Is that hatred I detect here?
Not hatred at all, just a little light banter. In fact, I would rather Paris had got the Olympics, and all the expense and hassle that goes with it.
I briefly heard that "sensitive language" had been used in the commentary of the battle's reenactment. Must have annoyed you to no end.
Tony Bliar's PC brigade decided that it would be insensitive to celebrate the British victory at Trafalgar by actually referring to it. In real terms this meant that a 'son et lumiÃ©re' sea battle reenactment was referred to as being between Red and Blue. Curiously, everyone knew it was really about Britain and France/Spain and so it didn't really annoy at all. I couldn't go to the Fleet Review, but did have a splendid evening at a concert in the grounds of Burghley House - the 1812 Overture (with cannon), Rule Britannia, then fireworks and some rather good French champagne. In light of all this criticism of the the British for celebrating a few victories over another nation, will you now be calling for the abolition of 4th July celebrations?