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  1. China has always stated that Tibet is part of China, part of the loose formed former empire. Would the World be happy if Tibet was to be created a Hong Kong and Macau like semi autonomous state? Probibly, even if it means not allowing the Dalai Lama to return? Maybe.
  2. China seemed to have pushed the right to host an olympics since 1990, even post the Tianamen Square massacre. How they have slipped unter the radar is through it's capitalist style economy way of dealing with the outside world. Threatening no "free trade" deals with those who speak out. - Hence the reason why the likes of NZ refuse to murmer above a low mumble. Their huge "organised" human resorces and industrial might has ensured China has a loud voice on the international stage as the second superpower. India has only grabbed the initiative in the last thirty years and is well on the way to equalling China, but it won't be for another 30 or so years yet.
  3. Thanx for the updates by our China GB residents, it must be hard for you all. Take care.
  4. Woooo this is a good question. New Zealand athletes were told NOT to attend by the then dictator like Prime Minister Robert Muldoon. Who was leaned on by the almighty US of A (just watch War on Democarcy as an example). In those days, the Government held tight sway over everybody as 90% of all jobs were government controlled. The threat was made that athletes would not be allowed to take holidays and employers were forced to come down hard on any that tried to. The only athletes that participated were the rowing fours that had been stationed in Moscow before NZ joined the boycott. They could only attend under the NZOCG federation flag and if they were to win gold, the Olympic Anthem was to be played. Pretty darn stupid if you tell me...all to "keep the good guys happy".
  5. It is the strangest site to get on...It take ages to join so I sympythies with you CAF, I think it really isn't all that well run, but I like looking at skysrapers and what's new and up comming, like NZ's first REAL skyscraper, Elliot Tower. I have tried to join the forum but keep getting turned back. Still managed to read some of those "comments" though!
  6. I don't really care for the "Other" sites (I'm a member of SSC and focus only on buildings), just what goes on here at GBf, I couldn't have cared less who won the 2014 CWGs as I said both cities were not my choices. To be honest, JJ dragged alot of nasty people over from those sites, gorgu being a prime example. Unless we constantly react to his er, essays, JJ just might quiet down.
  7. And considering the amount of attention he has been given...sometimes you've got to think, are we any better? Personally I haven't been wound up by JJ, I have read most of his comments and replys and taken them for what they are - mostly tongue and cheek! However to some, his comments can be read as offensive...But the right of reply that everyone here has used pretty much consists of gasoline instead of water...
  8. Halifax BLEW IT! they won't get another chance this side of 2030! Meanwhile; to Thespecialone - Keep your nose in the door every now and then, I think you'll need to jump in and defend Glasgow now and then on the long road to 2014, don't be a stranger!
  9. I believe Premium Members are the only ones who can control the moderation options, and post "official" polls...It's our right as paid up members... I'm only dreading the day "J" gathers up enough Nigerian Currency pebbels to pay for an annual subscription!
  10. Well that's me well and truly told off!! I will restart it now. BUT what miffed me was how out of control the topic gets when a certain somebody really winds up. This was NOT suppose to be a pro v anti Gay topic... It was suppose to be a basic poll. sadly when that "somebody" gets a hold of a topic, it becomes a grandstand event for his immature mind,...and we feed off it!
  11. Moderator, We have a "member" in the Commonwealth Games Threads called "James" who is making rather nasty remarks and personal threats against other members when this person is challenged in debates. "James" has only shown up since the start of this month and has proceeded to offend many people already. I'm wondering if he is and alter ego of an established member? Have a look.
  12. Another thing that may not work in Singapore's favor is their intolerence of "Youthful" behaviour. Just ask Micheal Fay. With so many youngsters at the event, can Singapore put up with teenage exuberence! I doubt it! Singapore is a Police State, it needs to be, but tolerence is something they are not known for. There would be a definite international backlash if an incident were to occur. Singapore would be safer to host the CWGs than the Youth Olympics. Great place to work and play, I visit regulary, however a large influx of teenagers, especially of the American kind, would drive the authorities crazy. I don't think Singapore realises what they are getting into.
  13. This could be a litmus test for Singapore to feel out how it could cope with a Commonwealth Games. and yes this could be a final test for Singapore's habit of backpeddling.
  14. I just love all the naysayers that try to do their best to ruin it for everyone else! It gives me pleasure knowing that they are the ones who will say, "what a great Games they were" after the event is over, I've heard it all before...Carry on New Delhi 2010 - just ignor the criticisim.
  16. The A380 will certainly be the biggest but the 737 has such a headstart that no other airliner will catch it saleswise, even the A320 is still 2000 units behind and that gap isn't closing. The 737 designation may stay with the type as the post 787 generation of 100 - 200 seater is developed (with a slightly wider body) thus allowing Boeing to continue with it's record run. I'm still amazed that the 737 has developed so much as to swallow up the 727 and 757 programmes. With range now the moniker, with the present NG series, the post 787 generation will absolutly knock out the competition and be the perfect complement to the 787 and 747-8.
  17. The trusty pocket jet has been part of aviation's life for forty years now. 5000 airframes built and still another 1200 on order! As you read this, 1200 737's are in the air while landing and taking off continuosly 24/7 What a record! Many say it's the Douglas DC3/C47 as the greatest, yet it was by default as 97% that were built were for the military. Only now are the airforces around the world taking advantage of this versitile airframe! With clearly no end in sight, and for that matter a replacement on the drawing board, this airliner will see it's fiftieth birthday while still in production. Something the DC3 could never claim! Airbus is still in catch up mode. Is this the greatest airliner ever?
  18. Agree with the Singapore thing, that city really only is a business centre... Got to remember that Melbourne got 2006 because Wellington and New Dehli dropped away, the CWGF would gladly accept a bid from Adelaide from 2018 onwards if they wanted them.
  19. The South Australian capital is the last of the major cities to host the CWGs, anything is likley when it comes to bidding and 2018 or 2022 are an easy bet if New Zealand dosn't front up. Of all the major citys in Australia that I've visited, Adelaide is the nicest city. Just the right size for a CWG.
  20. A study by the NZ Government's Sports agency is now being done to map out the future of that country's sports hosting asperations, a report is due sometime mid year.
  21. It's quite sizable for a stadium but would need reclamation of it's environs. It's such hot property at the moment, so I doubt if the Ports Of Auckland, the land's owner would want to give it up for a stadium when better money can be made building apartment blocks. Carlaw Park a case in point, the council speculated that it was interested in the site for a staduim of sorts, in an instant the land value soared and the apartment developers had the bigger wallets. :verysad: Sad but True.
  22. Tank Farm was one place mentioned but Hubbard (and Co) have to remain coy about definite sites as speculation can cause land prices to fluctuate. As we all know this is what happend to Carlaw Park and now that famous venue is being turned into apartment blocks!
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