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    Quote Originally Posted by visor View Post
    My favourite:
    "not only did he return it, but he returned it with interest!"
    Yeah, that's probably my personal favourite.
    That, and ".....the umpire just allowing both players to take on board some liquid", or something to that affect. I think she is a fine commentator. She was also a brilliant player in her day.

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    Do you guys feel something is just not right when watching a match with English commentary that does not have GC in it? I get the feeling when watching the 2008 Olympics games.

    She got us hooked with her trademark quotes

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    Quote Originally Posted by visor View Post
    NOOOOOOO no no no, outrageous, absolutely outrageous...THAT is NAUGHTY!"

    Yep, that's his trademark quote!
    I think he loves rugby more than badminton

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    We could easily turn watching badminton into a drinking game. 1 vodka: for every time GC says outgrageous etc etc

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    Yeah, just like what we do when watching soccer/football - but instead of picking a player's name, you pick a common GC phrase
    Shame there's no live Badminton around here, though. And I doubt I'll ever get anyone to watch a recorded game with me

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    we would not last 5 minutes

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    Quote Originally Posted by Staiger1 View Post
    we would not last 5 minutes
    that's outrageous.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shosasakigamba View Post
    We could easily turn watching badminton into a drinking game. 1 vodka: for every time GC says outgrageous etc etc
    We tried something similar for every time Darren Hall said "absolutely"; we were falling-down bladdered within fifteen minutes.

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    Ms. Clark must be so proud to have a thread dedicated to her on Badminton Central. And even more proud to be the prop for new drinking games.

    How about an interval of interesting GC facts? For example, did you know that she was born in Baghdad? Or that she was a Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire?

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    "Singles, of course, is very different to doubles, where it's about trying to out-manoeuver your opponent".

    She has a tendancy to use the English word "crikey" whenever showing astonishment eg. "Crikey, was that 284kph, surely not?". I only notice because my Dad is English and frequently uses the same word. Fans of the late Steve Irwin and his tv shows will be familiar with the same exclamation.

    I think she is a great ambassador for the sport.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fidget View Post
    Ms. Clark must be so proud to have a thread dedicated to her on Badminton Central. And even more proud to be the prop for new drinking games.

    How about an interval of interesting GC facts? For example, did you know that she was born in Baghdad? Or that she was a Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire?
    Gillian is also much in demand as an inspirational/motivational speaker.
    She was President & Chairman (person?) of the International Badminton Players Federation 1990-1995.
    Chairman of the Wimbledon Squash & Badminton Club 1993-1994.
    And has a list of wins on the International circuit more than the number of years I have lived!

    And this too:
    She does not wear a wig.
    She wears spectacles, not glasses.
    She may drink gin, but I don't have any definite information on this. However, she is not known to swear.
    She is fitter than Geoffrey Boycott. Or Beefy, even.
    She is human, ergo, fallible. I thought I detected a touch of sore throat at one of her most recent commentaries. Or maybe just her frustration at having to commentate all alone, over again. Either way, a stiff brandy is recommended, Gillian. Cheers!

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    Quote Originally Posted by cobalt View Post
    Chairman of the Wimbledon Squash & Badminton Club 1993-1994.

    OMG that's my club!!!!

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    In recent tournaments, I noticed a new phrase, "Very/Awfullly close to taking that before it had crossed over the net".
    Although I have to say on most occasions the shuttle had VERY clearly crossed the net and only once was it actually close
    Great to see that she commentated the Asia Championships though - wouldn't have expected that in a tournament without Europeans. Hopefully that means she'll also comment all Olympic finals - the commentator doing the 08 XD final in my version is so awful I'm close to muting it every time I watch it.

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    I'd love to stomp the offices of the GM of BWF and of the stupid broadcast channels, and kick their butts back into the stone age, where they belong. How can they allow a single commentator for 2 or 3 entire days, for a sport catering to an international audience? Where is the research and the interesting one-on-ones with star names? There is the dialogue? Where is the initiative? Why the second-class-citizen treatment?

    If they want better returns they need to wake up, and yesterday already! These unimaginative dimwits are wasting every opportunity that the sport gets to go head-to-head with tennis, soccer, TT, basketball....

    Meanwhile, dedicated people like Gill get roasted because they can't come up with new phrases every game, or because the editor wasn't paying attention to the game or to her commentary on the talkback. What a shame!

    Thank you Gillian, for all your dedication, for raging against the dying of the light. You rock, girl!!!

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    Agree with Cobalt. There needs to be a bigger search for good commentators because everyone currently who ISN'T Gill just doesn't seem to cut it.

    Back on topic, I was listening to her commentary this week and it stuck out to me that she really likes saying "super" =).

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    12 pages for GC and going strong. Only the top players have more pages than GC on BC.

    Was pleasantly surprised she commentated on the BAC instead of the European version.

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    On the subject of bad commentators, these are the worst I've ever seen:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5POGztly9B4

    S
    uch a shame as well, the video was uploaded in super high quality, then ruined by these commentators

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