Thursday, July 12, 2012

The Olympic Act 2012 or the Folly of Language during Summer 2012

I want to write a poem about the Olympics
But I’m told all the words have been sold
That someone had bought all our language
Its now illegal - or so I’m told

To write of the Games or the Venue
London 2012 to be sure
Can’t write Gold, Silver or Sponsor
The copyright rules will ensure

In this years twenty twelve Olympics
We can’t use our English outright
Coca Cola has tied it in law
They’ve locked our language up tight

Now expressions have to be listed
And words we use are all banned
We can’t talk about the medals
Without disrespecting the brand

Because the American sponsors don’t like it
Despite our Olympians bold
That the British people keep talking
About London, Medals and Gold

And its Faster, Higher, Stronger
Three words, the Olympic creed
Tied up in petty laws and restrictions
And in LOCOG’s outrageous greed

But during this sporting summer in London
In the year Two Thousand and Twelve
We’ll take back our language and spaces
As our freedoms they try to dissolve

My language is not a product
With a price tag, restrictions - for sale
I will write and say what I want to
Don’t like it? Send me to Jail!

The 2006 Act also introduces "Listed Expressions". These are in the form of two lists, A and B. List A contains the words Games, Two Thousand and Twelve, 2012 and Twenty Twelve. List B contains the words London, Medals, Sponsor, Gold, Silver and Bronze. Use of any two words in list A or any word in list A with one or more of the words in list B is not permitted.

The Olympic Motto: 'Citius Altius Fortius' / 'Faster Higher Stronger'. The Paralympic Motto: 'Spirit in Motion'

Using the words Games, Twenty-Twelve, 2012, or Two Thousand and Twelve, in conjunction with one of these words - London, medals, sponsors, summer, gold, silver or bronze - is also banned as is summer 2012" or "London 2012"

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

maybe not do so much poetry