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Fliegenmong
3rd Apr 2018, 09:06
Does anyone really give a damn?

Opening ceremony due for tomorrow night, about 2k away from where I live...weather here is always dodgy this time of year...lots of scattered showers...etc....we've been told how horrendous the traffic is going to be....well it's woeful all the time...so I can see how bad it will be with road closures etc.

A former Premier who promised to bow out of Public life took on the role of Games organiser....and told us all to 'suck it up' .... yet I noticed how quite everywhere was on the weekend....and today driving to work...no real traffic problems....then I noticed the politicians mentioning how any locals will be missing out on the 'Party of the Century' if they leave town.....

Well Mrs Fliegs and I are flying out to Vanuatu on Thursday.....and will happily be away from this madness....

TWT
3rd Apr 2018, 09:28
The Commonwealth Games don't seem very relevant these days.

Not sure they ever were. Don't blame you for 'bugging out'. The traffic restrictions and security 'arrangements' would make me do the same if I were a local.

When you have politicians who just want to shine a light on themselves using taxpayers money, it's no wonder there's not much enthusiasm.

Tankertrashnav
3rd Apr 2018, 09:35
I still can't get it out of my head that the Gold Coast is a country in West Africa. The Aussie one seems to have just crept up on me - I imagine its a bit like a version of Las Vegas (but not quite so classy ;))

ATNotts
3rd Apr 2018, 09:40
I have oft asked the question "what is the point of the Commonwealth Games?", apart, I suppose, from for nations that rarely win medals in the Olympics to pick up the odd gold, silver or bronze.

It's hard to take a multinational sporting event seriously that includes 60 "countries", 8 of which (at least) aren't countries that are "sovereign members of the United Nations in their own right" There may be more - the ones I've come up with are:-

England
Wales
Scotland
Northern Ireland
Jersey
Guernsey
Isle of Man
Gibraltar

I guess there may be more I could come up with if I gave it enough thought.

Outside of the British Commonwealth, just how much interest is there in this circus? About as much interest as there is in UK in the Asian, or Pan American games I suspect.

ImageGear
3rd Apr 2018, 09:41
TTN - Nope that would be the Ivory Coast then...:ok: of course, If you are a corrupt, money grabbing dictator, it is absolutely vital your representatives are not left on the platform when the gravy train leaves.

Fliegenmong
3rd Apr 2018, 10:07
I resent being told that it will be watched by 1.5 bill people! Utter rubbish....who in Canada is getting up in the middle of the night to watch the men's lawn bowls final??

Pinky the pilot
3rd Apr 2018, 10:09
Well Mrs Fliegs and I are flying out to Vanuatu on Thursday.....and will happily be away from this madness....

Half yer flamin' luck Fliegs.:ok: Whilst you're there, keep an eye out for Chuckles as he is living there these days.

As for the Games; I have already made a mental note to avoid all TV News reports for the duration.

Fliegenmong
3rd Apr 2018, 10:35
Our office shuts down....entirely...because we will not be able to physically access it...(They're a little to old fashioned to understand the concept of working remotely...so I didn't suggest it!)

So for all the noise bout how much money it's bringing in.....I bet no one does a study on how much productivity is lost...Mrs Fliegs talking to an operator of a cafe in the offices where she works is closing down....they are only allowed to accept deliveries between 03:00 & 05:00 local.....yeah right!

Oh and isn't Turnbull sending a RAAF 737 up to Singapore to collect Charles & Camilla? Apparently Camilla finds First Class travel somewhat 'gruelling'...Oh dear....I find paying taxes to pay for such BS somewhat gruelling!!

TWT
3rd Apr 2018, 10:43
How did Charles and Camilla travel to Singapore then ?

Fliegenmong
3rd Apr 2018, 10:54
Slogged out the hard miles in a BA F cabin I guess?? (I assumed)

Crownstay01
3rd Apr 2018, 10:56
I'm with you 100%, Fliegenmong. I couldn't care less about the "games".

Back in 2000 when the Olympics were held in Sydney we were living in Homebush, about a five minute walk from the main venue. Neither me or the missus went near it, watched it or listened to it. I spent the fortnight working 1800 to 0600 on a standby loco at Flemo Markets, ready to move any failed trains in our part of the network.

We had a demountable provided as a mealroom and another with toilets and showers. Every night around 2100 the tuck truck would appear and deliver hot meals, drinks and nibblies. To the credit of everyone involved we never got a call-out, so by the end of the fortnight my mate and I were rather bored with the whole business, although we did manage to get our loco very clean. Given that there were three other standby locos dotted around the network with the same facilities provided, I often wonder how much it all cost?

uffington sb
3rd Apr 2018, 11:20
TTN
The Gold Coast in Africa became Ghana in 1957.
I always think of the African country when I hear mention of the Gold Coast, I guess that’s ‘cos I’m old.

charliegolf
3rd Apr 2018, 11:33
It amazes me how often people who claim they couldn't care less about something
bang on about it. I'm easily amazed though.

CG

Jack D
3rd Apr 2018, 11:49
The participating athletes care about it ! Thatís the point everyone seems to ignore

Evanelpus
3rd Apr 2018, 12:28
The 'what' Games?

treadigraph
3rd Apr 2018, 12:50
It amazes me how often people who claim they couldn't care less about something
bang on about it. I'm easily amazed though.

CG
We are mostly old gits, moaning about stuff is our fundamental right. Right?

charliegolf
3rd Apr 2018, 13:10
We are mostly old gits, moaning about stuff is our fundamental right. Right?

:ok::ok::ok::ok::ok::ok:

CG

Sultan Ismail
3rd Apr 2018, 14:38
Why send an RAAF 737?, can't they hitch a ride with the Singapore team in a Scoot 787?

Ascend Charlie
3rd Apr 2018, 22:44
The Games are designed to be non-political, and the Premier of Qld, Anustasia Palabtfsplk, got a supreme dose of the uppities when she wasn't allowed a speaking role in the Opening Sarah-Moany, and was told to buy a seat in the spectator stand.

As was said by an Indian scammer on TV many years ago, "Tough tiitties".

Gertrude the Wombat
3rd Apr 2018, 22:56
TTN
The Gold Coast in Africa became Ghana in 1957.
I always think of the African country when I hear mention of the Gold Coast, I guess thatís Ďcos Iím old.
To someone who collected stamps as a schoolboy the African one is the real one - the Australian one didn't issue any stamps.

Cat3508
4th Apr 2018, 00:39
"Opening Sarah-Moany" :D

Pontius Navigator
4th Apr 2018, 07:01
If I didn't read JB I would not have known.

