Olympic Torch Relay

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  • #15516

    anonymous
    Participant

    Will any of you in the UK be going out to see the torch as it goes though your neck of the woods?  (If you are, you're taking a camera, right?  Right.  Of course you will!)

  • #17770

    anonymous
    Participant

    I should see it, as it goes past the end of my road. Might just drag my little girl, and newborn boy along with a camera. I've got tickets to see the boxing as well, so am looking forward to it.

  • #17771

    Jamie
    Keymaster

    Congrats on the new baby!

  • #17772

    anonymous
    Participant

    HiThanks, but baby is not quite here yet; he is schedule for the 30 May so will be here in time for the jubilee and the olympics. Should make remembering birthdays easier :)

  • #17773

    peterjcharles
    Participant

    Its going down our high street so will probably try to be there. As to whether we will see anything I suppose that depends on the size of the crowd!

  • #17774

    Chris
    Participant

    The torch will be in Eastbourne on day 60 (17th July). Will have to try and book the day off work.Just looking at the live location at time of typing this, it is in Torquay on day 2 of the route. For those of you who haven't seen the official London 2012 website, you can check out the 8000 mile route across the UK here and watch the torchbearers live here.

  • #17775

    Chris
    Participant

    Just watched MUSE carry the torch at Teignmouth  :)

  • #17776

    anonymous
    Participant

    I'm trying to sneak peeks via the website but I think IT has caught on and the video no longer loads on the live feed.  Foiled again!  (Okay, we're not supposed to watch video here.  But still!)I'm glad they've got stills up now.  Very cool!

  • #17777

    Chris
    Participant

    I'm trying to sneak peeks via the website but I think IT has caught on and the video no longer loads on the live feed.  Foiled again!  (Okay, we're not supposed to watch video here.  But still!)I'm glad they've got stills up now.  Very cool!

    How very annoying  >:(  I hate it when they do this. Ok, it's not the most exciting thing you are going to watch but I thought it would be pretty interesting for folks, no matter where they live, to see the torchbearers live even if just for a few minutes. The games (and everything about them) are global and shouldn't be hindered in this way.Did you notice that some torchbearers have put their torches on ebay!! This is ok I guess if they are doing it for charity as a lot of good can come from it but to keep the money yourself after having the honour of being selected out of the many many thousands of nominees is a bit cheeky to say the least.

  • #17778

    anonymous
    Participant

    You know how it goes, one ruins it for the many.  One guy picks a fight with another over what music is being played at his machine, everyone loses music at their stations (even with headphones).  Same with video feeds.  Actually, that's blamed on “hogging the bandwidth.”  Mmmmhm.  Right.I'm torn on the whole torches-on-eBay thing.  Very cool to do if you're going to donate it (I'd bet a celebrity's torch could bring in some good money), but otherwise...  I mean, if it were me with a torch, I'd be mounting that over the fireplace.  And okay, maybe I would have to use it to light the fireplace on holidays (I'd find a way to rig it up as a lighter, oh yes I would).  I just can't imagine selling it off just to make some money. 

  • #17779

    HayleeB
    Participant

    I love the torch relay-its my favourite part of the olympics! My partner works for a merchandising company who have a contract with the olympics and have a team on the road with the torch. He isnt on the full tour but is doing several extra days including Cardiff & Glasgow, great excuse for a few trips away!! I cant wait for it to get to the streets of London!!

  • #17780

    Chris
    Participant

    I love the torch relay-its my favourite part of the olympics! My partner works for a merchandising company who have a contract with the olympics and have a team on the road with the torch. He isnt on the full tour but is doing several extra days including Cardiff & Glasgow, great excuse for a few trips away!! I cant wait for it to get to the streets of London!!

    Sounds pretty interesting. Lucky you getting to see those extra places and lucky us when we get to see you photos  ;)Day 68, 69 and 70 for London, a fair wait yet. I have to wait for day 60 for it to pass through my neck of the woods but I did manage to get the day off work to check it out.

  • #17781

    Liam
    Participant

    I know a few people running it but i have no idea when it comes through brighton

  • #17782

    Chris
    Participant

    Liam, go here and click on 16th July (which is day 59 of the route).The evening celebration in Brighton is on the 16th and on the 17th the relay sets off again to go to Hastings, passing through Eastbourne along the way mid-afternoon when I hope to get a glimpse myself.

  • #17783

    Liam
    Participant

    Thanks i'll definately be there!

  • #17784

    Chris
    Participant

    Well, the torch came through Eastbourne today and there was a real buzz as thousands of people literally covered the streets to see the torchbearers pass by with a wave and a smile. We only just made it as I had estimated they would reach the spot I wanted to take some photos from at about 4:20pm when in fact it was about 4pm.The day started off so well with mostly blue skies but by the time it reached Eastbourne it had clouded over.....but at least it didn't rain, so that was a bonus.Anyway, here are a few photos.Firstly, the torchbearer.

  • #17785

    Chris
    Participant

    More of the torchbearer as he passes us by. It was here that the live feed captured me standing on a wall taking the photos. The last photo is the crowd following after him.

  • #17786

    Chris
    Participant

    And I might as well post some of the vehicles that passed us by.

  • #17787

    Chris
    Participant

    Some random photos. Even the coastguard was out today. Eastbourne seafront looks so much nicer with it turquoise water and blue skies. Today it was somewhat dreary.All in all a fun but short experience. Now, I will just have to wait for the highlights on the tv when the games start in 10 days time.

  • #17788

    Liam
    Participant

    Came through brighton today too :) had to get up at half six to watch it

  • #17789

    anonymous
    Participant

    A local fellow ran with the torch a few days ago, but on their way home, his dad's bag was stolen in Rome and they lost all of the photos and video of his time with the torch.  I hope there we lots of folks like you, Chris, on his leg so he can get at least some pictures of it.  In any case, I'm still super jealous!  Thank you for the photos - they help me live vicariously through you guys.  ;)

  • #17790

    HayleeB
    Participant

    Great pics as always Chris! The atmosphere in London is really getting quite exciting! The crowds are definately bigger so I havent been able to close to the flame so far. We did witness the abseil into the tower of London on friday night! Again it was so quick and difficult to see but amazing to see about 3 helicopters circling the tower!!

  • #17791

    Jamie
    Keymaster

    These are great!  It must be an absolute madhouse in London right now.  So exciting!Also, I love how many talented photographers we have on the boards.  :)

  • #17792

    Liam
    Participant

    Anyone else heard about what happened with the korean flags? Not even the opening ceremony yet and already someones messed up big time but hopefully that will be the only mistake

  • #17793

    WhovianKate
    Participant

    what I understand was that there was a mistake where the North Koreans had the South Korean flag icon on the board when they were introduced, it caused a delay and then I think about a half hour later they went out and competed per normal…..can't remember which event it was supposed to be, for some reason I want to say soccer but I really don't know.

  • #17794

    anonymous
    Participant

    I was glued to the tele last night for the opening ceremonies.  Way to go London!  There's so much there for us to talk about, especially the first hour where they did the theatrical rendition of British history from an agrarian society all the way to the digital revolution.  I loved the emphasis on British music and children’s literature throughout the whole thing.  I also loved the warm reception given to the USA.  Maybe we can stop pretending to be Canadian after allI understand there is a lot of controversy involved here, but for now I just want forget about the budgetary issues and the rivalry between warring nations.  Go USA and Go Great Britain!

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