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Does the World sometimes seem a little crazier to you these days or is it that more of us fit into the growing demographic majority of older people with greater experience? Aren't there times when even basic common sense is increasingly challenged and sometimes with amusing or bizarre results? Has the historical aberration of industrial and technological revolution reached a pinnacle and where decline is now inevitable?
These, and many other thoughts and ideas, chosen entirely at random, are the main topics of this section describing some aspects and observations about life and living in Fife. It's not meant to be an authoritative guide and is deliberately presented tongue-in-cheek style with a mix of light-hearted banter and serious messages. It's not an electronic variant of a crystal ball but rather a series of reflections about where we've been and where we might be headed. Some might refer to this section as a 'Blog' or binary variant of a diary but that's not quite true. Enjoy!

Dateline - 13th June 2012

Nobody can ever deny that winning the opportunity to host Olympic Games is prestigious and illustrative of political stability, prosperity and wealth denied to many countries of the World. It's a major event unlikely to be repeated in the same country within a singular lifetime. It's an event which is virtually exclusive to a small number of people when compared to global population.
The 'greatest show on Earth' will have cost millions to build over several years and orchestrate while potentially earning more than these costs. I'd like to think that some portion of these profits might migrate towards regions of the World denied participation or even recognition and viewing the event by means of advanced communication technology.
On balance, it was nice of the London 2012 Olympic Committee to introduce the notion of a 'round Britain' torch and where expectation meant that a torch runner would appear within twenty miles of any given UK location. I remain unsure whether such lofty aspirations were met in full but cannot complain as regards their effort in Fife.

In early June, perhaps to recorded as the wettest ever recorded in Fife, the torch crossed the Tay Bridge and stopped at St Andrews. Next day, the torch travelled through Cupar and Auchtermuchty before exiting Fife Region towards the cities of Perth and Stirling. From there it made a return to Southern Fife on June 13th via the new Clackmannanshire Bridge after visiting Falkirk and where the torch was expected to pass through Dunfermline shortly before 4pm. Southbound traffic on the Forth Road Bridge had been informed by multimedia to expect closure between 15:45 and 16:00 but the torch run failed to meet this window.

Map of Fife in Eastern Scotland

By four o'clock, the runners were still passing down the dual carriageway separating Dunfermline Golf Club and Pitreavie Industrial Estate. That's where we took the photographs comprising the slideshow on this page. Soon afterwards, the entourage stopped close to the Dunfermline Building Society headquarters and the torch runner went aboard a bus. The bus then proceeded to cross the Forth Road Bridge and headed towards Hopetoun House in West Lothian. The incredible photographic opportunity of a torch runner on the bridge was thus lost for all time!

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