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nam97
26-10-07, 06:40 AM
So what's happening with this? Haven't really been following it lately 'cos I'm sick to death over the Political squabble. Has a concept been finalized yet? I hope to god they don't opt out for the bare minimum requirements and just throw in a few dinky stands. The 3/4 ring stadium with the clear shell or whatever and the current big stand actually looks like something we could be proud of, but what's the bet it won't happen. Anyone have a clue?

This is the concept I'm talking about:

http://www.aucklandcity.govt.nz/stadium/images/edenpark1.jpg

quirkealiss
29-11-07, 07:52 AM
As of yet they are still in the planning stage as far as I know, Fletcher seem pretty keen to get started but the council and goverment are yet to work out logistics as there appears to be funding shortfall.

Prestwick
29-11-07, 08:53 AM
Maybe they are planning to spring a huge 200,000 all seater hippodrome with a roof and a pitch which floats on air and thats made out of recycled tires?

skarnage
10-12-07, 12:39 AM
Well they still have four more years to work on the park

nam97
10-12-07, 03:18 AM
Well they still have four more years to work on the park
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Apparently it starts August next year, wouldn't be too sure though. I'm just embarrassed by the shoddy patch work job they've got in line. Hardly a place to stage the 3rd biggest sporting event on Earth

honef
10-12-07, 08:16 AM
Hope they dont rest all the builders until the year prior to the Cup only to run out of time :)

Caledfwlch
10-12-07, 08:32 AM
The Aussies are probably wringing their hands in gleeful anticipation that NZ will not be able to complete in time (which seems to be where this is heading), and that the role of RWC hosts will fall to them.

Boggle
23-12-07, 04:04 PM
Hope they dont rest all the builders until the year prior to the Cup only to run out of time :) [/b]

That's fine, we'd have just finnished hosting the 2010 world cup and wouldn't mind taking it off your hands.

Time to try some RWC in those brand spanking new green point stadium (68 000) and the upgraded soccer city ( 95 000 ) and ellis park (70 000)

danny
23-12-07, 07:11 PM
<div class='quotemain'> Hope they dont rest all the builders until the year prior to the Cup only to run out of time :) [/b]

That&#39;s fine, we&#39;d have just finnished hosting the 2010 world cup and wouldn&#39;t mind taking it off your hands.

Time to try some RWC in those brand spanking new green point stadium (68 000) and the upgraded soccer city ( 95 000 ) and ellis park (70 000)
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The stadiums are great but can you say that it will be safe for the fans. I was there in 1995 and it was a joke. Been back in 2005 and Jo berg was even worse.
So the choice is New Zealand-Bored to death
S Africa-Stabbed to death


I cant wait.
I wish Japan could have won the World Cup..........and we all know what happened there!

Boggle
23-12-07, 08:02 PM
what are you talking about ?



Security will be good, I mean we don&#39;t really have rugby related incidents here in SA, we have a few soccer fans getting in a punchup here and destroying stadium property there (I f***ing hate those kaizer chief ******** pulling out the chairs in ellis park), but I&#39;ve never seen anything like that from our rugga fans.



don&#39;t be so insulting it&#39;s perfectly fine over here, no less safe then it was in Germany 2006, it&#39;s the tourists that wander into hillbrow and those dodgy places that get screwed over.

Prestwick
23-12-07, 08:35 PM
CONFOUND YOU NEW ZEALAND!

I want my floating pitch and my Sapporo Dome!!!

nam97
24-12-07, 06:00 AM
CONFOUND YOU NEW ZEALAND!

I want my floating pitch and my Sapporo Dome!!!
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Well we should have had at least a waterfront stadium for you Prestwick, but god knows why all these Auckland r-tards opted against it. What would you rather have? A brand new stadium, or a dingy old storage yard?

Prestwick
24-12-07, 09:54 AM
Do not fear my friend, I am confident that New Zealand will have a floating pitch by 2011... :D

danny
24-12-07, 03:36 PM
what are you talking about ?



