Leezyjet From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 4043 posts, RR: 53 Posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 2185 times:
I have often noticed on my travels around the UK that many places often have a sign with the name of the town/village and then say they are "twinned with" another town or village somewhere overseas.
Today I noticed that Denham, Buckinghamshire is twinned with Shark Bay in Australia of all places !!!. I'm sure that there are no sharks in Denham, Buckinghamshire so I wondered why they would be twinned.
Now what is the purpose of a "twin town" and in what way are they twinned and who decided what towns will be twinned ?.
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GLAGAZ From UK - Scotland, joined Feb 2004, 1983 posts, RR: 10
Reply 3, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 2177 times:
According to wikipedia...
Quote: Glasgow has been twinned with various cities around the world including:
* Cuba Havana, Cuba
* Italy Rome, Italy
* Italy Turin, Italy
* Germany Nuremberg, Germany
* Russia Rostov-on-Don, Russia
* France Marseille, France
* People's Republic of China - Dalian, People's Republic of China
* Pakistan - Lahore, Pakistan
* Palestinian National Authority - Bethlehem, Palestinian Territories
* United States - Washington, DC, United States
JGPH1A From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 2177 times:
Quoting Leezyjet (Thread starter): Today I noticed that Denham, Buckinghamshire is twinned with Shark Bay in Australia of all places !!!. I'm sure that there are no sharks in Denham, Buckinghamshire so I wondered why they would be twinned.
Denham is the name of the main town in the Shark Bay area of Western Australia - that would probably explain it.
VC10 From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 1422 posts, RR: 15
Reply 6, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 2164 times:
I believe it all started after the second world war when there was an idea that wars only started because people of different nations did not know enough about each other and if they did then there would be no more wars.
So towns in different countries twinned so they would understand each other better.
Seems strange in todays culture, but in the 20 years after WW2 travel was much much more limited, and I can remember that I was 23 before I went abroad, prior to that the longest sea trip I had done was to the Isle of Wight,
so peoples 1st hand knowledge of other nationalitys was very limited.
Mhodgson From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2002, 5047 posts, RR: 24
Reply 7, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 2151 times:
Morecambe is twinned with
Nearby Lancaster is also twinned with
Viana Do Castelo, Portugal
as well as Lublin, as with Morecambe.
Not sure what practical purpose they serve, but the 8 cities/towns (Lancaster and Morecambe combine) hold an annual 'Youth Games', with several sports being played. The towns take turns at hosting. Several schools also do exchanges annually, again with no practical purpose, though no doubt a number of local students in the area have benefitted from the exchanges and games.
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PlymSpotter From Spain, joined Jun 2004, 11938 posts, RR: 59
Reply 9, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 2133 times:
Plymouth where I live is linked with quite a few places;
- Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA (Pilgrim Fathers and foundation/ colonisation of the US)
- Brest, Brittany, France
- Gdynia, Poland (Gave name to main road called "Gdynia Way")
- Novorossiysk, Russia (Gave name to a road and local area of the city)
- San Sebastian, Spain
Perhaps surprisingly Plymouth in Massachusetts was the last city that the UK Plymouth was twinned with, the first being Brest, followed by Gdynia. I think we were twinned with Novorossiysk as a sign of UK - Soviet friendship at what was the end of the cold war.
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PanHAM From Germany, joined May 2005, 10158 posts, RR: 32
Reply 18, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 2028 times:
Quoting JGPH1A (Reply 5):
Nope. It's to allow local government officials to organize freebee "factfinding" exchanges with their twin towns, in other words an excuse to take holidays at taxpayers expense.
I was a local councillor for 16 years and I paid all my trips to the twin towns in the UK or in France out of my pocket. Same for the Mayor or all the others who take part in the exchange. I cannot imagine that the UK officials get their trips funded by public money. Furthermore, they spend their own monies
to fund the twinning associations who organise and administer the twinnings.
The reason for the twinning is that people in various parts of the World get to know and understand each other. Over the years, many personal friendships have developed between citizens of the twinned cities.
Quoting ME AVN FAN (Reply 17):
is THAT "country" still existing ? I thought that the GDR was split into 6 "Bundeslaender"
There are only 5 and that is why we call it "Newfiveland" sometimes. Germany was re united and the Federal Constitution (which was the Constitution for the whole of Germany since 1949) became effective also on that part of Germany. Berlin - which you may refer to as "No. 6" had a special status as part of the Federal Republic with limited sovereignty.
ME AVN FAN From Algeria, joined May 2002, 13937 posts, RR: 24
Reply 19, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 2022 times:
Quoting PanHAM (Reply 18): Berlin - which you may refer to as "No. 6" had a special status as part of the Federal Republic with limited sovereignty.
well, it actually is "re-united" Berlin which I counted as nr 6 . And Berlin in the Fischer Weltalmanach is listed just as one Bundesland, while I did NOT see West-Berlin as a "Bundesland" in the strict sense of the word. But OK, FIVE "real/new" Bunderlaender !
my personal experience is different. I have voted on 16 budgets and there was not a single penny for personal travel of city officials, we have assisted sports groups of young people but only with a fraction of the actual costs.
From what my counterparts have been saying, the situation is similar in the UK. From Australia I know that they get travel to twinned cities subsidized.
N1120A From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 27529 posts, RR: 74
Reply 24, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 4 days ago) and read 1941 times:
I have this goal of going to all 26 of Los Angeles' sister/twin cities but sadly have only made it to 3 (Tehran, Montreal and Berlin).
My home town of Los Angeles is twinned with:
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Auckland, New Zealand
Busan, South Korea
Guangzhou, People's Republic of China
Makati City, Philippines
Mexico City, Mexico
St. Petersburg, Russia
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
My current home of New Orleans has 10 Sister/twin cities:
Pointe Noire, Republic of the Congo
San Miguel de Tucuman, Argentina
Holdfast Bay, Australia
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: Let's see how far we can get around the world! I'll start: Innsbruck New Orleans Caracas ... Sebastian
: It's so elected council members can get free 'town twinning' trips to other countries at the taxpayer's expense. Nothing more, nothing less.
: Cleveland, Ohio, has the following "Sister Cities": Alexandria, Egypt Bangalore, India Brasov, Romania Bratislava, Slovak Republic Cleveland County, E
: Bochum's twin towns: Sheffield (England), since 1950 Oviedo (Spain), since 1980 Donezk (Ukraina), since 1987 Nordhausen (German Democratic Republic ),