Olympic flame to pass through area

Published: 7 Nov 2011 14:0063 comments

THE Olympic flame will pass through Inverclyde on its way to the historic London Games next year.

Kilmacolm and Port Glasgow are two of more than a thousand villages, towns and cities that will welcome the Olympic torch - and the news was warmly received today.

Provost Michael McCormick said it was a huge honour for Inverclyde as a whole, and particularly Kilmacolm and Port Glasgow.

He said: "Inverclyde's strength is its sense of community, and this will be a real opportunity for people to come together, witness the spectacle of the Olympic Torch Relay, mark the countdown to the start of the Games and support the members of the community who have been chosen to run with the Olympic flame.

The names of the places being visited by the flame were confirmed by the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG), which has worked closely with Inverclyde people to devise the route.

Sebastian Coe, chair of LOCOG said: 'We are thrilled to confirm that Kilmacolm and Port Glasgow will act as host locations for the Olympic Flame, and extend an invitation to people in Inverclyde to welcome the Olympic Torch Relay during its journey around the UK.

"I want to encourage Inverclyde people to start planning how they can be part of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and show their support for the inspirational torchbearers chosen to carry the Olympic flame as we count down to the start of the Olympic Games."

The 70-day Olympic Torch Relay, will start at Land's End on 19 May, travelling an estimated 8,000 miles around the UK.

Officials from LOCOG say they have achieved their aim of taking the flame to within an hour's journey time of more than 95 per cent of the population.

The street by street detail of the route will be confirmed next year.

An interactive map at www.london2012.com/olympictorchrelaymap will enable people to find their nearest community through which the flame will be carried.

The flame will eventually reach the Olympic Stadium on 27 July for the lighting of the cauldron at the opening ceremony, signifying the official start of the London 2012 Olympic Games.

It will be carried across the UK by 8,000 torchbearers.

Successful nominees will be contacted in December with a conditional offer, and final torchbearer places will start to be confirmed from February.

Janice Hendrie, of Inverclyde Athletic Club, has been named already as a torchbearer.

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  • yvoynix
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    Nov 7, 14:11
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    Meh.

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  • rod2mc
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    Nov 7, 14:15
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    wont be short of a light for a cigarette that day

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  • impartial
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    Nov 7, 14:32
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    Better be quick Rod ...... only 2000 miles will the torch be carried by torch bearers and available to light your cigarette. For the majority of the of the route the torch will be in a car.

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  • WeeJockW
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    Nov 7, 14:45
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    Does anyone really give a sh*t

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  • Tiddles
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    Nov 7, 14:52
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    I don't Jock for sure. Were they frightened that Greenock worthies would blow the daft thing out? :)

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  • Expatriot
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    Nov 7, 14:53
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    Whats this torch made from? Scrap value? Best get Securicor to accompany the carrier through the Port!!

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  • Tiddles
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    Ahhh! They have now started to EDIT my comments. I think Mr or Ms Moderator, you should at least add a note to say that you HAVE edited the above. Oh and I love Sebastian Coe like brother and I love all that he says. The truth (economy size)!

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  • rod2mc
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    Nov 7, 15:26
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    Do you think they'd let me Impartial???? LMAO

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  • Snausages
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    Nov 7, 15:34
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    I like the idea of this. The Olympic flame is a world famous icon, representing the very pinnacle of athletic achievement. Inverclyde is honoured to have it 'passing through'

    I for one, will be attending, to bear witness to such a marvellous spectacle.

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  • samfraegreenock
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    Nov 7, 15:37
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    No doubt Donkey & McKenzie will be claiming credit for this...................

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  • yvoynix
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    Nov 7, 16:08
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    Have you seen their logo, mascots and posters, Snausages? I've a feeling the London Olympics are going to be a spectacle alright! Makes you wonder what they've got planned for the opening ceremony! :D

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  • rod2mc
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    ""I want to encourage Inverclyde people to start planning how they can be part of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and show their support for the inspirational torchbearers chosen to carry the Olympic flame as we count down to the start of the Olympic Games."

    erm naw!

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  • Tiddles
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    I'm so inspired I think I'll have to go and have a lie down.

