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Celyn

Disadvantaged by going to Eton

Lawrence Clarke, who jumps over hurdles, apparently, says he would have had better chances had he not gone to Eton.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/...lympic-hurdler.html#disqus_thread

Quote:
"If anything, it was a disadvantage going to Eton. With a boarding school, you can't go after school to the club athletics track."


OR, in this parallel life of his, he might have been at a state school where there was no hurdling club nearby to go to.  Or perhaps not enough money to get there on the bus.  And the school might not even have any sport fields.

It's odd, as I had thought Slough Comprehensive had some pretty good sporting facilities.   Poor wee Lawrence.   My heart bleeds.



Reason for edit - because I had spelled "Comprehensive" wrongly.   Heh - there's something a bit ironic about that. Smile
mcintyre

Well, when he's a Cabinet Member in a future Tory Govt he could always introduce legislation to close such schools, to prevent other kids being disadvantaged.
me

these athletes are always moaning how hard it is to train and get the facilities they need, how much of their life they have had to spend on getting to the top.

what do they want?.....a bloody medal or something  Laughing
Celyn

Oh yes.  I'm sure he will.    Laughing    And before he gets support to do that, at least he could remove Eton's charitable status, and he could make sure it never again gets £4.6 million from Lottery funding, as it did in 1995 for, interestingly enough, another sports complex to add to its existing facilities.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news...r-eton-sports-centre-1595502.html

Quote:
The playing fields of Eton will get a new pounds 4.6m sports complex with money from the National Lottery it was revealed yesterday amid uproar from groups campaigning for better facilities in the inner cities.

The new indoor complex, consisting of a 90-metre, six-lane running track, long and triple jump pits, a hall for pole vaulting and the high jump, plus a weight training facility, will bolster the school's already legendary sporting facilities.

Eton College already has two swimming pools, 30 cricket squares, 24 football, rugby and hockey pitches and a gym.


Of course, since then it has built Dorney Lake and I'd be surprised if it hadn't added other sporty bits.

You'd have thought there might have been a bit of space on all these sporty fields to put up a few hurdle things once in a while, eh?
Celyn

me wrote:
these athletes are always moaning how hard it is to train and get the facilities they need, how much of their life they have had to spend on getting to the top.

what do they want?.....a bloody medal or something  Laughing


LOL     Laughing

And then they can have a big celebration.  Like this German bloke:

Quote:
Robert Harting’s night out after winning gold ended in drunken confusion

It was a night to remember for the German discus thrower Robert Harting - if only he could.

After scooping gold in London, he went on an extraordinary celebration that involved him ripping off his kit, hurdling around the Olympic track and heading for a German cruise liner moored in the capital for some serious celebrating.

Which is where all his troubles began. The first fans and friends knew of his troubles came when he tweeted in English in the wee hours: “Puuh i just got robbed while I did some W*** to please athletic fans! I lost all my accredition (sic) for Olympic Village! - no entrance.”

According to German media reports, he partied with 40 friends from Berlin after finishing his obligatory doping test, victory interviews and press conference. The celebration was aboard the MS Deutschland, moored in London as a home from home for Olympic Teutons during the games.
“How he lost his accreditation is not exactly clear,” reported Die Welt today. “But this much is; when he came back in the early hours to sleep in the Olympic Village he was refused entry, even though he had his passport.

“The rules are strict, however. Security personnel have instructions not to let anyone pass unless their accreditation can be scanned. Not even athletes who have won a gold medal shortly before can bend the rules.”
“I managed to sleep on a train for an hour,” said Harting, “and also on the floor.”

He also managed to lose a shoe, the German flag he draped himself in after his win and all his equipment, although it was unclear whether this was inside the Olympic Park or at the celebration where he lost his accreditation....


http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/sport/olympics/article3501651.ece

Very naughty, I suppose, but it sounds quite fun.  More fun than the semi-tradtion "wept tears of joy" thing.
me

doing it with style id say haha

that german bhoy must have been taught how to party in glesga  Cool
Celyn

Aye, sounds like it.      Laughing  

He might also have a future as a politician (and rather him than Lawrence Clarke), insofar as he described his fun time of going and getting utterly pissed as doing "some w o r k to please athletic fans".  Clever spin.   Smile

Somewhere else in the article I quoted, it also said that the team bosses were kind to him, in that once he did get to lie down and sleep, they let him off the 8 a.m. team roll call and let him only show up for the 3 p.m. one.  Smile

Tangent warning!!!   It sort of reminds me of one summer as teenager working in a wee guesthouse in Bavaria.  Chambermaiding in morning, then kitchen skivvy later.  The regular chambermaid, being an efficient local German lady, was all sad when it was difficult for us to get the W*** done because many people had the cheek to be still in their beds and not wanting to be disturbed at 8 a.m. on a Sunday morning.   I'm not sure she really got the idea that the guests were there for a happy relaxing HOLIDAY.    Rolling Eyes

Actually it might even have been earlier than 8 a.m.   I know we started at 7 and it doesn't take that much time to grab the hoover and the cleaning stuff and start harassing people, so we were probably hassling people a bit before 8.  Surprised  the guests didn't get together and throw us off a convenient mountain or something.
ozneil

Celyn wrote:


Tangent warning!!!   It sort of reminds me of one summer as teenager working in a wee guesthouse in Bavaria.  Chambermaiding in morning, then kitchen skivvy later.  The regular chambermaid, being an efficient local German lady, was all sad when it was difficult for us to get the W*** done because many people had the cheek to be still in their beds and not wanting to be disturbed at 8 a.m. on a Sunday morning.   I'm not sure she really got the idea that the guests were there for a happy relaxing HOLIDAY.    Rolling Eyes

Actually it might even have been earlier than 8 a.m.   I know we started at 7 and it doesn't take that much time to grab the hoover and the cleaning stuff and start harassing people, so we were probably hassling people a bit before 8.  Surprised  the guests didn't get together and throw us off a convenient mountain or something.


Ve haf veys of making you ennjoy yourselv !!!
Celyn

ozneil wrote:
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Ve haf veys of making you ennjoy yourselv !!!


Yeah, but the people might have been happy to enjoy themselves ( and each other) in bed on on their holidays and might reasonably have thought that it might be all right on your (much hard-worked and paid for) HOLIDAY, to do a bit of lazy happy fun without some fiendishly efficient person deciding on their behalf that they ought to be up.

No, to be fair, I don't think we ever did bash people out of bed, but Frau Whatsit seemed to think she would like to.  But she was a nice woman, really, to be fair.

I just found it so funny - I mean obviously if we are to clean out the bedrooms and the bathrooms in them and everything, yes, that is what we do.  But losing sight of the fact that these are people who have come to the countryside for a relaxing holiday seemed a bit strange.

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