Fliegenmong
4th Apr 2018, 08:19
"It amazes me how often people who claim they couldn't care less about something
bang on about it"

Well.....yes I know what you're saying...but I'm not really banging on about it...just doing my part to support the event...see, Pontious Nav. wouldn't have known about it if it weren't for me...

45 mins to opening ceremony...wish the helicopters would f**k off .... came home from work the exact same way as always....'cos I'm glutton for punishment...took me the same time as any other night!....but I've never seen so many coppers in one spot at one time....including Traflagar Square on NYE...(but that was years ago!)

Radar is showing some heavy but scattered showers heading in from the Coral Sea...Gold Coast...Yes...this town was known as 'Elston' in 1957 ... I seem to recall a 'Gold Coast' in Chicago as well....though it far more grey than Golden when I was there

charliegolf
4th Apr 2018, 10:48
"It amazes me how often people who claim they couldn't care less about something
bang on about it"

Well.....yes I know what you're saying...but I'm not really banging on about it...

I know:ok: But I can't help being Pprune-ey. It is JB after all. Good luck with the commutes.

CG

Fareastdriver
4th Apr 2018, 12:20
I presume the BBC contingent to cover the Games will outnumber all the athletes from all the countries in the United Kingdom.

They managed it at Rio.

Ken Borough
4th Apr 2018, 12:34
Not only did the RAAF pick up Chuckie and his woman in Singapore for the Commonwealth Games, but it appears that he was taken first to Wagga and then several days later flown from Wagga to Brisbane for his 'official' arrival in Oz. The long suffering taxpayer had to provide and pay for the taxi on his holiday with friends somewhere near Gundagai. I guess we all had to pay for ground transport for them and their entourage between the holiday house and Wagga Airport. Joe Hockey was so right about here being Leaners. :E

Ken Borough
4th Apr 2018, 12:39
From another website

Prince Charles and Camilla arrived in WGA on early Monday (5:30am) morning on A36-002 direct from Singapore, making it Wagga’s first (and likely only) direct international flight. Interesting to note the call sign was ASY310.

This morning A36-001 arrived at 10:05am as CNST64 and A36-002 arrived at 8:40am as RGNT63. A36.002 departed for the Gold Coast at 10:50am (just as I got near the airport). A36-001 departed at 11:20am for the Gold Coast. A36-002 parked in Bay 6, while 001 was parked in Bay 4 (QLINK/JetGo).

So we not only had an airborne carriage for Chuckie but a bloody spare in case of a breakdown. Really.

John Eacott
4th Apr 2018, 12:40
The professional moaners are alive and well on this thread!

Watching the Games on the box and the illuminations on the clouds from the ceremony, enjoying the odd overflight of helicopters, mates up from Victoria to motorcycle marshal the bike events and daughter running a sponsor's entertainment area. I flew for the Melbourne CG, have envy of those flying the GC CG tonight and for the next week.

Chuck's travel costs? So what; we pay for Short One and have no say in that, I know who I prefer my money to go to.

sitigeltfel
4th Apr 2018, 12:45
I presume the BBC contingent to cover the Games will outnumber all the athletes from all the countries in the United Kingdom.

They managed it at Rio.

On the lunchtime news in the UK, one of them, commenting during the opening ceremony in the dark, said, "looks like the Irish team are enjoying the sunshine".

My wife, who was also watching, looked at me and said, "did he actually say that?"

Argonautical
4th Apr 2018, 13:54
"looks like the Irish team are enjoying the sunshine"
My wife, who was also watching, looked at me and said, "did he actually say that?"

Is there something offensive in that statement then?

funfly
4th Apr 2018, 14:14
Will ol' Dukie be there to shout "Hip Hip Hooray"?

Fliegenmong
4th Apr 2018, 21:45
As an aside....I was talking to a client who resides in "The Granite Belt"...a small (and the only really) wine producing area of QLD. ..... She was saying the Comm. Games committee approached them with sponsorship packages of $500K, $1mill, $2mill & $5 mil., ! .... As she explained that is the marketing budget of several Granite belt wineries for 2 or 3 years!! :sad::mad:

I thought....if you were trying to 'Showcase' the best of what we have to offer....you would approach the wineries and say...."Hey...give us a heap of wine at cost and we'll endorse YOU as the 'official' wines of the Comm games." .... same as the local cheese producers etc. ... I know we can't afford to put this on...and they're trying to recoup expenses etc....but still...the promotion of local product should be...well...promoted!!

What would $500k sponsorship package entail? Well, I don't know....a banner on the side of the road during the Marathon?? ...

Ascend Charlie
4th Apr 2018, 21:59
The long suffering taxpayer had to provide and pay for the taxi on his holiday with friends somewhere near Gundagai.

Actually, the taxpayer has taken Chuckles there before - it is Woomargarma (pronounced W'MAR'g'ma) and he and Lady Di took baby Willy there in 1983. The NSW taxpayer's money kept me in the air, flopping around the farm for security and as a road escort when they went to the markets. Beautiful place.

Fliegenmong
4th Apr 2018, 22:22
Interesting Ascend Charlie! ... I just dug out a deck of commemorative QANTAS playing cards from the Brisbane 1982 Commonwealth games .....geez I have a lot of Airline memorabilia! :O

Pontius Navigator
5th Apr 2018, 07:34
Remember when we watched real athletics?
Roger Bannister?

Or even Club events with Steve Cram and Seb astian Coooe (you have to remember the wicked sketch).

ATNotts
5th Apr 2018, 07:45
Is there something offensive in that statement then?

All I can see is that "the Irish" don't send a team, as Ireland is not in the Commonwealth. The "Northern Irish" team probably were enjoying the sunshine.

Bit pedantic though.

Tankertrashnav
5th Apr 2018, 09:23
Hmm - wasn't the obvious point that the ceremony (sarah moany) was taking place at night?

Ascend Charlie
6th Apr 2018, 06:36
Hmm - wasn't the obvious point that the ceremony (sarah moany) was taking place at night?

...not in England it weren't laddie!

meadowrun
6th Apr 2018, 06:59
the Australian one didn't issue any stamps.


well, sort of....


http://www.kelleherauctions.com/lotphotos_large/687/599750.jpg

ExSp33db1rd
6th Apr 2018, 07:56
........and will happily be away from this madness....

You should be so lucky, NZ TV is totally swamped by 24/7 non-stop games crap, can't even watch 6 months late Coro. St.

