It's your own fault! Usually as quick to pour scorn on the incompetence of others as he is to praise
himself those who rightly deserve it, the IPKat has nothing but sympathy for the poor soul (not to be confused with Seoul) who, in his or her befuddled state of LOSS (London Olympics Stress Syndrome), managed to line up a series of portraits of the North Korean ladies' football team with an image of the South Korean flag (see Telegraph, here).
|Members of the North Korean ladies' soccer team|
demonstrate that it is possible to have sports kit
that doesn't bear the emblems of adidas or Nike...
North Korea's brand myth that it is a democratic republic doesn't fool its own citizens, or indeed most of the rest of the world. However, in Glasgow last night, here was clear evidence that someone actually believed the lie and chose for the Democratic Republic of Korea the flag of the bit of Korea that is indeed a democratic republic.
On the subject of convenient fictions, readers may be curious to know how a ladies' football match in the London Olympics is taking place in Glasgow which, according to some opinions is around 350 miles (550 km) north of the Olympic epicentre and which is believed by some folk to be in a different country, Scotland. There are several plausible explanations for this:
- The Scots were persuaded to withdraw their own bid to host the 2012 Olympics in return for a chance to hold some ladies' football matches;
- The London organisers decided that it was cost-effective to outsource some of their events to relatively low-cost zones such as Glasgow and Cardiff;
- The Scots were morally entitled to receive something since the cost of bidding for and securing the Olympics was paid for by Scottish as well as English taxpayers;
- This was a gesture of solidarity with one half of the citizens of Glasgow, a sort of consolation prize for losing Rangers FC to decent competitive football between now and the next Olympics.