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  • Message 301

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    Posted by Weaver (U6224685) on Tuesday, 10th July 2012

    Indeed - I am very glad we bought a house part way up a hill! smiley - smiley

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  • Message 302

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    Posted by zelda (U2012536) on Tuesday, 10th July 2012

    This town may have its problems but we are fairly high up! Thankfully.

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    Posted by counterblast (U14258320) on Tuesday, 10th July 2012

    the steaker in henley got more cheers than the torch-bearer. but the bbc, being all prim and proper, didn't show it on the news.

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  • Message 304

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    Posted by zelda (U2012536) on Tuesday, 10th July 2012

    I saw that counter - he was only trying to light his fag! smiley - smiley

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  • Message 305

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    Posted by counterblast (U14258320) on Tuesday, 10th July 2012

    yes, this is the worst summer in history for smokers. impossible to smoke INSIDE or OUTSIDE. well done, new labour puritans and coalition ninnies.

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  • Message 306

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    Posted by Weaver (U6224685) on Wednesday, 11th July 2012

    I was intrigued enough to have a look at the footage. The link below should start part way through 'age's "non event" smiley - laugh

    www.bbc.co.uk/torchr...

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  • Message 307

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    Posted by zelda (U2012536) on Wednesday, 11th July 2012

    I was intrigued enough to have a look at the footage. The link below should start part way through 'age's "non event" smiley - laugh

    www.bbc.co.uk/torchr...

     
    I didn't say the event was a non event - the people who went to see it did. Personally I couldn't be bothered to walk to the end of my street to see a flame of any description Olympic or not. I have already discovered fire!


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  • Message 308

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    Posted by zelda (U2012536) on Wednesday, 11th July 2012

    From the piece you linked....

    //1220: Some early travel news, and an unfortunate side-effect of the torch relay... Neil Rossington tweets: "If you live in Stevenage AVOID THE OLD TOWN! If you're in a car it's horrendous!" //


    It's always horrendous - especially on a Friday/Saturday night. Wall to wall drunks and fast food joints. smiley - laugh

    (It also has very few car parking spaces. )

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  • Message 309

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    Posted by Surabaya Johnny (U1163609) on Wednesday, 11th July 2012

    yes, this is the worst summer in history for smokers. impossible to smoke INSIDE or OUTSIDE.  What, even in your own home? smiley - smiley

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  • Message 310

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    Posted by Gill P (U14122746) on Wednesday, 11th July 2012

    yes, this is the worst summer in history for smokers. impossible to smoke INSIDE or OUTSIDE. well done, new labour puritans and coalition ninnies.  So that is one good thing to come out of this dire summer. Hooray!

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  • Message 311

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    Posted by zelda (U2012536) on Wednesday, 11th July 2012

    Oh no.... It's a non smoker! Best keep counter back! smiley - winkeye



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  • Message 312

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    Posted by Weaver (U6224685) on Wednesday, 11th July 2012

    Ah yes I did have a giggle at that comment myself - as you say it's always horrendous getting through there!

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    Posted by Weaver (U6224685) on Wednesday, 11th July 2012

    yes, this is the worst summer in history for smokers. impossible to smoke INSIDE or OUTSIDE.  What, even in your own home? smiley - smiley  Maybe they don't like he effects of smoke in their own home smiley - laugh

    I rather liked the idea that the bad weather was down to New Labour and the coalition though smiley - smiley

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  • Message 314

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    Posted by kirtobserver (U15338853) on Wednesday, 11th July 2012

    Village shunned by BBC on torch relay

    bbc radio oxford reported that the bbc torch relay coverage of Kirtlington village on day 52 was unavailable due to the fact that the bbc , with all its technical expertise could not get a mobile 3g signal. Why was this not known beforehand alternative mobile / satellite reception arranged. Or was it just that there was no great figures, like the PM who was the next stop and the BBC managed to make sure that signal worked. You are one of the great technical companies in the world and you cant broadcast from 10 miles form Oxford the great seat of learning ... oh dear, the future doesn't look good.
    The other thing we cant understand is that even losing the signal, why wasn't the recording saved in situ from the back of the van (as clearly the camera was there) and placed on the website afterwards?

