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  2. Hey guys. A big thanks for all the very astute and entertaining comments! Cheers, Anthony
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  3. Hey Gamesbidders, I will fly to Rio tomorrow for my second Olympic Games in person. After London 2012 I decided very fast, that I want to go to the next Games also. Of course I am aware that the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro will be completely different, but that is exactly what I want to experience = different Olympic Games! I hadn't been to South America before so I will encounter "Um Mundo Novo" - I am very excited about it, but a little bit anxious also due I don't speak Portuguese or Spanish - so I will have to "survive" in a country where I can't speak the national language..
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  4. What a vile, unpleasant place this forum has become. Have some of you heard yourselves? You do realise that most of what some of you are displaying here amounts to not much more than bullying, abuse and intimidation? You come here for fun? Grow the hell up!!! It is quite obvious that many of you are enjoying the current situation with Tony. Tony could try the patience of a saint - granted - but I think after a while you have to just ignore those that you conflict with. I came here originally to learn and share thoughts with likeminded people on a common interest. I am sure many of you did the
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  5. Who is daveypodmore? Born in a small town in Staffordshire in the seventies to the people that would turn out to be his parents. Daveypodmore hit the ground running. Crayons were his medium of choice and after decorating his living room for his mum, he moved onto a larger work in the hall stairs and landing. A piece he called 'Alien Attack' but his mum called "What the f**k!' and "Take them bleeding crayons off him before I kill him'. This initial bad reaction from the critics only motivated him do do bigger and better works. The most important of these 'Happy' can still be seen at his grandp
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  6. My entries: Tokyo 2020 - The Portal My Tokyo entry is based on the medieval Japanese portals and archtecture and in the traditional Japanese paitings. The shape with curves brings the sense of motion to the human figure celebrating victory. The rising sun is also present, the most recognizable Japanese icon. Anchorage 2022 - The Borealis Star A very recognizable symbol of Alaska, the Mount McKinley, is the main piece of this logo. The Aurora Borealis made of flags give the shape of the famous landscape, also reaching to the top, where the Northern Star with gold colors represents th
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  7. Can you two please give it a rest with all this back and forth? If you want to make your predictions about the next 50 years of the Olympics, go right ahead, but enough with this constant bickering over who will or won't host in the future and when. No one cares who you do or don't support. Most of us don't need to hear your specious reasoning over when a certain city or region's "time" will be. Reading your posts is like watching 2 drunks in a bad bar fight. And don't say I should just ignore you. You're be doing everyone a favor if you just ignored each other for a change.
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  8. So, we have only about 32 hours of these Games of the XXX Olympiad left. I guess we can rate these Games now. First of all, I want to mention the audience - it seemed to be very sportsmanlike, very enthusiastic, very fond of sports. I will never forget how the audience even cheered for Germany's equestrian team when it won the gold medal in eventing, although that meant that their home team had lost gold. I think that they deserve an award for that, just like it has been awarded to the equally fair spectators at the Stuttgart 1993 World Championships and the Munich 2002 European Championships
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  9. Please God NOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!! THE BASTARDS DON'T FREAKIN DESERVE AN OLYMPICS! No Olympic tradition, no regard for women, bugger all population, an attitude that deep pockets will buy them anything they want. Nouveauriche peasants - who'll go back to being peasants once the black gold runs out.
