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  • sport 5 Aug 2012 08:49:06 13,085 posts
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    People had the same misconceptions about SA for the 2010 World Cup. Yes these places have crime problems and are dangerous, but if you stay out of the dodgy areas and be sensible enough, you'll be fine.
  • Dougs 5 Aug 2012 08:53:20 73,012 posts
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    The good thing is, they have almost a dry run with the world cup in 2014. Which I will be entering every competition going to get there for.
  • The-Bodybuilder 5 Aug 2012 09:04:04 15,078 posts
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    ecureuil wrote:
    http://i.imgur.com/2otHo.jpg
    :-D Love it.

    Seriously though, remember the fear of a terrorist bombing during our Olympics? (touch wood) I'm sure no tourist wanted to get blown to pieces either.

    Brazil is my dream country. I'm already saving for both the WC and will certainly be at the Olympics too.
  • DaM 5 Aug 2012 09:38:29 14,273 posts
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    Psychotext wrote:
    Tempted to go to this... but Rio seems like the sort of place you get robbed, stabbed or kidnapped. =/
    Everyone (including me) said that about South Africa for the World Cup, but it seemed to go OK.

    They'll just bulldoze all the slums into the sea and ship the inhabitants up the Amazon.
  • Dirtbox 5 Feb 2014 15:55:23 82,294 posts
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    How prepared is Sochi for the Winter Olympics?

    Not very

    Edited by Dirtbox at 15:57:56 05-02-2014
  • Armoured_Bear 5 Feb 2014 15:58:50 14,793 posts
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    Dirtbox wrote:
    How prepared is Sochi for the Winter Olympics?

    Not very
    People are traumatised and shocked at being told to use a bin for the toilet paper, have they never been in a 3rd world country before?
  • sport 5 Feb 2014 16:06:43 13,085 posts
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    Armoured_Bear wrote:
    Dirtbox wrote:
    How prepared is Sochi for the Winter Olympics?

    Not very
    People are traumatised and shocked at being told to use a bin for the toilet paper, have they never been in a 3rd world country before?
    Had to do the same when I stayed in Athens during the Olympics. It's not really a problem.
  • Armoured_Bear 5 Feb 2014 16:14:06 14,793 posts
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    sport wrote:
    Armoured_Bear wrote:
    Dirtbox wrote:
    How prepared is Sochi for the Winter Olympics?

    Not very
    People are traumatised and shocked at being told to use a bin for the toilet paper, have they never been in a 3rd world country before?
    Had to do the same when I stayed in Athens during the Olympics. It's not really a problem.
    Yep, it's normal in Greece, Thailand, Vietnam etc.
    Not exactly a big deal, the Olympics do seem a mess but wham an odd thing to make a fuss about.
  • Psychotext 5 Feb 2014 16:24:30 57,688 posts
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    Pretty stupid in new buildings that were built to showcase Russia. It's like no-one ever invented macerators.

    Doesn't matter though, no-one will want to use the toilets anyway...

  • FWB 5 Feb 2014 16:27:58 48,719 posts
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    They have no experience with building infrastructure,  especially outside Moscow. Of course it was going to be a fuck up.
  • nickthegun 5 Feb 2014 16:28:05 64,526 posts
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    Bellend looking hats off to the germans and their 'festive' uniforms:

  • Load_2.0 5 Feb 2014 16:29:56 21,095 posts
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    You can find shit parts of any city and snap a few photos to make it look awful but some of those rubbish dumps are pretty hard to miss.
  • Mr-Brett 5 Feb 2014 16:44:59 13,261 posts
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    No doubt to encourage teamwork.
  • nickthegun 5 Feb 2014 16:46:10 64,526 posts
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    And cottaging.
  • Psychotext 5 Feb 2014 16:51:58 57,688 posts
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    At least they have their shit bin between them.

  • Deleted user 5 February 2014 16:52:47
    Gay propaganda.
  • kinky_mong 5 Feb 2014 16:55:32 11,680 posts
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    In Soviet Russia, toilet shit on you!
  • Psychotext 5 Feb 2014 21:24:12 57,688 posts
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  • Load_2.0 5 Feb 2014 21:33:13 21,095 posts
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    You only get that top quality finish from 50 billion of spending.
  • CosmicFuzz 5 Feb 2014 21:51:49 29,086 posts
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    :D
  • Whizzo 5 Feb 2014 22:00:41 44,042 posts
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    You have to remember in Russia hot air falls rather than rises, Stalin ordered it so.

    Edited by Whizzo at 22:00:53 05-02-2014
  • localnotail 5 Feb 2014 22:38:29 23,084 posts
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    Why isn't there a separate thread?
  • Psychotext 5 Feb 2014 23:22:49 57,688 posts
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    graysonavich wrote:
    Hoping once it kicks off tomorrow journos can do their actual job and focus on the events.
    Hopefully the infrastructure will be up to it.
  • Dougs 6 Feb 2014 09:19:32 73,012 posts
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    nickthegun wrote:
    Bellend looking hats off to the germans and their 'festive' uniforms:

    http://www.cbc.ca/strombo/content/images/german-olympic-uniforms-gallery-1.jpg
    Some top trolling there.
  • Dougs 6 Feb 2014 09:22:20 73,012 posts
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    Armoured_Bear wrote:
    Dirtbox wrote:
    How prepared is Sochi for the Winter Olympics?

    Not very
    People are traumatised and shocked at being told to use a bin for the toilet paper, have they never been in a 3rd world country before?
    To be fair, that was one of many issues and it wasn't as if they made a big deal of it. Just said they were surprised. Which I would be too given its brand new infrastructure.
  • CosmicFuzz 6 Feb 2014 09:36:33 29,086 posts
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    Dougs wrote:
    Armoured_Bear wrote:
    Dirtbox wrote:
    How prepared is Sochi for the Winter Olympics?

    Not very
    People are traumatised and shocked at being told to use a bin for the toilet paper, have they never been in a 3rd world country before?
    To be fair, that was one of many issues and it wasn't as if they made a big deal of it. Just said they were surprised. Which I would be too given its brand new infrastructure.
    Yeah, I think it's less "third world country" and more "50 billion??!"

    Hardly third-world country prices!
  • Armoured_Bear 6 Feb 2014 09:37:43 14,793 posts
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    Dougs wrote:
    Armoured_Bear wrote:
    Dirtbox wrote:
    How prepared is Sochi for the Winter Olympics?

    Not very
    People are traumatised and shocked at being told to use a bin for the toilet paper, have they never been in a 3rd world country before?
    To be fair, that was one of many issues and it wasn't as if they made a big deal of it. Just said they were surprised. Which I would be too given its brand new infrastructure.

    "People have asked me what surprised me the most here in Sochi. It's this. Without question ... it's ... THIS."

    I read that as it being the most surprising thing of all and IMO it pales in comparison to the likes of the radiators and under pillow dockets but it's no big deal.
    I don't want to make a big deal of their big deal :-)
  • nickthegun 6 Feb 2014 09:41:46 64,526 posts
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    Yeah, this is a supposedly civilised country that has just spend more than $50bn on setting up the event. The least you expect for that kind of cash is running water and a flushing toilet.

    To be fair, though, 30bn of that almost certainly went on bribes.
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