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2000 Olympics Best Ever!

Mon Oct 02, 2000 1:11 pm

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.
No Protests.
No Terrorism.

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:

Introducing Ryan:

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!

Ryan.

mb - (*still grinning*)
 
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RE: 2000 Olympics Best Ever!

Mon Oct 02, 2000 2:46 pm

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.
Iain
 
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RE: 2000 Olympics Best Ever!

Mon Oct 02, 2000 3:00 pm

*groan* oh god, I think I'm going to be sick...

I better go outside, there's just too much hot air in the room... :-P
 
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Iainhol

Mon Oct 02, 2000 3:03 pm

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.

Anyway, I am off to Atlanta. I need a wazz.
 
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RE: 2000 Olympics Best Ever!

Mon Oct 02, 2000 3:38 pm

Who are you calling a silly little boy??? :-P

Atlanta was a horribly organized games but just for the record "Olympic Park" in Atlanta was not the same thing as "Olympic Park" in Sydney.

What the hell is a wazz??? And where can I get one? 
 
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RE: 2000 Olympics Best Ever!

Mon Oct 02, 2000 3:43 pm

Surf

Calling Iaianhol a silly little boy.

Know about the difference between the two Olympic Parks......wasn't it Centennial Park....I can't remember.

A wazz is a piss.......when going to the toilet, we now say "I'm going to Atlanta"  

Also mate, email me will ya or look me up on ICQ if you have it #45397226

Cheers

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RE: 2000 Olympics Best Ever!

Mon Oct 02, 2000 4:24 pm

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!
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RE: 2000 Olympics Best Ever!

Mon Oct 02, 2000 4:58 pm

Ianhol,

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.

Surf,

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!!!)

 
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RE:Iainhol

Mon Oct 02, 2000 5:07 pm

"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.
 
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RE: 2000 Olympics Best Ever!

Mon Oct 02, 2000 5:14 pm

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.

Don't put this back on me buddy.

 
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RE: 2000 Olympics Best Ever!

Mon Oct 02, 2000 5:31 pm

>>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!

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V Jet.......

Mon Oct 02, 2000 5:34 pm

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!
Iain
 
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RE:Iainhol

Mon Oct 02, 2000 8:01 pm

This did not happen as there was no emergency evacuation.
 
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RE: 2000 Olympics Best Ever!

Mon Oct 02, 2000 8:32 pm

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.

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>>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.)

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>>Australia is the greatest nation on earth today. We have shown the world exactly how good we are. We knew it. <<

Deja vu, non?

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>>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.

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>>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?

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RE: 2000 Olympics Best Ever!

Mon Oct 02, 2000 10:01 pm

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!!!!  
 
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RE: 2000 Olympics Best Ever!

Tue Oct 03, 2000 12:17 am

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........

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RE: 2000 Olympics Best Ever!

Tue Oct 03, 2000 2:09 am

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.
 
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RE: 2000 Olympics Best Ever!

Tue Oct 03, 2000 2:19 am

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.
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RE: 2000 Olympics Best Ever!

Tue Oct 03, 2000 2:25 am

Surf:

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.

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RE: 2000 Olympics Best Ever!

Tue Oct 03, 2000 2:31 am

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.)

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RE: 2000 Olympics Best Ever!

Tue Oct 03, 2000 2:41 am

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.

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V Jet

Tue Oct 03, 2000 3:30 am

I might be confusing the 2 incidents with Qantas. But I do know that the recent one where the gear collapsed there was something about the cabin crew being suspended for not doing there duties.
Iain
 
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RE: 2000 Olympics Best Ever!

Tue Oct 03, 2000 4:54 am

So how do you explain Will & Grace?
 
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RE: 2000 Olympics Best Ever!

Tue Oct 03, 2000 5:25 am

(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?
 
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RE: 2000 Olympics Best Ever!

Tue Oct 03, 2000 5:32 am

Yes, congratulations to Australia! These were truly fantastic Olympics! Thanks to CBC and TSN (in Canada) for exceptional live coverage!
 
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RE: Virgin Lover

Tue Oct 03, 2000 5:45 am

You need to give it a break; you are always trying to start something with me!!

>>We have a chance to show the same thing in 2 years. <<
No you don't you have already ruined it!!!

The Aussies did do a good job at the Olympics, but when other countries say it was good that what they should take pride in, not follow aussie's!!

