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Aussies getting ready to party

2011-12-31 09:28

Sydney - New Year's Eve revellers pushed and shoved Saturday to get the best spots on Sydney Harbour for a fireworks display that traditionally sets off celebrations that roll westwards around the globe.

As more than 1.5 million spectators took up positions on one of the world's most famous waterways, clouds dispersed and the weather made good on forecasts of clear skies for the start of 2012.

Australia's biggest city has had its coldest December in 50 years and police and paramedics were hoping the unaccustomed chill would mean fewer arrests for bad behaviour and fewer medical emergencies than in previous years.

More than 2,800 police are on patrol, searching bags to interdict bottles headed for alcohol-free zones and ready to deal with the rowdy and the drunk.

Hospitals were primed for one of their busiest days of the year, and doctors warned that alcohol, exertion and overeating can bring on what they called "happy new year heart attacks."

"It's the biggest night of the year," said 25-year-old Cheng Mei-sin, as she ticked off the minutes before finishing work at a suburban Sydney vegetable shop. "We go to Darling Harbour and then the Opera House and then we stay up all night."

Some of her chums camped out overnight to reserve prime spots to view pyrotechnics said to be the biggest in the world, and costing 6.5 million Australian dollars (6.4 million US dollars).

Going up in smoke will be 7 tons of fireworks on the bridge itself and on barges in the water, connected up by 60 kilometres of wiring and capable of 100,000 explosions over the 20-minute performance.

Lord Mayor Clover Moore defended the expense, saying it worked out at just 4 Australian dollars for each spectator.

Comments
  • Vegi - 2011-12-31 09:48

    Lord Mayor, why are these people clinging to mediaval titles. I pity the people who still call someone Lord or similar ridiculous titles. Coming to the expense and the general uselessness of exploding fireworks, I hope that this is a lesson to South Africans that you cannot fail to celebrate important events because it is expensive to do so or not important to some people. You celebrate within your means. It is in this light that 100 years of the existence of one of the organisations that liberated us from the clutches of the beast deserve to be celebrated within the available means.

      rod.buchan - 2011-12-31 10:15

      hi Vegi! Your name is appropriate for the comment you uttered,Still you might improve so hang in there!

      Larry - 2011-12-31 10:26

      Hey Veg, If your ANC would stop looting, perhaps we could do the same as the Aussies. Their Lord Mayor does his job and does not get paid anywhere near the same as an ANC Mayor of a Dorp. I love South Africa, but hate Pr**ks like you.

      Vegi - 2011-12-31 10:35

      Larry Looting is not acceptable. I am not talking about the looting that you imagine. I am talking about real looting. South Africa is a towering giant compared to the morally bankrupt Australia. Only an idiot can leave Africa for that Island.

      ubhejane - 2011-12-31 10:49

      You are right Vegi. But don't worry about what this Apartheid pig has to say. Why do you think he is hanging around here on our website. He is trying to justify his move to Australia. Do you see any happy South Africans on here that moved to Australia? No, because they got on with life and became useful individuals in their new country. All you will see on here are the rubbish from the Apartheid era that come on here to hate us blacks.

      Vegi - 2011-12-31 11:14

      Ubhejane South Africa has problems, but not on the scale imagined by the apartheid idiots. In fact it is much better than the other countries that are not in the news for their evil deeds. The problems we have can be easily tackled with the correct polical decisions.

      ubhejane - 2011-12-31 11:20

      I agree Vegi. Give us 10 years with a few million more educated youth and you will see what we do with this country. These old men running this country now are as bad as those Apartheid pigs. They only care about themselves and that is why they all fail. We have enough knowledge to know that stealing isn't going to grow the economy and we need US to stand up and fix the mistakes this rotten previous generation, both black and white caused.

      Larry - 2011-12-31 12:52

      @Ubejasus. I am in South Africa, Always have been and a Racist Pig like you are not going to get me going anywhere. I will be here to witness every stuff-up that your Anc makes. Its not your website mate. You did not invent the wheel, or anything else for that matter.

      ubhejane - 2011-12-31 22:04

      @Larry. I could actually care less where you are. You can be in Sydney, in London or in Cape Town. All that matters today is the fact that I got opportunities to take, in spite of you and whatever you think about us or me in particular. From your vantage point we are all just trash and will be forever. From my vantage point you should be very grateful 1994 didn't turn into a blood bath because with the humiliating memories burnt into my memory of how white kids stuck their tongues out at me at traffic lights when I begged for a few cents 16 years ago, I don't know if I personally would have cared if this turned into a blood bath. Reading all the names I get called on here after all these years has just deepened my belief that a lot of white South Africans aren't worth knowing. Not as fellow citizens and not as human beings. Malema keeps crying about your wealth. If only he knew how poor you are and that he would be far more productive to teach his following to embrace this freedom of ours and forget about whatever you own. I don't want it. I don't want anything that once belonged to you. And that is my mission in life. To teach my people we don't need you, we only need to change the way we see ourselves. When you go to your grave one day, your footprints here will be erased as if you never walked this land.

      ubhejane - 2012-01-01 02:58

      @Vegi. Read this blog again then you will get a feeling what our parents had to endure at the hands of these monsters. Aren't you just eternally grateful we were saved from this? I had to take my dog away from here at midnight because these rich white brats were shooting crackers. It sounded like a war zone. The birds didn't know where to fly to. They call us the morons, but they don't have enough savvy to teach these rotten brats of theirs anything. They are growing up being as destructive as their parents. I hope by the time I have kids, this rotten bunch will all be living in Perth swatting flies for a hobby, so my kids can grow up amongst civilized human beings!