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  • Argyll1854
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    Nov 7, 17:29
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    Well done the Port and Kilmacolm, :)

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  • samfraegreenock
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    Nov 7, 17:36
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    Ping-pong's coming home, it's coming home, it's coming home..............................who cares, I'm absolutely, ragingly apathetic

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  • grandad
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    the torch is also coming through where i live in west yorkshire no doubt to the boo:s from the asian sector of the town and did you know that down here the kids cant wear poppys to school for fear of upseting the asiansector that primary and secondrey the schools sell them but kids cant wear them

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  • WeeJockW
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    I hope this little jaunt is being funded by the London Olympic Group and not the local Councils, as we don't need another loss making FREEBIE paid for by Joe Public.

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  • Tiddles
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    I'm not sure why asians should find the Olympic thing offensive grandad. I don't find it offensive per se, I just hate being asked to pay for what is basically a junket for the London set and the organisers. The contestants are NOT under any circumstances heroes and I for certain don't think the sight of someone soiling their clothes presents as any kind of role model. No doubt the BBC and the shops will drive us all mental with their constant prattling on about it all. All in all, I wish I was in Philadelphia.

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  • grandad
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    tiddles route was only announced 2day and some of the asian people where talking about booing etc cos it was a british thing dont get me wrong i think its same as you a load of shackle but 1 thing thinking it another lineing up to boo it then to hear about the poppy ban just think things are not right

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  • samfraegreenock
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    WeeJockW - "loss making"? somehow for the "high heid yins" behind this farce, it will be anything but "loss making"

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  • gdsanders
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    If the torch had not been coming through the area the usual crew would be complaining that we would have been ignored cant believe how small some minds are

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  • Tiddles
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    gdsanders lives!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Let the bells ring out and let there be general, thankful merrymaking. He once was lost but now is found! We have missed your pathological propensity for gainsaying.

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  • alex2123
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    well said, wee jock. i couldnt give a flying F

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  • Tiddles
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    I'd love to give a flying F but old age is a terrible thing.

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  • echosounder
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    The Provost Almighty says " Inverclyde's strength is in its sense of community."

    Wait till he reads the tele tonight!! He'll be sorry he opened his mouth.

    Tonights "stories" - Man Hurt in Gang attack.

    Murder Accused Released on Bail.

    Sense of community? Utter crap!!!!!

    Start talking sense or just hold your tongue!!!! Nae wonder the flame of excitement is by- passing Greenock!!!

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  • Tiddles
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    On the nail as always echo..on the nail!

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  • WeeJockW
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    gdsanders, To be perfectly honest I couldn't give a sh*t whether the Olymipc Flame came through the area or not.

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  • Gregor
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    The olympic flame? How many jobs will that create? HOW MANY PROVOST?

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  • Gregor
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    Will the Tories from Kilmalcolm be giving the torch a good clap? Will they be thinking about the unemployed and poor weans in other places of Inverclyde when they so do? As for employers and shareholders and their families from Kilmalcolm will they be thinking about the workers and their families they employ at minimum wages and so on? Yes, the people who have created their wealth for them!

    Will Councillor McCabe (so called socialist) who live in Kilmalcolm be giving the flame a wee wave? Will the Tory who is in coalition with his party locally do likewise? I feel like spewing up.

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  • samfraegreenock
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    Will the provost be "claiming" expenses to go watch the flame pass.

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  • Tria78
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    If I want to see a burning flame I just sit and wait for the kids in my street to set fire to the bins, that is an occasion that happens at least once a week instead of every 4 years

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  • WeeJockW
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    Looks like someone in the Port didn't quite understand the Olympic Torch story

    http://www.greenocktelegraph.co.uk/news/portglasgow/articles/2011/11/08/419379-fear-after-bid-to-torch-home/

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  • dustyroads
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    Whit can yae say aboot flames. Havent seen any of my old flames for years. And if there anything like me they wont be running either. Definetly something different. Visited, the Original Olympic Stadium, in Greece. way back in 94.

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  • Tiddles
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    I wonder how long it'll be before the thought police take that one down Jock????

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  • Snausages
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    Just when I thought standards couldn't get any lower on these comments pages.

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  • samfraegreenock
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    Snausages - What standards?

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  • snyder
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    The Olympics: an entirely corrupt event from top to bottom. A purely London event as well. This has nothing to do with Scotland and only a little to do with the rest ofthe UK.

    Go figure, How much would it cost any Scot to visit the games? couldn't do it for under a grand, ,money that you would better spend in this area. There will be a huge backlash against this as the time comes. Trying to whip up a little support by "passing the torch round" won't do it guys. And don't forget, patriotism is the last refuge of the scoundrel!

