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To think it's all got a bit silly?

(101 Posts)
bluebell Mon 08-Jul-13 02:10:09

I know there are lots of tennis fans ( and Andy fans especially ) on GN but please, it was only a tennis match he won, he hasn't exactly achieved world peace. There's a slight feeling of hysteria in the air which I fear will only be extinguished by..... can't even bear to put THAT into words. Sighs

Iam64 Mon 08-Jul-13 13:41:31

I haven't watched the tennis for years, but did so yesterday. It was glorious to watch those two talented individuals keep going with such skill and determination. I live in the Manchester area, and as everyone knows, we always look on the bright side around here (to avoid the rain usually - but it's sunny again today, loving it)

Sel Mon 08-Jul-13 14:20:59

I love tennis, both playing and watching and just managed to catch the final few points live yesterday. I don't begrudge the hysteria, it was a huge achievement - looking forward to the return of the British & Irish Lions too, their win has been somewhat overshadowed by AM's singular triumph. Well done everyone. Wonderful stuff.

Sel Mon 08-Jul-13 14:26:12

bluebell bread and circuses? What would you prefer the proletariat to be interested in?

Tegan Mon 08-Jul-13 14:43:09

The mood of the whole country is lifted when we do well at sport [look how happy everyone was during the Olympics]. Complete strangers chat about it at bus stops and supermarket checkouts. Everyone at work mentioned it today; I had an in depth conversation with my boss about it and my daughter phoned me to say how emotional she'd been when he won and how awed she was by the sheer strength of character both players showed.I've known the S.O. for over 10 years now, and, unlike my ex he chats to people all the time, the reason being he talks about sport [especially rugby, cricket and football]. It's a sort of common denominator [along with the weather] that unites people and, on a day like yesterday, makes them happy [it certainly did me, once I'd recovered].

Nelliemoser Mon 08-Jul-13 14:43:36

I don't make a habit of watching but I did see that last game. It was exciting but I don't think I could sit through 2 weeks of it.

Notso Mon 08-Jul-13 14:51:21

What an amazing performance by both players! I'm absolutely delighted that Andy Murray won!
I jumped up and down and clapped and cheered throughout the match, great stuff!

Ashes next!!

JessM Mon 08-Jul-13 15:15:04

Everyone pleased for AM but how ridiculous is this:
Cameron is the person who nominates people for knighthoods. So just say "I am going to... " or just do it. Don't try and make political capital out of it. Just makes you look silly Dave.
I'd be in favour of ditching knighthoods and similar for those who have made lots of money doing something they love. (businessmen, singers, tennis players etc)

janeainsworth Mon 08-Jul-13 15:26:48

Agree with you Jess. A knighthood seems OTT.
A humble MBE maybe wink
Talking of making political capital, did anyone else notice Alex Salmond waving the Saltire behind David Cameron after Andy had won? A few seconds later, the camera moved back and it had clearly been confiscated grin

Bags Mon 08-Jul-13 15:30:24

I saw something about that on the news and thought: "How silly."

... of Cameron looking disapproving, not a politician waving what is one of the British flags, and of the home country of Andy Murray to boot.

For goodness' sake! People really are looking for things to feel offended about. The Scottish saltire is a grand flag. Why not wave it for a victorious Scot?

And no, I'm not in favour of Scottish independence.

Bags Mon 08-Jul-13 15:31:04

And I think Salmond is a prat.

Bags Mon 08-Jul-13 15:31:23

And a devious dastardly politician.

Bags Mon 08-Jul-13 15:32:02

But there's nothing inherently wrong with waving the saltire, even at Wimbledon.


Ella46 Mon 08-Jul-13 15:34:43

Can't blame him for trying though Bags grin

Bags Mon 08-Jul-13 15:36:39

Who? Salmond or Cameron?

I'm not blaming Salmond at all. In his shoes I might well have done the same. If I'm 'blaming' anyone it's the people who are whining about it.

janeainsworth Mon 08-Jul-13 15:50:37

Bags I've been away for the weekend and only saw it as it happened, not heard any whining or news coverage etc.
It didn't look as though DC even realised what AS was doing.
Nothing wrong with waving the Saltire at all - plenty of other people were waving them, quite rightly. I just thought it quite amusing that AS should have taken advantage of sitting behind DC in quite the way he did.
Does anyone know who the two weirdos in blue suits were?

annodomini Mon 08-Jul-13 15:53:13

Although there are lots of small flags and banners seen at Wimbledon, apparently large banners are banned. However, as Salmond didn't unfurl the saltire until play was over, surely he was doing no harm whatsoever.

FlicketyB Mon 08-Jul-13 15:56:07

bluebell, I am with you all the way. I am delighted he won, it is an achievement, but the euphoria is completely over done. Today's newspapers gave nearly half there space to his victory- and then included a special supplement and I expect the sports section was full of it as well, but I stop reading the paper just before I got to that.

noodles Mon 08-Jul-13 15:58:11

I wonder what the reaction would if an English politician waved the St George's Cross in front of a largely Scottish crowd to celebrate an English athlete winning a British title in Scotland.

Nonu Mon 08-Jul-13 16:01:50

Noodles ,


Hunt Mon 08-Jul-13 16:03:49

One of the funniest things to emerge from the coverage of this superb match was the fact that so few people knew who were the two chaps the camera kept focussing on. Such is fame-or not.

Ella46 Mon 08-Jul-13 16:04:04

Bags I meant Salmond smile

Bags Mon 08-Jul-13 16:09:26

I wonder too, noodles. Interesting thought! Does the fact that England has been the dominant country for so long make a difference, I wonder?

annodomini Mon 08-Jul-13 16:11:47

Hunt, they were apparently Bradley Cooper and Gerard Butler - film actors so well known that no-one recognised them!

noodles Mon 08-Jul-13 16:14:33

If you mean the most successful, perhaps, but surely Scotland has never been dominated.

The West Lothian question needs to be settled.

Bags Mon 08-Jul-13 16:15:12

The 'whining' I'm referring to, jane, is all the complaining about the celebrations. Too much of it, over the top, newspapers full of it, etc. Nobody has to take any notice of all that if they don't want to. It isn't forced on anyone. As I said earlier, TVs and radios can be switched off and no-one is forced to read any newspaper that irks them.

I probably shouldn't have used the word whining, but I do get tired of negativity when people could just be enjoying themselves doing something else.

Now I'm complaining wink

Not about anyone in particular, just why people are surprised or bothered or irritated or whatever they are by all the hoo-ha.