As the equestrian events of Beijing Olympics is currently underway in Hong Kong, there are a few highlights that provide color and interest within Hong Kong community.
A boring game?
Last night I talked about a boring show in ESPN Star Sports. In the case of equestrian events, is it a boring event? It was observed that there were people in the audience were falling asleep or appeared bored while watching the horses in their artistic and graceful presentations. Or maybe because they were too excited to watch the game and queued before midnight (you know, that first to queue popularity phenomenon) and did not sleep. So when they finally got to their seats and equestrian participants are out to perform, they can't keep themselves awake. Just like Mr Bean on a long drive to Cannes in Mr Bean's Holiday.
I think if there are tickets, there will be scalpers. And the Olympic events did not only provide opportunity to locals and foreigners the chance to watch live events without going to Beijing or turning on the television, it was also a chance for some people to queue as early as their physical capabilities would allow, get the tickets and sell them like you'd die if you don't have these tickets, and make big profits. So when we see people queuing before ticket booths, perhaps not all of them are very excited to watch the event or afraid they would miss out the tickets. Some of them are their to make business.
The Christina Chan saga reappeared in Hong Kong equestrian events as she tried to get the attention of everyone by flashing the flag of Tibet concealed in another country's flag during the event. While she wasn't arrested, she was removed from the venue along with a companion. I have seen Olympic logo (five rings) morph into handcuffs and wheels of a battle tank in an attempt to show that Beijing doesn't deserve to host the Games, which is widely understood as the symbol of world unity. Chan is not the only soul making her case at this Olympics. An expatriate in Hong Kong actually climbed Tsing Ma bridge to stage his protest. This has caused alarm that even some politicians were barred from entering the Games venue. Hong Kong pro-democracy lawmaker ''Long hair'' Leung Kwok-hung was ejected from the Olympic equestrian venue after mounting an anti-China protest.