Wednesday, 12 December 2007


Posted by speedygeoff on Wednesday, December 12, 2007 with 3 comments
Who won the 1000m speed skating final at the 2002 winter Olympics?

I NEVER get tired of watching this video!

(Despite the American commentator on this version.)

Steve's win (also mentioned in and in reminds me of Spike Jones' frenetic hit single, from 1948 my year of birth! The lyrics are:

"It's a beautiful day for the race. Stu Chan is the favourite today, Assault is in there, Dog Bisquit is three to one, Safety Pin has been scratched, and at twenty to one: Feitlebaum. Now the horses are approaching the starting gate, and eh, THERE THEY GOOOOOO!

"And it's Stu Chan going to the front, Cabbage is second on the rail, Beautiful Linda is third by a length, and Feitlebaum. Around the first turn Stu Chan is still in front, Cabbage is second by a head (Cabbage by a head!), Beautiful Linda is third and Feitlebaum. Into the back stretch, Dog Bisquit is now leading the pack, Lady Avalon is second, very close. Banana is coming up through the bunch (Banana coming up through the bunch!) and Feitlebaum. At the half Stu Chan still out in the front, Apartment House is second with plenty of room, Assault is passing Battery (Assault and Battery!), Notary's Old Jack is fourth, and in last place by ten lengths I believe it is, yes, it is Feitlebaum. Around the turn, heading for home, it's Stu Chan and Dog Bisquit and Girdle in the stretch. Flying Sylvester is third and Mother-In-Law nagging in the rear (Oh! Oh! Oh!). And now they come down to the wire, and it's number one and now number two and it's very close, it'll either be a photo finish or an oil painting, and now Louis speaks with the left, and Louis is in there, slugging, and it's a battle, and now they are tearing hair, there's hair all over the ring, there's hair all over the place, I don't know whose hair it is. It's mine! AND THERE GOES THE WINNERRRRRRRRR! Feitlebaum."

I used to play the 78 on a record player at home.


  1. Dad had 78s! They were huge things - they all went at a garage sale - how sad!

    True fame is when you have something like "doing a Bradbury" named after you.

    Perhaps hill circuits at Parly House will become known as "doing a Speedygeoff"?

  2. Running PH hills would be "doing a speedygeoff" only when done at a very very slow pace while blowing a whistle. e.g. if Mr Plod came chasing after Gary on foot after Gary parked in Kevin07's parking spot.

  3. Or if Mr Plod came chasing after speedygeoff because he invited Julia to join the geese in the Rose Garden...