I've spent the last month in the company of an international but overwhelmingly American crew filming events here. The small Australian contingient give as good as they get in the banter stakes - often to the consternation of other nationalities looking on, the French are so polite it's embarrasing. The Americans are noticeably very interested and very impressed with the performance of both British athletes and public, and have enthusiastically cheered on British efforts while keeping one eye on the medal table hoping the USA would overhaul China, 'You guys are just so damn infectious' as one told me. They are very taken with the British way of doing sport - and don't forget that these guys have been filming it all over the world for years, often becoming more than a little jaded with their work. Interestingly, when press attitudes cropped up in conversation, they needed little prompting from me to describe the Daily Mail as an international laughing stock. I do take some small pride in the knowledge that they'll be returning home to locations all over the USA and working all over the world at prestige events, encouraging the use of the word mailtard
at every opportunity. Have a nice day, Wally.
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