Roll on April 16th, when apparently garbage TV programming will be restored.

ricardian
6th Apr 2018, 15:13
Geography lessons required for someone!

https://scontent-lhr3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/30124136_10155643571878160_2568690768596172800_o.jpg?_nc_cat =0&_nc_eui2=v1%3AAeEl6YMhvOLptGcN75M0GR_7_dRL4EZYwFyu5eU1trLmnY O0pdQUjEvcZwZOOft97H_29Qf643PJF32-HszKijy1YY65V9nVCeS-wEK2tTKGIg&oh=86646e7b15bd7663ddf70c1fc82aeb65&oe=5B2E77B3

Fareastdriver
6th Apr 2018, 15:17
We have already flogged that to death.

https://www.pprune.org/jet-blast/607420-australian-geography.html

troppo
11th Apr 2018, 04:51
Yup. The OP is pretty much right. Not much appeal these days...pretty much like the Monarchy.
Highlights so far include Cameroonian athletes gone AWOL.
Pissed boxers getting in scraps with nightclub bouncers and a transgender weight lifter busting her (?) balls. ::E

Hempy
11th Apr 2018, 04:58
We’d also like to thank the rest of the Commonwealth, population 2.3 billion, for turning up to occupy the minor spots on the medal dais :ok:

meadowrun
11th Apr 2018, 05:01
You're welcome.
Just wait till the Winter Commonwealth Games tho'. I believe we lead the world in snowboard synchronized dancing.

troppo
11th Apr 2018, 05:22
You're welcome.
Just wait till the Winter Commonwealth Games tho'. I believe we lead the world in snowboard synchronized dancing.

Is that the cripple or normal games?

Krystal n chips
11th Apr 2018, 05:56
We’d also like to thank the rest of the Commonwealth, population 2.3 billion, for turning up to occupy the minor spots on the medal dais :ok:

You can laugh all you like.....for now. :E

Wait four years and our revenge will be complete with those Aussie champions suffering from onset hypothermia when the Games are held in the UK's most, erm, unappealing, dysfunctional and decrepit City...enter...

Millions to see Birmingham during Commonwealth handover - BBC News (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-birmingham-43700066)

Whether there will be enough translators available for visitors whose first or second language is English is a moot point. Prior training in the art of whinging will, though, endear them to the locals for whom this is a genetic trait.

As will be the delights they will get from the extended viewing periods caused by the M5 / M6 roadworks and daily gridlock ( no doubt the next renovation of these Motorways is scheduled for the same period ) along with the daily signals failures into and around New Street Shopping Mall ( formerly a railway station ) and not forgetting the permanently unserviceable escalators which ensure getting off the revamped platforms requires the use of ropes and crampons at times.

However, with global media present, there may well be an unrivalled opportunity to record the rare, so rare that no footage is currently available, sighting of a Brummie working...well in attendance anyway.

Meanwhile, the Beeb have diligently managed to ensure coverage is splurged across both BBC2 and BBC4, less the viewers are deprived of the commentary teams junket ( sorry, in depth analysis ) of the podium occupants efforts.

sitigeltfel
11th Apr 2018, 06:35
Highlights so far include Cameroonian athletes gone AWOL.

They've run off to join the aborigines.

;)

troppo
11th Apr 2018, 07:29
You can laugh all you like.....for now. :E

Wait four years and our revenge will be complete with those Aussie champions suffering from onset hypothermia when the Games are held in the UK's most, erm, unappealing, dysfunctional and decrepit City...enter...

Millions to see Birmingham during Commonwealth handover - BBC News (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-birmingham-43700066)

Whether there will be enough translators available for visitors whose first or second language is English is a moot point. Prior training in the art of whinging will, though, endear them to the locals for whom this is a genetic trait.

As will be the delights they will get from the extended viewing periods caused by the M5 / M6 roadworks and daily gridlock ( no doubt the next renovation of these Motorways is scheduled for the same period ) along with the daily signals failures into and around New Street Shopping Mall ( formerly a railway station ) and not forgetting the permanently unserviceable escalators which ensure getting off the revamped platforms requires the use of ropes and crampons at times.

However, with global media present, there may well be an unrivalled opportunity to record the rare, so rare that no footage is currently available, sighting of a Brummie working...well in attendance anyway.

Meanwhile, the Beeb have diligently managed to ensure coverage is splurged across both BBC2 and BBC4, less the viewers are deprived of the commentary teams junket ( sorry, in depth analysis ) of the podium occupants efforts.

At least the stadiums will be full with them supporting their ilk. :}

chevvron
11th Apr 2018, 10:24
We’d also like to thank the rest of the Commonwealth, population 2.3 billion, for turning up to occupy the minor spots on the medal dais :ok:

The following is tongue in cheek because I'm unable to post 'smilies'.
Australia has only won so many medals because they've entered so many contestants in each event.

Traffic_Is_Er_Was
11th Apr 2018, 14:16
Unfortunately, not enough, as England has still managed to win some.

Smeagol
11th Apr 2018, 14:46
A week in to the games, but does anyone (in the UK or elsewhere) admit to actually watching any of the BBC's almost wall-to-wall coverage?

The few times I have switched to the channel covering the games it seems to consist of the panel of 'experts' talking amongst themselves. This leads to me seeking something more interesting to watch.

Bee Rexit
11th Apr 2018, 15:21
Not a second so far.

wiggy
11th Apr 2018, 15:56
The few times I have switched to the channel covering the games it seems to consist of the panel of 'experts' talking amongst themselves.

Seems to have become SOP for the Beeb coverage of Olympics etc over the last three or four years...and I have noticed theyíve now added a Social Media segment to their coverage i.e. letís look at what athletes and nearest and dearest are tweeting...The BBC coverage has even got too much for my patriotic better half..so I had free run of the TV on Sunday (Paris-Roubaix, pretty much uninterrupted coverage on French TV)) and was looking forward to a great TV footie night last night ....then we had a three hour power cut..:mad:

Anyhow looks like itís going to be Eurosport for the major events chez nous from now on....which also means no Clare Balding..:ok:

Ancient Observer
11th Apr 2018, 16:11
Would you lot on the Gold Coast please do the World a favour and keep Charlie the Greek there?
Chain him to a tree in those parts of Daintree that 4 X 4s cannot reach, please.

(If you have somewhere worse, try that. I rather liked Daintree when I was there)

chevvron
11th Apr 2018, 18:09
A week in to the games, but does anyone (in the UK or elsewhere) admit to actually watching any of the BBC's almost wall-to-wall coverage?

The few times I have switched to the channel covering the games it seems to consist of the panel of 'experts' talking amongst themselves. This leads to me seeking something more interesting to watch.

