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Boris has invited Rupert Murdoch to the swimming finals on Friday, while most politicians have distanced themselves from the Murdochs and their media empire of late.

But Boris is keen on becoming PM and Murdoch will give him his backing.

It seems that what goes round comes round, but it usually takes a while longer to rotate.

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Aitchbee

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Condom - are you inferring there are unintelligent life-forms on Venus...but not as we know it?

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john bunyan

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Condom

As so often!

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Aitchbee

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fourm member - are you suggesting that Wiggins won his GOLD medal BECAUSE he is sponsored by SKY + MURDOCH? that's what your last statement infers.

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Aitchbee

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Only Wiggins could repudiate that statement.

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Forum Editor

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"No use commenting any further on this thread, as our resident expert has said it all again."

That is a silly thing to say. If you have a contribution worth making then make it. Don't be afraid to have your say, just because somebody posts something you don't agree with.

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Aitchbee

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Sponsorship like this:-

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/industry/9437854/General-Electric-sold-100m-of-lights-to-London-Olympics.html

...helped London to stage the Games.

But you can't deny the fact that it is sheer HARD GRAFT by any winning olympic medalist that makes them shine.

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john bunyan

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I fully agree with your 8.27 post. In some ways it is a shame that, particularly in the sports involving intense physical effort, only full time sponsored or professionals are likely to be in the medals. Afar cry from the '50's and '60's. I was involved (only at County level)in a few sports and they were so strict in checking you had no payments at all.

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interzone55

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Compare & contrast the football

Mens Team GB football team are all professional footballers, many of quite obscene salaries.

Womens Team GB football team are almost all amateurs with full time jobs

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Forum Editor

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"But all the natural talent in the world and all the willingness to train means nothing if you have to work 12 hours a day to feed your family."

Peter Wilson, our hope in the double trap shooting event is ranked world number one, but that nearly didn't happen when at one point in his climb to that level his funding was suddenly withdrawn. He was then ranked world number five and in his own words 'I went from that to being a pub waiter in just 24 hours'.

The truth is, as already stated, that you cannot become an Olympic medal contender these days without some serious financial help.

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Aitchbee

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...have to work 12 hours a day to feed your family...

...how many weans/bairns does Bradley Wiggins have?

Allright maybe he's got a pet hamster to feed...5p a day.

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