Here's the start in Salisbury (which I was also leased to see - I wondered how the flame was transported):
It was a jolly atmosphere, and I lamented not being with any capoeiristas, it was just the mood for an impromptu roda! The relay finished in Hudson's Field, where there'd been things going on all day, and I walked up there to see what was happening. With the crowds of people (which were nice to see) there was no chance of keeping up with the relay, so I missed seeing it arrive in the field. But the events were good - I enjoyed the band that were on the stage (alas, I don't know who they were, but they were rocking the stage).
I got to have my picture with one of the torches:
Whilst one of those valid criticisms alluded to is the way the events been sponsored, it was good to see a tent with lots of local businesses - yummy homemade confectionary, cheeses, sausages, charities and The Wiltshire Tea Company, who are serious about their tea (in a good way!). Can't wait to be a bit richer and buy some of their produce (especially the Japanese Wild Cherry which smelt *amazing* and must be brewed for 45 seconds, and not a second either way!). Which will also go nicely in my new teapot from my lovely girlfriend.
I didn't stay for the fireworks - the band changed and were covering pop songs, which weren't enough to keep me, especilly as I was on my lonesome and had had my fill, so I strolled home.
It's easy to be a critic all the time, and sadly these Olympics have provided much fuel. But why not take these moments, whilst still being mindful of the criticisms, and just enjoy them?