Things got off to a rocky start when Vancouver’s ice caldron (one of two) refused to erect itself.
The Games haven’t been without their glitches, making Canada the butt of jokes as well as the host of the Olympics. But that’s part of the fun, explains the Guardian’s Marina Hyde: “Sorry for coming over all capital letters about it, but Olympic hosts are SUPPOSED to be teased. You basically pay billions of dollars for the world to laugh at you. Deal with it.”
And it’s only two years until it’s someone else’s turn:
Come 2012, London’s bigwigs will be trying desperately to present a stage-managed image of us to the world. Inevitably they will fail in various ways – mostly in a manner that will amuse us serfs – because hosting the Olympics is like going inside the Big Brother house. You might be able to put up a front for a day or two, but you can’t hide your true nature for long. Blood will out.
So any Canadians upset by people giggling at their malfunctioning ice penises or bad weather need simply wait for what is going around to come around.