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Old 25th Aug 2008, 13:25
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preponderance of 'knifing each other in the back'
At least when Australians do it they don't often,actually use a real knife,as distinct from some inhabitants of certain parts of London.

And by the way,Rainboe, as far as Australia being tatty,well,Australia has,if I recall rightly about 25 areas of the country that are world heritage areas and are some of the most pristine,beautiful places on earth,take the
Great Barrier Reef as an example.
For tatty you cant go past places like Brixton or Battersea in London.

But your point about ungracious and unsportsmanlike remarks is valid and as I said on this thread yesterday,
Great Britain did very well is valid,they did do well and deserve congratulations,especially for efforts like that of Rebecca Adlington in the pool and the cycling team.Well Done,but don't get complacent as the Aussies will be doing all they can to ensure there is no repeat in 2012

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Old 25th Aug 2008, 13:36
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Ha! It seems Rainboe just doesn't get it!!!
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Old 25th Aug 2008, 14:01
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For tatty you cant go past places like Brixton or Battersea in London.
Well if we're talking tatty, I have seen the suburbs of Paramatta and outlying countryside. My impression is most Ozzys live in shacks. Knife culture is shocking, beer violence is rampant is Australia. When I was out there is Sydney, 2 louts killed a Brit tourist by beating him to death for the sake of it. Overcrowded and overwhelmed London may be, but understand it's because that is where people want to move to. Why are there so many foreigners- Americans, Aussies, Arabs....all of them overwhelming the place: it's where they want to be. Choking by its very success. They like to give the impression that Australia is perfect, and it can be lovely, but don't kid yourself, it has structural problems a socialist 'nirvana' government cannot begin to address. People are losing their homes there too.

But things like sport are for fun. It's immature to get seriously upset when you lose at sport- it shows you shouldn't be playing it in the first place if it is going to ruin your day if you lose. Most Brits couldn't care a toss whether they lose cricket or only get 4 golds at the Olympics like we used to. But we still enjoy it. Much healthier. So seeing some of the disparaging, vicious rude comments involving sport that only seem to come from Australians in general make the Olympics results suddenly very funny. It is the fact that it hurts that is the main reason why the results are so good. There seems to be some maturity still required.
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Old 25th Aug 2008, 14:16
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Welcome home Team GB!!

The plane just flew over my house. It's a shame it's so overcast...

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Old 25th Aug 2008, 14:40
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It is the fact that it hurts that is the main reason why the results are so good.
[Actually only seriously poor losers (And yes there are quite a few of them in OZ) really begrudge the Brits the results they achieved at Beijing,most truly patriotic Aussies will be too busy working on what they can do to beat them in 2012 to worry about the medal table from one Olympics,so no,Rainboe,it doesn't hurt me that the poms won more gold medals,but I spent the first 47 years of my life in Australia and I will defend it when I consider it necessary.
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Old 25th Aug 2008, 14:48
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Hi,

I'm watching it live on the BBC feed via my pc ( a majestic view of the aircraft on final approach from the front)

The athletes are coming off now.

Well done to all!

Regards

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Old 25th Aug 2008, 15:04
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Apparently special arrangements had to be made (according to the Beeb!) to allow for the extra 20 kg of weight due to the concentration of medals being carried . . .
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Old 25th Aug 2008, 15:17
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[/Apparently special arrangements had to be made (according to the Beeb!) to allow for the extra 20 kg of weight due to the concentration of medals being carried .


And the champagne!(Probably more like a flying champagne bottle than a 747)
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Old 25th Aug 2008, 17:05
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it doesn't hurt me that the poms won more gold medals,but I spent the first 47 years of my life in Australia and I will defend it when I consider it necessary.
But there's no need for defence, because nobody usually attacks Australia. In fact Australia and Australians are one of the most popular nationalities for Brits. But one finds one defending oneself from 'Australia's better than_(insert country)______'/we can beat you at cricket, swimming, spitting whatever/ we can drink more than you....../ we win more golds than you/ we're better at Rugby than you/blah blah blah. It becomes tiresome. The Olympics results seems such an achievement because we're always being threatened with a thrashing!
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Old 25th Aug 2008, 19:32
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I agree that some of the holders of British passports do not travel well and are not exactly the ambassadors we would wish to have. However, after having spent a long time in Oz and noting how great the folks down there are on the whole, I do have to say that a large number of Aussies I have met outside Australia don't do Australians justice by their behaviour. In short I have met many, many whingeing Aussies....just thought I would put the situation in perspective.
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Old 25th Aug 2008, 22:14
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Indeed Temps, there are very many who now epitomise what we once despised. I usually thought the best whingers used to disembark the seasonal Britannia flights, but you can find them everywhere now.



Well, I guess if you read the Murdoch papers & visit Parramatta and outlying countryside, then you can't help but generalise. I spend a lot of time in Liverpool but do I think all of Britain is like that? Hell no, I think all of Britain is like that documentary, "Little Britain" of course.

And so what if it's an "overheated dustbowl"? It's MY overheated dustbowl & I love it! If you think of the USA, for example, it has many social problems, like the rest of us, but what keeps the very fabric of that country together (IMHO) is an overwhelming sense of patriotism. You might remember what that is, it kept Britain together during the darkest days of WWII. If you've lost it, then I pity you & I pity Britain.
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Old 25th Aug 2008, 23:00
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Really looked impressive and great to see team GB flying the flag!
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Old 25th Aug 2008, 23:06
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Sure. But although air travel is quite safe, when I heard the news I wondered why all the GB team was on one flight

Where I work, travelling in the same car as critical team members is a no-no.
Discuss,
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Old 25th Aug 2008, 23:09
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The only thing to discuss is your sanity! What a totally and utterly daft remark to make!
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Old 25th Aug 2008, 23:25
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do not worry about klog.....he's riding the short bus to "work"!
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Old 25th Aug 2008, 23:37
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Valid point

The only thing to discuss is your sanity! What a totally and utterly daft remark to make!
Rainboe....what arrogance.

klog is right, critical team members must never travel together in high risk mode of travel. The whole team of Busby babes were almost wiped out in Munich. England need continuity to further success in London 2012!
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Old 25th Aug 2008, 23:46
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Nope, I reckon Rainboe's got a point...I think the fact some of you perceive this as a "high risk mode of travel" is interesting....

I reckon the BA cycling team would be more at risk out on a team training ride on any of the UK's roads....the swimming team would be more at risk tavelling on a bus to their venue....

If you are against critical team members travelling in the same mode of transport I guess we'd better ban Captain's and Co-pilots flying on the same aircraft
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Old 25th Aug 2008, 23:48
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Jetblast here we come........
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Yep, but we'd better not go there together ........
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Old 25th Aug 2008, 23:58
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Its not a high risk well actually depending which tosser has done the sums it is.

All depending which fudge factor you use trip miles travelled, num of flights or sandwiches eaten.

I have worked for companys before that have had key people banned from sharing cars, aircraft flights and other modes of transport. And it is a huge pain in the bum if you are one of them.

Its nout to do with the the mode of transport its more to do with eggs in a basket.

Its all stems from that football flight which went in. Some companys go for it others don't care. There are some companys now have split workings places after sept 11 just in case.
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