Charles Cowling


Triumph and disaster at the Olympics have opened reticent Brit floodgates as never before. What chance of an overspill into griefdom, where they’re not a sentimental indulgence but an emotional necessity?


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9 years ago

and for the ladies – a gentle dabbing of a lacey ‘kerchief whilst steadfastly refusing to relinquish one’s heart to its own devices…

9 years ago
Reply to  Evelyn

Oh gosh yes, Evelyn, absolutely — something that can be practised whether moved or not, an advantage you laydees have over us chumps, I mean chaps.

gloria mundi
9 years ago

Splendid, Charles, I’ve been practising the steadfastness of jaw in front of the mirror, will let you know how it goes next time I get caught out!

gloria mundi
9 years ago

What a challenging final question, Charles. Does it depend on how one cries? Some people tend to issue forth a quiet tear, which rolls gently down their features. Noble, touching, etc. My face tends to pinch up, a small release of snot may be not far away, and so are gulps. Less noble and inspiring… One does have to speak, after all! But perhaps the audible effect of someone just about managing to hold it together (my more likely reaction) is good enough – shows we are not women and men of steel. Closer to milk pudding actually, in my… Read more »

Belinda Forbes
9 years ago

Thank you for posting this. This Olympics has opened the flood-gates for me. I was so choked up when Mo won his second gold medal last night that I couldn’t speak. I’m only hoping this doesn’t spill into my professional role. Emotional involvement is good but blubbing as I read the eulogy is not!