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Alexjc last won the day on June 28 2018

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  1. Another aspect is that the Commonwealth is most likely to shrink after QEII passes on. Charles is not really popular and William is still at least 20 years away. As has been noted, the West Indies will all be republics soon and African nations were only ever in the Commonwealth because of the Queen and the prestige she brings.
  2. Well I suppose with Melbourne/Victoria Region hosting the no body wants them 2026 Games... Clearly Adelaide, Perth or a 'regional NSW outer Sydney could be hosting 2034?
  3. The CGF would have left the games in Birmingham for '26 had've Victoria passed. As for Auckland, far too late for that city to throw up a hurried bid, even with regional centres, Hamilton, Tauranga and Whangarei able to help out. The Commonwealth itself, we are stepping into uncharted territory as QEII only has a handful of years left of life. This was her favourite thing and she the reason why it hangs on. We have seen the visit of the Cambridges to the West Indies ended up being a PR disaster with an Empire like air to the tour pretty much pushing those respective islands towards republics. Hosting the games at the moment is a big money risk with little gain.
  4. There is reporting on Fijian news sites saying New Zealand is getting ready to bid for the 2030 Centennial Commonwealth Games. No process is underway for Auckland and or New Zealand to bid for the 2030 edition...at the moment. Also NZ Herald was simply polling a feel for Auckland to host with potential mayoral candidates. Elections later this year. The Press, Christchurch's daily also has been running a poll for a future city and regional bid. not really front of mind at the moment...at least while the future new covered stadium is still trying to get built.
  5. Interesting concept is a "nationwide" bid for smaller or medium sized countries. A few years ago the then IOC president Jac Rogge suggested countries like Malaysia, New Zealand etc could find this better in spreading costs out.
  6. Haven't caught it yet but staff at work have gone down...Thank goodness for triple jabs... But...a new variant of Omicron is on it's way...XA.
  7. Indeed that's a suitable punishment for Russia, but also include Belarus. However there is something worrying at the moment...Pretty much half the developing world "abstained" from UN voting against Russia's removal from the Human Rights Commission this week. Not the clear united front we all thought it would be. Russia has development monies tied up everywhere and half of it leads back to the giant in the east, China. This could have ramifications on anything the IOC will do...(Although Russian athletes are banned anyway because of doping.)
  8. I don't think Russia (and Belarus) will be allowed back to the Olympics for the rest of the decade... China...I dunno?
  9. Malaga came close but ran out of time. Same for Cork...well not really. Jeddah...F*** Off! (Apparently Dubai and Abu Dhabi weren't considered due to the wind being all wrong) Barcelona! I could see the logic in that amazing beautiful city in hosting AC2024. I have very fond memories of that amazing 1992 Olympic games and were my favourite until London 2012 usurped it. After the initial whinging and crying from so called "serious" monied Auckland "land yachtie" types saying the NZ Govt should have done more...I believe an absolutely brilliant opportunity for Trade NZ and Tourism NZ to build a temporary pavilion near by would be a coup to cash in on Europeans wanting to check it out. NZ has been trying to get a Trade deal with the EU, more so since Brexit. Spain is currently building a large fleet of modern locomotives for Kiwirail along with more EMU's for the expanding Auckland commuter rail network. I see the positives in this!...and a holiday coming!
  10. Jeez Scotguy... Wellington, what a fun place to be right now. No surprizes you got symptoms. Like you I'm triple jabbed and at work we have strict protocols, segregation of shifts, temp checks, log ins etc... Lots of scares with staff standing down...RAT packs being issued to us. Shoulder hurt after jabs but the booster jab hurt the most as the pain went right down my left side. Get well soon...At least you have got it now so will have more immunity as the borders are swung open in the next month.
  11. With the world being a totally f***ed up place for now, I'll give the games the benefit of a "no score" pass. (I gave Tokyo2020 a Pass score since they did their best to put on something that will leave a "what if it was different legacy"). China really didn't try to convince anyone this time... Anyhow for New Zealand, Golds, finally and a silver in there. Probably had a chance for a couple more but as I rant on...NZ winter sports really don't get a look in for funding and less so at the moment with the kind of Govt we have, at least until late 2023. A great effort from the two kids of local families. Definitely A+ to both of them and a respectable B+ to the rest of the team. Just got to find a way to making the NZ team bigger for 2026.
  12. Once again only made the 6pm news and some mentions on the all day sports radio shows. The Black Caps demolishing the Proteas in the cricket test getting more coverage. The country is just too distracted by when the restrictions will and and the huge protest on parliament grounds that's now in for the long haul. Lets just hope the two golds can spark a little more inspiration for alpine sports here in NZ.
  13. Nico Porteous scored New Zealand's...or should I say, Wanaka's... last medal at these otherwise forgettable games... Gold in the half Pipe final. Final total Gold 2...Zoi Sadowski-Synnott, Nico Porteous. Silver 1...Zoi Sadowski-Synnott. Winter sports just not a thing in NZ...More just for fun. Kind of sad really as we once could boast a speed skating team and anything going down a frozen flume. Our downhill skiers just couldn't cut it in the unusual Beijing snow conditions. Oh well...roll on 2026...
  14. I'm still a PM but I have seldom been on since 2018...and only show up around a games event. The Forums participation looked like it peaked around 2010 - 2014...And then the powers that be did that epic accounts reset. There is still a place for the forum and probably more so as people start to turn away from certain Social Media platforms and re-engage in the old longform way. As for "pop-ups"...That's what pays for the site now. i have paid membership for for over a decade...Never got a reminder or notice. I'm wondering if GB should adopt a Patreon system?...
  15. Agree, a new era and decade... However I don't see a mass culling of events. I know there has been a lot of pushback with Track Cycling due to it's cost, elitism, and insistence of being an indoor spruce track event. This is why Durban tried to be rid of it. But the only nations that seemingly want to host already have those facilities. I'd like to see them go down to say...12 sports?... Have some sports on an eight year rotation? A classic example is Netball, a non Olympic event and not really played outside of the commonwealth. England wins 2018 CWGs. NZ bundled out without even medalling comes back in 2019 to win the World Cup...So who are the true champions? Glasgow showed the way forward in '14. (and to a lesser extent Victoria '94 in the ten sports era). Gold Coast 2018 proved the games can go back to a more inclusive event although still came in around the same as Glasgow. Melbourne/Victoria could also prove the concept of regionalisation that helps lower costs. The last "really mattered" CWGs was Brisbane 1982, as the Olympics went through the boycott era. The largest "realistic" CWGs was Manchester 2002. Kuala Lumpa '98, and Melbourne '06 were far too big and this had a detrimental effect on New Delhi '10 which assumed it needed to compete in size and grandeur...Now considered one of the worst games.
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