It's all true, but everyone knows these aren't the Olympic or World championships, and that means that a lot of the best athletes won't be there either because they're not from a Commonwealth country or because they choose not to do it or their selectors try to give lesser athletes a chance. Having said that, it doesn't mean all the events are second-rate - clearly there are a lot of very good Kenyans in a lot of the running events, the Aussies are always excellent at swimming, both the English and the Aussies are good at cycling... and so on. It's a slightly weird fun event that allows some lesser athletes to get medals and some very tiny countries to take part in a major international event – and they should be taken as such.
Blimey. I've very very rarely had problems with dogs, I find that maybe 50 per cent of other runners at least nod if you say hello or give a wave (and, yes, I'm in London), yes, some pedestrians get in the way, but it's more about being in their own world than deliberately trying to block you, and why shouldn't they be. Even those people illegally cycling on the pavement mostly sheepishly get out of my way when I pass. The worst thing that ever happened to me was some idiot sticking their leg out as if to trip me, withdrawing it at the last moment - I prepared to fall and stumbled. It's happened once. I find the words 'excuse me', 'hello', 'lovely/foul day/evening' often help make things easier.
Russia has previously been invaded by France and Germany, and it would seem pretty obvious that it is going to react when the Ukraine starts making noises about joining the EU. At times I wonder if the EU was being naive or deliberately provocative.
Interesting point. Cameron, that well-known Europhile, went to Kazakhstan last year and expressed his wish to see an EU spreading from the Atlantic to the Urals. The EU then courted Ukraine only for the then elected Ukrainian PM to veto the deal. This is when it all kicked off and we had the unedifying view of Ashton and Van Rompuy in the Ukraine lending their support to the demonstrators who eventually overthrew the elected leader. OK he was a corrupt bugger but they only had to wait a few months for the next election to come round, the problem here of course being that the East would have probably voted for him to stay in power.
Is it any wonder that Putin reacted by moving in to the Crimea and allowing the people a vote to leave the Ukraine. Consequently we see no fighting in the Crimea and doubtless this situation would be replicated in E Ukraine if the people there were given a vote too. Having goaded Putin into action these sanctimonious words and this bellicose finger pointing from Cameron are laughable.
Putin was right over Syria too. Remember that Cameron was all for going in with all guns blazing and lending support to the so-called rebels against Assad. Fortunately wiser heads in Parliament voted this one down. These very Al Qaeda and ISIS factions are now running amok throughout the Middle East.
I think the truth is that few on any of the sides you mentioned are particularly nice people with decent motives. It's hard to see Putin as a victim in all of this. As ever, it's ordinary people who suffer.
i wouldn't be so sure. statistically speaking, democrats are more war-mongering that republicans. i think it's something to do with having a point to prove they aren't wishy-washy.
I think historically that's because the Republican party was non-interventionist for much of the last century (for both good and bad reasons - that's me speaking). That changed through the 50s and 60s – though strangely both the Korean War (technically a police action by the UN) and Vietnam were bequeathed to Republican presidents by Democrat presidents – and particularly in the last 30 years.