I agree. Clare Balding is totally superfluous as she was at the Rio Olympics; Gabby Logan and Hazel Irvine also although they are both far more attractive.
We've watched a lot of the coverage but they keep showing repeats of various events in order to fill up their allocated time slots to the detriment of some events like road race cycling which has barely been covered yet.
There's rarely a 'listing' of what events to see at what time and they hardly ever show a 'medals table' to see how well England is doing

Jack D
11th Apr 2018, 18:28
Wonder if those Cameroonian absconded have reached Cairns yet?

chevvron
12th Apr 2018, 01:53
Wonder if those Cameroonian absconded have reached Cairns yet?

They're probably working in Chinese Restaurants in Sydney and Melbourne by now.

parabellum
12th Apr 2018, 11:23
As well as the Camaroonians another eight athletes, of undisclosed nationality have done a runner too.

G-CPTN
12th Apr 2018, 11:26
another eight athletes, of undisclosed nationality have done a runner too.

Some of them are there to run . . .

Ken Borough
12th Apr 2018, 12:53
Would you lot on the Gold Coast please do the World a favour and keep Charlie the Greek there?

I think he's already out of the country but his little brother is here. Chuckie left the Gold Coast a few days ago, last seen in Darwhine.

Just for the record, I'm Australian and love my sport. So far the only C'wealth Games I've seen amounts to a few fleeting glimpses on the evening news. I don't think I've missed much, especially with the uber parochial commentators we have in our country and the repetitive and mindless ads on the TV. On the radio I heard a rather breathless reporter extolling the thrills of a Lawn Bowls match. God help us all!

david1300
12th Apr 2018, 12:56
I agree. Clare Balding is totally superfluous as she was at the Rio Olympics; Gabby Logan and Hazel Irvine also although they are both far more attractive.
We've watched a lot of the coverage but they keep showing repeats of various events in order to fill up their allocated time slots to the detriment of some events like road race cycling which has barely been covered yet.
There's rarely a 'listing' of what events to see at what time and they hardly ever show a 'medals table' to see how well England is doing

The road race cycling hasn't been held yet, so that explains why there hasn't been any coverage :):ok::)

The time trials were a day or two ago, but the road races are on Saturday :ok:

oldchina
12th Apr 2018, 13:31
I collected more stamps from the Straits Settlements than anywhere else.
They've done pretty well since, and they don't care about games.

Jack D
12th Apr 2018, 19:30
I collected more stamps from the Straits Settlements than anywhere else.
They've done pretty well since, and they don't care about games.

Not so sure about that, the games I mean .. Singaporeans are pretty competitive, but the stamps are fine . Little pictures of a long past colonial and complex history .. Prince of Wales Island .. Wellesley territory etc . Wish I knew more !

mgahan
12th Apr 2018, 23:02
I collected more stamps from the Straits Settlements than anywhere else.
They've done pretty well since, and they don't care about games.

Reminds me to check on the albums when I'm passing through Melbourne in a couple of weeks. Agree with Jack D about the pictures - and all those colours make it a massive task valuing...

As for Games coverage: try here in Betio where the main sports feed is from PNG. Guess which gold medal I will remember for the rest of my life as I've now seen it hundreds of times.

MJG
Running, jumping and wrestling are my main interests: running out of single malt, jumping to conclusions and wrestling with my conscience.

Bee Rexit
13th Apr 2018, 08:16
As well as the Camaroonians another eight athletes, of undisclosed nationality have done a runner too.

Probably English, I don't blame them!

chevvron
13th Apr 2018, 11:48
Some of them are there to run . . .
As long as they don't run to England I don't care.

chevvron
13th Apr 2018, 11:50
The road race cycling hasn't been held yet, so that explains why there hasn't been any coverage :):ok::)

The time trials were a day or two ago, but the road races are on Saturday :ok:
Thanks. Nobodies published a timetable of events in England so we don't know what's happening next day.

Bill16STN
13th Apr 2018, 11:54
Is it just me, or do "The Commonwelth Games" have more than a hint of "The British Empire Sports Day" about them?
Due respect to ALL competitors who will compete regardless of the event!

parabellum
13th Apr 2018, 12:00
Not much appeal these days...pretty much like the Monarchy.


But not here in Australia where just the mention of the 'Royals' sends large numbers of the population digging out their union flags to wave, when they are a whole state away. Send either of the lads down here, Wills or Harry, plus their family/entourage and the Republican movement slips into negative territory!

david1300
13th Apr 2018, 12:15
I've attended some of the athletics, held 10 from home, watched the mountain bike race - 5 km from home - watched a whole lot on TV, and have enjoyed it all.

The standard in some events hasn't been earth-shattering, but the competition has been great. And having the disabled events in the same program as able-bodied has also been great. They are just as dedicated athletes - sometimes more so. We had the mother of the winner of the 1500 metres women's wheelchair sitting directly behind us. When it became evident that it was her daughter competing the whole section of the stand cheered with, and many shed a few tears of happiness with her. Maddison is in her mid 20's and has been competing in wheelchair events since age 12.

This highlighted what many have said about the Commonwealth Games - they truly are the Friendly Games.

The television commentary has also been complemented by having a great Se,ect ion of expert commentators - Lord Sebastian Coe for many of the distance track events, Steve Hooper (Olympic and CG games medallist in Pole Vault) commentating on Pole Vault, etc. The insights of these previous champions helped understand the nuances of many sports.

All in all, a great experience. I do wonder about the future, though, but time will tell.

Fliegenmong
13th Apr 2018, 12:21
I'm back from the South Seas....lovely time had by all...
I heard about the Cameroon Defectors ... so...um...there's not a lot of 7ft tall black as tar people around here....can't be too hard to find?

Ascend Charlie
14th Apr 2018, 09:50
Fliegs, it's those not-so-black-and-probably-not-black-at-all folks who are going to have a try to disrupt the games marathon and closing ceremony on Sunday.

Worthless mongrels.

Windy Militant
14th Apr 2018, 16:09
My Favourite bit of the games so far, poor old Mike Bushell does it again! ;)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=37T8sd_WPqI

reynoldsno1
14th Apr 2018, 22:14
Wait four years and our revenge will be complete with those Aussie champions suffering from onset hypothermia when the Games are held in the UK's most, erm, unappealing, dysfunctional and decrepit City...enter...

