Jamaica? No – she wanted to go…

From the Gleaner

Some of the comments are wonderful,

The quintessential athlete! A symbol of excellence. An extraordinary strategist. Congratulations Mr. Usain St. Leo Bolt. You are one in three million!


Happy 50th Independence Anniversary, my beloved Jamaicans!!!! CONGRATS to our blessed & highly-talented Olympic STARS!!! BEST BY ANY TEST!!!! JAMAICA TO THE WORLD … EVERYTIME !!!!!

Shelly-Ann not bad either – watch the video of her family celebrating.
Bolt’s run summed up nicely in a comment in the Jamaica Observer,

Legend. Confirmed. Congrats.

….and Colin enjoyed it…


  • Mister_Joe

    Amazing athlete. Incredible achievement. And clean. Not much more anyone can say except “Well done Usain”. And he didn’t do it for Jamaica, but for himself. But yes, Jamaica can and should celebrate.

  • Hes a Manchester United supporter. A kindred spirit.
    But at the end of the day he only ran 100 metres. Ive run a marathon 😉

  • Drumlins Rock

    I trust the Queen of Jamacia is delighted at the win, and will acknowledge it accordingly 🙂

    He did make it look so easy.

  • Rory Carr

    The queen of Jamaica ? Shelley-Ann, presumably . If in any doubt watch the link provided by Dewi above.

  • Jimmy Sands

    In a triumph of parochialism even by their standards, NBC decided it wasn’t worth live coverage.

  • Dec

    Not quite Jimmy. They were saving it for their prime-time coverage (more advertising dollars). Unfortunately the live online stream of the race they’d set up didn’t work, compounding the balls-up.

  • Dec

    Now, if you want some more head-scratching US network behavior, look no further than our good friends at Fox:


  • Jimmy Sands

    Dec, they really are abysmal. I switched on a moment ago to see some crap called “Olympic Kitchen – refreshing drinks to watch the games”. No clue as to how you would actually go about watching them as the rights holder has no apparent interest in showing them.

  • Does anyone recall the third element? —

    “Jamaica?” “No, she went of her own accord.”

    “Jakarta?” “No, she went by bus.”

    Now, I know there’s a third one, which actually is funny; but I simply cannot recall.

    Anyway, thanks Dewi for the opening.

    There’s a painful truth in this: Rio will be a magnificent disappointment, because “Team GB” can never do so well again. Whoever is “government” then had better expect slings, arrows and outraged misfortune in the Daily Mail, et al.

    Meanwhile, thanks to Sir Usain and Lady Shelly-Ann. Just watch them Tott’nam kids in three Olympiads time.

    Perhaps around then someone will have read a Bill Shakespeare speech different from the current one. So we may hear the punch-line from King John. By then, of course, we shall be fully devolved, and therefore we could allow the proud — if limited — Anglo-Saxon bit:

    O, let us pay the time but needful woe,
    Since it hath been beforehand with our griefs.
    This England never did, nor never shall,
    Lie at the proud foot of a conqueror,
    But when it first did help to wound itself.
    Now these her princes are come home again,
    Come the three corners of the world in arms,
    And we shall shock them. Nought shall make us rue,
    If England to itself do rest but true.</blockquote.

  • Mister_Joe

    Glad to oblige, Malcom:

    -My wife’s gone to St Petersburg.
    -Is she Russian?
    -No, she’s taking her time.

    -My wife’s gone to Northern Italy
    -I should think so, we’ve been married for 20 years.

    -My wife’s had an accident on a volcano
    -Krakatoa? -No.
    She broke her leg.

    -My wife’s gone mad in Venezuela
    -Yes, absolutely loopy

    -My wife’s gone to the Welsh border.
    -Search me.

    -My wife’s gone to the botanical gardens.
    -Yes, it was rather busy.

    -My wife’s gone to Malawi
    -Yes, about 5000 miles

    -My wife’s got an upset tummy in Laos
    -Yes, constantly.

    -My wife’s gone on a singing tour of South Korea
    -No, R&B

    -My wife caught a cold in the Gulf
    -Yes, she was coughing up greenies for weeks

    -My wife had an accident in Slovenia
    -like a stuck pig.

    -My wife’s parents are from Croatia
    -No, they’re still happily married.

    -My wife went to a very bad concert in South East Asia
    -Terrible. And the rest of the band sucked too.

    -My wife went on a sailing course in Poole
    -In Dorset?
    -Yes, she’d recommend it to anyone.

    -My wife smoked a joint near Manchester
    -In Hale?

  • Thanks, Mister_Joe @ 8:27 pm. Several of those raised more than a chuckle. Obviously the one for which I still seek was [a] too blue or [b] too late in a well-imbibed evening. Neither of course would defile a good Slugger posting.