The spectacle of the Olympics will be upon us shortly. And quite frankly from a sporting perspective I personally can’t wait. I gave up my Olympic hockey ambitions to pursue the competitive battleground of the financial markets some twenty years ago. The right decision then and now. Great Britain needed talent not sweat and aspirations. For those who love competitive sport and athleticism it will be a much needed distraction from the ‘Greek tragedy’ that still haunts us.
I can’t help but feel that the handing over of the Olympic torch in Greece to Britain recently by eleven Vestal Virgins was more symbolic of the passing over of burning economic woes from one ruined nation to another, than the commemoration of the theft of the continuous Olympic flame from the Greek god Zeus by Prometheus. I wish it were otherwise, but we cannot stand by and walk with our Eyes Wide Shut, as many citizens, perhaps, understandably do today.