It's great - here's lookin' at ya baby
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=87jKAP5-ht0

david1300
15th Apr 2018, 04:09
This gymnastic move will be very hard to repeat:
Commonwealth Games gymnast?s hilarious ?rainbow bum? move after Channel 7 editing fail (http://www.news.com.au/sport/commonwealth-games/commonwealth-games-gymnasts-hilarious-rainbow-bum-move-after-channel-7-editing-fail/news-story/68043728f772a4cd0bb9e35e516c4490)

DANbudgieman
15th Apr 2018, 08:24
[QUOTE I heard about the Cameroon Defectors ... so...um...there's not a lot of 7ft tall black as tar people around here....can't be too hard to find?[/QUOTE]

I have it on the best of authority that the Macaroon athletes shall present themselves at the closing ceremony in order to collect their gold medal for the hide and seek event.

meadowrun
15th Apr 2018, 08:32
Some of them never even waited to compete before doing the runners. (not their actual sport)
Looks like Australia has some new, much needed I'm sure, weight lifters and boxers.

Fliegenmong
15th Apr 2018, 08:56
As I said...Mrs Fliegs & I removed ourselves out to a South Sea Paradise....seems as though, talking to people when we arrived back, almost everyone else did....the place was dead apparently...the government spooked everyone into submission...I bet Fiji must have been full!!!

Apparantly a whole lot of stall holders were paying top dollar to be part of a 'Food & Wine Festival'...only to find that officials were directing potential customers across the road away from stalls in order to facilitate everyone getting out....'Dead Set' we're a f&*king stupid country....there is no doubt...

Fareastdriver
15th Apr 2018, 09:48
Birmingham, who is hosting the 2022 Commonwealth Games, are sending out TWO THOUSAND dancers for a FIFTEEN minute gig at this one's closing ceremony. With hangers on that's at least five 747 loads.

Birmingham is going to be broke before their Games start.

Windy Militant
15th Apr 2018, 10:25
Birmingham, who is hosting the 2022 Commonwealth Games, are sending out TWO THOUSAND dancers for a FIFTEEN minute gig at this one's closing ceremony. With hangers on that's at least five 747 loads.

Bit sparse for a Bollywood dance routine, still better than having Jasper Carrot come on and sing Funky Moped! ;)

meadowrun
15th Apr 2018, 10:59
I never quite got this Bollywood thing aside from movies I don't like, the dancing, the singing...ah well, I don't understand the languages. The only tune I liked was that choreographed frenzy in Ghost World.
I take it, it's a play on Hollywood with Bombay.
Then shouldn't it really be "Mollywood"?

Tankertrashnav
15th Apr 2018, 11:18
In the same way we're still eating Peking Duck and not "Beijing Duck" I suppose!

Ken Borough
15th Apr 2018, 11:31
I truly hope that only a few believe that Australians speak like the muppets at the Closing Sarah Moany! So :mad: embarrassing!

And, no, I'm not referring to those from Birmingham.

DANbudgieman
15th Apr 2018, 12:30
Bit sparse for a Bollywood dance routine, still better than having Jasper Carrot come on and sing Funky Moped! ;)

On the other hand it would be cheaper to send Carrott, even with his funky moped. Even cheaper would be Roland Rat (no moped!)

Also, it won't half cause a sh*tstorm if a lot of the Brummie dancers realise that Oz beats the hell out of Brummie and follow our Macaroon cousins by doing a bunk!

oldchina
15th Apr 2018, 12:45
Tanker:

And Ho Chi Minh City will forever be Saigon

Fliegenmong
16th Apr 2018, 10:09
Yes...I always think of it as Saigon...! :ok:

Some simpletons I think were rather awestruck by the 'Spectacle' that the games were....and that's ok...they read tabloids, watch football and watch 'reality' TV...it's fairly lowest denominator kind of stuff designed to suppress a populace....

Hell, I came back from an appointment with a medical specialist today...on my probably 'illegal' motorised pushbike....and hit an intersection to be confronted with 6 motorbike cops!!...I cut the motor and pedaled as normal...but was struck by how much resources are still tied up in such a thing...

I've seen rather a lot of motorbike cops around....they're soooooo full of their self importance, you almost get the impression they are disappointed nothing happened..

Got done for a sneaky speed ticket about 4 years ago....had to 'Blow in the bag'...had a few the night before...and while close never 'blew' over'....WOW was the disappointment palpable....he was clearly upset he couldn't get me for that...even though he hid his dejection behind a 'Well...that's good' statement....f$^ktards!

Anyway....back to the games...absolute f&*k up of a closing ceremony (Sarah Moaney!) apparently.... all in all....if my kids were still in primary school, I would have taken them because, well, they'd be interested...but if you're not in primary school, or your not a media tart like Peter Beattie...I'd question your intelligence by even attending...supporting something we cannot afford....giving no support to local producers, zero consultation with locals...and being told by an ex Labor Premier to 'Suck it up' ....wow...how to win friends and influence people!

OK, disclaimer...I'm sure not everyone is that simple....but sure are a few I have engaged with in the past that went to the games...that have revealed themselves to be...well..less than 'Mental Giants'...shall we say... :}:hmm:

cattletruck
16th Apr 2018, 10:21
I watched the closing ceremony as there was nothing else on.

...and I fell in love with the Veronicas, cooooorrrrr.

https://s.yimg.com/iu/api/res/1.2/FxcQoOuDHKCBHT3DCDo1Qw--~D/cm90YXRlPWF1dG87dz05NjA7YXBwaWQ9eXZpZGVv/https://s.yimg.com/iu/api/res/1.2/bG8YedtD1gwJVSr2b8_PiQ--~D/cm90YXRlPWF1dG87dz0xMjAwO2FwcGlkPXl2aWRlbw--/https://s.yimg.com/ea/img/-/180415/5ad345535b2e6_gettyimages_946482004_5ad3450a6d294.jpg

Also enjoyed Dami Im, what a voice...

But that Birmingham promo, FFS, #BURM, delinquents behaving like American yoof, these retards will be adults by 2022 and probably looking for a real job.

Fliegenmong
16th Apr 2018, 10:33
The one on the left...her name is not Veronica correct??

cattletruck
16th Apr 2018, 11:17
The one on the left...her name is not Veronica correct??

Nooooo, I said VeronicaS :p. the closing ceremony was actually a bit of a "girl power" effort that came out as a little bit lame, but at least some of the singing was actually pretty good.


https://scontent-syd2-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t31.0-8/30072889_1883855871689058_6467555738622856195_o.jpg?_nc_cat= 0&oh=95573938e4855f3a6dd1281ada6dae9c&oe=5B53A9F6

Ascend Charlie
16th Apr 2018, 11:18
Well, that's what they got for taking the lowest tender (Hew Hess Hay) for Sarah Moaney. Shoulda gone with the Oz dude who did the olympics.

