Saturday, August 09, 2008

Olympic Fun

It's impossible to ignore the Olympics so ...

This unfortunate translation was spotted by olr [via] (apparently it was supposed to read something like "The world's biggest sports meeting is about to begin!". Let's just hope this is not prophetic.

Try your hand at the Guardian's Literary Olympic quiz. I achieved :
Unplaced. You're Eng Lit's very own Eddie the Eagle. Perhaps you'd stand a better chance as a ski jumper?

14 comments:

Sharanya said...

Hilarious! And not very tactful, controversies considered.

Were there any protests in Malaysia? Here in Chennai, we had a group of Tibetans protest in their underwear at a busy intersection.

I think those panda mascots are so cute...

bibliobibuli said...

i don't know of any protests ... maybe most malaysians have more nearer home things to get angry about.

Anonymous said...

...like the protests outside the Bar Council...

bibliobibuli said...

which is what i'm saying! no OLYMPIC protests! more divisive issues nearer to home.

Anonymous said...

Odd thing to protest. "Don't challenge Islam" as a placard states. So a discussion on conversion to/from Islam is enough to make them feel insecure? Where's the faith? Where's the openess? And why are the moderate Muslims silent on this? Why haven't you condemned the threats and insults to the Bar Council?


- Poppadumdum

bibliobibuli said...

haven't read about it yet except on rocky's blog.

animah said...

The Moderate Muslims are protesting.

Poppadumdum, actually the forum was about the non Muslim families. It was to focus on the body snatching cases, about the non Muslim wife and who gets custody of her children. So this is a cause for concern of the non Muslims too and they cannot stand silent.

savante said...

Not many protests here. I think the ethnic Chinese here would probably boo the protesters down. :P

And OMG, what a scary poster!

animah said...

There were protests here, they were foreigners. There were loads of Chinese students at KLCC the evening the torch arrived. I was there and have loads of photos. Loads of Chinese flags, a handful of Olympic flags and zero Malaysian flags.

bibliobibuli said...

of course. at the time of the torch there were. but not now.

Anonymous said...

during the torch run, a young japanese couple who were wearing a "Free Tibet" t-shirt were heckled and pushed around by pro-china folks in kl.

as for the protest at the bar council - talk about bad pr for PKR - the more moderate supporters are shaking their heads and wondering what we'd get into when Anwar becomes PM (can he control them or will it become just Another UMNO?) - anyway, as for moderate Muslims protesting - SORRY but I think they should be LOUDER. where exactly are they getting their voices heard, other than those who participated at the forum??? Methinks that has always been a problem with Malaysian politics, the moderate Muslims who just keep blardy silent!

Azwan Ismail said...

Those who like to be anonymous all the time, not having the courage to reveal themselves (what are you afraid of anyway, ISA?) - that is also a problem don't you think?

There are moderate muslims who have spoken, Farish Noor for example. But the thing is, many here admit they are moderate muslim (politicians, ulamas, academicians, our friends & family members...), against extremism & all that. And yet they actually agree with those radical protesters idealism (i.e. don't challenge islam / malay supremacy, etc.). I really believe the real moderate muslims are not that many. Or maybe 'moderate muslim' is such an overrated term nowadays.

Anonymous said...

The real thing I suspect is that moderation is kinda boring. Moderation does not lend itself to protests, rather it prefers to sit around a table and discuss a compromise. It does not attempt to force a way in.

That, I suppose, is why there are so few moderates at a protest.

bibliobibuli said...

extremism always tends to make more noise. and i agree with farish's assessment of what he calls the "islamo-faschists".