make mine a double".

I can never understand why they don't make more of that rather than reminding us of a history that largely consists of losing the battles that mattered, never winning a war and being constantly annoyed by (and/or jealous of) the English.


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Richard Martinus | 646 comments It's all a cunning plot by the 'No' campaign to make the Scots feel they're incompetent and had better remain part of the UK.

Talking of which, was anyone else struck by the resemblance between the Games' mascot Clyde and Alex Salmond? Oh, just me then.


Rosemary (grooving with the Picts) (nosemanny) | 9058 comments Budget of these Commonwealth Games = £575 million
Cost Of London Olympic Games = £8.77 Billion

I think Clyde looks more like Nicola Sturgeon actually.


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Jim | 21709 comments Rosemary (The Nosemanny) wrote: "Budget of these Commonwealth Games = £575 million
Cost Of London Olympic Games = £8.77 Billion
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Hate to say it, but for me it's all money wasted


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Jud (judibud) | 18537 comments I have to agree with you Jim, but then I have no interest whatsoever with these sporting events. Why do they have to have such excessive opening ceremonies that just get bigger, more expensive and more stupid each time as they try to out do whoever held them the time before.


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Jud (judibud) | 18537 comments Just to clarify, I'm not disputing the games themselves just the opening ceremonies. I think the games are great for athletes and people who have interests in sports and they can provide great role models for kids too.


Rosemary (grooving with the Picts) (nosemanny) | 9058 comments Oh I quite agree. Let's just stick to the sport, if we must. And all you need for that is a field really.


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Marc Nash (sulci) | 7481 comments after watching the latest news footage from Gaza at 7pm I didn't feel much like watching people prancing about trying to define Scottish identity, not that it wouldn't have been the same if it had been an English or Welsh theme


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R.M.F. Brown | 4128 comments Rosemary (The Nosemanny) wrote: "Oh I quite agree. Let's just stick to the sport, if we must. And all you need for that is a field really."

Best comment so far. I love this site, because it's full of good people and good posts, but one or two comments about Scotland have been below the belt, in my view.

Best to stick to the sport and I'll say no more on the subject.


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Darren Humphries (darrenhf) | 6980 comments Will wrote: "Welcome to the clichéwealth games.

Scotland is a truly beautiful place that has given the world the peerless pleasure of uisge beatha aka the water of life aka whisky aka "make mine a double".

I..."


Didn't the Scots have a hand in winning World War II? I'm fairly sure it wasn't just the Americans.


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Jud (judibud) | 18537 comments I have a friend from Northern Ireland who lives in England now who is obsessed with Scotland and Scottish Independance. The way she talks you'd think Scottish people do nothing but slag off the English (it does concern me that she will be giving this impression to everyone that she meets). She talks about Scots hating the English more than everyone I know in Scotland combined and has to bring Scottish Independance into anything that has something to do with the UK. Why does she even care? It won't affect her. It'll affect me and I don't even care as much as she does.

This may seem random but I woke up to a text from her saying "Just started watching commonwealth opening. How much is this going to be about Scottish Independance!!"

I didn't watch it so I can't comment and to be honest I don't really care and does it even matter? Rant over!


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Will Once (willonce) | 4053 comments Darren - well, yes, but strictly that was a world war with most of the world on one side, Germany, Italy & Japan on the other and Switzerland in the middle. So pretty much everyone had a hand in winning that one.


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Marc Nash (sulci) | 7481 comments Italy took turns on both sides, so they both won and lost that particular war.

Hungary & Romania & Finland fought with the Germans, or at least the Finns were opposing the Russians


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Will Once (willonce) | 4053 comments Under a little duress, I would suggest...

So apart from the roads, the aqueducts and law and order, what exactly have the Romans ever done for us?


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Will Macmillan Jones (willmacmillanjones) | 11721 comments Darren wrote: "Will wrote: "Welcome to the clichéwealth games.

Scotland is a truly beautiful place that has given the world the peerless pleasure of uisge beatha aka the water of life aka whisky aka "make mine ..."


I thought the germans won? They did in this history book I've been reading


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Jud (judibud) | 18537 comments Will wrote: "Under a little duress, I would suggest...

So apart from the roads, the aqueducts and law and order, what exactly have the Romans ever done for us?"


Ha! I watched this for the first time on Tuesday night


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Marc Nash (sulci) | 7481 comments Will wrote: "Under a little duress, I would suggest...

So apart from the roads, the aqueducts and law and order, what exactly have the Romans ever done for us?"


Hungary under Ferenc Szálasi was Fascist and happily leapt to the Axis cause. Hungary has a dire tradition of targeting minorities, they were particularly gleeful in helping the Nazis round up and exterminate the Hungarian Jews, and now the Roma as the country lurches to the Right once again.

The Romanian fascist group The Iron Guard were part of the coalition government that entered the war and sought to introduce expressly anti-semitic laws.


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Jim | 21709 comments Marc wrote: "Italy took turns on both sides, so they both won and lost that particular war.

Hungary & Romania & Finland fought with the Germans, or at least the Finns were opposing the Russians"


WW2 can been seen as a European civil war between the forces of 'left' and 'right'


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Marc Nash (sulci) | 7481 comments Jim wrote: "Marc wrote: "Italy took turns on both sides, so they both won and lost that particular war.

Hungary & Romania & Finland fought with the Germans, or at least the Finns were opposing the Russians"

WW2 can been seen as a European civil war between the forces of 'left' and 'right' ..."


... and Italy


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Will Macmillan Jones (willmacmillanjones) | 11721 comments With Switzerland holding their coats (and wallets)


Patti (baconater) (goldengreene) | 61757 comments Dave sez 'left, right and middle'.

So, he's got it pretty much covered....


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