OMG, OMG! It’s a Starter Pistol! At a Race! OMG!

“And when Gartocharn Primary School in Dunbartonshire secured the services of the London Olympics chief starter for their own sports day, the school must have thought it would be an extra special occasion. But the school had not reckoned with the administrative power of health and safety council officials, who banned Alan Bell from firing a pistol at the event in case the sound frightened the school’s children.” That’s documenting the continued downward spiral of (once) Great Britain. As one sane parent told the Mail, “Anyone who believes they would be frightened by a starting pistol has never experienced the noise at a typical three-year-old’s birthday party.” Drool Britannia.


  1. avatar Matt in FL says:


    I heard someone say once that the sound of a starting pistol provided a nice jolt of adrenaline to get you started down the lane, and that the modern day electronic “BOOP” sound just couldn’t compare.

    1. avatar sdog says:

      as a former swimmer, i still hear that boop, 6 years out of college.

      1. avatar CGinChicago says:

        +1 same here, that thing haunted me

      2. avatar irock350 says:

        ANd here I was thinking I beat this. All I had to do is read the “boop” and I had to fight the urge to strip down and swim 100 meters. Good times, Co-ed Swim practice was all it took to get me hooked on the sport as an impressionable 13yr kid.

  2. avatar brigo50 says:

    Those kids in the background look so terrified they are about to run screaming…. oh wait…

  3. avatar GS650G says:

    “Daddy, what’s that he’s holding in his hand?”
    “That’s a handgun, son.”
    “A handgun? Aren’t they banned?”
    “Well yes, dear, but this is a special model. It shoots blanks not bullets.”
    “Dad, what’s a bullet?”
    “Oh Jeez”

    1. avatar S.CROCK says:

      I agree. in a society where guns are common, people realize there is no need to be afraid when a non idiot is using it. (especially a gun with blanks)

  4. avatar Roll says:

    For the love of…the more i read articles like this, the more i believe that people nowadays are spiraling further downward into a bottomless pit of stupidity…”cant have pencils in school, sharp point could hurt someone”…

    1. avatar Matt in FL says:

      To be fair, I’ve never injured myself with an unsharpened pencil.

      1. avatar Roll says:

        Be honest, did you have to try REALLY hard to do that one ?lol

    2. avatar Qajaqon says:


      1. avatar Phydeaux says:

        We are devo, D – E – V – O.

  5. avatar Silver says:

    From an empire so vast that the sun never set upon it with hardy people who kept the stiff upper lip through WW2, to a global laughingstock.

    As the saying goes, it can happen here too.

    1. avatar sdog says:

      after hearing all of the bs “its bushes fault” once again with this F&F i sincerely believe this is the direction some in this country want to take. i listened to Washington journal call in program on cspan radio this morning driving to work, and there were numerous callers asking for the assault weapons ban with the most ridiculous reasoning for it.

      1. avatar sdog says:

        “bush’s”, god please bring back the edit function.

        1. avatar Ralph says:

          I blame everything on the bushes.

      2. avatar Totenglocke says:

        Yes, well, as the Gallup poll from September 2011 showed, 46% of adult males in the country own at least one gun and 23% of adult female do as well. Seeing the current trend, by the end of this year I’d say 50% of males and 30% of females wouldn’t be an unrealistic expectation.

    2. avatar LongPurple says:

      The Rome of Cincinnatus became the Rome of Caligula and Nero.

  6. avatar Moonshine7102 says:


    Oh, Britain. For fvck’s sake.

  7. avatar Anthony Meruelo says:

    Wasn’t there an article about Colombian cocaine growing operations posted before this one? It’s not listed anymore.

    1. avatar sdog says:

      agreed, i was just about to read that one..

  8. avatar Ken says:

    More confirmation of the wisdom of our Declaration and War of Independence.

  9. avatar LeftShooter says:

    Amazing. Just when you think the Brits can’t get any more dickish…

  10. avatar Chris Dumm says:

    George Orwell, who despised authoritarianism and pervasive government surveillance (and who once shot an elephant as a colonial policeman) is turning over in his grave.

    1. avatar LongPurple says:

      I’m sure many others, among them Winston Churchill, are doing the same.

  11. avatar Johnny says:

    I don’t know if these people are seriously stupid or hate fun.

  12. avatar Mark N. says:

    Just wait until they ban starter guns at this summer’s Olympics. Wouldn’t want to start a stampede.

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