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    Aberaeron welcomes the Olympic Flame


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     HarryWales says while watching the "kiss" of the Olympic flame, which is when the flame is passed from torch bearer to torch bearer, he was reminded of a saying by television executives, 'never work with children or animals.’ He went on to explain the minor difficulty in passing the flame. 'So it should come as no surprise to hear that the [Welsh cob Horse] didn't want to stand still for the actual "kiss," but with a little help from the rider he was encouraged to stay still long enough for the "kiss" to happen,' he says. He also adds that the tradition of passing the torch for the Olympics, otherwise known as the Olympic Torch Relay, was established during the 1930's as a means of connecting the ideals of Nazi Germany to Ancient Greeks. 'The fact that the 1948 London Olympics took the idea and turned it into a message of peace between nations shows that peace will always overcome war,' he says.
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    This video shows the "kiss" (as it has been affectionately known) between the two torchbears at Aberaeron yesterday afternoon. The torchbearer riding the Welsh cob was Eric Davies (who is connected to a local stables) and the person taking it away on the next leg of the journey was Mike Kallenberg who had been nominated as a torchbearer for his sporting acheivements in the county.
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