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11. Posted by phil767 (Budding Member 54 posts) 8y

Hey James where's my reply? Dont fail me

[ Edit: Edited on Jan 18, 2008, at 10:16 PM by phil767 ]

12. Posted by phil767 (Budding Member 54 posts) 8y

Oh and I hate to "rain on your parade" (pun semi-intended) but bring an umbrella...I think Rhianna has just brought her song out over here...Kind of reminds me of the *Cough* summer *Cough* That we had at the moment...It's rained non-stop for 2 days and cloudy for most...I really thought that OZ was sunny every day *BAH* Those Bloomin Holiday magazines but all in all it's ok

13. Posted by phil767 (Budding Member 54 posts) 8y

Quoting phil767

Oh and I hate to "rain on your parade" (pun semi-intended) but bring an umbrella...I think Rhianna has just brought her song out over here...Kind of reminds me of the *Cough* summer *Cough* That we had at the moment...It's rained non-stop for 2 days and cloudy for most...I really thought that OZ was sunny every day *BAH* Those Bloomin Holiday magazines but all in all it's ok

I tell you what when I get a job in travel there'll be no stepping on egg shells when I sell a holiday "THE COMPUTER SAYS NOOOOO!!!!"

14. Posted by phil767 (Budding Member 54 posts) 8y

O.K It's time to bring up a link because I don't want to say it, Please bear in mind that this is about 50% , I have met nice people outside maybe they were from out of town but anyway my advice is to stay in sydney for 1 week just to see the place and then get out unless offcourse you like superficial things.

The Confirmation I've been looking for! Even today on a short 30 minute outing I got stressed out and I'm normaly an easy going guy

"Attitude of people - most Sydneysiders are rude and ignorant thinking that they rule the world and are above everyone"

"I agree that sydney is worst australian city but for different reasons. There is some violence but the population here is larger and that gives the impression.
I agree that sydney people are rude and unhelpful especially with customer service and helping strangers. Sydney city people are to fast paced and will not bother to help anyone if they need help or appear lost. It's a egocentric city unfortunately(thinking that other cities are second to it). New York is also egocentric but the difference is the people will help strangers.
With added life pressures such as housing costs, new workplace pressures, people are not coping with that and seems to express frustration thru road rage,rudeness, impatience,ignorance, selfishness. Maybe Sydney people are nice when the get home"

"Forgot to add. About 4 years ago I was in Sdney with my parents for an Uncle's funeral. My father is almost blind. As was usual at that time when we visited, often those horrid little train ticket things where you put your ticket in one end and pass through and get it, was not working. About 2 out of every 3 stations. Anyway, they had one of the bays open, and a ticket master there. The guy was chatting to some passenger, and the passenger had left a trolley near in the middle of the walkway in the bay. Dad tripped over it, went ass over ti.t, and bounced and landed against a wall. Sprawled on his back. 60 years old, pulled a leg muscle and a back muscle. The guy at the turnstyle noticed and I think the passenger did too. They just looked at him, and continued their conversation!!! Did or said nothing. Just looked at him. Turned back to their conversation. I think it was at Sydney Central station.

A similar incident happened some years before, somewhere else in Sydney. Even in one of the restaurants close to the city, they had like, communal tables where everyone ate together (looked weird to me), the waiters and cooks, and even patrons all seemed in a hurry, quite short, and rude. In Brisbane, in any pub or restaurant, and in the stations, everyone is friendly, and takes the time to smile. Sydney are cold to other human beings and don't give a stuff. They lack the friendliness of Brisbane. Sydney treats people extremely coldly. Probably reflects the depressed atmosphere of the Victorian-era town.

PS, I think I've remembered the incident. Dad was in a Sydney pub and asked for a glass of lemonaide as he was Diabetic and having a hypo (low). He rested his head on the bar, and the barperson told him he'd have to get out, because it 'looked bad'. In Qld, that would NEVER happen. Sydney is just this cruel, old-fashioned dirty horrid place, and quite frankly its a shame that its even part of this beautiful SUNNY and CLEAN country"

http://au.messages.yahoo.com/news/localnews-nsw/272/

http://blogs.smh.com.au/newsblog/archives/frankenstein/004033.html

[ Edit: Edited on Jan 20, 2008, at 12:42 AM by phil767 ]

15. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4136 posts) 8y

Quoting phil767

O.K It's time to bring up a link because I don't want to say it, Please bear in mind that this is about 50% , I have met nice people outside maybe they were from out of town but anyway my advice is to stay in sydney for 1 week just to see the place and then get out unless offcourse you like superficial things.