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  • Message 315

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    Posted by MrT (U15054385) on Wednesday, 11th July 2012

    Yes I can vouch for poor 3 g coverage in the area. When it actually got worse I gave up on it altogether.

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  • Message 316

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    Posted by BBC auto-messages (U294) on Tuesday, 24th July 2012

    Editorial Note: This conversation has been moved from 'BBC Television ' to ' BBC Olympic TV Coverage'.

    The new BBC TV Olympic topic is now open - so I'm moving this post to the Olympic TV topic.

  • Message 317

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    Posted by Surabaya Johnny (U1163609) on Tuesday, 24th July 2012

    Village shunned by BBC on torch relay

    bbc radio oxford reported that the bbc torch relay coverage of Kirtlington village on day 52 was unavailable due to the fact that the bbc , with all its technical expertise could not get a mobile 3g signal. Why was this not known beforehand alternative mobile / satellite reception arranged. Or was it just that there was no great figures, like the PM who was the next stop and the BBC managed to make sure that signal worked. You are one of the great technical companies in the world and you cant broadcast from 10 miles form Oxford the great seat of learning ... oh dear, the future doesn't look good.
    The other thing we cant understand is that even losing the signal, why wasn't the recording saved in situ from the back of the van (as clearly the camera was there) and placed on the website afterwards? 
    I appreciate this will have been disappointing for Kirtlington villagers, but I don't really understand why it's so important for the BBC to cover every inch of the torch relay ... but then I'm probably biased, as I think it's all a bit silly!

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  • Message 318

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    Posted by Peta (U24) on Tuesday, 24th July 2012


    www.bbc.co.uk/news/u...

    Olympic torch: Guide to the BBC's Olympic torch relay pages
    Continue reading the main story
    London 2012 torch relay

    Follow the torch relay with the BBC Live
    Olympic flame takes London Tube
    Doreen Lawrence takes 2012 flame
    Olympic torch visits EastEnders
    The London 2012 Olympic torch relay began in May and the BBC is following it throughout its journey.

    Here are some frequently asked questions, so you can get the best out of our online experience.

    How can I view video from previous days?

    Find the day you're interested in and you'll see the video player with two tabs. Click on Morning or Afternoon then click the Play arrowhead and when it starts, you'll see a slide bar appear at the bottom of the player along with the times (in 24hr clock) the session started and ended.

    Use the slide bar to find the time of day you're interested in.

    At the moment, the video we have made available for you to watch again is exactly what went out when the stream was live, including the spaces caused by the loss of the feed.

    We always knew that for technical reasons it would be impossible to capture all 8000 miles of the Relay live, and we have sought to keep the gaps to the minimum possible.

    In a small number of cases, the entire session is unavailable. Where this has happened, the tab says "Not available".

    The BBC is working on providing a complete video archive of the torch relay and we hope to make this available as soon as possible.

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  • Message 319

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    Posted by Peta (U24) on Tuesday, 24th July 2012


    Sorry Kirtlington!

    It would have been too expensive to arrange a satellite connection - so if the G3 connection isn't great in Kirtlington, on non-existant then the signal wouldn't have made it through.

    It's worth checking the archive film later - the camera on the back of the truck may well have caught the action, it just won't have been sent out live.

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  • Message 320

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    Posted by counterblast (U14258320) on Tuesday, 24th July 2012

    why wasn't the tunbridge wells torch procession shown? it was quite a big event - much to my surprise.

    will the bbc be showing a proper programme about the torch procession - an edited highlights kind of thing. they ought to, because it's interesting to see the different places. i was very cynical about the torch at first, but it's kind of grown on me a bit.

