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Everything posted by Rob2012

  1. "All 5 host nations will go through qualifying with two 'safety net' spots held back for those that fail to get there (the best 2 if 3 fail to qualify)"
  2. The UK and Republic of Ireland will now bid unopposed for Euro 2028 after Turkey withdrew to focus on a joint bid with Italy for Euro 2032. https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/67003581?at_link_type=web_link&at_ptr_name=twitter&at_campaign_type=owned&at_campaign=Social_Flow&at_link_id=7695A06E-6297-11EE-9F6F-8C7AAD7C7D13&at_bbc_team=editorial&at_format=link&at_link_origin=BBCBreaking&at_medium=social
  3. The biggest boo ever. Nobody will have heard a boo like it. So big...so big.
  4. lol @ the attempt to build in jeopardy before the game. New Zealand could go out tonight if they don't beat Italy! Yeah, right.
  5. I hope they piped the Benny Hill theme into the stadium at the end of that steeplechase.
  6. Trying to think of a group stage game in any sport, not just rugby, that was as intense as that SA v IRE encounter. Blimey. Anyway, nice easy win for England which there is zero point getting carried away about, but it was nice to see us play well for once. Some of those things are not like the others.
  7. Whereas we look terrible, yet are somehow winning. An awful, close game until the ball bounces off of Marler's bonce and assists a try. Then we were good for 15 minutes and ran out comfortable winners. Bizarre.
  8. Not sure it's contradicting anything he's saying tbh. Beyond the slightly misleading headline ITG have chosen, Carroll actually seems to be saying that no, the IOC doesn't deem it necessary, but it would be a good thing and it still fits comfortably within the IOC's new hosting formula because it'll have strong legacy use. On this broad point, I think there's a bit of a misunderstanding about the New Norm stuff (which some of the LA28 clique in particular insisted on misunderstanding). The IOC isn't saying "don't build", it's saying "don't build unnecessarily". Or, more to the point, "don't build if you're left with a white elephant". In theory, this was also their line before the New Norm, but it was hit and miss how much they pushed cities in that direction. I know AustraliaFan's posting style can be annoying, but he's not the only one who's put forward a decent case that the Gabba could do with being rebuilt and that the Olympics is a perfect opportunity for that. From the other side of the world, I have to say it looks like a solid case to me. It'd be good, if you disagree, to put the opposite case forward.
  9. Honestly, getting a bit spammy now dude. I've defended you on here before when you've posted architectural images, potential designs etc for the new Gabba and a couple of people have bizarrely accused you of cheerleading too much. Honestly, back in the day, every build up to every Games had several people posting that kind of thing and..being honest, I kind of miss that.* But responding to criticism of your city, some of its hosting decisions, to scrutiny, to questions people have etc. with long posts about a ceremony 23 years gone. C'mon....don't do that. * Part of that's because of how quiet the forums are now compared to how they were, part of it is selecting and encouraging hosts to be frugal (which is fair enough). But part of it is people too cool for school jumping on posters who show any enthusiasm which is a shame.
  10. What are the Greens like in Australia? I know Green parties are broadly "Green" but there are different shades. In Germany they're a fair way to the right of our Green Party, in America they're mostly loons as far as I can work out, over here they're decent enough but have a strong NIMBY element about them which I see as counterproductive (especially when it comes to high speed rail). I guess what I'm asking is, are your Greens generally obstructive when it comes to any infrastructure projects. In what context should we see their opposition to Games developments?
  11. Normally, a host for 2032 would be having debates about its whitewater venue around about 2027. Have we got 4 more years of this?
  12. Whatever that song was at the end of the opening ceremony it's going to be in my head for days!
  13. Well, the US is co-hosting the Men's T20 World Cup next year, so that should give us a bit of a taster. Though I've looked it up and LA's proposed venue was inspected by the ICC but didn't make the final cut. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leo_Magnus_Cricket_Complex
  14. Maybe, but the bankruptcy would've happened without the Games. At worst you could say they were a distraction when there were more serious issues to be dealt with. And yes, obviously Brum coming in as a replacement for 2026 is now firmly off the menu (I don't know if was ever seriously on it).
  15. Well, this happened just last year... https://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/formula-1/saudi-arabia-gp-missile-photos-26559794 https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2022/mar/25/saudi-arabian-grand-prix-at-risk-of-cancellation-after-houthi-missile-attack
  16. You speak as if Queensland and Australia is the only place in the world with awful politicians. Most of those names elicit nothing more than a shrug from me, I don't know who they are and if they have any impact on the Games because of doing something stupid it'll be in some "and finally" story (unless they go the Full Rubiales). I only know the name Katter because of that viral video about same-sex marriage. You're worrying over nothing. I'd be more worried about who's in power now, organising everything. They're the ones who'll have a real impact, be it positive or negative.
  17. Referring to @yoshi's post. It would be ironic if Brisbane did end up building a smaller stadium with temporary seating given Australia is one of the few countries in the world that has a use for big oval stadiums. One of the biggest recurring problems in stadium configuration/legacy use for an Olympics basically doesn't exist for Australia. As an outsider looking in, a rebuild of the Gabba seems perfect for both the Olympics and for future legacy use, but they seem to be hung up on cost issues. @Sir Rols, interesting to hear you've written to your MP/representative about this? Would be interested to hear your position and what you've said?
  18. Hugely deceptive wasn't it? It definitely looked bigger to me as well. Clever trick if you can pull it off.
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