Had the fortunate/unfortunate (delete as required) experience of the torch passing through the village I'm staying in for a week.
At 4.40pm yesterday, the torch was passing through.
And what a joke it was!
There was an 'official' walking down the road, asking every shop keeper who had advertised anything to do with the Olympics to remove it from their shop window/bill-boards.
One tea-shop had a banner saying "Welcome Olympic Torch" .... which had to be pulled down!
Many other shops had to scrub out their chalkboard signs, welcoming the torch.... and things like "Today is Olympic Torch day - free coffee with every cake". One old lady who ran her tea shop said "I helped pay for that torch with this business - so I'm keeping this sign up". The 'offical' got the Police involved, but they had enough on their plate to deal with - and said "It was a civil matter, not criminal, so needed to sort it out themselves".
Apparently, it's to do with the TV footage - Samsung/Coke don't want *anything* to say Olympic on it??
And the two 'floats' by Coke and Samsung were shocking. Quite embarrassing really...