TORCH AND GO Traversing the Australian countryside can be arduous, as witnessed by the travails of the Olympic torch as it traveled to Sydney:
--One man tried--and failed--to douse the flame with a fire extinguisher
--A teenager grabbed the torch and ran. He was apprehended after a 20-ft. sprint
--For three weeks, the torch was upstaged by a horse-drawn chariot that had sneaked into the convoy
--Police shoved a torchbearer whose flame had already been extinguished when he pretended to light an 11-year-old's birthday cake, causing the girl to burst into tears
--Australians everywhere exhibited their enthusiasm...