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Olympic Flame

The Olympic Flame was passing within half-a-mile of where I live, so we wandered down to have a glimpse of it. It was fleeting - the runner was walking down the stairs with a tumult of security, and then paused for a moment before the ramp down to the pier. There were masses of police in diving suits. The flame was nearing the end of its day's journey, bound for what was once the country's greatest white elephant - the Dome - now a commercial entertainment venue.

I wanted to be a part of it, a sliver of intersection with a global ceremony. If it had only had more pomp...


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Apr. 7th, 2008 02:07 pm (UTC)
I went to Stratford to see the torch. They drove it past in a coach, which I felt was rather a disappointment (as did several other people near me, who stood around going, "Was that it?"). And one of the guys in blue tracksuits was giving the finger to anyone with a Free Tibet sign.

I was expecting something a little more ceremonial, to be honest.
Apr. 7th, 2008 04:21 pm (UTC)
At least I got more ceremony than you did, if not as much as I was hoping for!
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