Did anyone else see the Olympic torch pass through their town or city centre? I went along with my wife to watch it pass through my home town of Northampton. The skies were grey, there was a light rain falling and it was on a Monday morning. A friend of mine commented ‘riveting’ in a sarcastic manner and although I knew where they were coming from I would have still done it all over again. Yes it was all over within a few minutes and the torch past by in the blink of an eye but there was a happy atmosphere emanating from the crowds, one which made the small hairs on the back of your hands stand up.
I have no idea who the torch carrier was. I did read a few days later that Lewis Hamilton was a torch bearer for Luton just a week later and I couldn’t help but wonder why Northampton had not lined up a celebrity like this. Northampton with a McClaren head quarters and home of the British Grand Prix surely it would have made sense to have Hamilton or Button carrying it for at least one leg of the journey, both drivers were in the area at the time for the Grand Prix anyway.
While on the subject of the Olympics I see the good old British press are still focussing on what we do best – complaining. From the Olympics being over budget to delays on the road and security issues, it isn’t like we haven’t had seven years warning that they were on the way – hello? I just wish everyone would stop with the negativity and get behind what an honour it is to have such a massive world stage looking on us all and the extra income it will bring from tourists and foreign money being spent.
As for security issues and the disgrace that call themselves G4S I ask the question again who would you rather have providing security? We have the British Army trained and dedicated to protecting the country or a group of unemployed temporary workers who have little to no security background checks, the majority not having a clue what to do should there be an issue, I know who I would prefer.