Still, it has been an interesting free psychology lesson, especially on Scuttlebutt. I had not ever imagined that so many seem to need a hero to worship and fawn over, and to protect from any criticism (usually imagined or exaggerated in their own minds). Must be good case study material in it for Psych 101 courses I suspect.
Yes I know you are not the fawning type Brendan, especially as I have heard you are, like me, into eating bambiburgers /forums/images/graemlins/smile.gif.
It was the psychology of the reactions of many others that I was referring to. I have not seen the program and would surely enjoy it, I also regard her efforts as a real achievement - I think like others have tried to say, I see faults and strengths in her, and just place her among the many who have made equal or greater achievements, not regarding her as a goddess beyond any fault or allowance of criticism.
NB Looking forward to some defensive reactions, for further analysis by the Cat /forums/images/graemlins/smile.gif. And yes, for those who as part of their imaginative defense will accuse me of thinking that I can do as well as Ellen, I am determined to be the first Cat to sail around the world. Also, I only have paws, so intend to be the first "no handed around" as well /forums/images/graemlins/smile.gif.
It probably helps that I don't watch much trash TV, so this was the first time I've seen her on TV. It came across quite well. She was indeed quite tearful, though as others have said, this came later in the voyage when she was knackered - this is something you'd have to see, after trials, tribulations, trips up mast to sort out damage (as she said, she'd not make any records with top of sail unable to be set, and one or two reefs in)
You could see clearly in the film exactly how knackered she was, and the conditions she was living in. She also commented strongly on which part of the team she thought she was, and underplayed her part (and personally I believed that part) despite what she was going through.
Not being catty, just observing (perhaps in a pussy-footing way /forums/images/graemlins/smile.gif). I think if my post is read (and the others I made earlier on in the piece) I make it clear that I applaude her achievement. Also have nothing against her and other sportspersons being applauded when they get home (and sometimes home, and home, and home again /forums/images/graemlins/smile.gif).
All I am remarking about is the fawning and hero worship of some on these forums, to the extent that any comment not full of praise of Ellen is taken as a swipe in her face and even, sometimes regarded by worshipper as a claim by the comment maker that they thought they could do just as well as Ellen did /forums/images/graemlins/crazy.gif.
I certainly hope the TV program is aired here in NZ. Good saily type programmes have a good chance of getting an airing here sometime or another, even if not directly involving NZ, so here is hoping.