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Monday, August 25, 2008

Ping Pong is coming home

Boris Johnson's remarks about the Olympics made me laugh. It is easy to forget exactly how intelligent and what a polymath the current mayor of London is. I rather suspect that he did not have to do any research to come up with the remark.

According to various sources, ping pong or table tennis originates in after dinner entertainment during the late Victorian period. Best guess sometime in the early 1880s. It was cigar boxes, champagne corks, a line of books across a card table. I also suspect rather a lot was drunk in order to get the proper supply of champagne corks. The Drones club approach to sport as it were... But look what it has evolved into.

And it is interesting to speculate if the early pioneers of table tennis ever imagined that it would become an Olympic sport. Equally if any of the horrified Aunts and other onlookers of tender sensibilities thought it would.

2 comments:

CherylStJohn said...

I had to google August Bank Holiday. So are you going to a cricket match?

It's just plain old Monday here

Michelle Styles said...

LOL Cheryl. I am so used to the term that I didn't think. the British equivalent of Labor Day.
And the weather reverted to type by about noon -- rain.Just as the dh and I were on a walk and so we became soaked to the skin.