PLASTIC BRIT [plas-tik-brit]
- a non British person who represents Britain in their sport
It's particularly apt at the minute with the Olympic Games approaching. We have the captain of the athletics team Tiffany Porter representing us after the switch from her native USA in 2010, she does assure us she knows the whole of God Save The Queen, so that's ok. We have a handful of these guys in our olympic team, but it's nothing new, if you look closely we have them in our national rugby and cricket teams. We have even had the odd ones in our football team - Tony Dorigo (Australia), John Barnes (Jamaica), Owen Hargreaves (Canada), even the English of the English Terry Butcher was born in Singapore!
Which brings me round to what I was thinking about in the first place, the tennis. Apart from Tim Henman, who let's face it was never going to win anything, our last big hope was Greg Rusedski, who, of course was Canadian, and now we seem to be saddled with Andy Murray - British when winning, but Scottish when losing. Anyway, midway through his semi final he seems to be winning! Though the prospect of facing the mighty Federer on Sunday will probably not be the nicest thought he has ever had. OK, he was a Brit for two weeks of the year, but sadly I reckon he can unpack his St Andrew's flag again because he doesn't stand a cat in hell's chance against Fed!
Go out now and spread the word Plastic Brit.