Sponsor Message:
Non Aviation Forum
My Starred Topics | Profile | New Topic | Forum Index | Help | Search 
Twin Town's - Why?  
User currently offlineLeezyjet From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 4042 posts, RR: 53
Posted (8 years 2 months 1 week 2 hours ago) and read 2084 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 ?.

 Smile


"She Rolls, 45 knots, 90, 135, nose comes up to 20 degrees, she's airborne - She flies, Concorde Flies"
39 replies: All unread, showing first 25:
 
User currently offlineSmithAir747 From Canada, joined Jan 2004, 1640 posts, RR: 28
Reply 1, posted (8 years 2 months 1 week 2 hours ago) and read 2082 times:

My hometown, Fort Wayne, IN, is twinned with "sister city" Takaoka, Japan.

Why?

I've always wondered about what connection there is between a small Hoosier city of 300,000 and a Japanese city.

SmithAir747



I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made... (Psalm 139:14)
User currently offline7474ever From Israel, joined Oct 2006, 370 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (8 years 2 months 1 week 2 hours ago) and read 2082 times:

Education I guess... To get know different people and cultures.

User currently offlineGLAGAZ From UK - Scotland, joined Feb 2004, 1983 posts, RR: 11
Reply 3, posted (8 years 2 months 1 week 2 hours ago) and read 2076 times:

According to wikipedia...

Quote:
Glasgow has been twinned with various cities around the world including:[25]

* Cuba Havana, Cuba
* Italy Rome, Italy
* Italy Turin, Italy
* Germany Nuremberg, Germany
* Russia Rostov-on-Don, Russia
* France Marseille, France[26]
* People's Republic of China - Dalian, People's Republic of China
* Pakistan - Lahore, Pakistan[27]
* Palestinian National Authority - Bethlehem, Palestinian Territories
* United States - Washington, DC, United States

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glasgow

Gaz



Neutrality means that u don't really care cos the struggle goes on even when ur not there, blind and unaware
User currently offlineThePRGuy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (8 years 2 months 1 week 2 hours ago) and read 2076 times:

Maidenhead is twinned with
Bad Godesberg in Germany
Frascati in France/Switzerland I cnanot remember what
and another one from either France/Switzerland
Who knows why!


User currently offlineJGPH1A From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (8 years 2 months 1 week 2 hours ago) and read 2076 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.

Quoting 7474ever (Reply 2):
Education I guess...

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.


User currently offlineVC10 From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 1412 posts, RR: 16
Reply 6, posted (8 years 2 months 1 week 2 hours ago) and read 2063 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.

littlevc10


User currently offlineMhodgson From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2002, 5047 posts, RR: 25
Reply 7, posted (8 years 2 months 1 week 2 hours ago) and read 2050 times:

Morecambe is twinned with

Aalborg, Denmark
Rendsburg, Germany
Vaxjo, Sweden
Perpignan, France
Lublin, Poland

Nearby Lancaster is also twinned with
Viana Do Castelo, Portugal
Almere, Netherlands

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.



No trees were harmed by this message. However, several million electrons were terribly inconvenienced
User currently offlineBMIE70 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2006, 109 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (8 years 2 months 1 week 1 hour ago) and read 2042 times:

Quoting Leezyjet (Thread starter):
Now what is the purpose of a "twin town"

To allow local counsellors to have somewhere to go on all expenses paid holidays/jollies.  Wink


User currently offlinePlymSpotter From Spain, joined Jun 2004, 11701 posts, RR: 60
Reply 9, posted (8 years 2 months 1 week 1 hour ago) and read 2032 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.

Dan Smile



...love is just a camouflage for what resembles rage again...
User currently offlineMhodgson From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2002, 5047 posts, RR: 25
Reply 10, posted (8 years 2 months 1 week 1 hour ago) and read 2028 times:

I'm curious as to why Lancaster isn't twinned with another - considering the USA has stolen the name about 14 times for towns/cities alone, plus several other counties of the same name!


No trees were harmed by this message. However, several million electrons were terribly inconvenienced
User currently offlineBoeing744 From Canada, joined Jun 2005, 1844 posts, RR: 23
Reply 11, posted (8 years 2 months 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 1989 times:

Quote:

Victoria has established a Twin City (sometimes called Sister City) relationship with Napier, New Zealand; Suzhou, China; Morioka, Japan; and Khabarovsk, Russia


User currently offlineME AVN FAN From Switzerland, joined May 2002, 13920 posts, RR: 25
Reply 12, posted (8 years 2 months 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 1981 times:

Quoting ThePRGuy (Reply 4):
Frascati in France/Switzerland

Frascati is a town south of Rome (Italy)
-


User currently offlineME AVN FAN From Switzerland, joined May 2002, 13920 posts, RR: 25
Reply 13, posted (8 years 2 months 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 1981 times:

Zurich is twinned with Kunming (since 1982, quite some co-operation going on) and since about two years with San Francisco .

