Countdown to Olympic Torch Relay continues
For all the clocks counting down the number of days to the start of the London Olympics, there's one important calculation.
The start of the Olympic torch relay in the UK is 70 days closer - which means it gets under way in just two months' time with its arrival in Cornwall on Friday 18 May.
Today we learned a lot more about where it will go street-by-street across Great Britain and Northern Ireland - and, equally important, we found out about some of the people who'll be carrying the flame.
These are exciting times for those fortunate enough to have been selected, and when you put together the runners with the locations you can see what's shaping up to be an amazing journey around the UK.
Here at the BBC, two of our staff are named today among the 8,000 runners.
These places weren't part of Games organisers Locog's allocation for the general public, but were made available to us as the Olympic broadcaster courtesy of Lloyds TSB, one of the presenting partners of the torch relay.
Our key selection criterion was that the individuals must have given something to the wider community - to have made a contribution greater than just doing their job - to merit the honour of being part of the relay.
I hope you'll approve of our choices.
The first is Alec Collyer a video journalist at the BBC in Plymouth.
It's 35 years since Alec became a founder member of the Dartmoor Search and Rescue, an entirely voluntary role, and he's still with them today having taken part in countless rescues in weather conditions including blizzards and fog.
The Search and Rescue teams are called in to help people in distress when required by the Police, and you may remember one of the biggest recent calls on their services was assisting hundreds of motorists stranded in the snow on Dartmoor in 2009 and 2010.
Our second torchbearer is Stuart Hughes - the diplomatic producer in our World Affairs Unit. Stuart is a journalist who's been to many trouble-spots. But in 2003 he lost his right leg after stepping on a landmine in Iraq; and the cameraman he was filming with, Kaveh Golestan, was killed.
Despite this tragedy, Stuart has returned to work and continued to travel the globe; and he's also become a high-profile campaigner against landmines. He's helped other amputees achieve their goals by showing that losing a limb doesn't mean the end of an active life - and equally important, he's used his own experience to highlight the psychological toll faced by journalists reporting from warzones.
You can watch a film about Stuart here:
So these are just two of the individuals who will carry the torch. There are thousands of other inspirational stories being announced today too; and they show us that even in these times of economic pressure, and amid the stresses of daily life, there are people who simply make this country a better place to live.