You statement about safe airlines and me is absolutely fascicle. You need to grow up!!
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RE: Iain/VirginLover

Tue Oct 03, 2000 5:51 am

Wake up Iain. She's flirting with you. Now that she's seen your picture, she's looking for opportunities to confront you.

   
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RE: 2000 Olympics Best Ever!

Tue Oct 03, 2000 6:12 am

LOL
 
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RE: 2000 Olympics Best Ever!

Tue Oct 03, 2000 7:36 am

Oh yeah- that's me alright I thought no one would find out my secret! 8-)

(I have enough "fans" on my webcam, thank you   )
 
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RE: 2000 Olympics Best Ever!

Tue Oct 03, 2000 10:11 am

I suppose Australia did just an ordinary job of the Olympics and I know you can all slap my bare ass for over exaggerating just how good it was.

Ianhol,

Sorry. Sorry for trying to point out to you that the threat to our absolutely gigantic nuclear facility was tiny, when the fact is that Australia is chock full of nuclear power plants. Sorry.

Surf,

I can't begin to start telling you how much I am crying after reading what I said about LA hosting a cat show. I know that LA is... well LA. Please feel free to spank me.

V-Jet,

Sorry for saying you were sucking Americans, oops I mean "sucking up" to Americans. Please forgive me otherwise I will be forced to self flaggelate with a cat-o-9 tails or a mace.

And everyone else I may have offended. Australians are not really that fantastic, just some jumped up drag queen ex-convicts.

mb
 
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RE: 2000 Olympics Best Ever!

Tue Oct 03, 2000 10:26 am

Mb...ahhhhh finally you get it   NOW BEND OVER
 
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RE: 2000 Olympics Best Ever!

Tue Oct 03, 2000 10:26 am

Australia the greatest nation in the world???
puhh-leeze......
The US can kick your butt in Sports (as evidenced by the medal count of the olympics). I am not bragging, I am stating facts.

The US can kick your butt with our military. (sorry, that applies to every country). I am not braggin, I am stating facts, name another country that can compare and I will step down from this statement.

Aussies are too arrogant, and you got all over us when a person said "God sent us to be the guiding light of the world", now you say you are the greatest in the world.
 
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RE: Congratulations Aussies

Tue Oct 03, 2000 10:52 am

I am going to ignore the previous post by DeltaRNOmd-80 and several others, and congratulate Australia for a fantastic Olympics.

Don't you people get the fact that you are just reinforcing the fact that Americans cannot take the slightest bit of criticism?

Australia put on a damn fine show, and all the citizens of Australia deserve credit for being great hosts (and the willingness to finance the big party!).

Me and my other half cannot wait to visit Australia and its wonderful people. (The exception being of course MX-5 Boy for his appalling comments about my native Los Angeles --- talk to us when your city has hosted 2 successful Olympic games!)   And besides, cat shows are underrated.

So, in closing, to all you Aussies: jolly good show! (was that too English?)

To everyone else: Get off your high horses and give credit where credit is due!

Aussie Aussie Aussie, oy oy oy! D
(The only bit of Aussie-speak I picked up on NBC...)
 
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RE: 2000 Olympics Best Ever!

Tue Oct 03, 2000 11:10 am

You took the insulting of LA personal, so why are you telling us to get off of our high horses? you are being hypocritical. Atlanta put on a fine olympic games, and damned Aussies insult it, they should give credit where it is due. 'Aussie Aussie Aussie oy oy oy', what a f&*(%&$ corny phrase.
 
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DeltaRNOmd-80

Tue Oct 03, 2000 11:14 am

Do you know the meaning of drongo? Look it up and I am sure they will have your picture next to it.

We don't brag, like you, that we are the absolute best at everything.

When you guys are world champions in cricket, rugby league, rugby union, netball, baseball, and other worldly sports, then come back and talk to us about sports.

Ummmm.....1 billion Chinese would kick your butts anyday, except you guys like to fight from afar, shitting yourselves if you ever have to meet face-to-face those you are fighting.
 
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RE: 2000 Olympics Best Ever!

Tue Oct 03, 2000 11:25 am

Delta,

Aussie Aussie Oi Oi Oi. I defer to your better judgement, inspired and mature outlook and your intelligence.

Sorry but Aussies must be stupid to think that we as a nation of 18 million could possibly put on a fantastic games.

I admit it, now can I have my spank or not?

mb
 
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RE: 2000 Olympics Best Ever!

