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  1. Please welcome Katie Melua, with an appropriate welcome to one of the strangest cities on Earth... WELCOME/Қош келдіңіздер! Again, not Kazakh, but with roots in Georgia, she's nearer than Elton John And this is the closest city to crazy - Kazakhstan's planned, modern & just-a-little-bit mad capital, Astana!  We are inside the FIFA World Cup Bayterek Tower, landmark of Astana, for the decisive Round 3. Here's what happened at Baikonur in Round 2: A: 5 B: 1 C: 1 D: 5 That means that, once again, we have a draw at the bottom. B & C are a distance behind A & D, so as with Round 1, I have taken the decision (on advice from comp doyen Rols) to eliminate both of these low scorers, rather than taking a difficult tiebreak call & dragging the comp out when the eventual final is clear. This means we say goodbye to @Glacib's Almaty & @JDCLauron's Zurich. While JDCLauron has a finalist, Glacib is sadly out of this part of the comp. Better luck in the summer half. We now proceed to Round 3, which is now THE FINAL! So who will it be? Which logo will grace the winners' roll forever? This is where you decide: This voting round will be open for around 48 hours - it will close at 10pm UK time, Monday January 7. This is the final round, where a majority is certain. Whichever logo has more votes will be declared winner. 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 vote for their own logo if they wish. 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 2019 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 round. However, if votes are level & 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's all from me, time to vote in the most democratic decision this city has seen. We shall gather again on Monday night in Almaty itself to crown our champion. Thank you & good luck to both finalists, & may the best logo win! GOOD LUCK/Іске сәт!
  2. Voting has closed. Please make your way across the steppe until you see a giant FIFA World Cup. That's where Round 3 is
  3. GOOD EVENING GAMESBIDS, & WELCOME TO THE 12TH ANNUAL OLYMPIC LOGO COMPETITION! Yes, this again. Following last year's reasonable turnout for a competition that was basically a giant timing error, we have returned to the tradition of GB's winter Cultural Olympiad for the 12th (!) edition. After an August start in 2017, I'm sure you're pleased to leave it to November 26 before breaking out the festive songs. First, as ever, a proper thanks to the two Aussies whose foundations for the comp led to its longevity - @thatsnotmypuppy, the founder who came up with the idea, & @Sir Rols, who kept it going & is enthusiastically taking up his newer role as official sounding-board once again - thanks mate Now, in my latest attempt to live up to the great comps of old, I'm going for a format that's semi-traditional, but incorporates what made the World Cup one of 2016 successful. In addition, our 4 cities (yup, 4, 2 summer & 2 winter) have been picked for controversy, challenge, & pure design potential, so there's a lot to work with. So let's go around the world, from A to Z & from M to...M, here are the logo comp cities of 2018: WINTER 2030 CITY 1: ALMATY, KAZAKHSTAN (the controversy) It had to be. Everyone's favourite Kazakh not-capital, this is the city that bids for every Winter Olympics except the one it might actually win. It's the city everyone's talking about, & as the IOC finally run out of options, it's a Games that might even happen. How would you show it to the world? WINTER 2030 CITY 2: ZURICH, SWITZERLAND (for challenge) The largest city in the IOC's homeland, I can only assume that the reason it's never so much as bid for the Winter games is that mountains are a fair way away. That & the democracy thing. Neither of these matter to the comp (or the IOC), so how would you brand the Olympics' sort-of homecoming in 2030? SUMMER 2032 CITY 1: MEXICO CITY, um, MEXICO (for potential part 1) 2018 marks the 50th anniversary of one of the most significant Olympics of all time, & we're returning to where it all happened - Mexico's sprawling capital. From the Aztecs to Kahlo, Mexico is full of inspiration - a gift to the designers of our board. How will you show off Mexico as the Olympics return? SUMMER 2032 CITY 2: MUMBAI*, INDIA (for potential part 2) And finally, one of the largest & most vibrant cities on Earth - Mumbai. To emulate their big rival China by hosting the Olympics would be a huge deal for India - & in Bollywood's home city, design ideas shouldn't be hard to find. I've long wondered how the designers here would brand an Indian Olympics - here's your chance. *A note on names - Mumbai is the only official name of the city, not Bombay. If you really must use Bombay in your logo (for a visual pun, say) I can't stop you, but as we like to be realistic, bear in mind Mumbai is the only name that the IOC & India would use, & would be the name used for any real purpose. THE RULES/FORMAT We are, as ever, after logos that encompass the overall feel of the city and local influences that can be tied into a design concept. How can any of these cities articulate graphically what they could bring to future Olympics hosting? What flavour will they bring to the games? Will it inspire any of these to actually bid for the damn thing? The logos should be presented as full colour designs on white background. If you like, however, they can also be presented in black and white or utilised in forms like street banners, t-shirts, apps, vehicles, pins etc. For voting purposes, the main (colour) logo will be used on the polls, & extra stuff is not obligatory, but any extra material you produce may help you “sell” your design better to the wider GamesBids voting membership.  