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  • Message 321

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    Posted by Peta (U24) on Thursday, 26th July 2012

    The BBC is working on providing a complete video archive of the torch relay and we hope to make this available as soon as possible.

    The live feed relies on G3 coverage, so we always knew that it would not be 100% reliable - a satellite link was too expensive though - so apologise for the breaks in live transmission.

    Olympic torch: Guide to the BBC's Olympic torch relay pages

    The Torch relay began in May and the BBC is following it throughout its journey.

    Here are some frequently asked questions, so you can get the best out of our online experience.

    How can I view video from previous days?

    Find the day you're interested in and you'll see the video player with two tabs. Click on Morning or Afternoon then click the Play arrowhead and when it starts, you'll see a slide bar appear at the bottom of the player along with the times (in 24hr clock) the session started and ended.

    Use the slide bar to find the time of day you're interested in.

    At the moment, the video we have made available for you to watch again is exactly what went out when the stream was live, including the spaces caused by the loss of the feed.

    We always knew that for technical reasons it would be impossible to capture all 8000 miles of the Relay live, and we have sought to keep the gaps to the minimum possible.

    In a small number of cases, the entire session is unavailable. Where this has happened, the tab says "Not available".

    The BBC is working on providing a complete video archive of the torch relay and we hope to make this available as soon as possible.  


    You might also enjoy the pictures section, here's a link to the pics

    www.bbc.co.uk/news/u...

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  • Message 322

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    Posted by St Maddenus Hairy Chested Hunk (U14314874) on Thursday, 26th July 2012

    Ahhhh You mean that I might not have been visible to all my adoring public because when the torch was beside me the Link to the world may have failed!

    I guess it's for the best, I don't think the world is ready for me yet.....

    Good thing the torch didnt pass my area tomorrow on Fridays, Fridays are special...

    and there has already been a streaker...

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  • Message 323

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    Posted by Howie Doohan (U15265232) on Thursday, 26th July 2012

    I went over especially to see Brucie running with the torch but I just got to see this woman who everyone kept asking "who is she" instead smiley - laugh

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  • Message 324

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    Posted by Bidie-In (U2747062) on Thursday, 26th July 2012

    Howie, I am hoping the programme on BBC1 from 5pm will show us Brucie - and other celebs (Edina & Patsy are having a go).

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  • Message 325

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    Posted by Howie Doohan (U15265232) on Thursday, 26th July 2012

    I've seen the photos of Edina and Patsy on the torch relay website Bidie. And Brucie as well. It looks like he was outisde the One Show studio in the media village. Shame only BBC bods could be there to see him smiley - erm

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  • Message 326

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    Posted by Howie Doohan (U15265232) on Thursday, 26th July 2012

    I'm the one wearing the gigantic shades and day glow green cycling suit by the way. Just in case you miss me smiley - biggrin

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  • Message 327

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    Posted by Bidie-In (U2747062) on Thursday, 26th July 2012

    Thanks BBC for finding a historian who told us how the torch has "united the country in the same way the 1966 World Cup did....." smiley - steam

    smiley - laugh

    The live pics were not that good - seemed to be ariel shots rather than someone filming in front of the runners. Disappointing for those hoping to see a loved one doing their bit.

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  • Message 328

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    Posted by Howie Doohan (U15265232) on Thursday, 26th July 2012

    Yes. They didn't show any of the relay earlier today, except a bit of Brucie at White City. He's old enough to have lit the first torch there in 1908. Didn't he do well. smiley - laugh

    I'm gutted. I wore my day glow green cycling suit especially for my big TV moment.

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  • Message 329

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    Posted by Peta (U24) on Thursday, 26th July 2012

    I've seen the photos of Edina and Patsy on the torch relay website Bidie. And Brucie as well. It looks like he was outisde the One Show studio in the media village. Shame only BBC bods could be there to see him smiley - erm 
    The Media Centre is open to the public - it has a Tesco and everything. It's completely open - not a private area- well the insides of BBC buildings are, but that's different.