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  10. Hey everyone, It has been a while since I have posted here. No, I am not late to the party, at all. As a matter of fact, since I live in Rio, I was part of it the whole time, but life makes some surprising twists, which means sometimes I wasn´t able to do it properly. Four years ago I wrote this post, right after London Games. Then, I´ve tried to sum up all my expectation and fears about the Games and, on the last paragraph, I wrote: "Hopefully, in 4 years, I can come here and write that Rio made a great Olympic Games, just like London did last night, and finally have o
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  11. Ok. I'm having issues to express how I feel. I actually live 15 metres from the Bataclan, where 82 people died. Thankfully, I was at some friends' when it happened. But when I came home this morning, the place hadn't been cleaned yet. On the floor there were shoes, coats, plastic gloves, napkins, all covered in blood. I will never forget. I would like you guys to wait a little before jumping to conclusions. But let me be clear: what happned yesterday has NOTHING to do with the refugee crises. Nothing. Don't forget that what happened in January was done by 3 French guys, born and raised in Fra
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  12. 'Earned' might be better, in as much as earned the chance. Honest to God, if someone brings up the Black September attack or the Nazis one more time as a reason why Munich is a bad choice, I may have to hurt someone. In the first place, neither event has any bearing on Munich and it's ability to host currently. In the second place, if both were such millstones, why has Munich gotten 25 votes in the last ballot and moreover, continued hosting events since then. And in the third place, Munich nor Germany needs to constantly be reminded of their past. If anything, this is an opportunity to embr
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  13. Who cares if performers are world famous or not? As long as they work for the show, in the moment, that's what matters most. These ceremonies are about cities showing the world the face THEY want to show it. If it's someone you don't know, maybe look them up. I remember having this exact conversation with you about the brilliant Dame Evelyn Glennie in the 2012 Opening Ceremony thread. Maybe I'm odd, but I'd rather have someone more obscure but interesting. Especially if the alternative if wheeling out Susan Boyle. #susanalbumparty
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  14. Coming from a generation of young Germans who are both immigrants and well-removed from the atrocity that we denote as "Auschwitz" today, what matters the most to me (as a German, European and citizen of the world, really) are the conclusions we draw from the terror perpetrated, carried out and supported by German citizens (and by collaborators across Europe) in generations past. Auschwitz was only the most horrific in a terrifying system of extermination and concentration camps built by Hitler's genocidal regime. The mass murder perpetrated by Nazi cronies was a singular crime, in that it cre
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  15. Thanks to Nakamoto Kyu for that toe-yapping version of Sukiyaki. And thanks to palette for suggesting it. And thank you Palette and Soyoshi, for hosting our deliberations. Ladies and Gentlemen, Mesdames and Monsieurs, Herr Bach, Welcome back to Yoshi's Island. We've reached back here quicker than I expected. Luckily our graphics guys were ready. And luckily for the people of Nagoya and Tokyo, we've saved countless deaths by satisfying Godzilla by choosing a winning logo in the nick of time and enticing the big lizard to settle down with Soyoshi and family. We had a super quick resolution to
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  16. It's 1 thing to support your country. It's another to be a belligerent asshole about it on a multi-national Internet site. You know your over-the-top support of England is an annoyance to many people here, yet you still don't seem to give a crap. Apparently you have still not learned the lesson that not every on the Internet is kind and nice and if you're going to act like a douchebag, people will respond in kind. Speaking of England, your Queen has a message for you.. I'm sure you're going to tell me how this is mean and rude and really offensive and how dare I invoke your Queen in a r
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  17. And another... This is my submission for Santiago 2022. It's a ski run through a mountain valley, shaped like an "S." I picked the colors from the city flag. I'm churning these out because I'm holed up at a hotel with nothing to do while I wait out a typhoon. This comp has been a welcome way to spend my time and keep my mind on better things. Thanks! And there will probably be more to come.
