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Olympic Torch


Bingalau
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Did I read somewhere about a week or so ago, that the Olympic Torch, as well as being carried around Britain by a multitude of people. Will also be making a stop in Dublin? I am not against this but can't figure out the reason.

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morddwyd

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I didn't blame any generation.

I simply stated my belief, also held by many others, that that Britain got a whole lot of cheap stuff, including labour, from the "Empire"

Do you really believe that Clive or Rhodes were philanthropists?

It could be that the reason so many now come here is in an attempt to get some of it back!

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john bunyan

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Obviously there was a great deal of exploitation of the "colonies". It would take a long debate, however, to decide whether the British influence was, ultimately, for good or evil. Just take India, where even now the railway system built by the British is a key part of their economy, and much of their political,judicial and educational structures are based on ours. This is the case in many former colonies, few of whom seem to bear much malice. This is amply demonstrated by their relatively enthusiastic membership of the Commonwealth.
I suspect that the exploiters you mention are vastly outnumbered by the thousands who gave a lifetime (and their lives) in attempt to improve things in those countries. Compared to the Belgians, we were saints!!

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Aitchbee

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...also,

...4. How many corrie-handed people will hold the Olympic Torch aloft?

...5. Does it every go in and outta Pubs (9th June - Rutherglen)...The Allan Wells Inn...Glasgow.

...6. Will drinks be on the house, on Olympic Torch Day?

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AitchBEE

There'snot just one Olympic torch, there are lots of them. We'll have 8000 torch bearers, and each one will carry a torch for around 300 metres. Altogether, the torches will be carried around the country for 70 days before the games begin.

The torches will be powered by a mixture of propane and butane, but the precise proportions of the gas mixture have yet to be decided. Each torch will remain alight for 10 minutes. Torches are not refilled.

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robgf

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Each torch will remain alight for 10 minutes. Torches are not refilled.

10 minutes isn't very long, especially with the poor state of health of most of the UK population, they may not cover 300 meters in 10 minutes. And not refillable, so much for the eco image of the Olympics, a terrible waste of materials.

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spuds

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I only hope that these torches have a collector's status, otherwise it just going to be a recyle problem and perhaps another waste of money.

As I mentioned in an earlier post, our council and the business community have already had dress rehearsal. In fact our local Coop Foodstore and their customer's was part of that rehearsal. Kept the kid's amused for an hour or so, especially as there was a number of freebies on offer on that day!.

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