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Olympic Torch Relay Comes to London

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In a little under two months' time the Olympic Flame will arrive in the UK to herald the run up (okay the pun wasn't intentional but I think it works well) to the 2012 Olympic Games. Jay Osgerby and Edward Barber (designing from Shoreditch) have designed the Olympic torch that will hold this flame.

This three sided implement is drawn from several different sources. The designers were inspired by Pierre de Coubertin's motto for the modern Olympics: 'Citius, Altius, Fortius' which translates from Latin into English as 'Faster, Higher, Stronger'. They have also been motivated by the Olympic values of respect, excellence and friendship, been influenced by the UK's third hosting of the Games and by the fact that these Games are supported by sport, education and culture. The torch is 80cm high and weighs 800g. The 8,000 torches (one for each runner) are constructed from gold coloured aluminium, are cone-shaped and contain 8,000 small holes, each hole representing the 8,000 runners who will carry the flame on its 8,000 mile journey around the UK.

2012 Olympic Torch Relay
The 2012 Olympic Torch


The torch will arrive in London on 21 July – Day 64 of its 70 day journey. The route starts in Greenwich, crossing the Meridian Time Line and passing Queen's House and the Royal Naval College before travelling through east, south and west London and reaching Haringey on the evening of Day 68. The penultimate day will see the torch arrive at Camden and Westminster before it is carried from Hampton Court Palace to the Olympic Park on 27 July. 95% of the population of the UK will have been within ten miles of the torch during the course of its journey. You can view the route and see how near to it you will be.

Also see www.weekendnotes.co.uk/trafalgar-square/
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Why? You will probably never get another opportunity to see the Olympic Torch in London
When: Between 21 and 27 July 2012.
Where: At many places around London. See the website for detailed routes.
Cost: Free
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