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  18. Sorry Rols, but we all know that England desreve to host all the Olympic Games form 2024 onwards
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  19. England is the family home, where football was born, grew up from a boy into a young man, and became what he was. The rules were created in the family home, discipline instilled, fair play always important. The decor is old-fashioned, stuck in the 60s, and clearly won't win any prizes, but it's homely and reassuring. The family comes over for a roast every weekend knowing in their hearts nobody else does it quite like Mum. Brazil is the home it moved into once it got married, had kids, and wanted to make its mark on the world. A beautiful house in a sunny location, kids always kicking a ball
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  20. Cyberbullying is a crime in some countries, and is not tolerated on these forums. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cyberbullying Recently, one member escalated their cyberbullying tactics against a member beyond these forums by posting a petition on a major site. That member has violated the terms of service of both this site, the petition site - and I filed a report on the petition site. Depending on jurisdictional issues, that could lead to a criminal investigation. That member has been permanently banned from GamesBids.com forums. If you do not agree with the opinions or posting style
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  21. I still think you guys are expecting too much too soon. Again from the Sydney experience, at this time before the games (three months) there was no decorations up - the banners and look around the city only started going up about a fortnight before the games. As for anticipation and excitement - that really only started kicking in when the torch arrived in Oz (which basically started making it all "real" finally). Expecting that London would have all its banners, signs and look up at this stage is unrealistic - and wrong. As for the Jubilee - well, Olympics come and go every four years (or tw
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  22. Omg guys, u need to sotp! It's boring how you're jugding the hole cerimony just by pictures. LETS RIO SHINE without yours negative comments. I'm loving everything, it's so colorful, so alive. They are working so hard to give their best. Lets wait until august 5 to jugde
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  23. From now on, every time I feel sad I'll put on the uniform and hold the torch again.
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  24. My sympathies might be for the Brazilian left, but it is getting a bit too much Caue. And a bit disappointed your pic postings rained a bit on Victor's big moment in the spotlight on the forum.
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  25. So, the Olympic Flame made a tour around the city last sunday (May 29) and I was one of the 110 people chosen to be a torchbearer. The nomination was confirmed earlier this month. I was selected by the committee because mostly because of my work as a teacher at a community cram school, a student debate society founded by myself and and an archery workshop I brought to a state school last year. This is nothing compared to many great people I met at our gathering point and their truly inspiring stories. The sunday was rainy here in Maceió, but the crowds were big near the starting point of the
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  26. Very wise of you. For a start, if you examine the plans carefully, it become apparent that the running tracks in both designs have inside lanes 400 metres long !
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  27. So it is my entry for the winter games, the summer games logo will be revealed soon. The logo based on snowflake (of course..), the symbol of Stockholm and victory's pose of people. The three golden people in the top of the logo represent the crown in the Stockholm's symbol, the other people are in the color of the Olympic's rings in kind of blue version of them to represent the winter feeling and make them more connected to the other colors in the logo. The slogan "Unique Together" come from the unique of snowflakes and it says that every one is unique and special, and together we are also
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  28. https://tokyo2020.jp/en/emblem/
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  29. I have been offered a position as Assistant Venue Press Operations Manager with TO2015 for the Games!
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  30. HAHAHAHAHA. Coming from the guy who is still butthurt about the 2018 World Cup result.
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  31. I was trying sooo hard to like this, I really did want to, but I really can't say I enjoyed this opening ceremony much at all. I just got the feeling that it was more telethon, more concert, more EMA awards ceremony...... more eurovision interval act - than the opening ceremony of a Commonwealth Games. That's not to say that it wasn't a well produced show, it was, and I wouldn't have expected anything less with the man at the top. The stadium looked a picture both in light and once the sun went down. The lighting design was fantastic, it looked so serene with the blue shades at the end.
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  32. Jesus Christ. I can't handle this anymore.
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  33. Tony, before you go to all events you are planning, think about visiting Disney World before... Just in case...
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  34. Nice to see a closing ceremony which does not degenerate in a soulless pop music "let's party now" concert.
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  35. Thanks for the wonderful contribution.
