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Bellies Full of Air

Duration: 07:17

Written by Julie Matthews and sung by Barry Coope.

Bellies Full of Air reflects on the affects of rationing during 1948 Olympics in Britain. Often called the Austerity Games, hear how some of the athletes ate, drank and dressed in order to be ready for the competition. The Americans imported fruit, the Chinese brought over bamboo shoots and the French, well, they had two wagons of Claret of course.

Available since: Mon 2 Jul 2012


Julie Matthews
Barry Coope

This clip is from

The Ballads of the Games Olympia

1/6 Songs and stories of great Olympians from 776 BC, to London's Games in 1908 and 1948.

First broadcast: 02 Jul 2012

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