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  1. 3 points
    Please stop. And I don't just mean stop posting here. I mean stop consuming oxygen and leave this planet's valuable natural resources to other people who aren't complete dumbasses. Your "hey IOC, better call up Kazakhstan" shtick gets more asinine every time you suggest it. Not going to happen just because you think it should. As for Stockholm.. how many times have we said here they're done for? A lot. And yet somehow, some way, they're still alive. The possibility still remains that Sweden and Italy will both fall out of the running before the vote in June. At which point, the IOC calls up the USOC, not Kazakhstan, and asks them to put Salt Lake on the table. I do give you a little credit for not using this post to make another prediction about the next 7 Winter Olympics though.
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    Do we like cricket? However much 10cc love it, it can't compare to the adoration of the game in this city - WELCOME TO MUMBAI! We are in one of the finest cricket grounds on the planet - the Wankhede (yes) Stadium in India's largest city to announce our summer logo comp champion for 2019, and although the IOC President & Olympic champion in jousting, 1796, Thomas Bach, is once again in the building, it is surely much more appropriate to hand this important role to the most worshipped god in Mumbai: No, not him...I mean Sachin! Good evening Mumbai, & GamesBids. This has been a real Test match of a competition, but now all six balls have been bowled, it is over. We've faced a sticky wicket a few times - round 5 certainly provided a googly, but after using the Duckworth-Lewis Method, we have our closing partnership. We know already that the Don Bradman of the logo comps, Paul, has yet another century - he's got almost as many as me now - but this isn't a Test match, we can't have a draw. So, with both his two logos in the corridor of uncertainty, the time has come to see which logo has carried its bat, & which is in cow corner. The logo with the highest batting average is: Paul's Mumbai! Yoshi: Thank you Mr Tendulkar. You can return to the commentary box now to finish your cake. Yes, that settles it, we already knew the title belonged to @paul, but it's now settled that it's his Mumbai leaf that will be his 8th spot on the winners' sig. The final scorecard reads: A: 6 B: 3. A decisive victory, & relaxation for me after the winter tie & the round 5 mess So ends the 12th annual edition of the GB Olympic logo competition, with @JDCLauron & @paul giving a mix of old & new to the winners' enclosure. Once again, thank you to all participants & voters, without whom this couldn't have worked. Special thanks as ever are reserved for the world's finest wombat @Sir Rols, creator of polls, giver of advice, & solver of impasses once again I know again, it was quite low-key & long, but it still got a field & votes - & I think it actually went better than last year's. There's a reason this is held when it's held. As always with Olympic crises, you can blame the low general traffic on here on Tommy the swordsman. So, with congratulations to Paul & JDCLauron, time to wrap this thing up. If I/we do this again, it'll be at the same time next year, number 13 (yes Paul, Denver is pencilled in for if I'm back for #13....not gonna think of any others for months yet). In the meantime, we've got bats, balls, & leftover tequila for everyone, Sachin's ready to teach any uninitiated, & Mr President is volunteering to stand at the crease for anyone who wants bowling practice. Let's have a cricket party! FAREWELL/विदाई!
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    Well, while we're on the cricket theme.... Howzat @paul! Congratulations. I must say, I was gunning for your Mumbai from the start and glad it won. I was reconciled to seeing it go, though, in that penultimate round. It looked like it was gonna be the one to drop out, and I'd even begun the final poll on the assumption it would be your Mexico City versus JDC's Mumbai., Then, with just about five minutes to go, I get a frantic PM from Yoshi telling me it's all tied up with all three in a dead heat. LOL! That was unprecedented and one I'd never come up against before. It's those sort of things that make the comps fun and unpredictable. Anyway, really deserved win Paul... as always. You truly are the Don Bradman of the comps (you should google him up). As for the rest... While it was a bit sad some of the old contenders didn't front up this year, it was great to see a new contender, @JDCLauron, step up to the crease - and then score a win in his maiden over! Well done JDC! Thanks for joining and hope you see you back again for another tilt at the Ashes between you and Paul (or, indeed, any other contender). And thanks @Glacib for always being keen and joining in - I'll be gunning for you to win one yourself soon. And @Scotguy - I was so pleased to see you return for the comp, and I gotta say, I think your Mumbai was the best you've done so far. I sure was barracking for it to advance as far as it could make it. And finally, a big thanks to the irrepressible @yoshi! It's really only through his sheer optimism and determination to keep the tradition going that the comp still survives - and not only survives, continues successfully every year. I gotta admit, he's proved me wrong - I've tended to be pessimistic about the chances for the comp when he has come to me asking for my opinion on whether to go for it or not. Thanks for persisting and having faith, mate. And well done. And so, the next is the 13th eh? Hmmmmm. Gotta admit, I'd have a few ideas for that one. You might wanna watch over your shoulder I don't make a comeback for it! Just kidding Yoshi, It's all yours if you wanna stay at it, though I'll certainly be there to feed you a few suggestions.