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  • bubs13
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    I'm a proud Portonian at this very moment. I might celebrate with chips & gravy from Louie's.

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  • Tiddles
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    Yes indeedy snyder and watch the doo doo hit the fan when it falls to pieces. I can't wait to see what mince they have planned for the opening ceremony.

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  • missday1
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    Totally agree Snausages , sad people

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  • Tiddles
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    Sad is it? I'll give you sad, take a look at poor Joyce who is being deprived of lifesaving drugs because of cost issues. The Olympics are a total waste of time and the money being squandered on them would provide treatments for millions of patients like her. It is the Tall Ships writ large and we'll have to foot the bill in the end. what will we get out of it? B****r all! With any luck I'll be in New Zealand when it's on next year pretending to be Gandalf.

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  • scotgirl
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    its great that we can get to see the Olympic torch, its a great event which everyone should be happy about.

    ps: what i am sick of is majority of other posters posting drivel and demeaning comments about every story that appears. if you dont like the stories, dont read them. thanks

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  • Tiddles
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    OK scotgirl, you tell us detail why you think the Olympic torch is such a great event? If we think it is drivvel, are we not entitle to that view? And right back at ya, If YOU don't like the comments, don't YOU read them Ok? And by the way, if you're sick, perhaps I can help, appointments are available five days a week.

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  • echosounder
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    @scotgirl

    You have certainly shot yourself in the foot with this comment. You state "the majority of other posters.......". That means you are in the minority!! Your last sentence therefore applies to you!

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  • Snausages
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    Perfectly said Scotgirl, and don't let the petty playground bullies that inhabit these pages shout you down. At least you made a comment about the subject at hand.

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  • scotgirl
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    I stand by my opinion that the Olympics are a good event to be happy about, and i am glad its coming to our area. Its the sneering, downright rude and cheeky comments which are made by certain individuals that do nothing but bring the area down with every post they write on. Pathetic sarcastic comments above, prove the height of their educational intelligence.

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  • Tiddles
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    Na, na hen, ye were asked to say WHY the Olympics are a good event. And as to bringing the area down????? The area IS down, and we didn't make it that way, superficial, gullible people allowed it to happen and no amount of Olympic torches and questionable mega-junkets in London will change it. Now come on, tell us why you think the Olympics are a good idea.

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  • echosounder
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    @scotgirl and snausages

    If you can't stand the heat - don't go in the kitchen!!

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  • Snausages
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    What? You call your ridiculous attempts at debate 'heat'? A hearty LOL from my good self with that one. Keyboard warriors, that is all you are, trying to put down and bully all those who disagree. Failing miserably, I may add.

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  • Tiddles
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    Snausages, if you weren't here, we'd have to invent you.

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  • echosounder
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    @snausages

    Who are you to sit in judgement? If you cannot take criticism, you should not contribute!!

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  • WeeJockW
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    @scotgirl

    The Olympics are not coming to this area, what we have is someone carrying a flame into Port Glasgow. It is a cynical marketing ploy from the organisers to make everyone feel rosy and forget about the cost of this event. An event which in times of austerity is draining resources from more worthy causes and don't forget that the Governments injection of cash to it has been ring fenced and the national lottery which is supposed to fund good causes has ended up bank rolling it as well to the detriment of others.

    As well as providing money for the London Olympic Organisation, the Government has also bought seats at a cost of £795,000. Most of these seats will be going free gratis to foreign dignitaries and captains of Industry once again free gratis.

    Snausages & scotgirl

    These pages are provided in order for people to make their views known, if the Tele didn't want comments as in some other stories on here, then the facility to do so would be removed.

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  • Snausages
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    tidds- You've had plenty of posts removed, that alone proves that you write tripe.

    echo- I responded to the victimisation of scotgirl. She was shouted down merely for offering an opinion. Safety in numbers though, with you and tidds, eh? That's bullying. And I won't stand by and let it happen.

    jock-Usually a sane voice, let yourself down by posting a little quip about the house being set on fire(where people could have been killed), in order to link it to this story. I'm sorry but if this and the bullying of scotgirl(of which you were not involved) are what you call 'views' then this comment facility really should be removed.

    See you all tomorrow.

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  • Tiddles
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    We all bow before your patronising deliberations and yes, see you tomorrow.

