QUOTE(flobiano @ Jun 24 2012, 04:58 PM)
Did you go?
I went to see it today - mainly because it was within walking distance of my house and it wasn't raining. I was really quite underwhelmed and it seemed like a bit of a wasted opportunity. There were loads of people out, the sun was shining, there was a really good atmosphere. Would have been nice if they had got some local groups involved and maybe, for example, had one of the, many, local brass bands out. Instead we just had a few coaches branded by the main sponsors, each of them blaring inane rubbish from loud speakers and giving out tat. The actual torch felt like a bit of an afterthought and they didn't even tell us who was carrying it.
It could have been a good community event, but it was just a depressing reminder that the Olympics is less and less about the sport and more about the money that the corporations can make from it all.
We saw the torch last Sunday afternoon when it passed through. Well, I saw it, but that would be a bit of an exaggeration.
There was a huge convoy of vehicles with sponsors names on, and loud music, so nobody quite knew where the torch was or when it would arrive. It didn't help that some selfish individuals had parked their cars on the route, taking up valuable viewing space, and in the case of certain, grossly oversized Teutonic vehicles, (with radiator badges similar to the Olympic ring design), blocking the view altogether.
Finally, there was a green coloured truck which looked remarkably like a horse box, with a bunch of photographers in the back of it. There right behind the truck was the torch, which we saw for all of five seconds. For me the presence of these vehicles spoilt the whole occasion, and I think totally overshadowed the torch and it's message. Whatever their purpose, these vehicles made it difficult or impossible for most people to actually see the torch, let alone grab a photograph of it.
Ironically, the biggest cheer was for an old chap on a mobility scooter who somehow got caught up in the convoy, and seemed to be enjoying the adoration, even if he was slightly confused by it.
However, there was a great atmosphere, and I think the pubs here had a good day, so there were plenty of happy people about.