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      Sydney superiority

      This is a bit of a whinge...

      I am (eventually) moving back to the UK - hopefully this year. Currently sat at home in Sydney before going out for a few drinks with friends for NYE. I'm watching the news coverage. The number of times I have heard the phrases 'best fireworks in the world' 'best harbour in the world' best city in the world' is unbelievable! I get it; Sydney has a good harbour and an impressive fireworks display. However, this self congratulatory patting itself on the back is starting to grate. I haven't seen any other city in the world that seems to have the same degree of superiority / lack of humility. Anyone else notice this? I also have a few friends going to watch the fireworks - and they are paying $300 to get a spot!! Before drinks!

      Rant over - heres to a new start in 2017!
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      I heard best fireworks in the world but not best city or best harbour before. I only went to the fireworks once, it has to be done, good but I have seen better displays. Alton Towers bonfire night 1994 was much better.

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      Remember you're watching Aussie news though. I bet in Aukland the news channels consider the fireworks there to be the best, and the same in Hong Kong, Paris, London, New York etc.

      I don't really understand why there has to be competition, though, if there is any. I'm sure that every city has its good and bad, scenic and not so scenic...etc.

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      Quote Originally Posted by movingback View Post
      This is a bit of a whinge...

      I am (eventually) moving back to the UK - hopefully this year. Currently sat at home in Sydney before going out for a few drinks with friends for NYE. I'm watching the news coverage. The number of times I have heard the phrases 'best fireworks in the world' 'best harbour in the world' best city in the world' is unbelievable! I get it; Sydney has a good harbour and an impressive fireworks display. However, this self congratulatory patting itself on the back is starting to grate. I haven't seen any other city in the world that seems to have the same degree of superiority / lack of humility. Anyone else notice this? I also have a few friends going to watch the fireworks - and they are paying $300 to get a spot!! Before drinks!

      Rant over - heres to a new start in 2017!
      As a Scot living in Adelaide my two cents worth:

      You are correct, Sydneysiders do have a 'cooler than thou' attitude which I found grating. A lot of overtly camp, and/or posturing, making sure you know theyre from Sydney goes on there IMO. Melbourne folk I found far sounder, they just seem to go with the flow and hence way better place to spend time I reckon.

      Reminded me of Scotland where you have Glaswegians, who feel the need to tell anyone and everyone theyre from Glasgow and the friendliest people in the world. And the East Coast, which just gest on with it
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      Quote Originally Posted by Johnny Kash View Post
      As a Scot living in Adelaide my two cents worth:

      You are correct, Sydneysiders do have a 'cooler than thou' attitude which I found grating. A lot of overtly camp, and/or posturing taking place there IMO. Melbourne folk I found far sounder, they just seem to get on with it.

      Reminded me of Scotland where you have Glaswegians, who feel the need to tell anyone and everyone theyre from Glasgow and the friendliest people in the world. And the East Coast, which just gets on with it. Nae bother
      Blimey talk about stereotyping! Not everybody in Sydney is even a Sydneysider, it is hugely multicultural and then everybody is different.

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      Quote Originally Posted by Bungo View Post
      Blimey talk about stereotyping! Not everybody in Sydney is even a Sydneysider, it is hugely multicultural and then everybody is different.
      Not sure you grasped my response to the OPs thread Bungo. I gave an opinion having visited Sydney 3 or 4 times since living over here.

      Loved Melbourne, don't rate Sydney in the slightest. My better half on the other hand is the complete opposite and thinks Sydney is the bees knees. So is life.

      Are you a Glaswegian now settled in Sydney? (absolutely no stereotype or offence intended on my part or indeed the whole East Coasts of both Australia and Scotland)

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      We lived in Sydney , Birchgrove for almost 10 years, 364 days of the year a great little island of tranquility within a 15min bike ride to CBD, Kids loved it, fireworks very easy to get to, had our own little dingy I taught the kids to sail, literally walk outside the house 200 yards across the park and you have a full view.

      Except....in 2008/9 Leichardt council decided that most if not all parks should be dry for NYE, that is , except our park....

      Well you can imagine what happened after that , many residents simply tired of the 4am bogans and car chases, numerous assaults, even a murder at ballast point park....... so in the end we simply avoided NYE and in fact most of our neighbours used to go away elsewhere, simply not safe anymore.

      I'm sure it must have changed by now as that situation could not continue, ah I see below they've banned Glass and Pets (yes, some bogans brought their fighting dogs one year and although I did not see it, I heard that one of the dogs ate another woman pet....., I'll miss the crunch underfoot the 1st day back as I walk to the ferry.....

      http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/sydney-new...29-gtj9is.html

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      But it is the best city in the world, and the fireworks are awesome :-)

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      Quote Originally Posted by movingback View Post
      This is a bit of a whinge...

      I am (eventually) moving back to the UK - hopefully this year. Currently sat at home in Sydney before going out for a few drinks with friends for NYE. I'm watching the news coverage. The number of times I have heard the phrases 'best fireworks in the world' 'best harbour in the world' best city in the world' is unbelievable! I get it; Sydney has a good harbour and an impressive fireworks display. However, this self congratulatory patting itself on the back is starting to grate. I haven't seen any other city in the world that seems to have the same degree of superiority / lack of humility. Anyone else notice this? I also have a few friends going to watch the fireworks - and they are paying $300 to get a spot!! Before drinks!

      Rant over - heres to a new start in 2017!
      It's a bit more in your face than most cities, for sure.

      Where the hell do you pay 300 dolls for a good view?

      One of the bars?

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      Quote Originally Posted by Beaty View Post
      It's a bit more in your face than most cities, for sure.

      Where the hell do you pay 300 dolls for a good view?

      One of the bars?

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      LOL, a bar with a view will cost twice that, 300 aud is for entry to a vantage point where the numbers are managed and some facilities are provided. Or you could just get there 2 days before and camp :)

      I must also admit , as a sydneysider who moved to adelaide, its was not that hard to feel superior. :D
      When I was a kid, it seemed like they made something new every day. Some, gadget or idea, like every day was Christmas. But six billion people, just imagine that. And every last one of them trying to have it all…........

     

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