The Art of the Australian Insult

The Poms, always gracious in victory
August 27, 2008, 1:16 am
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Condescending Westerners focus too much on Tibet
August 25, 2008, 2:06 am
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“In a Western and elitist way, we have viewed China’s right to its Olympic Games, to its ‘coming out’, its moment of glory, with condescension and concessional tolerance.”

Paul Keating, who also argues that China’s horrible human rights record is just a different “value system”:

“The Western critic, feeling the epicentre of the world changing but not at all liking it, seeks to put down these vast societies on the basis that their political and value systems don’t match up to theirs.”

Sit and think of England
August 21, 2008, 9:32 am
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“Think positively…At least the Poms are now sitting for England, rather than just lying back and thinking of it.”

Marcus Coleman, Kingston ACT, letter in the Sydney Morning Herald in response to a reader who argued that Britain was winning its medals for sports that involved sitting.

Whingeing Aussies have no class
August 21, 2008, 9:11 am
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“So we British stole our medals and our coaches. When are you guys going to lose gracefully? And we are supposed to be the biggest whingers. At least when England or Great Britain lose they admit they were beatn by better teams on the day.”

Keith of the UK writes to the Daily Telegraph in response to moans about how Australians who trained or coached other Olympic teams were “traitors”. Lily Murray of Glebe agrees;

“Were Australian coahes pressganged into coaching the Brits? On loettery funding and gambling addiction – this coming from a nation that has 20% of the world’s poker machines. Show some Australian class and generosity and just say “well done Brits but we’ll beat you next time”.

Peter Flyyn of Dapto has a different viewpoint:

“The fact that the most notorious British tabloid is crowing about taking more gold medals than Australia, shows a cultural cringe on their part. That they feel such a thrill at passing a nation with a third the number of people is an enormous compliment (albeit inintended). “

Do they think all Australians are morons?
August 21, 2008, 8:09 am
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“The ACCC should investigate the Seven Network’s hold on TV rights to the Olympics. Obviously they made their successful application on the premise that all Australians are morons.”

Sophie Coleman, WA, letter to The Australian.

No meaningful sledging
August 20, 2008, 7:50 am
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“But the chief culprits have been the swimmers, who failed us all. Why should we care so much about swimming, anyway? How can we be so interested in a sport that offers so little opportunity for meaningful sledging?”

Aaron Timms, who isn’t too impressed with the dressage:

“If there’s one Olympic sport that captures the spirit of open-minded, dynamic, egalitarian Australia, it’s dressage – a competition in which pampered, tights-wearing nobodies get to dress up in tails and sit down for a few minutes tp boss around their horses.”

“They’re serving it up to me”
August 20, 2008, 12:28 am
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“They’re certainly serving it up to me. Their new-found cockiness has got some substance to it.”

AOC president John Coates to a roomful of “downcast” Australian journalists at the Beijing Olympics. To date the British have won 16 golds, compared to Australia’s 11. Coates added:

“I said at the outset, and my sense of pride says, that we can’t let them beat us and they may well beat us this time but let’s use that as the incentive to get the planning right for our high performance and our attack on London 2012.”