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The Olympic flame passes through town
I don't usually post anything newsworthy on my LJ, but the Olympic torch passed through town just over an hour ago. I am completely underwhelmed by the whole Olympics hooha, but as it was only 5 minutes walk away and I had nothing better to do, I toddled along to watch it go by.

It was difficult to get good shots because the torch-bearer was hemmed in by support vehicles. Also, after a long procession of sponsored vehicles,whose purpose was rather difficult to define, the actual torch went by in what seemed like seconds.

However, everyone was in a good mood. The sun shone and it was a happy occasion.

Olympic flame in Dolgellau

Olympic flame in Dolgellau

Unfortunately, the bright sunshine made it look rather as though the runner had come out in his pyjamas!

Olympic flame in Dolgellau

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From: cmcmck Date: May 28th, 2012 11:14 am (UTC) (Link)
You are not alone- I too am entirely underwhelmed by both this and Lizzie Windsor's shennanigans. I suppose the latter would be 'cos I'm that rarest of things, an English republican.

Nice weather for it though!
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: May 28th, 2012 11:33 am (UTC) (Link)
Indeed. And the town will look lovely in any TV reporting or news photos, so it might attract a few tourists. Normally the Welsh weather gods arrrange steady drizzle for this sort of occasion. :)
readthisandweep From: readthisandweep Date: May 28th, 2012 11:50 am (UTC) (Link)
THIS ;)
dashytoast From: dashytoast Date: May 28th, 2012 11:51 am (UTC) (Link)
I'll third the being underwhelmed. My town has the 'privilege' of getting the Olympic torch on 31st May, and we've been warned to expect long delays on the roads.

I wish the athletes well, and I have nothing against sporting events - but it's like the milennium events of a decade ago. So much is made of the anticipation, the event itself and the flashback highlights that it would be impossible to live up the hype even if the torch came riding through on the backs of a thousand elephants.

Although that I *would* go and see :)
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: May 28th, 2012 12:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
Because of the Olympic torch coming through town, my husband has had to drive up to the North Wales coast for a meeting. The chap from the other campus was going to come here, but as the town was going to be closed off, my husband had to go there instead.

I did debate whether to go and see it or not, but I thought that for the sake of a 5 minute walk and a 15 minute wait, it was worth it. I wouldn't have actually driven anywhere to watch it though. :)
asakiyume From: asakiyume Date: May 28th, 2012 12:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well, I imagine all hoopla all the time must get tiresome (maybe you feel about it the way so many of us in the US feel about US presidential election coverage ["OH JUST STOP ALREADY!"]) but I think these photos are super cool!
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: May 28th, 2012 03:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
I am glad I went to see it, even if the sponsors' vehicles lowered the tone and made it more a carnival than a serious sporting event.

If there hadn't been such relentless coverage, and if it wasn't costing so much at a time when the government are making so many cuts, and if areas other than London actually benefited, I would feel a lot more kindly towards the games. But as it is, I am at best ambivalent. We've all paid towards it, but it doesn't seem to have encouraged more people to participate in sport. If anything it has taken money away from community level sport and just encourages everyone to watch elite athletes on TV instead of getting out there and being active.
cariadwen From: cariadwen Date: May 28th, 2012 01:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
Odd that they *allow* the Welsh flag, they didn't allow for the Cornish one. They even blanked out the Cornish flag on one of their community centres, ordered by the Olympic committee.
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: May 28th, 2012 02:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
They simply wouldn't dare try to ban the Welsh flag! Not since the Welsh got determined not to be downtrodden any more. :)
cariadwen From: cariadwen Date: May 28th, 2012 05:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
I know, tis why we are regarded as stroppy. I'll take stroppy any day to a doormat.
readthisandweep From: readthisandweep Date: May 29th, 2012 12:46 pm (UTC) (Link)

Spotted on the news last night - a woman having her Welsh flag bundled out of the way!
That won't go down well, I thought...
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: May 29th, 2012 08:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
I missed that. I'm surprised there weren't repercussions!
pickledginger From: pickledginger Date: May 28th, 2012 01:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
I <3 the Olympics, but the coverage has been rather ... emphatic ... ceaseless ... exhausting. No wonder the torch bearers are in their pyjamas. ;-)

Nice images; lovely town.

heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: May 28th, 2012 03:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
My husband hates sport, but I do come from a sport-loving family. If there hadn't been such relentless coverage, and if it wasn't costing so much at a time when the government are making so much cuts, and if areas other than London actually benefited, I would feel a lot more kindly towards the games. But as it is...
endlessrarities From: endlessrarities Date: June 1st, 2012 06:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hear, hear! Over-hyping is such a turn-off...
brttvns From: brttvns Date: May 28th, 2012 01:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
Passing through here tomorrow.

Underwhelmed of Abergele.
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: May 28th, 2012 03:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
Good luck! I hope it doesn't cause too much congestion.
readthisandweep From: readthisandweep Date: May 29th, 2012 12:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
Didn't pass through here.

Relieved of Lampeter.
muuranker From: muuranker Date: May 28th, 2012 08:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
I suspect the purpose of the sponsored vehicles was to provide the sponsors with an opportunity to show their association with The Games

I am tempted not to buy anything from any company displaying the logo. Sponsorship of sport is a good thing, but I would rather see the logo on the stuff, and clever adverts which promote healthy lifestyles (even those for chocolate!) than the actual Games being polluted by stickers.
khiemtran From: khiemtran Date: May 29th, 2012 09:19 am (UTC) (Link)
I wonder how many photos you'll end up in the background of, holding your camera...
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: May 29th, 2012 08:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
Probably lots! I'll just keep my fingers crossed that I'm out of focus. :)
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