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Is it an Olympic torch relay?
I thought they would be passing the torch to each other, as in a relay. It seems that the torch is owned by the bearer and can then be sold on eBay.
I heard they can be bought for #163;200 and they cost #163;500 to make. I feel a little uneasy that the runners have been chosen because of their contributions to society and then try to make a quick buck by selling a torch; leaves a bitter taste.
I just feel a little disappointed that it's not the same torch being carried around. I'm sure there's a technical reason for that though.
The relay has always involved thousands of torches. An individual torch won't burn for more than 10 minutes or so (it has to contain a fuel). Arguably only the last one is of significant value.
I am lucky enough to be a torchbearer. I was given the honour for my charity and community work. I have paid for my torch and will not be selling it.
"Thanks Seb, Posh said she wanted to bling the exhaust up on the Range Rover."
There are 8,000 (torches) apparently. I'll start looking out at car boot sales in a couple of years' time.
Ah, the Olympics, that wonderful, Corinthian, not-at-all-sordid and money-grabbing, once-in-a-lifetime event. I find it entirely seemly that torch bearers are entering into the true spirit of the Olympics as per Coke, Dow, McD's etc.
I find it interesting that it's the torch relay which has really caught the interest of the children at our school. The Olympics didn't seem to have impinged on them much until now. But now the whole thing is starting to take off.
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