Security will be good, I mean we don&#39;t really have rugby related incidents here in SA, we have a few soccer fans getting in a punchup here and destroying stadium property there (I f***ing hate those kaizer chief ******** pulling out the chairs in ellis park), but I&#39;ve never seen anything like that from our rugga fans.



don&#39;t be so insulting it&#39;s perfectly fine over here, no less safe then it was in Germany 2006, it&#39;s the tourists that wander into hillbrow and those dodgy places that get screwed over.
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I didnt mean to insult you but you have to admit there are big security issues with any large sporting event in SA. Ive been to your country 6 times and you always have to be carefull where you go and have your wits about you. SA is my fav country to visit and il be going back for the Lions tour but you cannot deny that it can be a violent country.
Ps Ellis Park is a fantastic place to watch rugby and i cant wait to go back.

Boggle
24-12-07, 03:51 PM
I still don&#39;t get where the big security issues are with any big sporting event in South africa, you can&#39;t go watch a highschool rugby match here without guards scoping you out.

but like hey, I&#39;ve only been living here my entire life and gone to quite a number of sporting events, I guess I wouldn&#39;t know too much about that :P

Maybe you get all the bad luck ?

SA can be a violent country,well sure just like any other country on the planet, I wouldn&#39;t be cought dead near old trafford with a ManU vs. liverpool game, what was it like 100 hooligan arrests a year ?

Also what&#39;s all this I hear about a floating pitch now ?

Prestwick
24-12-07, 04:11 PM
Wait a second, what about all those over-crowding disasters at Ellis Park where all those soccer fans got crushed to death?

jawmalawm24
25-12-07, 09:38 AM
I think Auckland need to flippin hurry up because they&#39;ve spent the last year or 2 just talking about where its gona be and whos gona pay for it. Too much talking and not enough action I hope it craps out so as the world can blame it on those bloddy Aucklanders.

ausfatcat
26-12-07, 12:27 AM
If they can get it built, it will look stunning. But is it financially viable outside of the world cup which is a one off event.

tommowins
18-04-08, 11:50 AM
Maybe they are planning to spring a huge 200,000 all seater hippodrome with a roof and a pitch which floats on air and thats made out of recycled tires?
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lol mate, technology isn&#39;t that advanced!

Although now that I think, it wouldn&#39;t be to bad.

I don&#39;t think they&#39;ll construct the waterfront stadium, just expand Eden Park

DonBilly
06-05-08, 10:56 AM
The Aussies are probably wringing their hands in gleeful anticipation that NZ will not be able to complete in time (which seems to be where this is heading), and that the role of RWC hosts will fall to them. [/b]

Why to them? I am pretty sure that England or Japan could then take the hosting over.

hazard
29-06-08, 12:11 AM
i hope trafalgar park gets a game lol

Macsen
03-07-08, 09:23 PM
Still don&#39;t quite understand why NZ are hosting this rather than Japan?

Let&#39;s not tap into the huge asian market at the very moment they are becoming a major force in the world of sports, let us instead give the WC to a sparsely populated island that&#39;s already had it once and now can&#39;t afford it. Genius.

And then it&#39;s going to England I hear. Wake me up in 2019...

nam97
03-07-08, 10:09 PM
Still don&#39;t quite understand why NZ are hosting this rather than Japan?

Let&#39;s not tap into the huge asian market at the very moment they are becoming a major force in the world of sports, let us instead give the WC to a sparsely populated island that&#39;s already had it once and now can&#39;t afford it. Genius.

And then it&#39;s going to England I hear. Wake me up in 2019...
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Yeah it is a joke, I am excited that I&#39;ll get to experience having the RWC in NZ but it doesn&#39;t do the Rugby World justice.

It should be in Japan for a number of reasons. One being it&#39;s tapping into a whole new, enormous Asian market. Two, their facilities are far superior to ours due to the amount of money they can get their hands on and we can barely afford to upgrade (yes upgrade, not build something new <_< ) our stadiums.

It will still be a good tournament but it&#39;s hard to think, even with 4 years in hand, a country like NZ can top what France did last year or even what AUS did in &#39;03............. and possibly England in &#39;99 :lol: .

