Sunday, 20 May 2012

Brief News Post:The Olympic Flame Arrives at Land's End

Ben Ainslie
Sailing champion Ben Ainslie, who learned to sail in Cornwall,
carried the Olympic torch on the first leg of its relay across the UK

BBC Video - Arrival Of The Flame

There has been a buzz in the UK today as the Olympic Flame arrived by helicopter to Land's End, Cornwall. It begins it's 70 day tour of the UK before finally arriving in London for the opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympic games.
Each of the 8,000 torchbearers runs for about 300 metres before lighting the next person's torch in a "kiss".

Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby; torch designers
The Torch
The London 2012 Olympics torch was lit by the sun's rays in ancient Olympia on Thursday (17th), and will conclude with the lighting of the Olympic stadium's cauldron during the opening ceremony on July 27th.
Dubbed the "cheesegrater", it is perforated with 8,000 holes that represent each person who will carry it on the British leg of the torch relay
Its triangular shape symbolises the three times that London has been awarded the Games in 1908, 1948 and 2012...

I am not much of a sports fan, but there is some feeling of pride that our country is hosting the Olympics.


  1. I think it's wonderful that the UK is hosting the Olympics. It should be fun, and help your country's economy.
    On another note, I am reading a mystery novel that takes place in England. The antagonist is on a sailboat, but puts off in a dingy into Lands End. When I read your blog, I thought about the novel. The protagonist ends up in Penzance. It's a small world out there after all.

    1. I'm must admit it's quite exciting. I think this kind of excitement rubs off on you, even if you think that you don't really want a part of it. With it being the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebration as well (5th June)there really is a buzz here in the UK. It's a really special year.

      I'm really interested to know,; what's the title of the mystery novel you are reading (if you don't mind me asking?); and is it a good read?! (I'm always curious when there is a sniff of a good book somewhere!)

      Take care Jimmie!