Sunday, August 17, 2008


Sometimes that's how I feel: old and limp, needing a pick-me-up.

Family obligations took me back to Singapore where we missed the opening of the Beijing Olympics. When we did see the highlights of fireworks and the lighting of the Olympic flame I felt: what a waste of energy.

Fireworks … well… China is the leading exporter of fireworks, I guess, and it should not cost all that much in real terms. (Subsequently, of course, we learned that the fireworks had been digitally enhanced. Still, fireworks were used.)

But keeping the flame burning for the duration of the games … well … that would require a good deal more of fossil fuel.

Fast forward to 2012 and the London “eco-friendly games”: do we plan to outdo the Chinese in the use of fireworks?

Instead of it being the "most expensive", could we make it the most frugal?

My husband suggested using a virtual flame.

Well, if the Chinese could use digitally enhanced fireworks, I think a virtual flame will be an excellent idea.

I wonder what Boris would have to say to that.

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