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Everything posted by !VamosSochi!

  1. Please stop questioning me on this subject, so that other people stop thinking I dislike Singapore. And also please stop misinterpreting me - I never said it was 'a prostitute offering sex' I said it was 'a pimp', in fact a very respectable-looking old lady. Enough said. Back to topic!
  2. If you are talking about my posts they were always replies to other people's questions addressed to me. I never intended to offend Singapore and i am sorry if you felt that way. As I have said I like the city and wish you every success!.. ...after this February I mean
  3. I did not want to get into this discussion, but again I am asked to. I never said it's a big problem, I said it's an unusual problem. I said the gum is restricted and it is - my facts are right. That is exactly what I said: in markets and small shops. Singapore's Chinatown is a walking distance from the skyskrapers - my facts are right. The instance I described actually happened in Orchard road, very central. If you are not looking like a foreign tourist you may not even know this thing exists there.
  4. I see history is not your strong subject either As a matter of fact Sochi has never been a part of Ottoman Empire (present day Turkey) I did not want to state these, but you asked for it. I certainly cannot pretend to be objective, but this is what I felt similar in both places. Apart from the obvious ethnic relationship, both cities have the government very strongly imposing the rules of people's behavior. These rules are sometimes very unusual for outside visitors (e.g. as you probably know in Singapore chewing gum is restricted and corporal punishment is practiced). Next similarity is food: the spicy-greasy contents and people's habit of eating out en masse. In both cities a lot of consumer products is sold in markets and small shops, where the pricing is not fixed and you are expected to bargain. Beijing has now got its skyscrapers next to traditional pagodas looking similar to Singapore's. Funnily enough in both places I was offered prostitutes by a pimp walking in the very center of the city. Prostitutes of course exist in other places, including Moscow and Sochi, but there they are offered through classifieds, not in the street. Before making the list too long, I want to make clear that I liked my experiences in both cities and they were indeed different to some extent. But on the other hand I would say that those 'clueless' outsiders may have some reason for their opinion. Then Russia would have two Olympic Games in one year, an all-time record
  5. I see you are fond of geography here is some geography fact for you: the country you refer to is actually larger than some continents I see that logic is not your favorite subject Do you actually mean that Moscow and Beijing are alike more than Beijing and Singapore in terms of ambiance? Respectfully, it looks like you have never been to Moscow, to say nothing about Sochi. As a frequent visitor to all these cities, I believe they are worlds apart. Please do not bring out your inferiority complex, no offense was meant by putting Singapore in the same category as Beijing or Moscow.
  6. Thank you for sharing that 'secret' knowledge, I would nave never thought Certainly there are some striking differences between Beijing and Singapore, e.g. popularity of English language, but lot's of similarities as well, IMHO. What's important for me as a visitor's experience is atmosphere, ambiance. In this regard Beijing, Singapore and Moscow are all big international business centers and capital cities. While Sochi is 100% a resort.
  7. Moscow is the safest choice in every aspect. And saying that Sochi Winter Games exclude Moscow from competing for Summer Youth Games is the same nonsense as saying Beijing excludes Singapore. I have been many times to all 4 cities and in terms of atmosphere Sochi is much further apart from Moscow than Singapore from Beijing, IMHO
  8. Have you guys been to Moscow recently? It's awesome. I've been to all the five short-listed cities. It is hard to compare them in terms of 'beauty' - they are all beautiful, each in a different way. However the selection has little to do with a 'beauty contest'. I tend to agree with the PoV expressed here earlier that the rules of the game now are 'technically excellent' (Moscow) vs 'strategically fit' (Singapore) vs 'historic fit' (Athens).
  9. CORRECTION!!! I looked at the scores and found that the quotes above are quite incorrect. Here are the correct ones (from the last page of the REPORT OF THE IOC PANEL OF EXPERTS). Moscow 7.5-8.5 Singapore 7.4-7.9 Athens 6.2-7.2 Bangkok 5.5-6.7 Turin 5.7-6.3 So, the 'most uncertain' title belongs to Bangkok.
  10. The lower score is the 'worst case' pessimistic scenario, the higher - the 'best case' optimistic one. Basically this means that if Athens prepares well and Moscow prepares poorly then Moscow will still be technically better (7.5 vs 7.2 - just an example, no offense meant for Athens). The spread between the scores signifies uncertainty - the most certain (low) score is Bangkok, and the most uncertain is again Athens.
  11. Just for your reference, all of these songs were written by the same lady-composer Alexandra Pakhmutova. All of them are sport-related and all were more or less used during the 1980 Summer Games. The most familiar to a Russian ear are # 1, 2, 5, 6, 9, 13, 15, 17, 18. Particularly # 6 "Good bye, Moscow" as was correctly noted by Olympian is the closing ceremony theme. It is a classic.
  12. http://www.moscow2001.olympic.ru/sports_mo.../index.html?l=e Here is another page that gives a fuller description: 7 thousand young athletes aged 11-18 from 131 countries. Medallists from 68 countries. 15 sports: track-and-field (678 reps from 87 countries, including some future Olympic champions), gymnastics, football, basketball, volleyball, handball, fencing, wrestling, swimming, tennis, etc. Olympic family: 32 IOC members, 43 NOC Presidents and 13 National sport ministers J.A. Samaranch called it 'absolutely new event in the international sport that had all the reasons to develop and take its permanent place in the Olympic calendar'. And now, curiously, we have it as a new idea
  13. World Youth Games under the auspices of the IOC 1998, Moscow 4700 young athletes see e.g. http://www.gbrathletics.com/ic/wyg.htm
  14. It is essentially ice-hockey played with a ball on a large field. To me it is a more fun version to see than the the Canadian puck game that became the de facto international standard. It is quite popular in the 11 countries, but the World titles usually go either Russia or Sweden. The good thing about it is that bandy does not require additional infrastructure for the Olympics - it can fit together with speedskating in the oval.
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