1. British PM Mocks France's Accusations of Cheating | England
Nothing brings out centuries-old national tensions quite like the Olympic Games. Britain dominated the indoor cycling events at the Olympic Park Velodrome, winning seven of 10 gold medals. France, a proud cycling nation still smarting from Britain's first ever Tour de France victory on their soil, was shut out of the top spot on the podium.
Their top sprinter Mickaël Bourgain failed to medal in what he called, "an obvious athletic failure." So how are the French taking it? By continuing the proud French tradition of accusing their adversaries of cheating.
French cycling director Isabelle Gautheron complained that the Brits were using "magic wheels" and 70 percent of the 50,000 respondents to a survey conducted by L'Equipe said they suspected the British were "tainted by cheating." This, of course, was widely reported in England—"Quelle horreur!" mocked the Daily Mail—going all the way to the Prime Minister's office. "It's driving the French mad," David Cameron told the BBC radio, setting off another round of breathless coverage on Fleet Street.
As for those magic wheels? "They're round. They go fast because they pedal hard," the British PM said, Britishly.
2. Cameroonians Happy for Olympians who Fled | Cameroon
Yesterday brought the story of seven Cameroonian Olympians who disappeared from the Olympic village, with hopes of making better lives for themselves as immigrants. Today, Radio Netherlands Worldwide spoke to a handful of Cameroonians who all were "unfazed and even empathetic" toward their fellow countrymen.