August is a slow month for news – but remember kids that’s because the news is manufactured by public relations departments and this is when they go on summer holiday in the northern hemisphere. This year we had the misfortune to have the Olympics to obliterate the more usual silly season stories. What amazes me is that much of the media claimed that even cynics were won over by The Games during and after the London Olympics. I haven’t seen any change in attitudes among the people I know who opposed the Olympics for screwing over people in east London. Likewise, while one might admire the skill of some of the athletes, for me the Olympics was still an exercise in corporate branding and patriotic bullshit. My attitude hasn’t changed and I think it is a real shame that some incredible displays of human skill were perverted to benefit right-wing politicians and scummy corporate brands like McDonalds and Coca-Cola. Community sports like 3-sided football remain way superior to the so-called elite sports featured in the Olympics. It is already time to start organising against the 2016 Olympics in Rio!
And while you’re at it don’t forget to check – www.stewarthomesociety.org – you know it makes (no) sense!