Tuesday, August 17, 2004

Ole' Iraq

Nabil and Ferid between them are providing fantastic commentary and pics of Iraq's Olympic soccer team.

If you're a sports junky, olympic enthusiast or even just a bit curious there's also live weblogged coverage of other events from Stuart Hughes. Oh yes, the Iraq connection - Stuart's the weblogger who lost half of one of his legs last year after stepping on a landmine in Northern Iraq, anyway, he's in Greece right now.

Oh, one more thing, here's what bartleby.com has to say about Ole'...

Etymology ~ Spanish, perhaps from Arabic wa-llah, by God! (used as an expression of admiration) : wa-, and; see w in Appendix II + allah, God; see Allah.


#8/17/2004 05:11:00 pm Assalam Aleikom Blogger Dilnareen

Thanx for the link, I remember hearing about him when the bbc photojournalist Kave was killed, but I didn't know he had a blog.
It's a good read, he's very lighthearted about the whole thing.

#8/17/2004 05:20:00 pm Assalam Aleikom Blogger emigre

yeah, i remember hearing about him back then too. just stumbled across it again now when i was looking for iraq/olympic things.

#8/17/2004 10:59:00 pm Assalam Aleikom Blogger Fayrouz


How is the Greek community doing in Sydney? I'm sure they're going to party till end of the Olympics.

#8/18/2004 03:02:00 pm Assalam Aleikom Blogger emigre

Everything seems a bit low key over here olympicly speaking. Greek or not, i think people secretly believe that the 2000 Olympics were "The Best Olympic Games Ever" and that even Athens can't shake Sydney's golden claim to sports heaven.

Zeus a greek god? Forget it, as far as Australians are concerned there is only one god, he has fins and his name is Ian Thorpe.

#8/18/2004 08:04:00 pm Assalam Aleikom Blogger DirtCrashr

As far as what Bartleby.com has to say about Ole' being derived from Arabic "wa-llah" (by God!), it strikes me that there could very much be a French derivation too, from "vw?-l?" ("wa-llah") or "Voila!" - as frequently mispronounced by Americans anyhow...heh, Napoleon stole croissants from Vienna.

#8/19/2004 02:22:00 am Assalam Aleikom Blogger emigre

hmm, fascinating. bartleby.com says the origin of voila is voyeur, which brings us back to weblogs...

voyeur ~ definition 2). An obsessive observer of sordid or sensational subjects.


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