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13/10/2002 at 20:49
I would just like to thank the Chicago Tribune for their in depth reasearch before labelling our premiere distance runner an eccentric out of Monty Python. But I failed to notice the plethora of US ladies at the finish.
Clearly this was due to poor inter-continental satellite links and in no was reflects on the ability of the apparent finishers
13/10/2002 at 20:51
I hadn't finished my rant...
I am sure that the said journal will publish a suitable explanation for this judgement in the coming days.

I just wanted to clarify that.

Wonderful paper the tribune
13/10/2002 at 20:52
Is that the Stepford Wives Running Club. So what did this burk actually say
13/10/2002 at 20:55
He sais she was an eccentric ..something that amounted to a sum of the characatures from Monty Python.
God knows how to spell it, but you know what I mean.
13/10/2002 at 21:05
Must be the nodding head that fooled him. Thought she was from the ministry and strange runs.

Surpised they've even heard of Monty Python. Most Americans would think its a town in Texas. Before someone ges on their high horse, Bill Bryson would agree with me
13/10/2002 at 21:05
Probably has summat to do with americans not understanding proper sports.
They can't understand cricket - so they play rounders instead.
They're such big wussies that they put on suits of armour just to play a bit of rugby.
As for long distance running - well, they probably can't work out where to put the advert breaks!
13/10/2002 at 21:05
My solicitor would like me to point out that the tribune are not a bunch of no hpoing idiots that habve bad mouthed paula just because she is british and they hate losing.
furthermore, I habe no hesitation whatsoever in saying they are a first class publcation that I would be happy to endorse. Thier sports coverage is second to none. Although they APPEAR to know little about athletics, this is,of course a ruse. This article was clearly intended to stimulate ddiscussion and should in no way be taken to mean they really thought this.
I'm glad that is straight.
13/10/2002 at 21:06
13/10/2002 at 21:09
On the other hand Lance Armstong is American so they're not all useless
13/10/2002 at 21:11
My solicitor would now like me topoi out that my last post was as a result of something stuck i my throat and not meant to be seen as laughing at the American paper, or indee the people, who I love very much.. indeed he would like me to clarify that I love everyone, everywhere and that it is clear that I do not imply that anyone, especially Americans are bad losers, beacuse they clearly aren't.
13/10/2002 at 21:23
Cos Kannouchi is American and He's great.
So that proves it.
13/10/2002 at 21:28
Kannouchi is american... as in Greg Rudeski is British?
13/10/2002 at 21:29
Almost as much as Zola Budd was English, see the English can mock themselves
13/10/2002 at 21:54
You'd be surprised at the number of Americans that know Monty Python. Nothing wrong with a bit of Monty Python. Also, what's wrong with being eccentric? I'd be happy to be called eccentric -- come from a long line of them actually.'s first definition of eccentric is: "Departing from a recognized, conventional, or established norm or pattern". I think that could describe Paula's performance this year!

I wouldn't make too much of that Tribune article. After all, it is just a certain writing style to introduce something people aren't familiar with, with something they are familiar with, to hook them into reading the story.

13/10/2002 at 22:03
I suppose the madness of Monty Python is a step up from Roast Beef or the White Cliffs of Dover.

My problem will the whole thing is she shouldn't need packaging with something else British. She is the best woman runner in the world with one of the strictest training schedules on the planet. That should stand for itself and no other introductions should be necessary
13/10/2002 at 22:03
Linca, are you a Yank?
13/10/2002 at 22:07
Well said.
SOOOO proud tho'.
He*l of a day.
13/10/2002 at 22:40
I agree Paula shouldn't have to be packaged with something else British. She is phenomenal in her own right.

BTW, RE: use of the term "yankee" or "yank -- if you refer to anyone in the southern US as yank they may take offense, since in the US a yankee is a Northerner. It all dates back to the US civil war Yankees/Rebels thing. Of course, coming from the North I am a true Yankee, though based in leafy Surrey for nearly 5 years.
13/10/2002 at 22:42
OK Linca, very sorry.

Nite nite.
13/10/2002 at 22:46
No may about it. Ask our very own Daisy Duke!

Barkles should be familiar with this being a Northener. We have the same North/South issue here but haven't got round to fighting it out yet as Snoops event got cancelled
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