Prestwick
04-07-08, 01:22 AM
My god, they&#39;ve got frickin&#39; pitches that FLOAT ON AIR!!! They have trains that travel faster than King Carlo&#39;s sleazy and spasticated yawns, they have toilets which BRING THE TOILET COVER UP FOR YOU WHEN YOU OPEN THE DAMN DOOR and have buttons replaying the SOUNDS OF FLUSHING if you have to make a really loud fart!

Their McDonalds and KFCs are spotlessly clean, they have no fake plants swimming in BBQ sauce. Their hotels are great and plentiful, their Ryokan are sumtuous in their luxury. Their people are waiting to say "konnichiwa!" and their technology and preparation is second to none.


...so why aren&#39;t we going there for a World Cup?! >_<

jawmalawm24
04-07-08, 04:43 AM
Yeah it&#39;s shocking how we got the RWC and its taken the NZRFU nearly 2 years just to decide if they&#39;re gonna build a new stadium or just upgrade Eden Park and I think they still haven&#39;t even started the bloody thing. They should of given it to Japan, it would of done the game of Rugby a whole heap of good rather than give it to a poor ass country like New Zealand.

Our country&#39;s gonna be going into recession soon so that doesn&#39;t really help and everyone&#39;s feeling the strain as it is so by the time the RWC comes around in another 3 years we&#39;ll probably have to pay $500-$1000 for seats.

Haysie
04-07-08, 06:25 AM
My god, they&#39;ve got frickin&#39; pitches that FLOAT ON AIR!!! They have trains that travel faster than King Carlo&#39;s sleazy and spasticated yawns, they have toilets which BRING THE TOILET COVER UP FOR YOU WHEN YOU OPEN THE DAMN DOOR and have buttons replaying the SOUNDS OF FLUSHING if you have to make a really loud fart!

Their McDonalds and KFCs are spotlessly clean, they have no fake plants swimming in BBQ sauce. Their hotels are great and plentiful, their Ryokan are sumtuous in their luxury. Their people are waiting to say "konnichiwa!" and their technology and preparation is second to none.


...so why aren&#39;t we going there for a World Cup?! >_<
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G&#39;day mate,
have you been to Japan? It is the most confusing country to find your way around, especially with 4 languages and countless dialects.
Also Japanese people say what you want them to say, anything polite and flattering. Anything else they keep to themselves.

Macsen
04-07-08, 09:18 AM
Also Japanese people say what you want them to say, anything polite and flattering. Anything else they keep to themselves.[/b]
Erm, would you prefer it if they were really rude? They sound like perfect hosts to me.

Japan is awsome, and not giving it to them would be an abomination unto the rugby gods. Rugby World Cup Japan 2015 Go Go!!!!!!! :bana:

nam97
04-07-08, 09:23 AM
<div class='quotemain'>Also Japanese people say what you want them to say, anything polite and flattering. Anything else they keep to themselves.[/b]
Erm, would you prefer it if they were really rude? They sound like perfect hosts to me.

Japan is awsome, and not giving it to them would be an abomination unto the rugby gods. Rugby World Cup Japan 2015 Go Go!!!!!!! :bana:
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Yeah it is a great country. I went there for 3 nights when I was touring through China, which I suppose exacerbates my thoughts on them not getting it as it really is an awesome place.

Bullitt
04-07-08, 09:36 AM
It will still be a good tournament but it&#39;s hard to think, even with 4 years in hand, a country like NZ can top what France did last year or even what AUS did in &#39;03............. and possibly England* in &#39;99 :lol: . [/b]

*tehcnically, Wales hosted it.

Charles
04-07-08, 10:32 AM
<div class='quotemain'>
My god, they&#39;ve got frickin&#39; pitches that FLOAT ON AIR!!! They have trains that travel faster than King Carlo&#39;s sleazy and spasticated yawns, they have toilets which BRING THE TOILET COVER UP FOR YOU WHEN YOU OPEN THE DAMN DOOR and have buttons replaying the SOUNDS OF FLUSHING if you have to make a really loud fart!