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    I promised you we'd be back in Mexico...have a drink! WELCOME/BIENVENIDO! As well as a rather strong beverage, Tequila is also a town in the state of Jalisco - & that's where we are for our final! Before we make the biggest decision, we must (finally) take a look at round 4 to see who's drowning their sorrows: A: 4 B: 5 C: 6. It took us a while, but we finally got there, a proper result - & after extra time, I'm afraid it's @JDCLauron's Mumbai that must leave the scene. Good luck next time, & I'm sure the winter title is good consolation Which all means that, once again, GamesBids' king of logos @paul is guaranteed an astonishing 8th title, with both his entries contesting the finale. This is GamesBids though, so there must be one winner. So this is it, the big one, a place on that signature on the line - as before, the final has slightly altered rules: This voting round will be open for (approximately) 48 hours - it will close at 9pm UK time on Monday, 21 January. This is the final round, with only two candidates. Whichever logo has more votes will be declared winner. Vote in the poll for your favourite logo. You have ONE vote, so make it count. Your vote is public and can be seen by all. Entrants MAY vote for their own logo if they wish. For transparency, I will not vote unless required to break a tie. Votes are valid if cast by members of GamesBids as of January 1 2019 with a bona fide posting record. I will rule on the validity of any suspicious or disputed votes, or who constitutes a bona fide voting member. I will not vote in this, or any subsequent rounds. However, if votes are level, I will reserve my right to vote in order to settle it. Be fair and sportsmanlike, this is meant to be fun and the entrants all deserve RESPECT So who will it be? Who will leave Mexico in high spirits as numero uno? The decision, of course, is all yours. We will reconvene in...well that's also your call - but it'll certainly be on Sunday. Good luck to Paul, &...Paul, & may the best logo win! GOOD LUCK!
  5. 2 points
    Ladies and gentlemen, please be upstanding for the national anthem of the Republic of Kazakhstan! Mesdames et Messieurs, veuillez vous tenir debout pour l'hymne national de la République du Kazakhstan! Ханымдар мен мырзалар! Қазақстан Республикасының мемлекеттік әнұраны үшін тілегіңіз!   What the...I told you we shouldn't have let the Kuwaitis do the protocol. Anyway, we're here, we made it, WELCOME TO ALMATY!  We are in the very scenic (& cold) setting of the Medeo/Medeu stadium for our announcement ceremony, graced by the IOC president & gold medallist in something, sometime, Thomas Bach, & the President of Kazakhstan...actually no, he's stormed off in anthem protest. That's a problem, who will announce the winner now? It's not like we planned for any other famed Kaz... JAGSHEMASH ALMATY!!!  Good welcome, & most sincere friendshipful helloings to all of you. My name is Borat Sagdiyev, & it is pleasuring me greatly to be here presenting the winner of great competitive logo-do - Cultural Awares of GamesBids Members For Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan! Myself, I feel this should settling in traditional Kazakh way, by (NEIN, ve already talked about zis - Bach). Being from strange other place, you had multiple rounds of pole-dancing instead (Poll VOTING - Bach). Well, whatever. However you people selectioned them, it is with much delight that I make announce of it - the human that has done the winning is:  JDCLauron-yev! Yoshi: Thank you Mr Sagdiyev, I think. I wouldn't recommend the mankini in this weather So there it is, a first entry & a first win for @JDCLauron - debuts don’t come better than that. Congrats too to Paul, as strong an entrant as always, yet again showing why his name is on that sig more than anyone else. The score was: A: 5 B: 5. You’ll see A winning 6-5 on the thread but one voter, lexxiv, was deemed to not have the required posting record. Thus, I had the casting vote, & I chose A simply because I liked its font best, there’s no wrong choice when both would be strong real-world symbols And with that, part 1 is done! Thank you to everyone who's got involved, without whom this wouldn't be possible - I know this has been quite low-key, but then that goes for the whole board right now. Look, Bach's in the house, blame him. Hopefully this has been a good Christmas/New Year distraction, Particular thanks of course to the designers for putting their ideas up for the GB dissection - the audience may be smaller, but it's still demanding - & of course to @Sir Rols for doing the poll-starting, Borat-pic-making, sounding-boarding etc that makes the comp possible. And of course, congrats once again to @JDCLauron.  And that's it from Almaty! We may just be back here in actual 2030, but between now & then, we have a Summer Olympic comp to decide! Between Mumbai & Mexico, we will gather tomorrow on neutral ground to determine our shortlist for that one. Until then...oh hold on, what've you found Thomas?  FAREWELL/Қоштасу! 
