Wednesday, August 13, 2008
AUGUST 13 - THE RWS DIARIES (2008)
Looking at the Olympic Gold Medals Table politically, it looks like "WAR MINUS THE SHOOTING" (ORWELL) between AMERICAN CAPITALISM (ie the falling Superpower of Oceania), and CHINESE COMMUNISM (ie the rising Superpower of Eastasia) :
GOLD MEDAL TABLE (as at 08.51 13 Aug)
1. CHINA - 16
2. USA - 10
3. SOUTH KOREA - 5
(I was looking for NORTH KOREA, and they have had a name-change - it's now the DEMOCRATIC PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF KOREA ("Dem P Rep Korea" according the BBC Sport's Medals Table)
I thought China used to be called the "Democratic People's Republic of China ? Now, it seems, they just call themselves "China". Less of a mouthful, for sure.
Pity Korea can't call themselves "Korea" (or Ireland just "Ireland"), but that's politics for you.
EURASIA'S Germany managed it (remember East Germany & West Germany & THAT Wall?).
EURASIA'S Russia managed it (remember the Soviet USSR ?)
Can you imagine the United States of America calling themselves the Democratic People's Republic of America, or the United Kingdom calling themselves...