Their McDonalds and KFCs are spotlessly clean, they have no fake plants swimming in BBQ sauce. Their hotels are great and plentiful, their Ryokan are sumtuous in their luxury. Their people are waiting to say "konnichiwa!" and their technology and preparation is second to none.


...so why aren&#39;t we going there for a World Cup?! >_<
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G&#39;day mate,
have you been to Japan? It is the most confusing country to find your way around, especially with 4 languages and countless dialects.
Also Japanese people say what you want them to say, anything polite and flattering. Anything else they keep to themselves.

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:blink: What are you talking about mate ? There&#39;s no 4 languages in Japan.

Caledfwlch
04-07-08, 10:43 AM
Also, the English players who were accused of the sex scandal could buy used schoolgirl underwear from the vending machines in Japan!

Prestwick
04-07-08, 11:58 AM
G&#39;day mate,
have you been to Japan? It is the most confusing country to find your way around, especially with 4 languages and countless dialects.
Also Japanese people say what you want them to say, anything polite and flattering. Anything else they keep to themselves.

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Good day to you too mate,

I have been to Japan and I had a superb time. Kyoto was great, the Japan alps, Nagasaki and Matsuyama were all fab thank you! The people were pleasant, polite and happy to help. Usually I was a ginea pig for them to try their english on. I really enjoyed my month there and I&#39;m looking to go back again!

I think you&#39;re confusing Katakana, Hirigana and Kanji which the Japanese draw from to write with with languages. Dialects aren&#39;t really that much of a problem.

Sir Speedy
04-07-08, 01:22 PM
Japan 2015 sounds good. I&#39;d love to experience Japanese culture while watching some rugby in their 1,000,000,000 seater stadiums that float in mid-air (thanks for the info, Prestwick). Question: what&#39;s Tokyo like? I&#39;ve always wanted to go there - but nowhere else in Japan (partly because the only two cities I know apart from that are Nagasaki and Hiroshima <_< and partly because I can&#39;t be arsed to do any research.) Isn&#39;t Mt. <strike>Fiji</strike> Fuji in Tokyo?

Bullitt
04-07-08, 01:53 PM
No, he lives in Tennessee (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harry_Fujiwara)

Sir Speedy
04-07-08, 02:22 PM
That may have worked better if I accidentally used Mr. :P

Prestwick
04-07-08, 02:31 PM
Japan 2015 sounds good. I&#39;d love to experience Japanese culture while watching some rugby in their 1,000,000,000 seater stadiums that float in mid-air (thanks for the info, Prestwick). Question: what&#39;s Tokyo like? I&#39;ve always wanted to go there - but nowhere else in Japan (partly because the only two cities I know apart from that are Nagasaki and Hiroshima <_< and partly because I can&#39;t be arsed to do any research.) Isn&#39;t Mt. <strike>Fiji</strike> Fuji in Tokyo? [/b]

There are two things you must know about Tokyo before we start:

1) It is very, very big. Like so big that you&#39;ll go to the top of the Metropolitan Council towers and just see endless Tokyo in every direction.

2) Never, ever trust the Tokyo transport map. Observe:

http://www.artlebedev.com/mandership/109/tokyo.gif
Does that look easy to you? No, of course it doesn&#39;t. And don&#39;t even dare to think that because some of the lines connect with one another at certain stations that you can just get off a train, go up some stairs and find yourself at the next platform. Ooooh no, usually you just have to simply get off the train, find the exit, then find the correct exit, then find the sign telling you how far the down the road the line you want to get on is (usually 500 - 700m down the road) and then you make the journey and enter that station! I swear, the Tokyo Public Transport &#39;guide&#39; is Japan&#39;s last ditch defense against invasion from China.

Apart from that, Tokyo is a nice city, in places. It is really several very large cities merged together. If you took a train from Ueno all the way to Harajuku or Shibuya, it&#39;d stake you roughly 40 to 50 minutes. Some of my favourite parts weer Asakusa which houses the massive Asakusa Kannon (Bhuddist Temple not a massive Ork gun much to my dismay and shock), Akihabara home to &#39;Electric town&#39; and basically anything you want regarding electronics, Japanese Anime and...er..porn. Its also home to the awesome "Maid Cafes" (for the lads) and &#39;Butler Cafes&#39; (for the ladettes), if you had watched the Dancing video, you&#39;ll have seen him dancing in just such a cafe! On top of that you have dazzling shopping district Harajuku where Japan&#39;s fashion heart beats and can be quite amusing browsing through and if you want to party you have Shibuya or (or you want to feel like you&#39;re out on a stag night in Grimsby town center)...the crap-hole that is Roppongi!

