This has been a bit of an uneventful week. I had grand plans for the weekend but they were totally thwarted by my waking up yesterday morning with a throat so sore that I could barely swallow, which was suspiciously reminiscent of my previous encounters with tonsillitis. I feel a little better today, so I really really hope that it isn’t. I guess I’ll just have to wait and see, and my plans will have to wait for next weekend…
My Olympics-dominated Sunday Smiles this week are:
- One of New Zealand’s big, popular comedic talents are the Flight of the Conchords duo. They had a reunion tour around NZ a couple of month’s ago, and I kept hearing about them but didn’t know any of there work. This week I finally watched the first season of the Flight of the Conchords TV series. I wasn’t too convinced by the first few episodes, but it definitely grew on me and I actually found it rather hilarious by the end.
- As I mentioned in Friday’s post, I have a copy of River Cottage Veg Every Day from the library at the moment – I’ve tried a couple of other dishes in addition to the chachouka that I posted, such as the scrumptious mushroom risoniotto (look out for a blog post soonish). They all turned out wonderful, and I really like the book. I predict that there will be a copy residing on my bookshelves permanently in the near future.
- There’s a section of my blog stats that tells me what search terms have directed visitors to my blog. The last few weeks haven’t provided any funny ones, but this week the internet apparently thought that I’d be a good source of information on “the fear of running out of butter” and “accidentally gave 4 year old too much caffeine.” Both amused me. Sucks to be the second person though.
- The Olympics carried on this week, and although I’m not the biggest fan of athletics (I get bored of it after a while), since the coverage here is mostly highlights, I watched it anyway. I’m so glad that I was able to see one of Saudi Arabia’s first two female Olympic athletes compete in the women’s 800m (the other was in the judo, but I didn’t really watch it). She had to compete in full sleeves and leggings and headscarf, which can’t be terribly practical and must be boiling given that most other athletes are in little two-pieces and she went out in the heats (to an ovation from the crowd), but what an achievement for her. Although I’ve read that there has been a lot of backlash and criticism against the two female athletes back in Saudi Arabia, so perhaps it’s doesn’t represent as much progress at it may initially seem. I also loved seeing other “underdog” athletes, such as the rower from Ghana. I can’t be the only one who just watches events because they’re on without any actual knowledge of them. The other day I discovered the keirin. Seriously, have you seen it? It’s a cycling race where the competitors follow a motorised bike for several laps, which gets slightly faster each lap, then disappears and everybody cycles as fast as they can. Well, that’s my interpretation anyway. It’s the oddest thing to watch. Also, the motorised bike guy looks like he should be in a Tintin cartoon (just me?). Also what’s up with the race where there are two cyclists and they cycle along at a glacial pace and then out of nowhere put on a crazy burst of speed. Could anybody explain the tactics behind that one? Along the same lines of sports that don’t seem to make much sense, have you seen the canoeing where the canoeists (?) paddle whilst kneeling rather than sitting? Who thought that was a good idea? (Anybody have any stats on the number of people that fall out whilst racing? I spent the whole race expecting somebody to over-balance.) Also speed walking – who came up with that and made it an official sport? It looks so uncomfortable (and difficult not to break into a run). Less than a day to go before the Closing Ceremony… I don’t want the Olympics to end! At least there will be the Paralympics soon! (Photo source)
What made you smile this week?