Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

From the Forums: Opinion

Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

From the Forums: Opinion

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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.

robyn147

I heard they can be bought for Pounds 200 and they cost Pounds 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.

grape

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.

robyn147

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.

MickTravis

I am lucky enough to be a torchbearer. I was given the honour for my charity and community work. …

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