    The Media Centre sits on the finish line of the last London Olympics. Bit of trivia!

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    Posted by Howie Doohan (U15265232) on Thursday, 26th July 2012

    Damn. I read on the torch relay site this morning that the White City torch handover wasn't open to the public. That's why I didn't go over there. I got to see some woman instead who nobody knew. It was still nice to see though.

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    Posted by Peta (U24) on Thursday, 26th July 2012

    Damn. I read on the torch relay site this morning that the White City torch handover wasn't open to the public. That's why I didn't go over there. I got to see some woman instead who nobody knew. It was still nice to see though.   They might have fenced that bit off or something - just for the torch relay?

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  • Message 332

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    Posted by Howie Doohan (U15265232) on Thursday, 26th July 2012

    Shame, shame cause I really wanted to see Brucie.

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  • Message 333

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    Posted by Peta (U24) on Thursday, 26th July 2012


    Can you see yourself on the torch relay live footage though Howie?

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  • Message 334

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    Posted by Howie Doohan (U15265232) on Thursday, 26th July 2012

    No Peta. They didn't show the handover at Holland Park. Probably too posh to allow cameras. They'd need special permission from Simon Cowell smiley - laugh

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  • Message 335

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    Posted by St Maddenus Hairy Chested Hunk (U14314874) on Thursday, 26th July 2012

    When it's working I can see myself very clearly..

    I suspect that the constant breakdowns are due to my adoring public seeking a glimpse of me. Just too much demand for the service I imagine.

    Sorry about that everyone.

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  • Message 336

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    Posted by Going_once (U14931925) on Thursday, 26th July 2012

    I always thought that the Olympics began after the torch reached the stadium and someone ran up a lot of stairs and lit a big bowl of something fuel-related accompanied by loud cheers and marching bands and quite possibly Lesley Garratt in a Union Jack skirt. But there was football on this afternoon which claimed to be Olympics: Football.

    All the brouhaha seems a bit pointless now - they got bored waiting and started without them. smiley - smiley

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  • Message 337

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    Posted by Peta (U24) on Friday, 27th July 2012


    Last day today!

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  • Message 338

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    Posted by stojom (U13311458) on Friday, 27th July 2012

    why are we having so many celebs anyway, carrying the torch, i thought it was for people who had done good work in their community not for publicity seeking hasbeens who always want their faces on the box.

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  • Message 339

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    Posted by Portly (U1381981) on Friday, 27th July 2012

    Speaking for myself, I have no jealous feelings about the celebs.

    They have their place.

    They add to the gaiety of the nation.

    smiley - ok

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  • Message 340

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    Posted by St Maddenus Hairy Chested Hunk (U14314874) on Friday, 27th July 2012

    Some celebrities do actually use their profile for good causes, probably worth checking their backgrounds.

    THough There is too much emphesis (sp) on many of them nowadays

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  • Message 341

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    Posted by Weaver (U6224685) on Friday, 27th July 2012

    Some celebrities do actually use their profile for good causes, probably worth checking their backgrounds.

    THough There is too much emphesis (sp) on many of them nowadays  
    Yes, some of the celebs are fine and I can't see a problem with the torch carrying for some, though am a bit puzzled why non British celebs would be carrying it.

    Am also puzzled as to when stuff is happening. I thought it all kicked off at 20:12 tonight. However the BBC programme starts at 21:00 and I just caught the end of another BBC programme where it was announced it starts in 9 hours time - that was just before 13:00 hours, so would make it 22:00 hours. smiley - yikes

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  • Message 342

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    Posted by JohnSheridan (U4637122) on Friday, 27th July 2012

    Some celebrities do actually use their profile for good causes, probably worth checking their backgrounds.

    THough There is too much emphesis (sp) on many of them nowadays  
    Yes, some of the celebs are fine and I can't see a problem with the torch carrying for some, though am a bit puzzled why non British celebs would be carrying it.