Tokyo is usually so big, so loud, so bright and so brash that it can be really overwhelming. There are no noise pollution laws here and every shop seems to have a guy with a megaphone yelling out to attract customers. I do still reccomend it though! If you want to find out more, just search for Tokyo at wikitravel.org.

EDIT: To be honest, I&#39;d definitely reccomend Kyoto, Osaka and Sapporo. In some cases Kyoto actually trumps Tokyo in some ways for having all that history sitting there along with all the usual Japanese mod-cons that you&#39;d expect. Also, not being bombed to smithereens in the war goes in its favour as you can gaurantee that most if not all of its &#39;old&#39; buildings are actually..er..old.

Sir Speedy
04-07-08, 02:40 PM
There are two things you must know about Tokyo before we start:

1) It is very, very big. Like so big that you&#39;ll go to the top of the Metropolitan Council towers and just see endless Tokyo in every direction.

2) Never, ever trust the Tokyo transport map. Observe:

http://www.artlebedev.com/mandership/109/tokyo.gif
Does that look easy to you? No, of course it doesn&#39;t. And don&#39;t even dare to think that because some of the lines connect with one another at certain stations that you can just get off a train, go up some stairs and find yourself at the next platform. Ooooh no, usually you just have to simply get off the train, find the exit, then find the correct exit, then find the sign telling you how far the down the road the line you want to get on is (usually 500 - 700m down the road) and then you make the journey and enter that station! I swear, the Tokyo Public Transport &#39;guide&#39; is Japan&#39;s last ditch defense against invasion from China.

Apart from that, Tokyo is a nice city, in places. It is really several very large cities merged together. If you took a train from Ueno all the way to Harajuku or Shibuya, it&#39;d stake you roughly 40 to 50 minutes. Some of my favourite parts weer Asakusa which houses the massive Asakusa Kannon (Bhuddist Temple not a massive Ork gun much to my dismay and shock), Akihabara home to &#39;Electric town&#39; and basically anything you want regarding electronics, Japanese Anime and...er..porn. Its also home to the awesome "Maid Cafes" (for the lads) and &#39;Butler Cafes&#39; (for the ladettes), if you had watched the Dancing video, you&#39;ll have seen him dancing in just such a cafe! On top of that you have dazzling shopping district Harajuku where Japan&#39;s fashion heart beats and can be quite amusing browsing through and if you want to party you have Shibuya or (or you want to feel like you&#39;re out on a stag night in Grimsby town center)...the crap-hole that is Roppongi!

Tokyo is usually so big, so loud, so bright and so brash that it can be really overwhelming. There are no noise pollution laws here and every shop seems to have a guy with a megaphone yelling out to attract customers. I do still reccomend it though! If you want to find out more, just search for Tokyo at wikitravel.org.
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Interesting. :D

I&#39;ve always heard Tokyo seems too big, but I&#39;d go there just for the endless onslaught of neon lights and the culture. Although I&#39;d love to visit the countryside there, aswell (that&#39;s assuming I find a way out of the city D:) just to see some of those traditional Japanese homes (those ones with the elongated roofs (or rooves) one every floor of the homes), some temples and relaxing places.

Thanks for the guide and the tips, btw. I&#39;ll be sure to come back to this thread in 7 years before I go. :P

Prestwick
04-07-08, 02:47 PM
Er..seriously, I know you, like myself, Mite, GOML, RC and every other patriotic male member of the various nations that inhabit the British Isles (including Ireland) love a bit of porn. We might like a lot of porn, but in Tokyo, every store seems to have to have at least seven floors. Porn stores are no exception and they house every kind of porn you could want...or not want...