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  36. I have to say I'm surprised by the intensity of some posters' disregard for Oslo. I really don't see it as "been there, done that." What I see is that the IOC has taken two big gambles with the Winter Games in a row: Sochi and PC. The Winter Games are already the tougher sell and squarely in the shadow of their Summer counterparts. We hope both Sochi and PC go well, but I suspect that the passion and enthusiasm for the Games may flag a bit in their wake. It's a great time for a fail-safe host that can guarantee enormous enthusiasm and educated crowds. Of course, Munich would've been the firs
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  37. Well I understand the city well so off course I am. At least I am not going to be stupid enough to keep posting in every thread or to keep commenting after getting attacked for the pure stupidity of posts. I'll preach my opinion about you: You are an uneducated dumb as* that needs to stop posting here. Not sure who is who but here are my opinions of the five: a) I like, but the bottom stand type thing seems off too me. Solid logo, the font though could be changed. c) The graphics are good but it doesn't scream Bangkok to me. d) I think this is the one to beat. e) More colour would h
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  38. It's incredible. All these years are suddenly over. It started for me in 2001 when my home region started to plan its bid with Duesseldorf for these 2012 Games - and it was a great spirit of "Yes, we could do it", although that was unrealistic regarding IOC standards for host city sizes. Duesseldorf lost in the national race, then Leipzig was our candidate and we actually knew it stood no chance. Then I became a big Paris supporter and was a bit miffed at first when London won on July 6, 2005. One day later, all that was changed by my anger about the terrorist attacks and my solidarity for all
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  39. Hello from a jet-lagged CAF... I arrived in Rio yesterday after a smooth flight - it was 3:20 a.m. and the airport was empty: no queues anywhere in sight. The luggage pick up was quick - the drive from the airport to Ipanema worked very well. My apartment is great - I even would say that it is luxury! The owner let me in around 6 a.m. and welcomed me really enthusiastic - a living room with a sofa, table, TV set and a wonderful view into a tree, which stands right in front of the house - a kitchen very good equipped, a bed room with a air-condition and double windows (whic
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  40. Thanks. I'm actually really proud myself. To get this far without politicking, "applying" the art on other media, or having to defend my work while putting down others, I consider myself a winner. :-) I let the work speak for itself and it got farther than I expected.
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  41. See Tony, this is an example of what pisses everybody off about you. It's just so rich and hypocritical from Young Master "I don't care what you think, it's my opinion and I'm allowed to say it again (and again and again). Now stop arguing and let's move on back on topic". You're basically claiming the last word and keeping the thread off topic, and then demanding no-one answer you back Such a waste of one of your "precious" limited posts. It's posts like this that are destroying this site by driving respected members away and making others less keen to contribute when you turn just about ev
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  42. ^ At least GCL made a step forward and asked for advice what/how to change. You only ever take the lazy route of telling us we just have to accept your OCD and you don't show interest in actively tackling it.
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  43. This is less about Lima, more about Gold Coast Lion's incessant fantasies that are completely out of touch with reality or ignoring basic facts like, uhm, South America is still preparing for its first Olympics, after 120 years of modern Games. They won't get another one just 12 years later. For the session itself, I don't know who else is really bidding, but also here, in 2016 it will be in Rio - maybe the IOC would also not want to return immediately to South America? It's good to see Lima putting itself on the map, but GCL's 2028 projections are meant to be ridiculed.
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  44. In my opinion Pyro was an asshole to Tony and deserved to be banned. I'd be lying if I never considered a petition to ban Tony, but I've never followed thorugh because I know that it's straight up cyber bullying, exclusion and it's not fair to the poor guy. That being said, criminal investigation is a joke. I mean come on, seriously? Tony isn't going to go kill himself over what Pyro did. As for Tony, I don't appreciate that his actions have gone unpunished. He's nationalistic and ignorant to others opinions if they don't involve praising England. And he also brings up his personal life wa
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  45. Staying in Khosta. Beautiful town between Sochi and Olympic Park. My reservation on cruise ship got taken (travel company says the OC took back cabins; many suspect travel company overbooked.) hotel is nice enough, but they speak no English and there is no easy way to get to the station. Travel company claimed there would be a shuttle. There is no shuttle. Rumor has it the driver is in jail. Sounds worse than it is, once I got the logistics figured out its pretty easy. This kind of stuff is par for the course with Olympic travel. Not complaining, just trying to give you guys a bit of flavor.
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