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2012 Games Part I: Following the Torch to N14

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The Olympic Torch is coming to Southgate. To be more precise it is literally coming to within 200 yards of my house so there’s no excuse other than I should be at work at 3-15 this afternoon when the torchbearer and the cavalcade of corporate sponsors passes Southgate Green. But hey one of the benefits of being self-employed is that I can escape and having decided that the ambient air temperature of 30 degrees C on Euston Road was not enough I plunge into the 40 degrees C air temperature of the Piccadilly line.

Emerging from the Art Deco masterpiece of Charles Holden’s Southgate Station the crowds of locals are waving their flags in anticipation of what I already knew is a brief glimpse of the flaming torch itself. Not going wild yet, but then the Torch was not due to arrive from neighbouring Barnet until about 3-30. Groups of people lined the High Street but there was plenty of room once you left the immediate vicinity of the station. Half a dozen people from a care home allowed me to take their picture as they sat in wicker chairs with their carers behind them.
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