Mx5_boy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (13 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 1077 times:
The best city in the world has pulled it off. Hosting the best Olympic Games ever held. As Sydney people we were never quite sure if we could do it. It is our resounding "have a go", our dedication to sport and the friendliness an professionalism of our people that have made these game the most oustanding ever.
No major crime.
Australia is the greatest nation on earth today. We have shown the world exactly how good we are. We knew it. No one can take away the sucess and the absolute brilliance of our games and our city.
Sydney - A population of just 4 million people, put on a show that dazzled everyone. From near perfect weather, excellent transport, superior facilities, the best ever volunteer force and a safe and clean environment, we have done it.
I can only show my pride guys by typing this post!
And not to be biased, here is my parnters opinion:
From the moment the world's finest athletes and their support crews began arriving in our little country with a flurry of media and star-struck fans, each of us swelled with pride and trembled with nerves as we wondered if we could manage to do justice to the event so kindly entrusted to us.
Our sell-out crowds at preliminary and final matches cheered for all sides equally where Oz was not represented. Where an Aussie competed, we naturally cheared them hard and loud - but so too did we graciously cheer the golden children of other great nations who defeated us in glorious displays of courage and commitment.
The Games mean something special to Sydneysiders now in a way they never truly did before - they are by nature inclusive, tolerant and celebratory. The Games have brought out the best in all of us as hosts - we have now discovered why Atlanta will never be the same after 1996, and before it Barcelona since 1992,and so many other fortunate cities before them. Good luck Athens - Michael and I will be there to support you in your moment of glory, and to cheer on the great athletes of the world!
Iainhol From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 1, posted (13 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 904 times:
Remember the Gymnastics volt was set up wrong. There was that scare of the Nuclear plant. I think you Aussies like forgetting all the bad things that happen! You always said Qantas is the safest airline, and never had a fatal crash. But it is my understanding before WW2 you guys lost a couple planes.
Brissie_lions From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 3, posted (13 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 902 times:
Go away you silly little boy.
So what, a vault was incorrectly set up. But it was quickly changed. Minor mistakes do happen. At least we didn't have a bomb go off in the Olympic Park.
Wow! Some moron in New Zealand is found with a map with Lucas Heights crossed out. But because the American media makes a story out of it, it must be true right? Doesn't matter that the Australian authorities didn't take this in the least bit seriously. Like you dribbled before. The American media said this is the guy who did the US Embassy bombing in Africa. Then why the hell has the US not requested extradition from New Zealand. But again because the US media said so, it must be true. They never get it wrong do they?
And for your uninformed pisstake on QANTAS. If you are going to make a comment, back it up with facts. Please tell me on an individual basis dates and number of fatalities of QF crashes.
The only bad thing that us Aussies like to forget is letting the old tart in Buckingham Palace to continue to be our head-of-state.
Iainhol From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 6, posted (13 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 882 times:
The vault was a bigger problem then you made it! The number 1 lady fall over, and got a very low score, this was all as the vault was too low! Some might say it was an attempt to help your country, who where not expected to medal, as your gymnast has not vaulted yet! That sounds fair!!
About the US problem with this guy. The guy behind it was the same guy who bombed the buildings in Africa and he lives in Afghanistan He is on the FBI’s most wanted list but Afghanistan will not hand him over.
About Qantas an Aussie friend told me about it. When I have some time I will do some research. But I will also bring up the point that when the 747 main gear collapsed a couple months ago, and the crew panicked and did not take care of there duties! Needless to say the cabin crew where put on leave!
I am not sure why you always seemed to want to start something we me. But you seem to have very little respect for other people and there countries. You and MX5 represent your country very badly. You always have something to negative to say! Maybe you want to make yourself look better then everyone else on this forum, but it many of our eyes you seem to be really dumb and rude! To bring yourself to the top where everyone respects you, you really need to become a much nicer person!
