The torch is coming to town!
Hi, I'm Graciela and a particular piece of news lit my fire today.
It's because the street-by-street route of the London 2012 Olympic torch relay has been released. This precious flame's journey will start on 19 May and will involve a total of 8,000 lucky people who have been chosen to be the torchbearers. Not me, I'm afraid.
The first thing I did was to check how close to my home it will pass, wondering if I would be able to take a peek. Fat chance! It will be carried around the neighbouring borough.
Studying the route, I've noticed the number of British cities it will be carried through and remembered that I have had the opportunity to visit some of them since I came to this country some years ago. Images of great moments rushed though my mind like sprinters in the last few metres of a race.
Ah, the gold medal 'cream tea' I enjoyed on my way to Oxford in the company of a friend and fellow BBC producer I carried a torch for, and where, I wondered, if the cream would go in the tea or in the scone it was served with. It was all new for me.
A picnic on a Brighton beach went swimmingly. We had to sit on pebbles (not particularly comfortable) but the atmosphere was great. There was this stretch specific for brave naturists who probably thought that sandy beaches were for wimps!
As I've always been busy at work I had to take a rain check regarding going north of the border. I wish I had explored the sights of Scotland more. But a visit to Edinburgh proved unforgettable! The castle on a hill in the middle of the city is a magic view.
But in the run up to the Olympics I intend to get the ball rolling and allocate some weekends to go to some of the cities in the route unveiled today. Nothing puts more fire in the belly of a sports enthusiast than an Olympic torch!
How about you - are you looking forward to the Olympic Games?
to light (someone's) fire - to make (someone) excited, enthusiastic
to take a peek - to be able to look briefly at something
fat chance - impossible
a sprinter - an athlete that takes part in races
to carry a torch for (someone) - to be in love with someone who does not reciprocate
swimmingly - very well
a naturist - a nudist
a wimp - a person who is not adventurous
to take a rain check - to postpone the acceptance of an invitation to do something
to get the ball rolling - to start something
to put fire in the belly - to make someone determined to do something