100 Police on Rollerblades (Inline Skates) Guard Olympic Torch Relay in Paris
OK it's not too important, but I'm always fascinated by any mention of the inline skating police in Paris. This seems a not so wonderful way to catch criminals, so I guess their duty is limited to situations where they're just a helpful resource. Only in movies where the thiefs run straight down a sidewalk or road conveniently would the skates be that great for the chase. However, being included in any honor guard that includes motorbikes and firefighters is pretty nice. We're on a thin schedule of reinforcement, we skaters!
Also of note and without comment except to say "without borders" seems to be "sans frontiers" as we saw on Bill Moyers' show last night in his coverage of Congo, including Doctors Without Borders, and amazingly, the cyclists who deliver 200-pound bags of food on 3-day journeys into remote areas of the country...
Press freedom campaigners Reporters Without Borders (RSF) -- which disrupted the lighting of the flame at Olympia in Greece last month -- called on Thursday for the estimated 35,000 race participants to wear T-shirts depicting the five trademark Olympic rings as handcuffs.
Paris security ring to guard Olympic torch relay - Khaleej Times -
Khaleej Times, United Arab Emirates - 19 minutes ago
The layers of security will be deep, comprising 65 motorcycle outriders, 100 jogging firemen and 100 policemen on rollerblades, followed by 32 vehicles ...