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It's the Etymolympics, where the gymnastics should be gymnaked and the hurdles are a bloodbath.
- Here’s a quick history of the ancient Olympics.
- And a glossary of Ancient Greek Olympic terms.
- Have a look at what remains of the stadium at Olympia.
- Dictionary.com tackles the history of Olympic medals.
- Who cares about the Olympic Games that are starting today, eh? Everyone’s already looking forward to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics (they’ve added new events, including surfing - fun!).
- Or, if you’d rather live in the past, this documentary about the London 2012 opening ceremony reduced 90% of my Facebook friends to tears.
- The closest I’ve been to Brazil is watching the BBC’s repeats of Brazil with Michael Palin. Could be worse.
- ‘Brazil’ by the Real Tuesday Weld is a song for your Olympic playlist that isn’t ‘Rio’ by Duran Duran.
- Get in the spirit with some Olympic cake wrecks.
- The transcript of this episode is at theallusionist.org/transcripts/olympics.
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MAILCHIMP'S RANDOMLY SELECTED WORD FROM THE DICTIONARY:
- My fellow commentator Matthew Crosby is a comedian, both solo and as part of sketch team Pappy's. Hear their podcasts Flatshare Slamdown and Pappy's Bangers and Mash.
- 'Pentathlete' Sam Pay is an actor, currently appearing in The Wind In The Willows at the Mercury Theatre in Colchester. Hear him discussing every Tom Waits song in the podcast Song By Song.
- This episode was produced by Devon Taylor, Cheeka Eyers and me, Helen Zaltzman. The music is by Martin Austwick.
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