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Cor strike a light!

So whilst I am excited at the prospect of the London 2012 Olympic games finally getting underway I am totally bored with the Olympic Torch relay. There have been nearly 8,000 runners and it seems like every one of them has been mentioned on the TV, radio and in the papers. I think what disappointed me most was that there wasn’t just one torch but thousands of them.

I also started to wonder what the relay meant. I know that the torch is ceremoniously lit in Olympia, Greece which was the site of the ancient Olympic games. I also knew that it is lit by women wearing robes in an ancient Greek style and they use the sun reflected from a mirror to ignite the flame.

What I didn’t know was that the flame supposedly represents purity and the endeavour for perfection among other things. But the big thing that I have learned about the torch is that Carl Diem who organised the now infamous games of 1936 in Berlin was the first to suggest and operate the torch relay. So that whole thing was in effect started by the Nazis. But at least the Nazi scum couldn’t fix everything, thanks to the great Olympian Jesse Owens!

About justwilliam1959

I've been on the planet for a more than half a century and I've lost all my hair but not my enthusiasm for life, my wife, reading and music! I started my first blog; With Just A Hint Of Mayhem in February 2009. In May 2011 I began two sister blogs to that first one; With Just A Hint Of Amelia and With Just A Hint Of Learning. A while later I also added the more random Stars In My Glasses to the family :-) Feel free to check them all out and let me know what you think!

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