Mx5_boy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 7, posted (13 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 878 times:
Dry up. The lucas heights facility is for education and medicinal purposes only. The terrorist threat to the event is like putting a tuppeny bunger in someones letter box.
Be sick if you want. Mr Tomato Sandwich declared our games the best. You have crowed valiantly about the LA games. LA couldn't and shouldn't host a cat show let alone the Olympics. As much as I love the LA, you will never get as close to NON HOMOPHOBIA as you would have with the games in Sydney.
Again Surf, I think the American arrogance is showing through. Or is it? The collective organisations of the Unitited States couldn't get Atalanta together on time and without problems>?
You may well be sick but Aussies showed the world how it is done. Without drama, without bombs or threats of boycotts and without terrorism.
Oh, and the queens all had a great time. Sans the Southern Baptists and the school yard shootings and the abortion clinis bombings.
You never will get it as the USA is the greatest nation on the planet. Shame it's absolute bollocks.
mb (*grin* and doesn't mean that we won't have a BIG reception for you when you visit!!!)
V Jet From Australia, joined May 1999, 719 posts, RR: 2 Reply 8, posted (13 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 877 times:
"About Qantas an Aussie friend told me about it. When I have some time I will do some research. But I
will also bring up the point that when the 747 main gear collapsed a couple months ago, and the crew
panicked and did not take care of there duties! Needless to say the cabin crew where put on leave!"
Qantas have in fact had fatalities before any jets were in the fleet and they came in 1959 from memory. Qantas was the first airline outside the US to operate the B707. Was your Aussie friend on the aircraft in FCO? I think you will find that after any incident like that the crew will be put on leave for a while.
When did the crew panic and not take care of their duties? Some details please.
Brissie_lions From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 9, posted (13 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 871 times:
Well me being negative?
You started it by looking at one minor incident, and one sensationalised media report. Mx5_boy started this as a thread and you came along trying to turn it into something negative.
Yes, we need to cheat to get a medal. We never thought we would be a chance in gymnastics in the first place. We were in gymastics competing in the spirit.
And you are being so narrow-minded that you will not listen. The Australian media, who blew up some many things in the lead up to the Olympics, hardly even touched this *terrorist threat*. It was the overseas press. Hell, if Osama bin Laden (that is who you are talking about) wasn't *supposedly* involved, the US media wouldn't have even touched it either.
And for your other comments on what countries I like and who I like, well you don't know me outside of this forum, so you really can't comment on that at all.
Iainhol From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 10, posted (13 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 867 times:
>>You started it by looking at one minor incident, and one sensationalised media report. Mx5_boy started this as a thread and you came along trying to turn it into something negative. <<
MX5 was going on how great AU did hosting the Olympics, and I do agree with him they did put on a fine show. But it was not perfect! I whatched very little of the Olympics and a big mistake like what was made changes the whole game!
>>Yes, we need to cheat to get a medal. We never thought we would be a chance in gymnastics in the first place. We were in gymastics competing in the spirit. <<
That is the way it comes accross. The 2 top athletes have a bad vault, and before your athlete came on it was fixed. Is that a cosidence?
>>And you are being so narrow-minded that you will not listen.<<
I do not feel I am being narrow minded at all. I threat on a nuclear facility seems like quite a big deal to me. I agree with you about the US media not even touching it but that is hardly the point!
>>And for your other comments on what countries I like and who I like, well you don't know me outside of this forum, so you really can't comment on that at all.<<
It seems strange that you are different in real life then you are in the forum. And the way you act in the forum I am delighted that I do not know you outside here!
Iainhol From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 11, posted (13 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 867 times:
A mate of mine worked for Ansett in AU. He is the one that told me about all of this. I was not talking about the Flight Crew but the cabin crew. It is my understanding that some fled the airplane and did not assist people of!
N863DA From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 48 posts, RR: 6 Reply 13, posted (13 years 2 months 2 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 852 times:
I'm sorry y'all, but I am going to remain as calm and colleted as possible as I point out a few things. (A Southerner with a temper - who knew?)
