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Remember the "let them eat cake" arrogance of the past? Remember the natives who were so easily charmed by all that glittered? So much so they were prepared to hand over their lands. Well it seems to this blogger that little has changed.
As the torch relay makes its way around the UK we have been surprised at the normally rational people who have turned out in torrential rain to witness the torch relay pass through their town, village or city. Normally sensible people have said that they were moved to tears. One wonders why?
Fair enough if the torch bearer is one of the heroes of life who has battled the odds to survive but what about people such as US celebritiy Mr Will.i.am?
The idea is that the torch relay offers the whole country something special. The amount of local money being diverted to London to fund the 2012 Olympics, in one way or another, means we have all paid a high price for the event.
A surge in patriotism following the Diamond Jubilee and leading up to the Olympics is said to be good news. In effect it probably is not. Patriotism can lead to nationalist fervour, zenophobia and racism.
The youtube video above shows an incident that led to the arrest of the man involved. It is reported that he broke through the security bubble which surrounds the torch relay, hence his arrest. At time of writing it is not known what he was up to but it appears to be far from a terrorism matter. More like someone playing the fool.
So the torch relay is not a free event in any sense. It is being organised and monitored no doubt at a high price.
As the UK government now look at reducing money that pensioners receive, and others, it is a farce. That is it would be if it was not so shocking. The government is wasting money left, right and centre yet expecting us all to placidly accept more cuts.
If you are a flag waving torch supporter you may be appalled at my opinion. However as yet the UK is still supposedly a free country. You may also be surprised at the Olympic torch relay history though.Read on and see what you make of it.
In 1936 Berlin, Germany hosted the Summer Olympics. Hitler's star was on the rise and the Nazi thugs were about to damage the World inexplicably. Being awarded the games in 1931 was wonderful for Germany and its people. By 1936 it was a political exercise for the Nazi Party and Herr Hitler.
In 1931 the games were awarded almost as a "let bygones be bygones" idea following a period of hard times after the First World War. By the time they took place in Berlin, World War Two was on the horizon. The writing was on the wall and it was not possible to voice objection to the authorities. Not unless you did not care what happened to you and yours.
The Nazi propaganda Summer Olympics were the first to employ a torch relay through the country. Across Germany runners ran carrying the Olympic flame. It was carried by 3,422 torch bearers who ran one kilometer (0.6 miles) along the route of the torch relay from the site of the ancient Olympics in Olympia, Greece, to Berlin.
The torch relay was used as a political tool by the Nazi Party. The torch relay had associated rallies which were aimed at attracting volunteers to the cause, especially young people to the Hitler Youth movement.
The people were expected to join in or cheer on the runners or be seen as traitors to Germany. I ask you now what has changed?
Is it not true that the Olympic torch relay is simply something to keep the minions in their place?
Tags: second world war, first world war, olympic torch relay, nazis, 1936 Summer Olympics, sport
Based in Yorkshire, in the middle of the UK, almost, this blogger offers her own unique perspective on life in GB
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