Winning, more winning, most winning

American coverage of the Olympics isn’t too bad as far as it goes. The commentators at NBC aren’t as clued-up as their BBC counterparts, but all in all, it’s pretty good. However, I think I’m yet to see an event or race in which an American isn’t competing. Occasionally, you’ll see semi-final one featuring the American, and for completeness, they’ll show the second. I wonder whether they’d even bother showing the "100m dash" final if none of the Yanks were featured. BTW, I’ve heard the name 100m dash before , but wasn’t aware that it’s their official name for the event. I half expected a bus to be pulling away near the finish line with the competitors waving at the driver to stop.

In their coverage, they use the word winningest without so much of a smirk or hand-gesture indicating air-quotes: "This will make Michael Phelps the winningest athlete…". Now don’t get me wrong, I’m all for the evolution of the English (that’s English) language. However, this is just wrong. Is there any other example of a superlative participle compound? Is there a comparative equivalent (winninger?); what would be wrong with more and most winning? Apparently I’m wrong, although I can’t believe that. Dad? Helen?

New York is the best summer iPod city in the world (based on a comprehensive sample of two cities). There is nothing/little better than walking down the sun-drenched streets (or avenues) with the iPod blaring; New York generates an emotion that isn’t there in London. Maybe it’s because I’m relatively new here, but I actually think it’s down to NY being a better walking city than London. The weather doesn’t harm things either. The forecast is for low 80s and sun all week 🙂

I was on the subway platform at 42nd street at the end of last week (during the day), awaiting my train, listening to Down in the Tube Station at Midnight by The Jam. There’s a sound of a tube train (as its title suggests) at the beginning of the track, which had me convinced that my train was arriving. Imagine my surprise… Can someone confirm whether the same mistake can be experienced in London? Obviously this prompting will affect the authenticity of the experiment.

I’ve heard that Pennsylvania is meant to be a good place to visit, although I saw a T-shirt yesterday advertising the merits of Eastern Pennsylvania. Is it so much better than the West or is this just misplaced loyalty? Can anyone comment on the relative merits of the I’m trying to imagine a Brit sporting a West Yorkshire baseball cap or a Berkshire (except Slough) bumper sticker. (BTW, they like using bumpers as parking aids over here.) Maybe this is an unfair, given that PA is over 90% the size of England. Just like Australia, I don’t think I’ll ever get over how enormous America/how small the UK is. A British guy has just won an impressive marathon of running around 50 miles per day going from West Coast to East Coast. Shame about Paula Radcliffe, btw.

Central Park is still a great place and has seen lots more blading and will no doubt see more this week given the enviable weather we’ll be getting. They’ve got a new form of sky-writing than the loop-the-loop versions that you used to see. Five very high planes vertically above each other (as opposed to horizontally?) travelling in parallel straight lines, ticker-taping smoke in a coordinated morse-code-like fashion. Quite cool, but still not worth the time spent waiting for the end of the sentence/URL/phone number. Wonder how they measure impressions?


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