>>Again Surf, I think the American arrogance is showing through. Or is it? The collective organisations of the Unitited States couldn't get Atalanta together on time and without problems>? <<
While the last bit may be true, the first bit reminds me of the pot calling the kettle black.
>>The best city in the world has pulled it off. Hosting the best Olympic Games ever held. <<
While it may be true about the best olympics, Australians have little right to say such things, surely. They are just a tad partial. Likewise, I have no right to say that Atlanta was wonderful. (Largely because it wasn't.)
>>Australia is the greatest nation on earth today. We have shown the world exactly how good we are. We knew it. <<
Deja vu, non?
>>You never will get it as the USA is the greatest nation on the planet. Shame it's absolute bollocks. <<
And you think Australia's perfect? I am not decrying Australia but come on! Give and take here people.
>>The only bad thing that us Aussies like to forget is letting the old tart in Buckingham Palace to continue to be our head-of-state. <<
Can I just ask - is there one Australian here who doesn't (unjustly and overly) hate the British?
Surf From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 14, posted (13 years 2 months 2 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 847 times:
I gotta agree with N863DA, he's right on the money.
Geez, Mx, I was kidding around! Your pride in the 2000 games is enormous, and rightfully so, but you do tend to get a *little* carried away with it at times..."Settle down...settle down my boy, settle down". (That's from a Men at Work song, from their second album, "Cargo")
I'll pretend the comments about L.A. and cat shows wasn't said Besides, the only cat show that is going on right now is the one happening in front of a computer screen down in Sydney, Austalia MEEEEOWWWW
The Sydeny games were beautiful! They were! I loved them! I love the Olympic pins and Australia and Sydney waterglobes my brother Fedex'd me after having been to beautiful Syndney three times this summer! I know Sydney and Aussieland are fantastic and beautiful!!! [I know the guys are hot down there too ] Why do you think i've wanted to go there for so many years?!?!?!?!? The 2000 Olympics were fabulous!!! I agree!!!!! Congratulations!!! You deserve it!!!!
N863DA From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 48 posts, RR: 6 Reply 15, posted (13 years 2 months 2 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 838 times:
This is effectively the same post that I posted on another thread a few minutes ago... I would like to point out that the voice of subtelty has flown out of my head and I'm just going to speak my mind. I also agree with what Iainhol said.
The Sydney games were put on well. No one is denying this. What I am talking about are the double standards put up by certain southern-hemisphere residents.
You attack with all guns firing at V Jet when he merely states that, unlike you, does not share your disdain for our nation, (and the UK too) and immediately you think he ought to 'grow up'. You (mx5_boy) are probably the most intolerant person on the board if that's what you mean when you implied it! Australia is supposed to be a democracy - (you remember that, you can choose not to vote...) so conceed that other people have opinions too - differing opinions.
So let me get this straight. When Australians 'stand up and be a proud Australian.' that's patriotic. (But only left-wing anti-monarchist Australians are allowed to do that, right?) When we do it over here, it's paranoia and tyranny? Yes I'm patriotic and it must be said that this Southerner (as discusssed before) is certainly getting hot under the collar reading such un-reason. I find it amazing that you can hate an entire nation (two, infact) with such virility that you create such double-standards.
And while I think of it, do not moan about NBC not showing the 'Drag Queen' part of the parade on US television. Don't forget that in some states (particularly in the South & Southwest) it is illegal to be gay. And American's don't all want to see that either. So you watch your TV - we'll watch ours. And we'll keep out of each other's political hair shall we?
And BTW it may be considered 'cool' in Australia to hate the rest of the world, but in the rest of the world, the only people it's 'cool' to hate are the French. (and Northwest Airlines of course.) (JOKE!!)
Someone has to inject some humor into the latter half of this post........
