Wasn't it just a costly and chaotic propaganda set piece about as far removed from the ancient lone runner bringing a lick of fire from Mount Olympus as it's possible to get?
arrival of the flame was treated, not like the arrival of a flotilla of Coca Cola, Samsung and Lloyds TSB should be with disdain but with unbridled, unnatural delight.
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That's what most people have said when I've asked. 'It's historic, isn't it?' is the reply.
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Because didn't walking up Fargate on Monday feel a little like walking into Stalin's Russia?
I tried to ignore the fact that if you looked closely at the flame the Olympic flame no less it sort of looked like every other flame that's ever been burned. Except with a horrible mass manufactured cone protruding from its backside.
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Except no, it sort of didn't.
But the execution of the torch relay itself? An utterly odious display of marketeering at its most mendacious.
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And I said, ehh, doesn't it all make you proud to be British?
Either way, like they say, thank Zeus it won't happen again in our lifetimes.
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Well, yes, I sort of get that and I loved seeing the city out and families enjoying themselves. But I couldn't help feel it was all an Emperor's clothes style con to whip up enthusiasm for an event London 2012 which is costing us millions of pounds but which has few tangible Nike Air Max 90 Mens Size 9.5 benefits to anyone other than a few (already rich) southern businesses.
They are truly modern day heroes in the mould of Hercules, giants of spirit and generosity. They are the very thing which makes this country great.
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Dark mutterings about torch relay
Or maybe I'm just an Olympic sized grouch.
I got me a free Coca Cola tambourine. Waved at the Samsung float. Cheered on the torch guardians as they, quite literally, dragged a 77 year old woman out of the way of a runner.
My old ma and pa travelled 25 miles so he could see it a few days earlier. Why, I asked him. "We won't see it again our lifetimes," was his answer. That was all.
It felt like a slight of hand worthy of Kim Jong il 'look at the flame, look at the flotilla; don't think of the cost'.
From the helicopters patrolling Sheffield airspace to the thuggish 'guardians' robots in blue who would rather commit borderline assault on a pensioner than let her get close to the flame wasn't it all slightly ominous?
People like John Burkhill and Liz Westby, who have given their lives to helping others, deserve every bit of recognition they get and more besides.
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What didn't I like? Where do I start? Probably with those hideous white tracksuits the bearers had to wear, but let's overlook fashion concerns.
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Don't get me wrong: I have nothing but respect for those torch bearers.
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