Loved the way everybody just walked out.

Anybody got some scissors?

Fliegenmong
16th Apr 2018, 11:30
Yeah.....I did see something about a US media company coping the blame for f**king it up...one wonders why anyone would engage a non Commonwealth company to ..... conduct the Commonwealth games....

Glad I never got excited...glad I never got involved....glad I was on a South Pacific Island to avoid it all....

Fliegenmong
16th Apr 2018, 11:51
Engaging a US company to decide what does and does not get broadcast at a Commonwealth Games ceremony?....Only in Australia...seriously......only Australia could f$#k something up like this....Oh dear Peter Beattie....he turned apologies into an art form.....I love he takes responsibility..but after years of him as Premier I now see through it all,,,,wait a week...and he'll be tellling us all about what he got right....sooooo many years AFTER he PROMISED he would fade from public life...

See you (hopefully) Pete....ou remind me of John Howard...full of self importance...no substance....

Thank the good Lord above this unaffordable nonsense is over.......

Peter Beattie used to tell me that the inconvenience of the Aerican car racing was good for QLD...it put us on the map...all the many times I've visited the US....no one knows where QLD is...

Peter Beattie promised he would have nothing to do with public life after almost a decade of being Premier...then he took a job as trade ambassador for QLD business in California...paid heavens knows what...but unable to articulate how his massive salary helped anyone...he has f***ked up the games royally, denied local business and industry a look in...and offers a fake apology hoping it will be enough to divert attention.....Beattie...decline the NRL offer....just go away....you are not even a Queenslander...you are a typical useless import.....you are shamefull...

Thank God that Fiasco of shameless self promotion is over...

All your Birmingham!!...need a shameful has been that sold out to a clueless USA media company?...I got your man! :}:confused::bored::hmm::rolleyes:

Krystal n chips
16th Apr 2018, 16:23
Birmingham, who is hosting the 2022 Commonwealth Games, are sending out TWO THOUSAND dancers for a FIFTEEN minute gig at this one's closing ceremony. With hangers on that's at least five 747 loads.

Birmingham is going to be broke before their Games start.

Erm, a slight confusion over logistics here it would seem.

The 2000 dancers were performing, not beneath the golden skies and tropical (ish) weather of the Gold Coast, but, in the far more mundane centre of the UK's decidedly murky and cool skies.

Actually, it's probably the first recorded evidence of Brummies being active for such an extended period....15mins.

Commonwealth Games: 'Work starts now' in Birmingham - BBC News (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-birmingham-43754791)

Ken Borough
17th Apr 2018, 07:18
it's probably the first recorded evidence of Brummies being active for such an extended period

I don't know about that but there were certainly some very big units cavorting in BHX!

ATNotts
17th Apr 2018, 07:38
The ritual knocking of the UK's second city, and the population thereof has already started, and is normally cheer lead by those people who have never visited the city, or haven't for many years.

Since the time time of Red Robbo and the never ending disputes in the car industry, and it's reputation for God awful vehicles such as the Austin All-Agro things have moved on a deal. Yes, the Brummie accent, and it's speakers mispronouncing the city's name as Birming'gum is alive and well, and the accent portrays the people as miserable verging on thick. Neither are correct, but then the cockney accent gives the impression of fast talking con-merchants, and that is not true either, not is the legend that scousers are a bunch of lazy thieving baskets.

Bad reputations are easily gained, and hard to lose.

The Commonwealth Games, if they achieve anything at all, may help to show a modern forward looking city - this should be easier to achieve outside of the UK where people don't have such fixed ideas about the City, than in the UK itself where London based journalists will, I guarantee, continue to snipe from the sidelines at every opportunity, in a way in which they could have, but chose not to regarding the London Olympics that all of us across all the the UK were expected to embrace with open arms - because they were in London.

Despite all this, I believe (as an expat Brummie) that going for the Commonwealth Games at such short notice, with so much infrastructure to get in place, in such short a time was a mistake, and I wonder, did the electorate in Birmingham and the greater West Midlands have the opportunity to vote on whether they wanted their money spent, and their lives turned upside down in this way? The good burgers of Hamburg and Bavaria got such a vote when their respective empire builders (local governments) wanted the Olympics on their patch, and they voted them down.

Not only that, but if the Birmingham Commonwealth games turns a profit (other than one artificially cooked up by clever accountants), I'll be amazed, and pleasantly surprised.

Fliegenmong
17th Apr 2018, 08:06
"and I wonder, did the electorate in Birmingham and the greater West Midlands have the opportunity to vote on whether they wanted their money spent, and their lives turned upside down in this way?"

We here on 'the Goldy' were never asked! After we 'won' it....zero consultation with community....and when concerns were raised we were told to 'suck it up'....so an excellent way to get everyone on side...

Back at work today and talking to people that did stay behind....roads were clear, shops were dead, usually bustling shopping centres were like ghost towns..staff getting put off etc..

G-CPTN
17th Apr 2018, 08:11
Isn't the purpose of these events (including 'city of culture') to rejuvenate failing areas by building accommodation for the participants that can subsequently be occupied by those who would otherwise not be able to acquire housing?

I have recently attended a planning meeting where 'affordable' housing was being proposed for a disadvantaged settlement and the local councillor stated that what was needed was jobs for those already there rather than attracting incomers.
This settlement lost a large industrial employer, and the premises remain standing empty with the population unemployed.

Ken Borough
17th Apr 2018, 08:46
roads were clear, shops were dead, usually bustling shopping centres were like ghost towns

This is also my memory of Sydney during the 2000 Olympics. Driving to and from the office was as good as driving across the Hay Plain. Unfortunately, Sydney's lack of congestion has never been the same since.:\

Krystal n chips
17th Apr 2018, 16:16
The ritual knocking of the UK's second city, and the population thereof has already started, and is normally cheer lead by those people who have never visited the city, or haven't for many years.

Since the time time of Red Robbo and the never ending disputes in the car industry, and it's reputation for God awful vehicles such as the Austin All-Agro things have moved on a deal. Yes, the Brummie accent, and it's speakers mispronouncing the city's name as Birming'gum is alive and well, and the accent portrays the people as miserable verging on thick. Neither are correct, but then the cockney accent gives the impression of fast talking con-merchants, and that is not true either, not is the legend that scousers are a bunch of lazy thieving baskets.

Bad reputations are easily gained, and hard to lose.

