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"For a better world"

I doubt whether any reader, or come to that, any sentient being could be sufficiently Panglossian to imagine that what we have right now is the best of all possible worlds. Accordingly, I would imagine that 'for a better world' rates as about the least offensive slogan imaginable, with the possible exceptions of 'kittens are fluffy', 'be nice to your mum' etc etc.

Anyway, in its French form - Pour un monde meilleur - it has given the French Olympic authorities quite the fit of les vapeurs, and French Olympians have been banned from sporting the slogan on a pin's (sic) while participating in the World's Largest Outdoor Steroid Abuse Festival.

I would think that a bit of ingenuity would see our French friends dig up a line from the Olympic charter like 'respect for universal fundamental ethical principles' that the knife might be twisted a little more.

Similarly, given the ban on the Tibetan flag in the Olympic Village (gulag, maybe?), how about displaying another flag that is predominantly red, blue and yellow? Perhaps that of Romania, Chad, or pretty well anywhere in the top left corner of South America. The snow lion issue could be addressed, ish, by waving the flag of Sri Lanka too.
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Blogger Semaj Mahgih said... 4:59 pm

Cross of St George might be nice.  



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