Adidas, the favoured consumer brand of drug dealers, armed crooks, thugs, street crims, Columbian drug mules, tube robbers, pickpockets, car thieves, ne'er do wells and scoundrels, is moving to distance itself from being associated with the IAAF in order to protect its commercial reputation. Perhaps they will now consider sponsoring Daesh / ISIS? It may be ridiculously old fashioned, but I don't think I have any clothes with other people's names visible on them.
Stuart Rose plays an utter plonker on R4 Today (link inserted when podcast avail); when told that the bedrock and sole foundation of the 'out' claim, that leaving would cost £3k, has been trashed and rubbished by professional researchers including Channel 4's news team, he responded that nevertheless they would continue to use the spurious factette in the absence of anything true. He claimed "We enjoy wide support from the global multinationals headquartered in the UK, for whom staying in Europe has economic and competitive advantages". As Mandy Rice-Davies said ....
Migrants heading for Europe are learning how the reverse-domino effect works; Germany is returning non-Syrians to Austria, so Austria turns them back into Slovenia, which turns them back into Croatia, which refuses them entry from Serbia, who close the border with Macedonia, which bounces them back to Greece. Now Norway is sending them back to Russia, and Switzerland and Germany are taking cash and valuables to pay for their care. As the barriers are going up all over Europe (just as we said they would) there's a desperate scramble to beat the clock. As Italy still has way below the northern Euro average of 12% migrant population, she can absorb a few hundred thousand without tears. It's poor bloody Greece I feel sorry for.
A new Adidas TV ad has just occurred to me; Close-up of training shoe pulls out to reveal wearer, Ibrahim, boarding a bus in Ouagadougou (Burkino Faso, natch), long bus journey, close up of trainer walking through Sahara, with camels and Technicals, trainer jumping down from truck in Libya, boarding rubber boat, climbing coastguard rescue boarding net, resting on cot in Italy, climbing train steps, running across French border chased by Gendarmes, walking to Calais, kicking customs officer, climbing into truck, cut to knife slitting curtainside and Ibrahim still wearing immaculate trainers jumping out in Piccadilly Circus - pan to big neon sign displaying "Adidas - built for endurance". No?