Forum Alternative Olympics

what are you good at..?

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Dark Vader    pirate
27/07/2012 at 09:54

Its safe to say that Usain Bolt won't fear my presence on the athletics track..    but... I am epicly good at two things...:

  • making roast potatoes
  • drinking a pint of Guinness through a drinking straw


Both of these events are sadly missing from the London 2012 Olympics.

So.. I think we should have an alternative olympics option...   what would you do..?

I bet Usain is rubbish at both of these things........  


Edited: 27/07/2012 at 09:56
27/07/2012 at 10:05

I won first prize at the village show for an embroidered baby blanket I'd made (no, I wasn't the only entrant), so I think I stand a chance at some sort of organised Handicraft event.
(not necessarily speed based...) 

I'm also pretty good at saying exactly the wrong thing, so I suspect an event for "putting your foot in it" might be a good one.

27/07/2012 at 10:06

My flapjacks are famous (in my running club, if not elsewhere!)


27/07/2012 at 10:08

@Wilkie - can you send me the recipe? I'm looking for a good flapjack recipe!

I'm known for my cakes (especially my lemon crunch cake)... alternatively obsessive cleaning is probably not something that you'd want to be known for, is it? What about stubbornness?

gingerfurball    pirate
27/07/2012 at 10:13

I'm very good at sitting still - normally in my office chair for 4-8 hours a day.  

27/07/2012 at 10:15



  • 150g unsalted butter, cut into cubes
  • 75g Light Brown Muscovado Sugar
  • 3 tbsp clear honey (or Golden Syrup)
  • 250g Porridge Oats
  • 170g of any dried fruit and/or chopped peel you like (or happen to have in your cupboard)
  • 50g Roasted Hazelnuts (or any other nuts you like)


1.    Preheat the oven to 180°C, gas mark 4. Place the butter, sugar and honey (or syrup) in a medium pan and heat gently, stirring occasionally, until the butter has melted and the sugar has dissolved.

2.    Remove from the heat and stir in the oats, dried fruit and nuts. Press the mixture into a lightly greased 30cm x 20cm x 4cm rectangular non-stick tin and bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes, until golden brown.

3.    Allow to cool in the tin for 5 minutes, then score lightly with a knife into 12 bars. Leave to cool completely in the tin before removing. The flapjacks can be stored in an airtight container for up to 4 days (as if).

27/07/2012 at 10:16

Blimey!  I'm really surprised that copied and pasted OK

I use a potato masher to press the mixture into the tin.  If it's not pressed in firmly, it tends to fall apart when you cut it up.

Edited: 27/07/2012 at 10:18
27/07/2012 at 10:31

Thanks for that Wilkie!

27/07/2012 at 10:53

I always won the wheelbarrow race and am gutted that the one thing in life I have always excelled at is of no use to me whatsoever! 

I am making brownies with the kids today, and have just decided to give that flapjack recipe a try too at the same time - so thanks for sharing it!

27/07/2012 at 10:59

My ginger cake seems to be very popular, and has even been mentioned in a race review on here.

27/07/2012 at 11:04

- Flipping beer mats; 48 is my record.
- Balancing things on my foot.  Ironing boards are surprisingly easy.
- That champagne cork popping sound you do by pulling your finger out from the inside of your cheek.  I seem to have a very loud mouth cavity, so I'd challenge anyone to a proper decibel count on that one.

27/07/2012 at 11:24

I'm so lazy if apathy was an olympic event I still couldn't bothered taking part

27/07/2012 at 11:29

When I was a kid I used to be good at balancing a large pile of (big, old) pennies on my elbow, then whipping my arm down and catching the pennies.

I shall have a go at that later!

I'm pretty good at avoiding doing what I'm supposed to be doing and posting on the forum istead

Nurse Ratched    pirate
27/07/2012 at 11:40
  • Drinking whisky
  • Eating cheese
  • Shopping
Dark Vader    pirate
27/07/2012 at 11:47

aww...  some brilliant ideas here...  


27/07/2012 at 11:51

Ice cream eating

27/07/2012 at 11:52

I'm very good at playing tunes with armpit farts. And real ones, come to that.

27/07/2012 at 14:04
Dark Vader wrote (see)

aww...  some brilliant ideas here...  


And most of them can be done in your local pub.  Not only would you save billions on venue construction, you'd still be leaving a lasting legacy for the local community.

gingerfurball    pirate
27/07/2012 at 14:13

I can play tunes on my nose - it sounds like a Hawaiian guitar.

27/07/2012 at 15:10
Muttley wrote (see)

I'm very good at playing tunes with armpit farts. And real ones, come to that.

My brother & dad used to do this, in a duet. So there could be individual & team events.

Taking Phil's venue  - can I suggest that this took place in the pub garden? 

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