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IT IS becoming increasingly apparent to the peoples of the planet,

that the consequences of actions taken by those who have sought to

utilise their celebrity status, across the board - for the covetous

purposes of avaricious hoarding of riches to the unacceptably 

selfish purposes of sexual gratification - are particularly poisoning

the trust of the very victims of these breakdowns in trust, as well as

the vast majority of the peoples who have entrusted the powers

that be to do the right things for the right reasons - in no dissimilar

manner to the four Icelandic bankers going to the party and the

entirety of the Icelandic population 'waking up with the headache'.

Having recently finished watching both of the recent Lance Armstrong

television documentaries, Linnie and I were both struck by the similarity of

mindset of Lance Armstrong with that of Robert Maxwell - both being

larger than life characters, who bullied their way to supposed success,

without one jot or tittle of consideration of the consequences of their

actions, let alone the consequences of consequences, as they burgeoned

forward with their agendas. 


As Gabriel Tate has recently stated in the Telegraph ... 

"Has there been a greater tale of sporting hubris
? A seven-time

Tour De France champion, revered for overcoming cancer then raising

millions for charity, brought low by irrefutable allegations of doping.

Yet the rise and fall of Lance Armstrong is oddly unsatisfying for those

seeking a clichéd narrative. Now, as then, the man at its heart refuses to

play ball. The latest documentary about Armstrong, The Armstrong Lie

from film-maker Alex Gibney, corners but – rather like Errol Morris in

his recent profile of Donald Rumsfeld – fails to pin down this most

slippery and defiant of customers. In it, Armstrong shows himself to

be a master of the unrepentant apology, preferring to bully his inquisitor

into self-doubt rather than face his own demons".

While Ben Lawrence's report on the second documentary, which provided

much more of a comprehensive narrative for Linnie and I, opened so ... 

"Before watching The Lance Armstrong Story: Stop at Nothing (BBC Four),

I racked my brains to remember what I had thought of the cyclist in the

years before the doping scandal. All I could think of was the fairy tale which

Armstrong perpetuated and which this Storyville documentary edited and

shredded in order to make the sorry tale all the more extraordinary.

After the then-25-year-old American had been treated successfully for

cancer, the Lance Armstrong Foundation was established to provide

support for those suffering from the disease. We saw Armstrong shout

inspirational statements (“We believe in life. Your life!”) while dozens of

yellow silicon wristbands floated on a screen behind him like miniature

halos. We saw celebrities quick to endorse him.

The documentary juxtaposed hyperbolic devotion with the dirtier business

of Armstrong the liar and the cheat and this was where things became

horribly fascinating. Armstrong came across like an unimpeachable god,

crushing his opponents with an imperious flick of the wrist. When

challenged by a journalist about his drug use, Armstrong asked whether

he had “extraordinary proof ”: the choice of words showing Armstrong’s

unwavering belief in his untarnishable public image".

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