Surf From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 16, posted (13 years 2 months 2 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 826 times:
Oh well N863DA I gotta disagree with you about the Drag thing there, I mean come on, NBC is the network of "Will and Grace" and "Friends". So I guess those two shows are not aired in the southern states? And screw this "oh Americans don't all want to see that either" crap, becuase any Americans who didn't want to see that could turn it off or look away from the screen!!! NBC were ASSHOLES for not showing that, and it just shows that Homophobia is still very much alive and well in the USA.
TWFirst From Vatican City, joined Apr 2000, 6346 posts, RR: 52 Reply 17, posted (13 years 2 months 2 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 824 times:
I agree with Surf on this one...
although I always cringe when drag queens are used to represent what it is to be gay. And although the drag queens were meant to represent a great Australian movie: Priscilla (which was more a movie about judging other people by their appearance and finding out whom you are inside than about being gay), I'm sure 99% of the straight world here in the U.S. would have just seen drag queens and thought: drag queens/gay pride/homos on parade/who knows what else, rather than understanding their significance.
N863DA From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 48 posts, RR: 6 Reply 18, posted (13 years 2 months 2 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 824 times:
Yes but don't forget that NBC has to appeal to the majority of the people watching. The majority of the people in this country would rather sweep such things under the carpet and pretend they don't exist.
If the majority of the viewers 'turned over' or off when the drag queens came on, then NBC would have a lot to answer for in the Ratings department and thus the Beancounting department up in Rockefeller Center.
If they had felt that they would be appealing to the majority of the audience, don't you think they would have shown it?
Lest we forget that Religion (uh-oh, another five bucks down) still plays a major part in this country - rightly or wrongly. (This is for another post altogether, but it has some relevance.) and that has a great bearing on people's attitudes here in the U S of A.
N863DA From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 48 posts, RR: 6 Reply 19, posted (13 years 2 months 2 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 822 times:
Sorry TWFirst I was typing the reply as you posted your response. Sorry 'bout that.
Regardless of what the film was about, the whole point is that people would have taken the drag queens at face value, as you point out. They would not have stopped to think of the significance of the film behind it. Joe Public isn't that deep. (in any nation.)
And for what it's worth, had they shown it, it wouldn't have worried me personally. I just think that you cant expect overnight miracles in this sleeping giant we call Home.
On a note about Australian film, Muriel's Wedding (later to become Mariel) was on my VCR rack, so I watched it. I thought it was great - about the sixth time I saw it and I never get tired of it! Aussies make good films. I am also sure that if I saw Priscilla (which I am told is quite a good film) then I would think that was a good film too. It has had quite good reviews. (even from my Redneck mother.)
N863DA From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 48 posts, RR: 6 Reply 20, posted (13 years 2 months 2 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 820 times:
And yes, Surf, reading your post again, Homophobia is still alive and well in this country. I'm not denying this.
Hell, if all states were like GA, where it's illegal to be Gay and in theory punishable by imprisonment, (With sodomy theoretically being able to incur the death penalty) then jails would be even more overcrowded than they already are.
But for all that, that one thing (in my opinion, - it obviously differs if you are openly gay or something) does not stop me from being immensely proud of this country, and immensely proud to live here. This is truly the greatest nation on earth. (The Aussies say it, why can't we???) NB: It's an Opinion! But for left-of-center or even liberals, I can imagine that this country has some 'issues' as far as they are concerned. - just like Australia has 'issues' if you are right-of-center.
VirginLover From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 958 posts, RR: 15 Reply 23, posted (13 years 2 months 2 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 800 times:
(I think I can say it in this post)
IAINHOL: SHUT UP!
Let them have their pride- they deserve it- it was a good olympics (though I couldn't tell thanks to NBC) It went peacefully- Australians have a right to be proud. We have a chance to show the same thing in 2 years.
Let me say: Congrats Australia!
PS To Iainhol: You don't like airlines with good safety records do you?