Tuesday, 22 May 2012
Some glimmers of heartening news from the Nazi torch relay, as it makes its tortuous way from Cornwall, to widespread spectator disappointment. Firstly, the 'eternal flame' is periodically going out (owing to a 'malfunctioning burner' - who'd have known?), providing a little comic business along the way. And then there's the glorious news that several of the torchbearers have been so overwhelmed with the 'honour' bestowed on them that they've coughed up the 200 sovs to buy their torches and whacked them straight onto eBay at prices up to £100,000. This surely is a sign that, even as this once proud nation bends to the IOC yoke, we have not entirely taken leave of our senses.