    Am also puzzled as to when stuff is happening. I thought it all kicked off at 20:12 tonight. However the BBC programme starts at 21:00 and I just caught the end of another BBC programme where it was announced it starts in 9 hours time - that was just before 13:00 hours, so would make it 22:00 hours. smiley - yikes 
    It is due to start at 9pm tonight.

    Can't get over all the fuss re. torch relay - after all it was devised by Joseph Goebbles for the 1936 Berlin olympics so is really a Nazi ceremony!

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    Posted by Portly (U1381981) on Friday, 27th July 2012

    Godwin's Law alert!!!!!!

    smiley - yikes smiley - yikes

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    Posted by Weaver (U6224685) on Friday, 27th July 2012

    Some celebrities do actually use their profile for good causes, probably worth checking their backgrounds.

    THough There is too much emphesis (sp) on many of them nowadays  
    Yes, some of the celebs are fine and I can't see a problem with the torch carrying for some, though am a bit puzzled why non British celebs would be carrying it.

    Am also puzzled as to when stuff is happening. I thought it all kicked off at 20:12 tonight. However the BBC programme starts at 21:00 and I just caught the end of another BBC programme where it was announced it starts in 9 hours time - that was just before 13:00 hours, so would make it 22:00 hours. smiley - yikes 
    It is due to start at 9pm tonight.

    Can't get over all the fuss re. torch relay - after all it was devised by Joseph Goebbles for the 1936 Berlin olympics so is really a Nazi ceremony!
     
    It depends what you mean by devised. He organised the propaganda but the actual torch relay was organised by Carl Diem who not only was not a party member but had a Jewish wife.

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    Posted by poshHebeJeebie (U9319867) on Friday, 27th July 2012

    To all those who have declared their boredom, dislike or whatever of the Olympic Torch, I would simply ask this: When was the last time an international event went through your local town/city/village?

    We were the first village in Somerset (on day 3) to host the torch, and it took many hours of planning for safety etc etc. I was liaising with the police and the local council about all aspects - and was a marshal on the day. It was a great event - and many people said, without prompting I hasten to add, that they felt priviledged to have taken part.

    Oh, well, perhaps we are simple country yokels - although the enthusiasm across the country shows that we're not alone.

    I'm looking forward to the opening ceremony tonight, and shall pick and choose from the various sports as to what I want to watch. But I, for one, have enjoyed the torch, have been moved by some of the personal stories of the torch bearers and hope that we can have a great games.

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  • Message 346

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    Posted by Deacon (U14258455) on Friday, 27th July 2012

    I dont WANT any International Events to go through our town.
    I like just as it is, A sleepy backwater on the Thames....Bliss.

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  • Message 347

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    Posted by poshHebeJeebie (U9319867) on Friday, 27th July 2012

    I know all about sleepy backwaters. Our village has the "distinction" of being the furthest place from a dual carriageway smiley - laugh (And don't we know it! You just so wouldn't want to be around some of the more timorous drivers on our country lanes that masquerade as A roads).

    Unashamedly proud of the spirit of the torch. Looking forward to tonight's opening ceremony (in spite of the "leaked" previews). Looking forward to the Olympic Games. Proud that we can host them.

    Watch a DVD or three if you don't want to watch. Or read a book. Or ..........

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  • Message 348

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    Posted by Deacon (U14258455) on Friday, 27th July 2012

    In fact I will be watching NCIS...dont worry about me...I dont feel deprived.

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  • Message 349

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    Posted by poshHebeJeebie (U9319867) on Saturday, 28th July 2012

    Good for you Deacon. OH will be doing the same. Me? I don't see the attraction. Ah, well, one man's meat is another man's poison! smiley - winkeye

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  • Message 350

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    Posted by signonymous (U14407751) on Saturday, 28th July 2012

    The BBC's online coverage of the Torch Relay was quietly brilliant, but as soon as it switched to the bombastic BBC TV News spectacle it lost it's democratic charm.

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