These logos are for the cities as they HOST the games. So you CAN use the rings, and don't need to include the words “Candidate City, Olympic Games 2030/32” or whatever the IOC want this week. Please post your preliminary submissions on this thread. If you want to hold anything back to be presented as a “surprise” when voting starts you can contact me or Rols via PM and I'll tell you where you can send the extra material. However, it would be nice to see as many on-thread submissions as possible for people to chew over in-thread, & to try & get the old buzz back. You can submit logos for any of the cities, & anything up to all 4 of them. However, you cannot enter more than one logo for the same city (see below). So entering one logo for each of Almaty, Mexico City & Mumbai is fine, but two logos for Almaty, say, is not fine. You are able, encouraged even, to enter for multiple cities. Feel free to post as many logo designs as you like, & to ask for feedback from our famously discerning electorate. If you really can't decide between your own designs for a city, feel free to start a poll (or to ask for one to be started). When the time comes for voting, however, you will be asked to settle on a maximum of ONLY ONE official logo per city as your official entry. The format is a revisit to the tournament system that served the World Cup comp so well in 2016. Exact details will depend on the numbers received - so will be revealed when we get there. Unlike the World Cup, the winter & summer 'halves' will be entirely separate, there will be two winners in the Olympic comp tradition. The competition is open to all members of GamesBids, or to any new legitimate members who join before the end of the submission period. I, with consultation, will rule on the legitimacy of new members. As you would expect, I will rule on any disputes - always aiming to be as fair as possible in the process. As always, just remember, this is all meant to be fun. Olympic spirit, remember?. Hopefully this will spark up some action on the board. I'll be dipping in, keeping a close eye on things, but otherwise will try and keep my green yoshi-paws off until the polling stages. The deadline for submissions is 1pm London time (that is, midnight in Sydney, as per tradition) on NEW YEAR'S EVE, 31 DECEMBER 2018. Thus, GB will begin 2019 with the voting. And this is just to alert @Rob. to the existence of the new comp in the hope that he'll do his traditional bit of putting up links to various free design programs etc for the benefit of those who want to take part but may not have the facility at the moment. All that is left to say is thank you Rols once again, and to all participants for having the guts to put your logos up for the annual GamesBids dissection, & may the best logos win. There are too many languages involved to do this properly, so I'll just say GOOD LUCK! 
  4. It is a little odd as you can normally rely on Australia to bid for any CG where they’re eligible (should be Adelaide next but I guess Perth goes first with the new stadium), & NZ have been quiet too. Do Canada still care about them or are they holding off for the centennial? And will Singapore ever remember that they’re in the Commonwealth?
  5. Getting that piano out here was a trial, but it'll be worth it - ladies & gentlemen, Sir Elton John! WELCOME/Қош келдіңіздер! He may not be Kazakh, but his song is very appropriate for where we are - the oh-so-scenic surroundings of the Baikonur cosmodrome! We have made our way to the other country involved in this winter vote for Round 2, but first let's take a look at what happened in Lausanne in Round 1: A:4 B:1 C:1 D:0 E:3 F:0. 9 voters, meaning we'd need 5 votes for a majority, which has not been obtained. As such, we will eliminate the lowest scorers & proceed. As you can see, two logos share that honour with 0 votes. Taking precedent from previous IOC votes in which multiple candidates got 0 (& to avoid dragging this out), both of these nul points scorers will be eliminated. We thus say goodbye to two of Zurich's logos, from @Glacib & @paul. Both members still have their Almaty logos in, & Zurich still has one candidate. We now proceed to Round 2, with four candidates: So whose logo will soar like Gagarin to the stars Round 3, & whose launch will be aborted? Round 2 will decide. This voting round will be open for a little under 48 hours - it will close at 9pm UK time, Saturday January 5. (The first couple of rounds will be open a bit longer to get as many votes as possible. Oh, and to give Krow a chance to do a red carpet review of the entries.) Voting will now be conducted in rounds until one entry has an absolute majority and is declared the winner. In this and following rounds, the logo with the lowest number of votes will be eliminated at the close of the poll. 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 vote for their own logo if they wish. 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 2019 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's all from me, time for democracy to take its course. Unless we get that coveted majority, we will reconvene in whichever country is most appropriate for Round 3 on Saturday. Thank you once again, & as always, may the best logo win! GOOD LUCK/Іске сәт!
