Produsing Olympic Images

The Sochi Opening Ceremony has prompted some interesting produsage of images.

This T-shirt appeared for sale on 10 February.



The Olympic Charter (7.4) states:

The Olympic symbol, flag, motto, anthem, identifications (including but not limited to “Olympic Games” and “Games of the Olympiad”), designations, emblems, flame and torches, as defined in Rules 8-14 below, may, for convenience, be collectively or individually referred to as “Olympic properties”. All rights to any and all Olympic properties, as well as all rights to the use thereof, belong exclusively to the IOC, including but not limited to the use for any profit-making, commercial or advertising purposes. The IOC may license all or part of its rights on terms and conditions set forth

The vibrancy of social media offers a very strong challenge to virtual ownership of images and their transformation.

The Opening Ceremony symbol problem took people back to some street art first seen in Bristol in 2011. The serendipity is that the same ring is involved.


The Pure Evil Gallery prodused this image on Instagram:



Try Scoring in the 2014 Six Nations Rugby Tournament after Two Rounds


Twenty tries have been scored in two rounds of the 2014 Six Nations Rugby Tournament. There were twelve tries in Week 1 and eight in Week 2.

The team that scored the first try in all six games played has won the game. Scotland has not scored a try in the Tournament. Wales did not score a try in Week 2.

Fifteen of the twenty tries scored have been converted.

This is a timeline of try scoring in the Tournament using Match Centre data provided by Accenture on the official RBS Six Nations’ website.

6 Nations Week 2


Photo Credit

Italia vs. Scozia (Maurizio, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Paying a bit forward

fodder-drive-bourke-dataA convoy of donated hay made its way to Bourke this week.

The ABC has some background to the story about the convoy.

The organiser of the convoy, Brendan Farrell, said “It’s probably paying a bit forward, I suppose, and that’s what it’s all about. We’ve been through droughts down home. We had an eight year drought”.

He added “Look, I hear stories all the time of farmers struggling. I’ve got three young kids under four, and you hear of farmers that are doing silly things and they can’t cope. I just look at my kids and just go ‘right, well what I’m doing is good.'”

I love stories about altruism. I admire the idea of “paying forward” as a community.

Another paying forward story broke this week. It was about Catherine Hamlin. I wrote about Catherine’s work in the early days of this blog.

220px-Catherine_Hamlin_-_by_Samuel_Gebru_(Flickr_image_4118437313)Nicholas Kristof of the New York Times has written to celebrate her 90th birthday and share news that Ethiopia has nominated her for a Nobel Peace Prize.

At her birthday party her son Richard observed “Catherine has one son and 35,000 daughters.” Many of those daughters are now working to help other fistula sufferers.

Photo Credit

Fodder convoy for drought areas (ABC AM, 8 February 2014)

Catherine Hamlin (Wikipedia, Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic)