Two television obstacle course competitions highlight unintentionally how pathetically soft you Brits have become.
For 'health and safety' reasons no doubt, the participants wear life jackets and crash helmets as well.
They are allowed to carry on even when they have repeatedly fallen off the obstacles in case they sue the organizers for losing their sense of self worth. They also don't get eliminated for taking forever to finish.
It makes me shudder to think what my ancestors, who came from the Old Country when Britannia ruled
On the other hand the Japanese TV programme, appropriately entitled Ninja Warrior, is for
Neither the men nor the women wear crash helmets or any kind of padding let alone lifejackets. The very varied courses are a hundred times more difficult and a lot more dangerous than the British one and wipeout means exactly that.
If you touch the water you are gone and the same applies if you can't finish within the stipulated time.
Your concerned friend,
Jon, a Ninja Warrier in training.