What say you, Monsieur Chirac?
I must confess I had a bit of a chuckle when I heard about French President Chirac's remarks about British food and there seemed to be a surprising absence of outrage in the media here in the USA and even back in Australia. To the point where it almost seemed as if there was a general agreement about it all. But Tony Blair, Seb Coe and company have had the last laugh now, at France's expense, no less. That, together with the fact that Paris was the frontrunner to host the 2012 Olympics (summer Olympics, for those who regard the winter games as being an equivalent) must make the victory all the more sweeter. So the games go back to a city which hosted the event under great duress in 1948 in the aftermath of the war. I don't know a great deal about the success of the event or how well it was organised, but pulling it off was a success in itself, to be sure. It is a testament to the will and spirit of a nation - I say that very grudgingly, make no mistake ;) Now Coe and London Mayor Ken Livingston have a heck of a job on their hands. I've never lived in London, but from what I have seen and read, it will be a huge challenge in more ways than one. - NK PS: To be fair, Mr.Chirac's comments were in utterly poor taste. And although I have not sampled Finnish cuisine, I tend to agree about English food ;) To give credit where it's due, however, the British don't make a great fuss about it all (unlike the French?) and do appreciate good food.