  6. 2 points
    LOL! Sorry to push you to have to make the tiebreak decision, Yoshi. I always dreaded having to do that when i was in your shoes. It’s always tough trying to stay above the fray. Congratulations JDC, well done. I always thought your Almaty would come through, which was why I indulged my votes to try to get others I deemed “worthy” through the earlier rounds. Paul, as always, you’re the one everyone has to measure themselves against. I don’t think you’ve ever entered a logo that wasn’t winner-worthy. You keep the comps a true contest of talent.
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    You could always do the Bach gambit, and award the next two comps at once!
  10. 1 point
    It's not as if winter sports are more popular than football in Germany, Switzerland or the Netherlands, though. Whether winter sports or summer sports are more popular in Canada and Norway is debatable, but if you call it a tie there then there's probably no county in the world where winter sports are more popular than summer sports. Sweden is excellent at cross country skiing (2nd overall on the Olympic medal table), curling (2nd overall), and ice hockey (3rd overall for men and tied for 1st for women.) They are also quite good at biathlon (6th overall), figure skating (7th overall), alpine skiing (8th overall), and speed skating (9th overall.) Winter sports are more than popular enough to make Sweden a good Olympic host if only Europeans were not turning against the IOC. And it's worth noting that even in 1912 Sweden hosted a cost effective games totally different from what happened thereafter between the world wars. They also seemingly have no interest in hosting the UEFA European championship even though they have a large enough economy to afford them. Sweden is not a country that goes in for profligate vanity projects even under ideal circumstances.
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    In some cultures though, the peacock feather is a symbol of death. Anyway, am going to India to see for myself next month! It's Bollywood or Bust for me!!
  12. 1 point
    Agreed, that would definitely be the best format for a new vote. But given the Leave camps' aversion to democratic norms both during and since the referendum they should think themselves lucky if they get a second referendum with their preferred* 'No Deal' option on it. My real preference would be to revoke article 50, point out the lies and illegality, the lack of a single coherent plan, the various contradictory promises made, and tell them to come up with something workable or shut up. That's what they deserve, but unfortunately, I think the country needs to do this democratically so we don't get any whingers saying their unicorn Brexit was denied them. * everyone in the various Leave camps said in 2016 we'd get a deal, insisted there was no risk of leaving without one, many said it'd be "easy". But lets leave aside that bit of sophistry for now. Again, I'm being generous.
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    The numbers make it as clear as it could be. Theresa May hasn't just been beaten tonight. She, and her deal, have been annihilated. The idea of having talks across parties in the light of this vote is all very well, but it is too little, too late. Mrs May should have been reaching out to other parties from the moment she lost her Parliamentary majority, at the very least. The fact that she hasn't, and even now is trying to save her deal, is part of the reason why we are now in the mess that we are. So what happens now? Assuming that tomorrow's motion of no confidence is defeated, as I expect it to be, it may be that a majority can be found for some alternative form of Brexit, though it is difficult to see exactly what that might be at the moment. I have felt for some time that the only way to resolve this is put the issue back to the people in another referendum. After all, we were asked to begin this process so there is no logic to the argument that we should not be asked to finish it. However, I do not believe that such a poll could be carried out with just a single question. To me, voters should be asked to approve or reject whatever form of Brexit comes forward from Parliament. If it is approved, then the issue is settled. If it is not, then we have to have the choice of our current membership or leaving with no deal. I don't think there is any guarantee that Remain would win such a poll, but it appears to me to be the best way to settle things right now.
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    Yeah, sounds sexy and the Arena is a more compact one than the Colosseum in Rome; but I fear the IOC leans towards Sweden since Sweden has NOT hosted a full Olympics, much less a winter one, since 1912. Plus, the last Scandinavian WOGs were in 1994.
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    Norway can host on their own. Latvia cooperating with Sweden (or some other country) is the only way their country will ever get to host the Olympics. And the Latvians are trying to build ties to Sweden to diminish the influence of Russia in their country. I suppose it also might be easier to move heavy equipment between Riga and Stockholm with cargo freighters and the Baltic ferries.
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    I was surprised JDC’s Mexico City didn’t make it! I really thought it was going to go further.
