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An Olympic torch song

This symbol, carried over from a darker time, is commercialized and lovely

Updated: July 23, 2012, 5:10 PM ET
By Jeff MacGregor | ESPN.com

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The Olympic Torch was carried through Hackney on Saturday. What I remember of Hackney is the alley behind the pub on Queensbridge Road and the yellow light from the kitchen of the flat above it and the sound of footsteps and bad laughter and breaking glass after midnight. We lived in the alley.

This was last year, before the riots and the fires, and we had the one big room downstairs at the back of a storefront hotel on Dalston Lane. It was new then, just five rooms, ...

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