Tue Oct 03, 2000 11:34 am

Mx5,

I told you to bend over....

DeltaRNO: The Atlanta games were CRAP, come on...read up and educate yourself on the topic...
 
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RE: 2000 Olympics Best Ever!

Tue Oct 03, 2000 11:37 am

I have a question: Why does basicly EVERY post in the Non-Aviation catogory ALWAYS end in an agument? Can we all just get along?? All nations are great in their own ways, no nation is better than another...All the Olympics are an accomplishment, no matter where they are.
 
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RE: 2000 Olympics Best Ever!

Tue Oct 03, 2000 11:38 am

I agree that Sydney did an outstanding job, and even though Mx-5 and Prissie_Lions have been major pr--cks for much of the past week, they are right in being very proud of what was accomplished. No, they weren't perfect (nothing ever is), and the too low vault wasn't detected until the third rotation (not a minor issue for the gymnasts affected), but the overall games were a tremendous success.

I am in no way comparing the Sydney games with recent games held in the U.S., because the Sydney games were their own unique and special entity, but I do want to collectively address the comments I've seen about the '84 LA and '96 Atlanta games. The LA games were a spectacular success. Despite the Eastern Bloc boycott, more countries participated than had participated in any games to that point. Blame the boycott on ex-Pres Jimmy Carter, whose misguided boycott of the '80 Moscow games only served to hurt the American athletes. The LA games were, however, a tremendous success. The Atlanta games were less so, chiefly because of the tragic bombing. There were numerous other problems, though, from a ridiculous procedure for obtaining advance tickets which extorted processing fees of $45 dollars from thousands of people who got no tickets (all "sold out"), to embarrassingly redneck opening ceremonies and overcommercialization. I'm from the south, but I was offended by the whole southern redneck tone of the games.

On the off chance that Athens loses the '04 games, LA would be an excellent back-up for the very same reasons it was so successful in '84. Everything that's needed is already there. Neo or Mirage (whichever nimrod said it's too soon for LA to be awarded another games) obviously doesn't realize that Innsbruck held the '76 winter games just 12 years after hosting the '64 games, after Denver backed out. Anything in a pinch, you could say, and if Athens crumbles, ready-made LA would be a prime candidate. I hope Athens pulls it off, though, and does a great job.

Congratulations to Sydney, however, for a spectacular job and for being the fantastic city it is. I've been to all seven continents, and if I were going to live outside the U.S., Sydney would be my first choice.
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RE: 2000 Olympics Best Ever!

Tue Oct 03, 2000 11:42 am

Surf,

If you do it to me real hard (spank) I promise never to dis you again - and to give you my ICQ.

mb
 
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RE: 2000 Olympics Best Ever!

Tue Oct 03, 2000 11:59 am

WHAP!!! WHAP!!! there....

are you on ICQ right now with Prissie Brissie? :-P
 
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RE: 2000 Olympics Best Ever!

Tue Oct 03, 2000 12:08 pm

I am on ICQ with Prissie. Get him to fwd my ICQ.

(my you have big hands....)

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TW First.......

Tue Oct 03, 2000 12:10 pm

Thanks for pointing this out. I will remember this in future.
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RE: Brissie Lions

Tue Oct 03, 2000 12:12 pm

I thought I was being pretty diplomatic in my post congratulating Australians.

But for you to say we like to "fight from afar" when my great uncle is limping around with a WW2 German machine gun bullet lodged in his knee is quite insulting to many American Military men and women.

Try saying that to the Vietnam vets. Or the Korean War vets. Or even some of the Gulf War vets.

I don't pretend to understand your issues, but quit being such a punk. You get mad at a couple of posters and insult an entire country. Give me a break.
 
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RE: 2000 Olympics Best Ever!

Tue Oct 03, 2000 12:25 pm

I had somehow missed Prissie's latest non-humorous slap at Americans. My mother's 19 year old brother didn't live to come back home from the Battle of the Bulge, and my parents knew many more of their peers who didn't make it back, either, or came home with permanent disabilities. I've personally taken care of many of them in clinic or in the hospital over the years.

Scotty, you've really gone too far. I don't know what's wrong with you, but you need to think seriously about all the increasingly vitriolic crap you've been spewing, and calm down. Even if you really think such garbage, you'd do better keeping it to yourself.
I'm not dumb. I just have a command of thoroughly useless information.
 
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RE: 2000 Olympics Best Ever!