  6. Less than 12 hours to go - this is the vote the IOC wish they could have, be sure to use it
  7. Ladies & gentlemen, presenting to you the most iconic Swiss of all time, Mr WILLIAM TELL! WELCOME/BIENVENUE/WILKOMMEN/BENVENUTO/BAINVEGNI! Guy Tell's interesting take on archery welcomes us to the best possible Swiss starting point, the mothership - the IOC's global headquarters here in the Olympic Capital, Lausanne! The reason we are here is to begin (& possibly end) our search for a 12th GamesBids Winter Logo Comp Champion - this time we have 6 candidate logos by 3 participating members - 3 from just up the road in Zurich & 3 from somewhat further away - the Kazakh city of Almaty. All 6 are going into the mixer until - with a better aim than Guy Tell - we find one logo to rule them all. Talking of rules... This voting round will be open for (approximately) 48 hours - it will close at 10pm UK time, Thursday January 3. (The first couple of rounds will be open a bit longer as there's more entrants. Oh, and to give Krow a chance to do a red carpet review of the entries.) Voting will now be conducted in rounds until one entry has an absolute majority and is declared the winner. In this and following rounds, the logo with the lowest number of votes will be eliminated at the close of the poll. 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 vote for their own logo if they wish. 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 2019 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. It's time to vote - & unless we go straight to a winner, we will reconvene in Kazakhstan for Round 2 on Thursday. Thank you to all our entrants for putting themselves up for GB dissection, & may the best logo win! GOOD LUCK!
  8. Welcome 2019, & a Happy New Year to everyone Well, we're all back to reality, & I can now declare our submission period CLOSED formally. We have our contenders, so it's time to decide our winner - the voting will begin later tonight & I will see you in Lausanne then. In the meantime, thank you to all participants
  9. Ladies and gentlemen, as Sydney enters 2019, & Big Ben doesn’t strike 1, I can now declare the submission period technically closed... ...however, as I have no intention of starting the voting today, & as voting will run evening-to-evening (my time), I am anticipating hopefully starting the voting tomorrow evening around 10-11pm GMT... ... then as long as you don’t leave it really really tight, if you want to sneak an entry/entries in sometime in the next 30ish hours, let’s just say I won’t be too dogmatic in imposing the original deadline Happy New Year to all!
  10. And one final reminder to some of these old regulars that the comp is almost closed - if I get replies, or expressions of interest to this from some of these, I may well be open to extending submission a little to include January 1, as that’s a public holiday pretty much everywhere. @daveypodmore @paul @woohooitsme83 @JO2024 @mr.bernham @Rob. @Lord David @thatsnotmypuppy @VIK @JMarkSnow2012 @baron-pierreIV Remaining eligible cities for entrants with less than four logos: @Sir Rols Almaty & Zurich @Scotguy Almaty, Zurich & Mexico City @Utkarsh Verma Almaty, Zurich & Mexico City
  11. As 2019 nears, this is the final call for entries. Deadline Monday 1pm GMT, anyone who has made a logo for only one, or two/three cities is free to make logos for the other/s, & anyone who has submitted is free to amend until then. Voting details will be released on Monday afternoon, with a view to starting the vote on Tuesday 1 January. Thank you
  12. That thing is gonna be ready in time for the Rugby World Cup isn’t it - is it too late to change the schedule back?
  13. Thank you - everyone, this is to say (now I’ve finally got time) that there’s less than a week to go to submit entries. The deadline is at midnight Sydney/1pm London time on Monday, New Year’s Eve. Details re: voting will be revealed after we have a final total number of entries.
  14. yoshi

    2020 Tokyo Olympic Cauldron

    Just like in Rio then. I thought it did look a bit odd with no cauldron in the athletics stadium in 2016, but that looks like the direction we’re going in for the future. On the Champ de Mars for 2024?
  15. That's fine...that's why this thing is held at Christmas
  16. Right, stocktake: @JDCLauron - Mumbai still open. Also, I don’t know why, but your Mexico City logo isn’t showing for me. @Utkarsh Verma - Mexico, Almaty & Zurich still open. @Sir Rols Almaty & Zurich still open. @Glacib Mumbai, Mexico & Zurich still open. Of course, anyone is still free to alter or replace any logo they’ve submitted already. For everyone, the deadline is New Year’s Eve at 1pm GMT - less than 2 weeks away. Thank you
  17. Good to see some entries appearing, still plenty of time for anyone to take part or submit more
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    United States 2026/2030

    The only danger is if somehow Macron becomes symbolic of the Olympics or vice versa. The protests seem to be very personal against Macron as well, so Paris 2024 would do well to steer clear of him if he makes an attempt to be the symbolic figurehead of the Games. Making the official opening is all he needs to do, if he’s still in office in 2024.
  19. And she wins, 200-117. We still have a prime minister - at least for the moment.
  20. And now 48 Tory MPs have submitted letters of no confidence in Theresa May, meaning there will be a vote of no confidence in her leadership tonight. The rabbit hole deepens...
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    Ceremonies on UTube, Part 3

    Odd...sure the CGF are quite quick usually. Perhaps the exclusive broadcast rights cover up to a year after this time? Either that or the Australians aren’t letting anything out in case the closing ceremony escapes
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