Ground floor) Wehey! PWOARRR!
1st floor) Wehey! Ah-hahahaha! Look at those tits!
2nd floor) hehehe, niice.
3rd floor) heh..er...
4th) .....
5th) Oh my god...jesus christ! O_O
6th) *commits suicide*

You get the idea. The countryside in Japan is interesting in that it is rather more obvious that Man has altered literally every facet and part of the landscape. In the mountain areas, mountains are reinforced with concrete to prevent landslides but are discreetly disguised with ivy and bushes. Along the lowlands, houses and golf ranges scar the land. Allot of it is simply one huge rice paddy to be honest. I do hear that the North and South of the main islands are far more remote and the national parks like the Japan Alps are far more plesant.

Sir Speedy
04-07-08, 02:54 PM
Er..seriously, I know you, like myself, Mite, GOML, RC and every other patriotic male member of the various nations that inhabit the British Isles (including Ireland) love a bit of porn. We might like a lot of porn, but in Tokyo, every store seems to have to have at least seven floors. Porn stores are no exception and they house every kind of porn you could want...or not want...

Ground floor) Wehey! PWOARRR!
1st floor) Wehey! Ah-hahahaha! Look at those tits!
2nd floor) hehehe, niice.
3rd floor) heh..er...
4th) .....
5th) Oh my god...jesus christ! O_O
6th) *commits suicide*

You get the idea. The countryside in Japan is interesting in that it is rather more obvious that Man has altered literally every facet and part of the landscape. In the mountain areas, mountains are reinforced with concrete to prevent landslides but are discreetly disguised with ivy and bushes. Along the lowlands, houses and golf ranges scar the land. Allot of it is simply one huge rice paddy to be honest. I do hear that the North and South of the main islands are far more remote and the national parks like the Japan Alps are far more plesant.
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Porn stores? O_O

I am so there!

To be honest, the Japanese countryside can&#39;t be as bad as ours, can it?

Wales - mountains mountains mountains mountains mountains mountains mountains mountains mountains mountains mountains mountains MUSHROOM, MUSHROOM.

England - flat and dull for the most part.

Scotland - never been there, but from what I&#39;ve heard it&#39;s like Wales except: BIG mountains BIG mountains (lather, rinse).

Ireland - never hear anyone complain about Irish countryside, the impression is that it&#39;s lovely.

Prestwick
04-07-08, 03:18 PM
Seriously, you&#39;ll get so tired of porn after the 2nd floor that you&#39;ll never want to watch it ever again, thats how bad it is.

The countryside, I can&#39;t really describe it to be honest, its something you have to see for yourself. But if I could say something, it&#39;d be that basically everything seems to have been subtly (in in some cases not so subtly) altered by man. The most hilarious one was going on a hike up one of the mountains in the Japan Alps. Upon reaching the first stage, I sat down amongst the clouds to sit and read a book I had been reading on the flight (the Great Gatsby). However, I suddenly noticed that in the background, I could hear a classical quartet cover of "We are the champions" and then "Let it be".

Basically, during the winter, the mountain doubles as a ski slope so all the way up almost to the peak there were speakers pumping cheesy muzak...hideous.

One of the nice things was that upon return to the Hostel (a lovely ski chalet, google "K&#39;s hostel Hakuba" to see it) I noticed the rushing sound of water. Basically, they had channelled all the water coming down from the mountains into these channels which ran down alongside the roads and were siphoned off into all the chalets. This meant you could have relaxing baths with fresh mountain water! Dough boy d-d-dough boy, fresh! Indeed!

Bullitt
04-07-08, 03:20 PM
http://www.artlebedev.com/mandership/109/tokyo.gif
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Mornington Crescent.

Prestwick
04-07-08, 03:24 PM
Naming the game or are you using the fabled "Jake White Autumn tour 2004" rules to claim victory before the game has even started?

Bullitt
04-07-08, 03:40 PM
Zing!

