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Eh, suck it up.

It's a long enough relay as it is - it would have been nice to include Melbourne, the last Australian host, or Sydney, the first Australian host, but given the relay is a near year long event, Canberra - being the capital- serves as a nice in-between venue like it did for Beijing.

The inclusion of those Queensland cities is appropriate - given its the next Australian host cities (Townsville and Cairns host some competitions). Notice however Brisbane, shouldering a dozen or so 2018 sports is completely left off also. Who cares. I've always noticed the QBR to be a bit half hearted - especially when in the non-host country. Even if the couple of encounters I had with it weaving its way through the suburbs of Melbourne in the days leading up to 2006, there was a sense of apathy amongst Melburnians toward the relay, even though most people were excited about the Games themselves.

Doyle should shut it up, its embarrassing.

It's not like Clover Moore is crying foul over the missed chance for the Glasgow's granite stones to get a ride down one of her cycle lanes.

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Could it be that Melbourne missed out because they blew the CWGs out of proportion?...

I do find it quite a slight though...Melbourne is sports central!!! :(

Still it's not hanging around in New Zealand much either. :meh

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Could it be that Melbourne missed out because they blew the CWGs out of proportion?...

Again, we've been through this before - how did Melbourne "blow the the CWGs out of proportion".

How else do you propose Melbourne should have staged the event? If London decides to bid, do you fear they will do the same? Bizarre conclusion.

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TVNZ Breakfast Show's Rawdon Christie is hosting live feeds from Glasgow this week showing the city off to viewers in NZ. The CWGs of course being the focuss but also trying to get the mindset of the average NZer away from the post Thatcher "Taggart" image we have of Glasgow...ie, a dump.

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As much as I adore this design, and if it were an Olympic torch it would be my favourite, the issue I have with this design (and other previous ones) is that it LOOKS like a torch, and not a baton! Take a look at earlier CWG batons, and how they were carried, and they are much less 'informed' by the Olympic torch. Now they mimic it- even though the results in Glasgow's case are stunning (I didn't mind the 2002, 2006 or 2010 batons, either - Melbourne's was beautiful and gracious).

It might be an idea in 2018 to revisit the past and have an ACTUAL BATON - similar to pre 1994 ones (although Brisbane's 82 baton was torch like).

I loved what Canada did for the 1994 Baton:

queens-baton-1994.jpg

It should be held low, in hand. The reason the torch is long and held high is because it carries a flame. Unless the Queens message is burning with hate, I see how reason why it should be held high like that.

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...and to whallop those who object to the way it looks. :P

Oh and its good to see Native Australians participating as well as seeing them in the everyday street view of the relay.;)

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So that people in a crowd can see it as it is carried past them, surely.

I don't know if the Commie baton draws the type of crowds that the Oly torch does. The pics posted here, for example, seem to show it more getting out and about infomally amongst the people rather than the highly organised procession the Olympic torch gets. I've never gone out of my way to watch the Commie baton pass-by. It sure wasn't a highly hyped event here in Oz even in the run up to the 2006 games.

I'd never looked at it that way, but I do tend to agree with runningring's observation _ I do think the CGF is trying to ape the Olympic relay and symbolism more than stick with their own, quainter traditions and keep it more like the baton being passed on it's meant to be.

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Oh agree Rols,

I remember 1990 and the fact that organizers simply couldn't find enough people to run the South Is half of the baton...let alone show up. They had to drive it all over the place and let schools run mini relays.

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I don't know if the Commie baton draws the type of crowds that the Oly torch does. The pics posted here, for example, seem to show it more getting out and about infomally amongst the people rather than the highly organised procession the Olympic torch gets. I've never gone out of my way to watch the Commie baton pass-by. It sure wasn't a highly hyped event here in Oz even in the run up to the 2006 games.

I'd never looked at it that way, but I do tend to agree with runningring's observation _ I do think the CGF is trying to ape the Olympic relay and symbolism more than stick with their own, quainter traditions and keep it more like the baton being passed on it's meant to be.

It does seem that the Baton Relay is almost ashamed of its similarity to the Olympic Torch Relay sometimes.

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