3/8/2012 - Silver is the new Gold
Well it's been a quite a week in this little island of ours. Despite my cynicism and overriding sense of dread about the Olympics, I have found myself strangely glued to the endless TV coverage. I even decided to forego my usual game of bar billiards down the social club to watch the opening ceremony extravaganza last Friday.
I find it amazing that so many of us are drawn to these odd sporting events that we never even knew existed before this week. But spectators and viewers alike have been gripped by the drama of events like 'the madison', 'synchronised diving' and of course 'the lightweight coxless four'! All very strange inclusions when you consider the number of high profile sports not at the Games - rugby, cricket and golf can't even get a look in against Three Day Eventing and Canoe Slalom.
The last couple of days have been a great success for Team GB, with a certain sideburned cyclist taking all the plaudits. However, while we may now have several Olympic Golds in our locker, it appears that Silver is the colour to have when it comes to cars.
An analysis of 24.5 million MOT records has revealed that 23 per cent of Britain's drivers took home silver cars, whereas the other medal colours stood at just eight per cent gold and only one per cent bronze. Blue has taken over from black as the second most popular colour with red, white and grey completing the top five.
Silver cars also apparently enjoyed one of the highest MOT pass rates, 62.9 per cent, making it the fourth best performing colour after beige, grey and black. Although I'm fairly sure that you need more than just the right colour of metal to sail through the test!
Have a great weekend whether you're avidly watching the Olympics or desperately trying to avoid it. As for me - I'll be spending my time brushing up on my coxless synchronised cycle tiddlywinks technique in time for Rio in 2016!
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