Comments for http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/08/the_glass_box_for_olympic_tues.shtml http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/08/the_glass_box_for_olympic_tues.shtml en-gb 30 Tue 23 Sep 2014 05:27:40 GMT+1 A feed of user comments from the page found at http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/08/the_glass_box_for_olympic_tues.shtml thenicecatlady http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/08/the_glass_box_for_olympic_tues.shtml?page=91#comment11 Hallo! ..... Hallo! ....Is there anyone out there in BBC land? In my part of the world it's Wednesday 13th August, or am I in a different dimension?Where's the Olympic Glass Box for today?Come on chaps - the Glass Box Olympians will never win any medals at this rate. Wed 13 Aug 2008 12:35:56 GMT+1 Joe Walker http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/08/the_glass_box_for_olympic_tues.shtml?page=83#comment10 I'm glad there's some support for me on this. It's fine for PM to report the details of the Russian military's legendary brutal efficiency when it decides to attack another country, but it really must be given some context.Without context, a situation like this can be easily misrepresented and exploited by powerful interests in Russia and the US, neither of whom can be trusted or expected to represent the truth. By ignoring the recent historical context, PM simply plays into the hands of Georgian (ie US) and to a lesser extent Russian propaganda needs.In the light of recent World events, particularly with the new US-driven emphasis on military power, this seems clearly to be a face-off between Russian and US power interests at the inevitable expense (so far at least!) of Georgian, South Ossetian and Abkhazian civilians, with most of the rest of the Northern hemisphere scrabbling to see where their own immediate interests best lie.Why is it so difficult for PM to even allude to this view? I don't think it's particularly radical. We're being very badly served on this important issue. Wed 13 Aug 2008 11:59:44 GMT+1 nikki noodle http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/08/the_glass_box_for_olympic_tues.shtml?page=75#comment9 why I like the Olympics:I like it because, like football in no-man's-land, it brings sworn enemies together, for just a few weeks, without rancour.In Beijing (!!!) the USA and the French are sharing fries, Russia and Georgia might share a podium, and Taiwan and China compete on equal terms. Cuba Vietnam, Zimbabwee and Great Britain all appear in the starting blocks. Tiny countries, with a GDP less than one fifth of T*sc* revenue, can win a medal - Togo has one!!!And for a brief period, there is energy excitment and passion on the airwaves about something that doesnt matter one tiny jot! Wed 13 Aug 2008 11:50:23 GMT+1 Thunderbird http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/08/the_glass_box_for_olympic_tues.shtml?page=66#comment8 Nigel, No I don't think NATO would invade Scotland, but it would be great fun ! Wed 13 Aug 2008 11:40:02 GMT+1 Nigel_N http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/08/the_glass_box_for_olympic_tues.shtml?page=58#comment7 Agree with you Joseph. The US/NATO view was not challenged as it should have been, which is odd as Eddie normally challenges people who pontificate on his programme. It really is about time that the US stopped fighting the cold war; there is no need for it to put weapons into Georgia any more than Russia needs weapons in Cuba.Has the Beeb put out a line from above on this matter? The Today programme also appears to be feeding us an uncritical pro-Georgian reports.This concept that NATO must fight to protect other members of NATO. What happened to it during the Falklands war?And what happens if Scotland declares UDI, will NATO invade it to protect the rest of the UK? Wed 13 Aug 2008 09:59:23 GMT+1 mittfh http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/08/the_glass_box_for_olympic_tues.shtml?page=50#comment6 I bet those Olympic volunteers (or, knowing China's precise control over everything surrounding the games, should I say "volunteered"?) didn't realise when they signed up they'd get the perk of free admittence to events - on the grounds they cheered at least one of the competitors!Meanwhile, you don't need to pay to get hold of Sarah Brightman's duet - courtesy of Wikipedia, I found the mp3 is available for free on the official site of the games...One bit of fakery you didn't mention (but Wiki does) was the footprint fireworks - although the fireworks did go off, they didn't film them. What they did instead was do a CGI mock-up. Two stated reasons: safety (didn't want to risk flying a helicopter low over the stadium), and visibility (they thought the camera's view of the fireworks might get obscured by "fog"). Tue 12 Aug 2008 20:01:30 GMT+1 DI_Wyman http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/08/the_glass_box_for_olympic_tues.shtml?page=41#comment5 Eddie, did you really say 'can you give a flavour of it'to the EA spokesperson about the "Salmon and Trout" report?If you did, then well done for slipping it in. I was 'creased up' driving home along the A1151 through Wroxham, so I apologise if I nearly caused an accident. Tue 12 Aug 2008 17:36:18 GMT+1 DI_Wyman http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/08/the_glass_box_for_olympic_tues.shtml?page=33#comment4 Joseph..you are spot on! Tue 12 Aug 2008 17:31:16 GMT+1 Joe Walker http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/08/the_glass_box_for_olympic_tues.shtml?page=25#comment3 Hi Ed (3)Thanks for that. It's good to see my opinion on this is at least in part shared by such raging radicals as Paddy Ashdown! Even less excuse perhaps for PM's editorial approach on this matter.As ever,J. Tue 12 Aug 2008 16:39:44 GMT+1 Ed Iglehart http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/08/the_glass_box_for_olympic_tues.shtml?page=16#comment2 Hi Joseph ()You might be interested in thisSalaam, etc.ed Tue 12 Aug 2008 16:27:28 GMT+1 Joe Walker http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/08/the_glass_box_for_olympic_tues.shtml?page=8#comment1 Thought I'd get this in before playtime starts up in earnest.Russia, Georgia and PMIs there some myopia developing in the PM office yet again? Hours of commentary and comment must have been recorded over the last week on this subject, all overlaid with the usual sombre and serious input from various US spokespeople and apologists who of course - we are never reminded - have their own very significant interests in the matter. But some of the most obvious points have barely been made. Why?First: Have we really already forgotten the humiliation Russia had to endure after the Cold War and the destruction - led by the US - wrought on its economy in the following years? This is the context these recent events must be considered in. Why are you not making these points yourself, or putting on air commentators willing to do so? Second: In the light of the first point, over the last decade, Russia has seen a succession of US-friendly states appear on its border. Georgia, a country that now comfortably fits the description 'US client state' is another. It is hardly surprising in the current situation that Russia intends preventing Georgia from going this way by ending any hopes it has of joining NATO. Plainly, It's not Georgia Russia fears, it's the US that lurks behind it. What's wrong with clearly stating this?Third: Perhaps a predictable point, but nonetheless one that should at least be acknowledged by someone on your programme prepared to reflect the view of what must now be the majority of the Worlds' population: fear of US militarism and foreign policy. It is this that is in large part responsible for the situation we now see in Georgia. In the light of US-inspired events in the Middle East since 2001, if I was a Russian, I would be very keen to remind the World, as America has done, of my own country's power and show potential aggressors - as the US has proved itself to be - that Russia will not tolerate threats to its security, particularly when those threats are made by one of the few countries in the World that has the means to attack and devastate my country.Finally, as a mere listener to PM, why is it me who has to make these points? Are they wrong, or just too obvious? Tue 12 Aug 2008 16:21:30 GMT+1 mygloriousleader http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/08/the_glass_box_for_olympic_tues.shtml?page=0#comment0 Who is for the high jump today? Tue 12 Aug 2008 15:12:40 GMT+1