Prestwick
04-07-08, 04:07 PM
:D

Charles
04-07-08, 07:04 PM
Hi Prez ! Nice summary of Tokyo. :bana: ..Although you didn&#39;t speak of Kabukicho, the place of the "banned pleasures".. :ph34r: .Tokyo subawy is not as bad as it looks though...well knowing Japanese IS a big help I suppose but aye... :bleh!:

Also the lovely thing about Japan is the way the girls like to dress sexy (short, short skirts, high heels), and the fact that you will never ever feel unsafe, even at 3 AM in the street.

Edit : also if you&#39;re higher than 1.80 m, you&#39;ll feel really tall and strong.

Prestwick
04-07-08, 07:13 PM
Yeah the safety factor is fantastic. Staggering around at 3am from Space Lab Yellow (which closed last month *sob*) and taking a moment to snooze on a bench would be mind boggling here but in Japan, perfectly fine. In the end I fell asleep in a Manga Cafe. Remember, if you can&#39;t get a hotel/hostel booked, Cafe Bagus is your FRIEND!

Kabukicho is where all the Yakuza run hostess bars are, yeah?

Charles
04-07-08, 09:20 PM
Yeah the safety factor is fantastic. Staggering around at 3am from Space Lab Yellow (which closed last month *sob*) and taking a moment to snooze on a bench would be mind boggling here but in Japan, perfectly fine. In the end I fell asleep in a Manga Cafe. Remember, if you can&#39;t get a hotel/hostel booked, Cafe Bagus is your FRIEND!

Kabukicho is where all the Yakuza run hostess bars are, yeah? [/b]

:D Yeah, you feel like being in Black rain ( atrocious film btw). This is also the main center of the Yakuza vs. Triads gang war in Japan ! :blink: . Another great thing about Tokyo is that you can never get lost,walking for hours and yet there&#39;s always a station somewhere (with the same place-in-front-of-the-station looking place), like an island in the sea of buildings and houses...

Also, food and booze are not that expensive (if you compare with London or Paris), plus the Euro/Yen rate is a treat.

All in all:

Polite people B)
Cheap booze :bana:
Cheap tobacco :bana:
Sexy Ladies :bravo:
Gaijin friendly Ladies :cheers:

Good public equipment


Would make for a pretty good Rugby World Cup me thinks :rolleyes:

Macsen
04-07-08, 10:42 PM
Argh I want to go to Japan now! 私にラグビーのワールドカップ力を与えなさい!

But don&#39;t get me wrong, I&#39;m sure that New Zealand will put on a great world cup, it&#39;s a great country. And a rugby world cup couldn&#39;t be a bad thing even if Antartica was hosting it, but I feel they&#39;ve missed a historical opportunity here.

Prestwick
04-07-08, 10:46 PM
Also, food and booze are not that expensive (if you compare with London or Paris), plus the Euro/Yen rate is a treat.

All in all:

Polite people B)
Cheap booze :bana:
Cheap tobacco :bana:
Sexy Ladies :bravo:
Gaijin friendly Ladies :cheers:

Good public equipment


Would make for a pretty good Rugby World Cup me thinks :rolleyes:
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Oh god yeah! On the Cheap Booze point, several sweeteners:

1) Decent single malt whiskies are way cheaper in Japan than they are in..y&#39;know...Scotland.
2) If you go to a club want a beer and find the bar is packed, just go to a handy-dandy beer vending machine usually situated elsewhere in the club!

So convenient! :cheers:

EDIT: RWC 2011 NZ will be a good World Cup, its just so sad that the big ten nations have decided that vested interests should take precidence over what is good for the game globally.

BLR
05-07-08, 02:58 AM
EDIT: RWC 2011 NZ will be a good World Cup, its just so sad that the big ten nations have decided that vested interests should take precidence over what is good for the game globally.[/b]
Indeed, coz it&#39;s &#39;the homeland&#39; I&#39;ll have connections to all the tickets and pretty much free accomodation throughout NZ. Plus, SPEIGHTS! :D

Haysie
05-07-08, 03:09 AM
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G&#39;day mate,
have you been to Japan? It is the most confusing country to find your way around, especially with 4 languages and countless dialects.
Also Japanese people say what you want them to say, anything polite and flattering. Anything else they keep to themselves.