The Commonwealth Games, if they achieve anything at all, may help to show a modern forward looking city - this should be easier to achieve outside of the UK where people don't have such fixed ideas about the City, than in the UK itself where London based journalists will, I guarantee, continue to snipe from the sidelines at every opportunity, in a way in which they could have, but chose not to regarding the London Olympics that all of us across all the the UK were expected to embrace with open arms - because they were in London.

Despite all this, I believe (as an expat Brummie) that going for the Commonwealth Games at such short notice, with so much infrastructure to get in place, in such short a time was a mistake, and I wonder, did the electorate in Birmingham and the greater West Midlands have the opportunity to vote on whether they wanted their money spent, and their lives turned upside down in this way? The good burgers of Hamburg and Bavaria got such a vote when their respective empire builders (local governments) wanted the Olympics on their patch, and they voted them down.

Not only that, but if the Birmingham Commonwealth games turns a profit (other than one artificially cooked up by clever accountants), I'll be amazed, and pleasantly surprised.

Sadly, that isn't the case as I know precisely where the dump is and have the misfortune to visit / transit / remain stationary many, many, times over the years.

True, the "Red Robbo" period did nothing to enhance an already well established reputation for being the epicentre for bone idle, workshy, whinging denizens, but lets not dwell on stereotypes relevant though they are.

I first encountered the species in the RAF and their propensity for whinging was notable. Thereafter, in the civilian world, all too frequently would we see an a/c swapped down route for a BHX based one, and, lo and behold, open the hold and there would be a couple of brake units, some other sundry spares....and a Tech Log filled with numerous defects. Once fixed, guess what happened a day or so later and where the a/c would return to.

New Street station. Home to some of the least helpful station staff on the rail network and the new shopping mall is a true delight to attempt to navigate from one platform to another...this assumes you can get off the platform in the first place and that the escalators are working....which they usually aren't. And then you get corralled trying to get to other platforms. Wonderful !.

The two dedicated citizens whom I've mentioned before, who moved into properties at the side of the M6 and subsequently complained about the roadworks noise....this was their mission in life, and lets not forget the hero a couple of years ago, who, due to an extended stay somewhere hot on his holidays, opined to the news crew he was going to complain, when asked about what, duly said he didn't actually know, yet, but he'd think of something. All have probably been measured up for a statue in their memory to commemorate the true spirit of Birmingham.

And lets also mention the infernal triangle, that starts at Wolves and extends to Coventry with a very special mention for Dudley. Thankfully, the zoo goes to great lengths to ensure the animals are protected from the local population. Then there's Russell Hall hospital....a labyrinth designed to keep your average minotaur engaged for hours. Escape is nigh on impossible as the bus drivers simply go when they feel like it. But, the acoustics are very good I have to say. As I was being wheeled back to the ward after a, mercifully one day only visit, there in the middle of the corridor were a couple of Brummies happily whinging away...and blocking everybody. All I muttered was "get out of the way you thick Brummie t$%ts! " and, they must have heard my sentiments.....which was nice really.

The local news, BBC Mindless Today, has obviously gone into overdrive with the handover and the prospect of attracting a few hundred unsuspecting visitors to the City....so as well as the mandatory gushing over the football teams, for 52 weeks of the year, and some plaudits for a third rate cricket team and ground, Edgbaston, we can now look forward to the progress of the Games being included although some actual news may be broadcast...if time permits.

Visitors should also stock up on portable O2 and masks....the pollution levels being what they are.

I do though agree with your views about Lahdahn, guv, and how we were all expected to give out unwavering support....alas.

ATNotts
17th Apr 2018, 17:22
Sadly, that isn't the case as I know precisely where the dump is and have the misfortune to visit / transit / remain stationary many, many, times over the years.

True, the "Red Robbo" period did nothing to enhance an already well established reputation for being the epicentre for bone idle, workshy, whinging denizens, but lets not dwell on stereotypes relevant though they are.

I first encountered the species in the RAF and their propensity for whinging was notable. Thereafter, in the civilian world, all too frequently would we see an a/c swapped down route for a BHX based one, and, lo and behold, open the hold and there would be a couple of brake units, some other sundry spares....and a Tech Log filled with numerous defects. Once fixed, guess what happened a day or so later and where the a/c would return to.

New Street station. Home to some of the least helpful station staff on the rail network and the new shopping mall is a true delight to attempt to navigate from one platform to another...this assumes you can get off the platform in the first place and that the escalators are working....which they usually aren't. And then you get corralled trying to get to other platforms. Wonderful !.

The two dedicated citizens whom I've mentioned before, who moved into properties at the side of the M6 and subsequently complained about the roadworks noise....this was their mission in life, and lets not forget the hero a couple of years ago, who, due to an extended stay somewhere hot on his holidays, opined to the news crew he was going to complain, when asked about what, duly said he didn't actually know, yet, but he'd think of something. All have probably been measured up for a statue in their memory to commemorate the true spirit of Birmingham.

And lets also mention the infernal triangle, that starts at Wolves and extends to Coventry with a very special mention for Dudley. Thankfully, the zoo goes to great lengths to ensure the animals are protected from the local population. Then there's Russell Hall hospital....a labyrinth designed to keep your average minotaur engaged for hours. Escape is nigh on impossible as the bus drivers simply go when they feel like it. But, the acoustics are very good I have to say. As I was being wheeled back to the ward after a, mercifully one day only visit, there in the middle of the corridor were a couple of Brummies happily whinging away...and blocking everybody. All I muttered was "get out of the way you thick Brummie t$%ts! " and, they must have heard my sentiments.....which was nice really.

The local news, BBC Mindless Today, has obviously gone into overdrive with the handover and the prospect of attracting a few hundred unsuspecting visitors to the City....so as well as the mandatory gushing over the football teams, for 52 weeks of the year, and some plaudits for a third rate cricket team and ground, Edgbaston, we can now look forward to the progress of the Games being included although some actual news may be broadcast...if time permits.

Visitors should also stock up on portable O2 and masks....the pollution levels being what they are.

I do though agree with your views about Lahdahn, guv, and how we were all expected to give out unwavering support....alas.

Sadly, most of the gripes that you have mentioned above can be cut and pasted to suit most other major UK cities; however whilst agree with your comments relating to Birmingham New Street Shopping Centre, that just about finds some space for the trains for which it was supposedly designed to handle; I prefer it to the abject dump that is Manchester Piccadilly Station. However I do sympathise with you regarding the layout - I myself wound up going through two ticket barriers whilst trying to exit the station arriving from Derby. I've since worked out the labyrinth, and can assure you that it is possible to get out or in through no more than one ticket barrier. Why we can't have open stations like most European cities do I fail to understand.

