Author Topic: This Olympic torch thing  (Read 16371 times)

clarion

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Re: This Olympic torch thing
« Reply #200 on: July 12, 2012, 08:01:45 pm »
That's certainly true.  The Strike definitely changed in tone once the Met were bussed in.
I thought it was the Army in police uniforms?

Later, yes.
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barakta

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Re: This Olympic torch thing
« Reply #201 on: July 12, 2012, 08:38:18 pm »
As for white sticks being perceived as weapons, I know a young blind person who in primary school was not permitted to take their white stick into the playground because they might use it as a weapon. I am surprised the parents stood for it cos if that was my kid SEVERE shitstormage would have happened as what my mum did when primary teachers messed with my hearing aids.  No sense of training the children that the cane was a mobility aid and not to be fucked with.  Nope "weapon" "ban it".
School paranoia and arse covering, a la nuts and stuff. A white cane would probably make a pretty good weapon in the right hands. I've been hit by one (accidentally) and it wasn't pain free. But schools are full of potential weapons; pencils, footballs, big heavy books...

Indeed and the law and associated pre-16 educational guidance for disability documents (the ones what are ACTUALLY statutory instruments) SPECIFICALLY have an example almost identical to this outlining the total and utter illegality of removing a mobility aid citing specious "safety" concerns.

Amusingly I have nearly been hit by this blind person using their white cane because they aim themselves in direction of choice and GO FOR IT.  The sighties can just move out of the way and trust me - they MOVE - which is fine if you hear the blind person coming - I can't...  Hence nearly being hit.  ;) *shrugs*

mattc

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Re: This Olympic torch thing
« Reply #202 on: July 13, 2012, 08:26:30 am »
We got the 'alternative' torch baton to Henley last night (in less than ideal conditions, hey-ho!). It's all going great, but of course LOCog don't want it in their stadium. Please sign this thing if you have 2 minutes:

http://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/allow-the-real-relay-to-finish-inside-the-olympic-stadium?time=1342127231
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clarion

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Re: This Olympic torch thing
« Reply #203 on: July 13, 2012, 09:08:36 am »
Signed.  I am so impressed with this effort.  Gives me hope that the Olympic spirit hasn't been extinguished by corporate greed and personal corruption.
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Re: This Olympic torch thing
« Reply #204 on: July 13, 2012, 09:58:19 am »
It was only a matter of time: Olympic torch: Male streaker arrested at torch relay
<sniggers> That's the leg NikW will be doing on Thursday (in the Real Relay, of course)
I did suggest Matt entered into the true Olympic spirit and took on this important roll as we ran the baton into Henley in the rain yesterday - he made some feeble excuse about the weather so missed a chance to get the Real Relay in the news again  ::-)
The lights were red, his brain was small - he hardly felt a thing at all.

clarion

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Re: This Olympic torch thing
« Reply #205 on: July 13, 2012, 10:02:19 am »
Poor show!  matt's let the side down. ;)
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mattc

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Re: This Olympic torch thing
« Reply #206 on: July 13, 2012, 10:15:02 am »
Total number of pedestrians on/near Henley bridge at the handover (not actually running):

0

I'm keeping my powder dry for a bigger audience.
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Cudzoziemiec

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Re: This Olympic torch thing
« Reply #207 on: July 13, 2012, 10:18:02 am »
We got the 'alternative' torch baton to Henley last night (in less than ideal conditions, hey-ho!). It's all going great, but of course LOCog don't want it in their stadium. Please sign this thing if you have 2 minutes:

http://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/allow-the-real-relay-to-finish-inside-the-olympic-stadium?time=1342127231
Signed. But why when I entered my email, which ends .co.uk, did it ask me "are you sure you don't mean ---.com?" ?
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mattc

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Re: This Olympic torch thing
« Reply #208 on: July 13, 2012, 10:19:47 am »
Sorry, I didn't code the bloody thing!
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mattc

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Re: This Olympic torch thing
« Reply #209 on: July 13, 2012, 04:23:47 pm »
I'm reluctant to drag this thread back to the Met's 'ill-advised' crowd control, but anyone watching the crowd antics on today's TdeF stage must think it's from another universe. Not a gendarme in sight either (just like 99% of Tour crowds).
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Cudzoziemiec

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Re: This Olympic torch thing
« Reply #210 on: July 21, 2012, 03:36:48 pm »
I thought it was in this thread that someone had said the Torch relay was initiated for the 1936 Games and therefore ultimately represented National Socialism. I can't find that now, but regardless, I'm going to say that's irrelevant to the Torch's significance today. No, what it represents today is National Corporatism.
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Re: This Olympic torch thing
« Reply #211 on: July 21, 2012, 03:50:16 pm »
We had to buy a rolling pin and cutlery drainer today, and spotted an alternative use for them...

http://www.cyclechat.net/threads/the-olympic-flame-whats-all-that-about.106614/#post-1944423
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Re: This Olympic torch thing
« Reply #212 on: July 21, 2012, 09:56:33 pm »
I thought it was in this thread that someone had said the Torch relay was initiated for the 1936 Games and therefore ultimately represented National Socialism. I can't find that now, but regardless, I'm going to say that's irrelevant to the Torch's significance today. No, what it represents today is National Corporatism.


that is also a feature of Fascism.

Cudzoziemiec

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Re: This Olympic torch thing
« Reply #213 on: July 22, 2012, 01:20:47 am »
I thought it was in this thread that someone had said the Torch relay was initiated for the 1936 Games and therefore ultimately represented National Socialism. I can't find that now, but regardless, I'm going to say that's irrelevant to the Torch's significance today. No, what it represents today is National Corporatism.


that is also a feature of Fascism.
It was, but back then the nations were in charge of the corporations.
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Re: This Olympic torch thing
« Reply #214 on: July 27, 2012, 07:51:16 am »
I was amused just now by the sight on telly of the torch going through Hampton Court Maze. It didn't get lost (that would have been hilarious), but the sight of the little procession (guide, torch, 2 coppers) all jogging in a little line due to the narrow path set me thinking that it should have been speeded up, set to the Benny Hill music, and there should have been a growing line of assorted lost Maze goers tagged on behind.

(a bit like in Three Men in a Boat)
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Juan Martín

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Re: This Olympic torch thing
« Reply #215 on: July 27, 2012, 01:21:58 pm »
I saw the torch today while out running along the south bank just before midday. Well, I say saw, I didn’t have my specs on and the Royal Barge, Glorioriana was a golden glow in the distance up river – I beat her back to the Millennium Bridge – faster than a speeding barge.

There was a good turn out as far as security staff were concerned but they didn’t have a massive number of people control so they appear to have overestimated the turnout a little. But to be fair it was stretched over a couple of miles. 

I feel inspired. Obviously.

(Sorry, I meant Gloriorioriana.)