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Good day to you too mate,

I have been to Japan and I had a superb time. Kyoto was great, the Japan alps, Nagasaki and Matsuyama were all fab thank you! The people were pleasant, polite and happy to help. Usually I was a ginea pig for them to try their english on. I really enjoyed my month there and I&#39;m looking to go back again!

I think you&#39;re confusing Katakana, Hirigana and Kanji which the Japanese draw from to write with with languages. Dialects aren&#39;t really that much of a problem.
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Fair enough mate, each to their own I guess. I wouldn&#39;t fancy going back, but that was just my experiences of a month in Kyoto.
I do speak fluent Hiragana and Katakana and you&#39;re right, I was thinking of Hiragana, Katakana and Kanji as well as English, which is used a lot more since the Soccer World Cup was hosted by Japan.
For the profile of Rugby, it would be superb if Japan hosted it.

BTW where did you stay in Kyoto, out of curiosity?

Prestwick
05-07-08, 09:11 AM
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EDIT: RWC 2011 NZ will be a good World Cup, its just so sad that the big ten nations have decided that vested interests should take precidence over what is good for the game globally.[/b]
Indeed, coz it&#39;s &#39;the homeland&#39; I&#39;ll have connections to all the tickets and pretty much free accomodation throughout NZ. Plus, SPEIGHTS! :D [/b][/quote]

Nya nya nya nya nya! We had the Speights Ale Trailer tour the UK and you didn&#39;t! Nya nya nya nya nya! :bleh!:



BTW where did you stay in Kyoto, out of curiosity?[/b]

I went to K&#39;s Hostel which is close to the Kyoto tower and station. I also spent a night at the &#39;Tomato Hostel&#39; which to be utterly frank is the closest I&#39;m going to get to experiencing that last scene of Blade Runner ever. It even had the pouring rain and everything!

Sir Speedy
05-07-08, 09:58 AM
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EDIT: RWC 2011 NZ will be a good World Cup, its just so sad that the big ten nations have decided that vested interests should take precidence over what is good for the game globally.[/b]
Indeed, coz it&#39;s &#39;the homeland&#39; I&#39;ll have connections to all the tickets and pretty much free accomodation throughout NZ. Plus, SPEIGHTS! :D [/b][/quote]

Nya nya nya nya nya! We had the Speights Ale Trailer tour the UK and you didn&#39;t! Nya nya nya nya nya! :bleh!:



BTW where did you stay in Kyoto, out of curiosity?[/b]

I went to K&#39;s Hostel which is close to the Kyoto tower and station. I also spent a night at the &#39;Tomato Hostel&#39; which to be utterly frank is the closest I&#39;m going to get to experiencing that last scene of Blade Runner ever. It even had the pouring rain and everything!
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Heh, it was probably all simulated, Prest to give you that real-life experience of a movie without watching. :D Coincidentally, I watched Blade Runner for the first time 2 days ago. O.o

Prestwick
06-07-08, 08:51 AM
Seriously, it scared the crap out of me. Although it was run by a verrry cute and sexy lady about my age.

Sadly she couldn&#39;t understand me when I said "Konbanwa..laaadies ;)"

BLR
07-07-08, 01:35 AM
Sadly she couldn&#39;t understand me when I said "Konbanwa..laaadies ;)"[/b]
Did you do the double gun signal at her while saying it? It&#39;s not complete until you do that, that could have been the problem.

smartcooky
07-07-08, 10:44 PM
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Mornington Crescent.
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With the Pratchett variations

closedformaintenance
08-08-08, 11:50 AM
Maybe they are planning to spring a huge 200,000 all seater hippodrome with a roof and a pitch which floats on air and thats made out of recycled tires?
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...and the stands will be rotating around it so everyone will have a perfect view on the game (at some point anyway)...and beer will be free and they&#39;ll change the rules so instead of a video ref we&#39;ll vote on the tricky decisions! That&#39;s going to be huge fun!

But it&#39;s probably going to stay as it is until like...uhm...let&#39;s say 5 weeks before the opening game and then they&#39;ll just pop in two or three hundred additional seats and some more toilets... :rolleyes: