Social commentary

Our Olympic positivity can last – but we’re going to need practice

One of the best things about the Olympics was the regular positivity it bought to every day conversations. I first realised quite how far this had filtered through the nation’s psyche when I read the comments after this Charlie Brooker article in the Guardian. The space ‘below the line’ on newspaper websites is normally a… Continue reading Our Olympic positivity can last – but we’re going to need practice

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The Paralympics, Stoke Mandeville and the Church in Action – by Martin Kuhrt

Dr Ludwig Guttmann was the founding father of the Paralympics.  He was an eminent Jewish doctor who had fled Nazi Germany just before the start of the Second World War and became head of the National Spinal Injuries Centre at Stoke Mandeville, near Aylesbury.  There, 'Poppa' Guttmann, organised the first Stoke Mandeville Games in 1948 which began… Continue reading The Paralympics, Stoke Mandeville and the Church in Action – by Martin Kuhrt

Social commentary, Sport

Neither sycophancy nor cynicism: Danny Boyle and the right kind of patriotism

I love sport and have always enjoyed the Olympics but I have never watched an Opening Ceremony until last night. I guess I have never understood what the point of it all is. But last night, I was blown away by the power and pride generated by Danny Boyle's crazy cocktail of comedy, history, dance… Continue reading Neither sycophancy nor cynicism: Danny Boyle and the right kind of patriotism

Sport

Stop Thieves! The Olympics have been sanitised and stolen

I was excited enough about the Olympics to apply to be a part of the huge phalanx of volunteers needed to run the games starting in two weeks. One of the reasons I eventually turned down the place I was offered was that I wasn’t sure whether I could stomach wearing a t-shirt advertising McDonalds.… Continue reading Stop Thieves! The Olympics have been sanitised and stolen