Women's Road Race won by 'Some bitch from Holland' splutters Jan Moir in Daily Mail...

by andylul   July 30, 2012  

[Link removed - just don't go there]

Why is this (and the rest of the pointless, bitchy, defamatory column) allowed to masquerade as journalism?

For those of you with a net nanny that does not allow you to visit shameful sites like the Daily Mail, here are some of the choices quotes:

On Zara Phillips:
"...Zara, who nevertheless still contrives to sound like a bored Essex under-manicurist despite being a) royal and b) taking part in the poshest Olympic sport"

On Sharron Davies:
"...Reporting for the BBC down at the Aquatics Centre, Sharron is going for gold. What I mean is, if she manages to move her facial muscles before midnight, someone should give her a medal.

Sharron is a splendid woman, a terrific commentator, an Olympian who represented her country at 14 – but now she just looks like she’s swimming in Botox. Against the tide"

On Lizzie Armistead and Marianne Vos:
"...Lizzie Armitstead. What an utter darling. According to commentators, she had ‘fresh legs in good shape’, which she used to batter heroically through a torrential rainstorm, only to come second to some bitch from Holland. Never mind, after the 80-mile race Lizzie emerged without a speck of mud on her flawless complexion, manicure perfect, looking ready for her close-up"

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Is Jan Moir still alive?

Isnt she the same one that did a fair bit of shitty trolling over some gay boyband member dying?

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posted by zanf [645 posts]
30th July 2012 - 12:51


Hateful nonsense.

It'll continue until people stop reading it, and that's going to take some time...

posted by Mountainboy [80 posts]
30th July 2012 - 12:53

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Really sorry, but the quotes were so ridiculous that I did indeed have to 'go there' just to check she really did call Marianne Vos a bitch. Unbelieveble. They rode a strong race, and the faster sprinter won.

On the fact that Lizzie Armitstead got herself cleaned up in time for interview, she also managed the following gem:

"It was a kind of wet weather miracle. Most women look more bedraggled negotiating a doorstep puddle. Best of all, was that Lizzie kept going by snacking on treats kept in a pouch on her back."


Seriously, we've been thinking that a raised profile for the sport is a good thing, but is it really? If such a commonsense concept as a quick shower and makeup is beyond the grasp of the owner of this inane verbal diarrhoea, is there really any hope, at all, of the public at large being enlightened regarding such a complex sport or, on a more everyday basis, the intricacies of negotiating motorised traffic on two wheels?

In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice, but in practice...

posted by notfastenough [3646 posts]
30th July 2012 - 13:09


It's a typically nasty little piece in the Daily Mail. What did you expect?

Like so many of these self-styled 'columnists', the author is a washed-up waster who never amounted to anything.


Oh wait, wikipedia says she has won some awards, including Stonewall's Bigot of the Year Award. Wow, quite some achievement. Go girl!

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posted by Simon E [2254 posts]
30th July 2012 - 13:24

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Daily Fail heralded Vino as an "unknown" on their front page after men's road race. You really can't make up how bad they are.

two wheels good; four wheels bad

posted by cat1commuter [1404 posts]
30th July 2012 - 13:25


I suppose he is unknown if you've only heard of Cav and Wiggo!

In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice, but in practice...

posted by notfastenough [3646 posts]
30th July 2012 - 13:28


The Daily Mail is a professional troll. That's how the site functions. Enrage people to the point that they need to tell all their friends and tweet links. Hey-ho, page views. Page views = advertising revenue.

There's no point being enraged, it's a business model and a successful one at that. But fair enough if you don't want it in your life. Just block it.

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posted by Sarah Barth [1163 posts]
30th July 2012 - 13:50


rubbish journalism has no place in my newspaper holder ...

posted by Karbon Kev [682 posts]
30th July 2012 - 18:28


Are you kidding? One of my hobbies is collecting examples of oxymorons. "Alive Daily Mail columnist" is a new one to add to my collection

posted by Paul M [336 posts]
31st July 2012 - 15:25


I got overtaken the other day.... I could and should (will) say by a better fitter faster cyclist OR I could accuse the sod of being on drugs wheelsucking or any number of excuses I think this person at the daily fail (I won't use the word journalist) falls into the second category and she takes bitching/whinging to new depths.


posted by FATBEGGARONABIKE [668 posts]
1st August 2012 - 11:03

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