I am enjoying the BBC's coverage of the Olympic a lot. Being a teacher and it being the holidays, my daytime habits might have in the past involved me getting up at eleven, a visit to the gym interspersed with the ITV 2 repeat of Jeremy Kyle, Bargain Hunt and something about World War Two on UKTV History. But this holiday is very different.
I am up at seven thirty when my one year old son wakes up (I actually had to wake him up at eight this morning), then wall to wall coverage with the red button of the Olympics. There is, however, just one things that is annoying me, and that is the BBC's obsession with reporting on the Irish team.
This morning we have been urged to watch Ireland rowing and kayaking, with commentators seemingly encouraging on the Irish competitors as if they were British. I think John Inverdale at one point said "I know we have lots of Irish viewers at home in Ireland so we are showing you this".
Do they pay a license fee in Ireland ? Is John Inverdale aware that Ireland although close to Britain, is not actually a part of the United Kingdon of Great British and Northern Ireland ?
I don' so much mind them showing Ireland, indeed watching some minor nations in some sports is rather entertaining, but some people in the BBC Sport department are clearly under the misapprehension that we should care about Ireland. They forget that there are more UK passport holder living in Australia or New Zealand or South Africa or any other number of countries (even Spain or France) than in Ireland and that actually I care if Ireland win a medal as much as Germany wins a medal. In short, I don't care.