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    Ah, you misunderestimated us I know it’s nothing like as vibrant as some previous editions, I know that, but then neither is the board. Heck, it’s bid book day today & you wouldn’t even know it - go back even 3-4 years & the whole forum would’ve been buzzing. But we’ve got a reasonable field, some voters & lots of worthy designs, so in this climate it’s a success PS - don’t forget to vote.
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    Please welcome Katie Melua, with an appropriate welcome to one of the strangest cities on Earth... WELCOME/Қош келдіңіздер! Again, not Kazakh, but with roots in Georgia, she's nearer than Elton John And this is the closest city to crazy - Kazakhstan's planned, modern & just-a-little-bit mad capital, Astana!  We are inside the FIFA World Cup Bayterek Tower, landmark of Astana, for the decisive Round 3. Here's what happened at Baikonur in Round 2: A: 5 B: 1 C: 1 D: 5 That means that, once again, we have a draw at the bottom. B & C are a distance behind A & D, so as with Round 1, I have taken the decision (on advice from comp doyen Rols) to eliminate both of these low scorers, rather than taking a difficult tiebreak call & dragging the comp out when the eventual final is clear. This means we say goodbye to @Glacib's Almaty & @JDCLauron's Zurich. While JDCLauron has a finalist, Glacib is sadly out of this part of the comp. Better luck in the summer half. We now proceed to Round 3, which is now THE FINAL! So who will it be? Which logo will grace the winners' roll forever? This is where you decide: This voting round will be open for around 48 hours - it will close at 10pm UK time, Monday January 7. This is the final round, where a majority is certain. Whichever logo has more votes will be declared winner. Vote in the poll for your favourite logo. You have ONE vote, so make it count. Your vote is public and can be seen by all. Entrants MAY vote for their own logo if they wish. For transparency, I will not vote unless required to break a tie. Votes are valid if cast by members of GamesBids as of January 1 2019 with a bona fide posting record. I will rule on the validity of any suspicious or disputed votes, or who constitutes a bona fide voting member. I will not vote in this round. However, if votes are level & a tie-breaker vote is needed, I will reserve my right to vote in order to break it. Be fair and sportsmanlike, this is meant to be fun and the entrants all deserve RESPECT That's all from me, time to vote in the most democratic decision this city has seen. We shall gather again on Monday night in Almaty itself to crown our champion. Thank you & good luck to both finalists, & may the best logo win! GOOD LUCK/Іске сәт!
  20. 1 point
    Commonwealth Games Canada has already stated its intention for bidding only for 2030.
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    Spain will bid to the host World Cup in 2030 Luis Rubiales, Pedro Sánchez and Gianni Infantino spoke about the matter on Wednesday It's been too long since Spain hosted a World Cup on its shores -- in concrete, since 1982, when tournament mascot Naranjito was one of the stars of the tournament. 12/09/2018 Upd. on 13/09/2018 at 09:28 CEST Jesús Malagón (@86malagon) IN SPORT.ES España presentará su candidatura para el Mundial 2030 The idea of hosting football's showpiece for a second time came up again on Wednesday in a meeting at Moncloa between RFEF president Luis Rubiales, FIFA chied Gianni Infantino and the president of Spain Pedro Sanchez. Spain's main objective is to organise the World Cup in 2030. However, there are various alternatives in which that could happen: either as a stand-alone candidate or as joint hosts with Portugal and Morocco. The second option is the one which Rubiales feels gives the country the best chance of winning the vote. The meeting was Infantino's second official visit to Spain in less than two months, after taking part in the RFEF's General Assembly, when Rubiales made his debut as the organisation's president. Thirty-six years ago, on our shores, Italy won th 1982 World Cup, beating Germany 3-1 in the final at the Santiago Bernabeu. In 2020, Bilbao will be one of the cities which hosts a European Championships which will be spread across the continent. The upcoming World Cups will be in Qatar in 2020 and in the USA, Canada and Mexico in 2026. https://www.sport-english.com/en/news/futbol-internacional/spain-will-bid-to-the-host-world-cup-in-2030-7030800
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    the host will be decided in 2022, so in 4 years from now situation may be different. After all world cup isnt Olympics and spain has already a lot of big stadiums for that event. Some of them may need renovation, thats all. And consider that argentina that want 2030 competition has far more problems in economy than Spain
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    Here's a few pics I pulled from Twitter. You can finally see the roof.
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    Brasilia is located in the middle of the hyper dry Cerrado ecosystem (Brazilian equivalent to the savanna). Barely any large trees and very open horizons.
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    Oh yay! What a relief that is! IDK how the boards survived without your informative & intuitive posts there for a while!