User currently offlineTexan From New Zealand, joined Dec 2003, 4287 posts, RR: 52
Reply 14, posted (8 years 2 months 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 1973 times:

Dallas, Texas' sister cities:
Brno (Czech Republic)
Dijon (France)
Monterrey (Mexico)
Riga (Latvia)
Kirkuk (Iraq)
Saratov (Russia)
Taipei (Taiwan)

We also have a "friendship city" relationship with Sendai, Japan.

Texan



"I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library."
User currently offlineAtrude777 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 5702 posts, RR: 52
Reply 15, posted (8 years 2 months 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 1963 times:

We have a sister school in Japan, our high school and university.

Not sure if we sister cities but we have a connection with them.

speaking for Carbondale, Illinois.

Alex



Good things come to those who wait, better things come to those who go AFTER it!
User currently offlineDTManiac From Germany, joined Aug 2004, 689 posts, RR: 15
Reply 16, posted (8 years 2 months 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 1954 times:

My town Castrop-Rauxel has the following sister cities:

Vincennes, France
Wakefield, England
Delft, The Netherlands
Nowa Ruda, Poland
Kuopio, Finland
Zehdenick, dark.....eh sorry, I meant Eastern Germany  Wink

As far as I know there are often groups of young people of those cities visiting the other cities for a summer. I met people from Finland in my town as well several times. Lots of fun mostly.



Gig 'em Aggies!!!
User currently offlineME AVN FAN From Switzerland, joined May 2002, 13920 posts, RR: 25
Reply 17, posted (8 years 2 months 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 1952 times:

Quoting DTManiac (Reply 16):
Eastern Germany

is THAT "country" still existing ? I thought that the GDR was split into 6 "Bundeslaender" ?  confused   wave 


User currently offlinePanHAM From Germany, joined May 2005, 9739 posts, RR: 31
Reply 18, posted (8 years 2 months 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 1927 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.



Es saugt und blaest der Heinzelmann wo Mutti sonst nur blasen kann. Frueher war mehr Lametta.
User currently offlineME AVN FAN From Switzerland, joined May 2002, 13920 posts, RR: 25
Reply 19, posted (8 years 2 months 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 1921 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 !


User currently offlineFrancoBlanco From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (8 years 2 months 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 1886 times:

Innsbruck is twinned with New Orleans, amongst others. Many students from Louisiana attend summer school in Austria every year.

So, a nice shout out to everyone from the Mississippi Delta! And to all other partner cities, of course!

Freiburg, Germany
Grenoble, France
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Aalborg, Denmark
Tiflis, Georgia
Omachi City, Japan
New Orleans, United States
Cracow, Poland

Sebastian


User currently offlineCornish From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2005, 8187 posts, RR: 54
Reply 21, posted (8 years 2 months 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 1875 times:

Quoting PanHAM (Reply 18):
. I cannot imagine that the UK officials get their trips funded by public money.

I can.



Just when I thought I could see light at the end of the tunnel, it was some B*****d with a torch bringing me more work
User currently offlinePanHAM From Germany, joined May 2005, 9739 posts, RR: 31
Reply 22, posted (8 years 2 months 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 1860 times:

Quoting Cornish (Reply 21):
can

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.



Es saugt und blaest der Heinzelmann wo Mutti sonst nur blasen kann. Frueher war mehr Lametta.
User currently offlineCarmenlu15 From Guatemala, joined Dec 2004, 4763 posts, RR: 30
Reply 23, posted (8 years 2 months 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 1849 times:

Seems plenty of cities in my country are twinned with other cities around the world... here's two of them:

Antigua Guatemala is twinned with Zapopan and Uruapan, Michoacan, both in Mexico; Coral Gables, FL; and I could swear it's twinned with Cuzco, Peru as well, but can't find anything at the moment.

Guatemala City is twinned with Taipei, Taiwan (!)

