BLING ENVY

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Associated Press

Posted on August 7, 2012 at 4:02 AM

People are staring at my chest — and I don't even have an Olympic medal.

In the first week they were trying to work out if I was important by glancing at my Olympic accreditation. Now they are looking at my bling.

My Olympic pins, that is.

Forget pounds, euros, dollars. Pins are the true currency at the games. Some trade, some buy, some sell - although pin etiquette seems to frown slightly upon this.

You can't walk anywhere now — inside or outside an Olympic venue — without someone commenting on them. Transport workers and security staff beg you for one and pin collectors try and dupe you. If they see you have something of value — say a rare North Korea pin — then they are relentless in their attempts to make a trade.

Not on your nelly, guys.

— Fergus Bell — Twitter http://twitter.com/fergb

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EDITOR'S NOTE — "Eyes on London" shows you the Olympics through the eyes of Associated Press journalists across the 2012 Olympic city and around the world. Follow them on Twitter where available with the handles listed after each item.

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