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Olympic follies : the madness and mayhem of the 1908 London games : a cautionary tale

Author: Graeme Kent
Publisher: London : JR, 2008.
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"The London Olympics of 1908 was intended to reveal Britain and its empire at its zenith. Before the games had ended, almost everything that could go wrong had, and the organizers were universally condemned. The games opened in the pouring rain, which was to continue for the entirety of the two week event. At the opening ceremonies one country insisted that another march under its banner, and another refused to dip  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Kent, Graeme.
Olympic follies.
London : JR, 2008
(OCoLC)760919203
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Graeme Kent
ISBN: 9781906217495 1906217491
OCLC Number: 220009277
Description: 234 pages, [8] pages of plates : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: 1. Dr Badger Cries 'Foul!' --
2. The Smoke-Filled Stateroom --
3. A Vision Of Dazzling Whiteness --
4. This Flag Dips To No Earthly King --
5. Preamble With Racquets And Rifles --
6. The Lure Of Going Pro --
7. Boots, Somersaults And Swords --
8. Malevolent Mendacities --
9. Field And Water --
10. Track And Wheels --
11. The Ladies --
12. Not So Much Winning --
13. Nothing Is Ever Settled --
14. The Hero Business --
15. Envoi --
Appendix 1. 1908 Olympics Events --
Appendix 2. 1908 Olympics Medal Winners.
Responsibility: Graeme Kent.

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* A cautionary tale of Olympic mayhem during the 1908 Olympiad in London * A fascinating tale of rain, accusations, disqualifications, international incidents and incompetence, told with humour and a  Read more...

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