- Carmen



Don't expect to see me around that much (if at all) -- the contact link should still work, though.
User currently offlineN1120A From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 26795 posts, RR: 75
Reply 24, posted (8 years 2 months 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 1840 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
Athens, Greece
Auckland, New Zealand
Beirut, Lebanon
Berlin, Germany
Bordeaux, France
Busan, South Korea
Eilat, Israel
Giza, Egypt
Guangzhou, People's Republic of China
Jakarta, Indonesia
Kaunas, Lithuania
Lusaka, Zambia
Makati City, Philippines
Mexico City, Mexico
Melbourne, Australia
Moscow, Russia
Mumbai, India
Nagoya, Japan
St. Petersburg, Russia
Salvador, Brazil
Split, Croatia
Taipei, Taiwan
Tehran, Iran
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Yerevan, Armenia

My current home of New Orleans has 10 Sister/twin cities:

Juan-les-Pins, France
Maracaibo, Venezuela
Matsue, Japan
Mérida, Mexico
Innsbruck, Austria
Pointe Noire, Republic of the Congo
San Miguel de Tucuman, Argentina
Tegucigalpa, Honduras
Caracas, Venezuela
Holdfast Bay, Australia



Mangeons les French fries, mais surtout pratiquons avec fierte le French kiss
25 FrancoBlanco : Let's see how far we can get around the world! I'll start: Innsbruck New Orleans Caracas ... Sebastian
26 IFEMaster : It's so elected council members can get free 'town twinning' trips to other countries at the taxpayer's expense. Nothing more, nothing less.
27 Falcon84 : Cleveland, Ohio, has the following "Sister Cities": Alexandria, Egypt Bangalore, India Brasov, Romania Bratislava, Slovak Republic Cleveland County, E
28 Post contains images Sabena332 : Bochum's twin towns: Sheffield (England), since 1950 Oviedo (Spain), since 1980 Donezk (Ukraina), since 1987 Nordhausen (German Democratic Republic ),
29 Post contains images JGPH1A : Woohoo - we're twins !
30 Post contains images N1120A : Fortunately I am the... one
31 Post contains images JGPH1A : That's it - I'm breaking off the psychic link ! You're on your own now. Bastard.
32 LH648 : Almaty's, Kazakhstan twin cities: Istanbul, Turkey Rennes, France Tucson, Arizona, USA Not bad : )
33 Post contains images N1120A : Should I now issue a fatwa on British ex-pats in Juan-le-Pins?
34 Ha763 : Honolulu also has 26 sister cities: - Baguio, Philippines - Baku, Azerbaijan - Bruyeres, France - Caracas, Venezuela - Cebu City, Philippines - Funcha
35 Bongodog1964 : n I have heard one member of a twinning committee say "It won't cost the council anything as we have a EU grant" And who are the mugs who pay for the
36 PanHAM : What is "IT"? It is a fact that the EU supports twinnings and besides the fact that all Members of the European Parliament have funds to invite some
37 Post contains images JGPH1A : Hah ! Only I may issue fatwahs. Just be careful I don't unleash my vengeful wrath against your new home city - look what happened LAST time ! Be warn
38 Post contains images Skidmarks : Damn!! You had to start the old Queen off didn't you? Apparently some places in the Isle of Man are linked to twin towns/cities. Frightening I know,
39 Post contains images Jkw777 : Southampton is twinned with: Le Havre, France (since 1973) Rems-Murr-Kreis, Germany (since 1991) Southampton is also a sister city of: Hampton, Virgin
Top Of Page
Forum Index

This topic is archived and can not be replied to any more.

Printer friendly format

Similar topics:More similar topics...
Why The Twin Towers Must Be Rebuilt posted Thu Aug 8 2002 01:45:16 by Leopold
Tell Me Again Why No Twin Towers? posted Mon Apr 15 2002 16:28:30 by Matt D
Town Makes It Illegall To Display Foreign Flags posted Tue Nov 21 2006 16:19:04 by Alberchico
Why Curbs Are Crossed At An Angle posted Fri Nov 17 2006 15:18:41 by KaiGywer
Why Is Underage Drinking Tolerated? posted Wed Nov 15 2006 02:50:47 by Cadet57
Why The Double Standards? posted Mon Nov 13 2006 22:09:27 by Tu204
Why Is It Unfashionable To Be A "Liberal"? posted Sat Nov 11 2006 05:13:59 by Singapore_Air
Boston Is A Cool Town posted Fri Nov 10 2006 15:52:21 by LHMARK
Why Is Bill O'Reilly Sour? posted Thu Nov 9 2006 23:22:28 by CometII
Why Are Some A.net Members Too Good For A.net Chat posted Thu Nov 9 2006 16:22:47 by NWOrientDC10