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  1. Congratulations Australia..... the right decision. Too many people have had to sacrifice many things during this pandemic. Those who refuse to get vaccinated should not be allowed to hold those who are ransom and today's result is a win for us who want to do our part to get things back to a more pre 2020 state of affairs.
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  2. One of the best things about the Six Nations rugby is the national anthems at home games, and IMHO there is something very special about Flower of Scotland at Murrayfield, when the music cuts out: They even sometimes have a guest appearance from our explosive friend the one o'clock gun, but sadly it's not filmed there. Anyway, welcome to the only place we could possibly start - EDINBURGH CASTLE! As it's January, there's not even much of a rugby match going on among the tourists . Anyway, we are here in the nation's capital, the heart of Scottish pageantry and tradition, to begin our 14th logo comp voting. Much to everyone's surprise, especially mine, we have a remarkable 8 entries - despite how it looked at New Year with I think 4. You love toying with me, don't you. As we have so many, and to reduce the load on Anthony and Rols, this round will be a cut round, to reduce the field before the exhaustive stage. Read on: This voting round will be open for (approximately) 72 hours - it will close at 10pm UK time, Wednesday January 19. Voting will now be conducted in rounds until one entry has an absolute majority and is declared the winner. IMPORTANT - As I say, this is a cut round - so the FOUR logos that receive the fewest votes will be eliminated. The four remaining will go to the exhaustive ballot. All logos that get 0 votes will be eliminated, even if there are more than four. 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 NOT vote for their own logo. 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 2022 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 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 is all - time to finally get voting. Unless one logo here gets a majority - unlikely in a field of 8 but you never know - we will move across Scotland a little bit for Round 2 on Wednesday. Until then, thank you to all, good luck to all, and may the best logo win!
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  3. What nonsense. Smash and grab by Brisbane 2032? What cereal box of conspiracy theories did you pull that one from? Sorry mate, no offence, but you couldn’t be further from the truth if you tried, seriously. Brisbane was the first Host in Olympic History to be voted in as a Host City under the radically New Norm host selection process. Brisbane’s bid preparations and due diligence was 7 years in the making and began in 2015 with the South East Queensland Mayors doing a feasibility study and mass people movement study of SEQ ahead of a bid for the 2024 Olympics When Paris and Los Angeles entered the bid race and the 2024/2028 double awarding evolved, Brisbane switched it’s interest to 2032. So in 2018 when, as part of Agenda 2020, the IOC announced to the world and turned the whole bidding process on it’s head with the biggest and most radical changes in Host City selection procedures in the history of the Olympic Movement called The New Norm - it’s a game changer - IOC - 6 Feb2018. << click to read about the new bidding process. Brisbane simply pivoted and shot out of the blocks very quickly leaving their 2032 rivals in the dust in this brand new process when a host can be elevated to preferred bidder in the Targeted Dialogue phase at any time. Apart a from 6 month pause on their bid in 2020 due to Covid, Brisbane sprinted all the way to elevation as sole preferred bidding ciry again leaving their rivals in the dust, to the Final Host Vote by all IOC Members. Brisbane had several rivals for 2032 who were simply not ready because they were not ready and were basically asleep while Brisbane was sprinting. This was the first time for this new selection process and one was much quicker than the others. Brisbane’s 2032 rivals (or interested parties) which left in their dust for the 2032 Games were: Ahmedabad, India Doha, Qatar Jakarta, Indonesia Madrid, Spain Rhine-Rhur, Germany Several others publicly expressed interest in the 2032 Gamea but did nothing about it. The Bidding process for Sydney 2000 and Brisbane 2032 are two very very different bidding proceses and cannot be compared. There is no set timeline, as much as you want to beleive there is. When the IOC has dicussions with ineterested parties, called Continuous Dialogue, a preferred candidate can be elevated as preferred bidder at any time and put up for election with the Executive Board’s approval. In Brisbane’s case, this happened 11 years before the Games. For the 2030 Winter Games Host, a suitable applicant may emerge any time in the next few weeks, months or years. Although most are expecting some time in the next 6-12 months Finally, as a neighbour of New Zealand’s there’s nothing more I would like to see than you guys have a chance to host an Olympic Games so best wishes and hope that you do ….. but read the rules first. I think that NZ would be very capable of hosting an Olympic Games.. Agreed. and Brisbane were awarded so early because they were so ready so early.
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  4. Yeah, Jacinda Marx-Engels singlehandedly turned NZ into a sports hating hell. Seriously, you completely ignore the real reasons why Brisbane got 2032, and any NZ Olympics is wishful thinking as long as the size or the IOC calendar requirements stay as they are. The IOC will always find at least one - probably really totalitarian - country that would step in before they resort to Auckland.
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  5. That‘s two unpleasant descriptions of the Tsar in one sentence.
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  6. Who you calling Marvin Gaye? We don't look all alike ya know, white boy!! BTW, the other black boy on the left was, as of February 1984, the original star who was going to Close the party in 1984. But the Aliens took him and Ritchie was drafted.
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  7. I think it only seems that way because they were awarded so early.
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  8. Having said that, ESPN and the NFL have confirmed the Super Bowl will remain in Los Angeles.
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  9. Glasgow is closed (I know I'm not normally very strict but as you'll have seen we're dealing with three people in three continents now in terms of organising the voting rounds - I'm sure you'll understand that that means deadlines need to be stuck to more tightly than when it was only me and Rols) but I'm pleased to tell you that Istanbul - your country's big GB moment - is open, and will remain fully open for submission until the Glasgow voting is over, plus like a day for notice. Great to see you back
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  10. I’ve cleared some spots in my inbox - should be able to receive now
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  11. As of this week add Malaga to the list.
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  12. Baba Wanga predicted a deadly virus from Siberia and an alien attack for 2022. So we probably will not have to worry on a 2024 Olympics, anyway.
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  13. PRESIDENTIAL ANNOUNCEMENT Please welcome His Presidency the President of the Presidential IOC Presidency, and Olympic champion in something, MR THOMAS BARK...I mean BACH! "Meine Damen und Herren, wilkommen to our celebrating of ze New Jahr. I noticing zat ve have ein field of logos, vich I am delighted to see. I vill take great happy in passing these designs to meine boss...Ich mean friend President Putin for ze evaluating und vill report back mit ze THWAK. "Make way for the real president, ya possum" G'day. I'm in charge now, so listen. There are some logos here, which is good - Tom was expecting none. However. I watched last year's comp, and the thriving ones of the glory days when my mates the wombat and the yellow...thing were in charge - and compared to those, this feels like one of those Olympic bid races I used to allow. So here's what I'll do. Everyone knows how malleable the NYE deadline in these is - but if there's one thing I know, it's that there's nothing like a good, hard deadline to sort people out. Except being told they're guaranteed to win, but they won't let me do that again. So, here we go: The new deadline, which WILL NOT move, is 1pm London time on Saturday 15/1/22. The voting stuff, assuming the IOC still remembers how to organise that kinda thing, will start after. Aiming to finish for Xi's big do. Till then, I'm gonna offer my services to the Pommie cricket team, they need something & I think I'm a better batter than half of that rabble. Laters! ...bye Tom.
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