Tue Oct 03, 2000 12:26 pm

normal Aussie behavior....nothing new

They have no history to be proud of, as we do, travelin man. Their country was produced of British criminals  

Why were the Atlanta Games crap?? care to share some facts, Surf? probably not. One bombing by some creep does not ruin the entire Games, the Olympic organizers had nothing to do with that, you should realize that. At least us Americans can measure distance. I am not saying the Sydney games were crap, but how can you say the Atlanta games were for a bombing which officials had no control over and then praise the Syndey games as the best ever, when the officials overlooked a 'slight' vault problem?

Prissie, keep your Australian mumblings to yourself, now go get a drink at the 'billabong' or whatever it is. Do you know the meaning of pompous? Look it up, the outline of Australia will be pictured next to it.
 
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RE: 2000 Olympics Best Ever!

Tue Oct 03, 2000 12:51 pm

Hey matie.

First, I will apologise for my comments on what I said above. I was a little hot under the collar as certain people are getting up my goat.

Yes, you Yanks are a great people, as are the Brits, as are the Kiwis, as are us Aussies.

I am the first to admit that Australia has it's faults, such as our past treatment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians. The theme of genuine reconciliation has been in the general public's mind now for a few years, and great strides have been made in this area.

As for my country having a history to be proud of. Yes, our country was founded on the basis of English criminals being sent down here. Ever thought that maybe what those convicts back in the 1700s needed was a new start? Look at our country now. Are we now a nation of 19 million convicts? Also people such as Ned Kelly are heroes in the geneal Australian pysche. Hell, even the best known Australian song, Waltzing Matilda, is about a sheep thief. Yet we sing this song united and with deep pride and emotion (this proven by the sound of 110,000 people at the closing ceremony).

It does seem that is all some people know of our countries history.

Have you ever heard of the Eureka Stockade? Gallipoli? the Snowy River Scheme? the Lighthorsemen to name but a few.

Australia is enriched in having a history we can generally be very proud of.

Anway, back to the topic. An American magazine, none other than Sports Illustrated, has suggested, in a somewhat humourous fashion, that Sydney should host the Olympics until the year 3000, because they are the best ever held.

Even people I know from far and wide, in Austria, Algeria, England, Eritrea, and on and on, have contacted me in the last few days and let me know that these games were the best that they have ever seen, and that Australia should hold it's head up high.

This is what I am doing and from now on will be ignoring any comments which are meant to get me to respond in a way which is unbecoming.

Peace V.

Scotty
 
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RE: 2000 Olympics Best Ever!

Tue Oct 03, 2000 3:18 pm

Scotty I do have to admit your olympics where very well managed! And I do like your country, I also do like Qantas well I prefer 25% of it then the other 75%. I like the 25% BA own best! Which includes the specails schemes, and the flight from MEL to LAX!
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DeltaRNOmd-80

Tue Oct 03, 2000 7:49 pm

I am throwing in a little extra here.

No, the Atlanta Organising Committee cannot be blamed for the bombing in Centennial Park (or whatever it is called), but it did overshadow the whole Games there.

What the Organising Committee was responsible for however, was transport. From what I have heard from people it was near on impossible in getting around the city.

There were also complaints from international athletes, and no doubt American athletes, over the conditions in the Athletes Village. This is yet another responsibility of the Organising Committee.

And need we mention the fact that the '96 Olympics was all about advertising. I wonder which beverage company is based in Atlanta, and threw millions upon millions of dollars into Atlanta securing the games.

Scotty
also known as Brissie, Prissie and Sissie (any other insults you can think up to make me laugh with delight are appreciated)
 
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RE: 2000 Olympics Best Ever!

Tue Oct 03, 2000 8:44 pm

DeltaRNO,

You don't deserve a response, particularly when you haven't agreed to spank me. But then again after viewing those delightful pictures of your fine self, I think I will self flagellate instead. You are the revolting side of American arrogance that deserves a free worldwide trip to discover and be educated that the buck does not stop where you live.

I have never suggested anyone not be proud of where they come from. Isn't it only when one decries being better than the other that the fur flies? And it seems, whether that has to do with the fact that Americans dominate this board, that the DeltaRNO types cried the loudest in response that Aussies thought they were better. It only goes to prove a point.

Thanks to everyone who made nice comments on our games, regardless of whether they appreciated my comments. VirginLover - you win the peace award from this thread. Cheers! You will always have a place to stay when you come to oz!

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