Fact is that most UK cities, with few exceptions, of which our illustrious capital is not one, are filthy, litter ridden, chewing gum plastered dumps, with the added benefit (?) of countless, often drunk or drugged up homeless people. My adopted home city (Nottingham) has so many university students it has effective come one sprawling student dormitory, into which have been shoe horned a few hardy full time residents. Why anyone visits our cities is beyond me. Even, for the most part the "retail offer" is the same old same old chain shops in sterile indoor shopping centres - great joy!

Sallyann1234
17th Apr 2018, 21:28
It was my duty last week to drive past a building site in east London that was formerly the site of the Olympic Games.

I had understood that these Games were supposed to leave a legacy of some sort, so why has it all to be rebuilt apparently from the ground up?

meadowrun
17th Apr 2018, 21:34
I'll say it again.
Permanent, suitable venues for these kind of things with perhaps a set of back-ups.
Would reduce costs enormously. Money could be spent on constant improvement of that limited number of sites. No real impact on air travel business as everyone would still have to get somewhere as normal.


( Put them all in Greece. Might save a country)

ATNotts
18th Apr 2018, 07:24
It was my duty last week to drive past a building site in east London that was formerly the site of the Olympic Games.

I had understood that these Games were supposed to leave a legacy of some sort, so why has it all to be rebuilt apparently from the ground up?

Because all these plans for Olympic, or Commonwealth "legacy" are little more than pie in the sky plans that tick boxes for the organising committees.

Surely the accommodation blocks will be more akin to student halls of residence, and totally in adequate for real people to live out their real lives in - aside perhaps on in overpriced cities like London where a broom cupboard will sell for £1m and be marketed as an apartment. Therefore, it is hardly surprising that facilities need to be demolished are replaced with realistic livable accommodation - that developers can sell off at enormous profit to overseas investors, rather than make available for the people who are expected to service the national's capital, whilst earning paltry salaries.

The other side to the legacy thing is a sporting legacy. As if a nation of burger eating, soft drink guzzling couch potatoes were suddenly going get of their back sides and en masse start exercising and doing sport!! Don't make me laugh!

Evanelpus
18th Apr 2018, 08:24
The 'what' Games?

Has it ended now?

Bee Rexit
18th Apr 2018, 08:33
Complete tosh from a couple of posters with regards to the legacy from the London Olympics. Stratford has continued to be developed after the games and the building sites are just part of that and mainly outside the areas of the Park, The Olympic Park itself a lovely park with all the the on site arenas in constant use. It should really be a source of pride that we have in the UK managed to design the arenas to be easily converted after the games to useful places that the locals can and do use especially when so many other Olympic hosts have failed, only 12 years ago this was a wasteland.

meadowrun
18th Apr 2018, 08:38
Our Olympic village for the 2010 Winter's actually was well planned and is now regular but expensive, housing. And we got a couple of birds out of it. Luckily we're bumpy and coldish up in the bumps, so you move some snow around, put in some lane markers, bring in 20,000 chartered buses and bob's yr unkle...you've got a winter Olympics. Plus a load of cash of course. http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4069/4617183873_34a9140c73.jpg

Heathrow Harry
18th Apr 2018, 08:48
"and totally in adequate for real people to live out their real lives in -"

you clearly don't live in London and you're over 50 - when over half of todays under 30's will never be able to afford a house and rents are through the roof ANY modern housing is a god send - the only problem is we need about 5 times as much

CATIII-NDB
18th Apr 2018, 10:13
Your denigration of the City of a thousand Trades / aka Place of my birth is a bit over done; OK just a bit. Remember that: as a Victorian City, the council took over Gas & Electric Utilities to provide reliable Municipal supplies at a fair economic cost. Stamped down on the adulteration of milk and bread and very significantly (to this day) financed the Ellan Valley water supply system from Wales to the Midlands.

Victorian City Hummmm. Actually a collection of villages until quite late in the Victorian era. Do any "Yentonians" remember "Going up the Village !" as young kids . [Yerdington - a Anglo Saxon Settlement]

The city people through their contributions financed the building of "The Accident Hospital" - "The Acci" a pioneering development in health care in its time, that pioneered a specialist "Burns Unit." Post WWII.

However the post industrial decline of the West Midlands as a whole (There are bright spots) is manifest - I would like to know the Per-capita GDP of the region as a whole. Something like 20% of the population leave school without GCSE's.(Grades A - E)

I did not know that Dudley Zoo was still open. Childhood memories of a chimp who had gotten fed up a being gawped at ! propelling, with uncanny accuracy and great kinetic energy; a quantity of self generated materials at a lady's Hat. Long may the establishment keep the animals safe from the throng of locals like me.

I wonder too if the politicians did gain a local mandate for this great big spend ! They can hold out their "Donnie's" for a good old caning as its getting "black 'round the back of Bill's Mother's" in financial terms.

Winning the bid for the Commonwealth Games may turn out to be a big mistake. Curing deprivation surly comes first. Yes I did use New St as a commuter, it was a concrete dump.

CAT III

Edit:[Commonwealth Games: previously The Empire Games: qualifications for entry; We ruled over you once ! The idea is long past its sell by date.]

Dan Gerous
18th Apr 2018, 10:51
The other side to the legacy thing is a sporting legacy. As if a nation of burger eating, soft drink guzzling couch potatoes were suddenly going get of their back sides and en masse start exercising and doing sport!! Don't make me laugh!


You may scoff, but last week Reporting Scotland were praising to the high heavens, the fact that some fat guy who had just won a fifth gold medal for bowling, was now Scotlands most successful Commonwealth ATHLETE.

ATNotts
18th Apr 2018, 14:53
You may scoff, but last week Reporting Scotland were praising to the high heavens, the fact that some fat guy who had just won a fifth gold medal for bowling, was now Scotlands most successful Commonwealth ATHLETE.

Of course he'll only be fat because of his genes, not because, as Jasper Carrott once said "because this hole (mouth) is bigger than that hole (fundamental orifice)"

And since when were bowlers labeled "athletes"? About the same time, I suppose as dart players and snooker players. I guess however that the capitalisation in your post suggests a degree of irony!!

ATNotts
18th Apr 2018, 14:55
"and totally in adequate for real people to live out their real lives in -"

you clearly don't live in London and you're over 50 - when over half of todays under 30's will never be able to afford a house and rents are through the roof ANY modern housing is a god send - the only problem is we need about 5 times as much

Right on both counts!! Why people continue to migrate there from other parts of the UK is beyond me.