The Confirmation I've been looking for! Even today on a short 30 minute outing I got stressed out and I'm normaly an easy going guy

"Attitude of people - most Sydneysiders are rude and ignorant thinking that they rule the world and are above everyone"

"I agree that sydney is worst australian city but for different reasons. There is some violence but the population here is larger and that gives the impression.
I agree that sydney people are rude and unhelpful especially with customer service and helping strangers. Sydney city people are to fast paced and will not bother to help anyone if they need help or appear lost. It's a egocentric city unfortunately(thinking that other cities are second to it). New York is also egocentric but the difference is the people will help strangers.
With added life pressures such as housing costs, new workplace pressures, people are not coping with that and seems to express frustration thru road rage,rudeness, impatience,ignorance, selfishness. Maybe Sydney people are nice when the get home"

"Forgot to add. About 4 years ago I was in Sdney with my parents for an Uncle's funeral. My father is almost blind. As was usual at that time when we visited, often those horrid little train ticket things where you put your ticket in one end and pass through and get it, was not working. About 2 out of every 3 stations. Anyway, they had one of the bays open, and a ticket master there. The guy was chatting to some passenger, and the passenger had left a trolley near in the middle of the walkway in the bay. Dad tripped over it, went ass over ti.t, and bounced and landed against a wall. Sprawled on his back. 60 years old, pulled a leg muscle and a back muscle. The guy at the turnstyle noticed and I think the passenger did too. They just looked at him, and continued their conversation!!! Did or said nothing. Just looked at him. Turned back to their conversation. I think it was at Sydney Central station.

A similar incident happened some years before, somewhere else in Sydney. Even in one of the restaurants close to the city, they had like, communal tables where everyone ate together (looked weird to me), the waiters and cooks, and even patrons all seemed in a hurry, quite short, and rude. In Brisbane, in any pub or restaurant, and in the stations, everyone is friendly, and takes the time to smile. Sydney are cold to other human beings and don't give a stuff. They lack the friendliness of Brisbane. Sydney treats people extremely coldly. Probably reflects the depressed atmosphere of the Victorian-era town.

PS, I think I've remembered the incident. Dad was in a Sydney pub and asked for a glass of lemonaide as he was Diabetic and having a hypo (low). He rested his head on the bar, and the barperson told him he'd have to get out, because it 'looked bad'. In Qld, that would NEVER happen. Sydney is just this cruel, old-fashioned dirty horrid place, and quite frankly its a shame that its even part of this beautiful SUNNY and CLEAN country"

http://au.messages.yahoo.com/news/localnews-nsw/272/

http://blogs.smh.com.au/newsblog/archives/frankenstein/004033.html

I've lived in Sydney most of my life, and I reckon it's grossly over-rated by the majority of it's inhabitants who have probably been no farther afield in their travels than Bali or Fiji, and hence are not aware of much else.

The media feeds this with ridiculous statements such as "best beaches in the world", "our fantastic weather", "food capital", and other such rubbish. The repetitive nature of these statements mean that they become "fact" in the minds of the population, who believe that they live in some sort of tropical paradise which is the envy of the world.

Truth of the matter is that, in world terms, Sydney is a geographically isolated, irelevant, large country town. A nice enough place, buit that's about it.

16. Posted by mojorob (Moderator 1047 posts) 8y

Quoting james

I've lived in Sydney most of my life, and I reckon it's grossly over-rated by the majority of it's inhabitants who have probably been no farther afield in their travels than Bali or Fiji, and hence are not aware of much else.

The media feeds this with ridiculous statements such as "best beaches in the world", "our fantastic weather", "food capital", and other such rubbish. The repetitive nature of these statements mean that they become "fact" in the minds of the population, who believe that they live in some sort of tropical paradise which is the envy of the world.

Truth of the matter is that, in world terms, Sydney is a geographically isolated, irelevant, large country town. A nice enough place, buit that's about it.

Harsh...direct...but probably reasonably fair!

17. Posted by Purdy (Travel Guru 3546 posts) 8y

Must say l only spent 5 days in Sydney but found it rather superfical (but some lovely people though!) much prefered Melbourne!

I wouldnt worry about the "Hows it Going" opener - l know l would do that here in Northern Ireland ask some one if they are alright - and seriously l couldnt care less!

18. Posted by summer910 (Respected Member 1342 posts) 8y

I'm all right with Sydney. Was there for a couple of weeks and most of the people I'd met were nice and friendly - bar an unsavoury incident in the train when I was heading back to my hostel. Out of nowhere, this oldish woman sitting a few seats away from me started hurling abuse at me and my ethnicity, and I was simply minding my own business before this. It was very unpleasant, but thankfully other passengers in the train sympathised with me.

Other than that, I'm fine with Sydney and I really like Palm Beach.

19. Posted by wotthefiqh (Inactive 1447 posts) 8y

Quoting james

Truth of the matter is that, in world terms, Sydney is a geographically isolated, irelevant, large country town. A nice enough place, buit that's about it.

How VERY dare you!!!!

Perth is the greatest geographically isolated, irrelevant, large country town I have ever had the fortune to be a resident of.

Hooroo. Gotta go bleed the roadkill out the backyard.

Back in a jiffy.

Bazza McKenzie

[ Edit: Edited on Jan 22, 2008, at 4:11 AM by wotthefiqh ]

20. Posted by wanderer82 (Full Member 111 posts) 8y

I have to disagree most of the above, I spent 6 months living and working in Sydney. Sydney people (like most Aussies) are blunt and forthright but also very friendly and gregarious.

Remember you are talking about a massivley multicultural city of 4 million people, not everyone is going to be friendly. Having been to London plenty of times I can say that Sydney is a million times more friendly.

There are rich and poor areas and like any city Sydney has some racial and social problems.

I must say that when I travelled elsewhere people were on the whole more friendly but I think you can make this comparison in most places in the world.