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  • WeeJockW
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    "jock-Usually a sane voice"

    Under the new PVG laws I'm classified as a vulnerable adult, (I'll bet that will surprise a few people) so I'll take your sentiment as a compliment. The quip as you call it was a deliberate attempt to show the absurdity of having people turn out to cheer somebody carry a lit torch through an area that is under constant threat of arson. Perhaps the point was lost on you, but the fact that you refer to the possible loss of life in the link shows you took the time to read it. In that respect I do not see that I have let myself down.

    We talk within these comment pages about the anonymity of the web, when you used the word "sane" in your attribute to me, I'll bet you never thought that I suffered from mental illness.

    You talk about bullying snausages, when people confront each other on these pages they are in fact engaging with one another whether it be meaningful or otherwise. We also have many people on here who have problems with their English, either spelling or grammar and they are hounded for it, is that not a form of bullying. But hey why not have a laugh at so and so's expense, next time you reply in a comments thread where some-one's spelling or grammar has been taken to task. Can I expect to see a rebuttal from yourself, or will you merely slag the person off as well.

    As for Tidds I have a great deal of respect for the Gentleman, because as a professional he speaks out about what he see's as injustices within the area. Echo is of a similar vein. You might not agree with what they say, but they have a right to speak out.

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  • Tiddles
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    Thank you Jock for your very kind and much appreciated words. If I may say so, you are the most succinct and thoughtful commentator on here.

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  • WeeJockW
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    Freedom of speech and freedom of expression are 2 of our most valuable rights in a democratic society, they are there to be used and unfortunately abused, but that is the price we pay for such freedoms.

    I have fought in war for other people to have the same rights as us, the ones which we now take for granted. Use the freedoms wisely

    "Thank you Jock for your very kind and much appreciated words"

    I speak my mind on the way I see things, and the para 2 above in which I mention yourself and Echo is based on that reflection.

    "succinct and thoughtful"

    Thank You, it makes the effort in contributing worthwhile

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  • lmckendrick
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    Can I ask a question..What happens if the torch blows out, does that mean i cant get a light for my ciggi?...yea I am looking foward to the torch passing by NOT

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  • scotgirl
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    Thanks Snausages for your valid opinions and sticking up for me, as other posters say, they only like and agree with people who agree with them, and "put done " others who dont fit in with their opinions, shame on the haters on here.

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  • Tiddles
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    Now look, 'scotgirl', I wasn't going to comment further on this but I have to take EXTREME exception to being called a, 'hater'. That is an outrageous and unpleasant name to call anyone. NO ONE on here declared any hatred for you OR your comments. Basically all that happened was that the overwhelming majority panned the idea of the Torch coming through the area for various reasons but in the main, because they saw the Olympic Games as a corrupt and pointless exercise that will suck millions if not more out of the already damaged economy and the Torch journey as nothing more than a cynical publicity stunt. There were also some well-judged in my view, remarks about the Provost's expenses in connection with event and also his frankly ridiculous, childlike assertion that, "Inverclyde's strength is its sense of community, and this will be a real opportunity for people to come together". Some comments in response to you were whimsical, some were quite specific but you personally were not abused although your comments were. You did not enlighten us as to why you held the opinions you hold despite being asked to do so. This forum is about debate.

    This can be a very robust place and if you stick your head above the parapet with a contentious comment, expect to feel the odd bullet spin past it. Having made as I write, 715 comments, you can be certain that a great many of them have been equally panned but I try very hard to avoid personal attack unless I have personally been subjected to the same.

    Continue to make your comments, some of which have been very apposite indeed but just don't expect to be applauded for them all of time by all of the posters.

    Just remember, NOBODY hates you and up to now, nobody hates your comments, we have just disagreed with varying degrees of vehemence.

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  • WeeJockW
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    @scotgirl

    I wish to god that I could look at the world through rose tinted glasses and see things the way you see them, unfortunately due to my illness I cant, I look at the world in terms of black and white with no shades of grey in between.

    I will genuinely applaud anyone who is willing to speak their mind whether or not I agree or disagree with them, as long as the point they are making is valid. I do not hate anyone and hope that If I do disagree with someone I give my reason why.

    I am sorry that you feel bullied because of your comments and the way people have reacted to them, unfortunately that is part and parcel of life.

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  • Snausages
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    Indeed. Make a comment, get shouted down and intimidated because of it, but it's ok, "it's part and parcel of life". *sigh*

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  • VoiceOfReason
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    My immediate thought... WHO CARES !

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