      Heibrin - 2012-01-01 03:07

      @Vegi: Almost as ridiculous as a head of police calling himself 'General' - he's not in the army now, is he? Or who in the modern world calls their leader 'chief' nowadays?? Oh, yeah, that medieval title is part of your culture, much the same as Lord Mayor is part of Aussie culture. Why can't everyone here not realize a very simple fact: the WORLD is my (our) village, I (we) go where I (we) feel like, work where it pleases ME (us) to work and live where I (we) like to. I choose to better those places where I end up, to lift them (the people & country) up to the standards that society as a whole has deemed acceptable (and yes, this means commenting on forums such as News24), instead of lowering myself to their standards by accepting the situations in those countries. @Kate: Grow up. Seriously. The fact that you need to belittle other people's choices (without being able to justify the belittlement against the aforementioned societal rules) shows your lack of maturity. And before you say I'm just an expat commenting and wanting to come back, yada, yada: I comment on 10-15 forums, the world over, most not in English, all of countries where I've been, and in all I berate the bad and push the good. I'll continue to do so, even here, and NOTHING the closed minded people like yourself, Vegi and ubhejane says will stop me.

      rod.buchan - 2012-01-01 07:17

      i just love your name 'Vegi',It seems oh so appropriate,I think you once possesed 2 brain cell but one died,shame you might grow another one some day.

      Michael - 2012-01-02 11:28

      @vegi funny how you can comment on Australia when you have never seen outside of your village. You should come and have a look, and see how awesome life can be when your tax money is not stolen, and is actually used to benefit the PEOPLE. I pity you, as I sip my wine, looking out over Bells beach knowing that my car is safe in the parking, that my bag is safe where I left it on the beach, that when I get home I will still have my house intact with nothing stolen, that taxi drivers have not killed more innocent people. Yes, carry on saying what you want about Australia, and I will carry on laughing at what idiots like you think. You should try moving up here into civilization, it's like nothing you could ever imagine

  • Vegi - 2011-12-31 10:13

    Australia has not shed its reputation as a safe hideout for felons. It has a tendency of absorbing South African felons, e.g. that fugitive Pyramid Kingpin is still safe and sound in that island after ruining the lives of many well meaning South African business people and the Australian Government is doing nothing about it. In fact many South Africans who are contemplating feloneous behaviour have Australia in their sights.

      Lara - 2011-12-31 11:05

      I suppose our whole cabinet will be sitting in Australia soon.

      ubhejane - 2011-12-31 11:16

      Yes Lara. That is a great plan! Australia is after all founded by criminals! LOL LOL

      Vegi - 2011-12-31 11:20

      Ubhejane What you say is the absolute truth. Indeed Australia was a penal colony where all convicted felons of the evil British Empire were ferried. Even today criminal elements from South Africa and elsewheree run away to that Island.

      Lara - 2011-12-31 11:24

      Many of those criminals were political prisoners and Australia was their Robben Island. Think about that.

      Nicholas.Spaggiari - 2011-12-31 11:46

      Love how those left behind hate Australia.... what a bitter sour bunch... so glad I live amoung happier people now!!! I think the worst place to spend new years is in scummy JHB... And we have Sydney, yeah, how can anyone be stupid enough to compare...

      Vegi - 2011-12-31 11:51

      Really Lara. British politics are wide ranging. They include rape, theft, etc. Your reasoning boggles the mind.

      Lara - 2011-12-31 12:07

      How is politics related to theft or rape? Or are you true political animal?

      jowza1 - 2011-12-31 12:15

      vanilla ice cream,if aussie is that great,what are you doing here on this site

      Nicholas.Spaggiari - 2011-12-31 13:26

      Jozwa... I already answered that if you read above. Would'nt you want to stay in the loop if you cared about friends or family left behind?

      Heibrin - 2012-01-01 03:11

      @Kate: Almost as big as the Cape Flats. Or Hillbrow (if you can manage dodging a fridge over New Years!).

      Heibrin - 2012-01-01 03:15

      @Vegi: Do you know that the majority of Australians are immigrants' descendants, that the penal colony only contributed a very small portion of the population in total? Since you're obviously trying to be nasty: Did you know that South Africa's biggest section of the population are descendants of murders & pillagers, who stole, killed and raped their way across half a continent before being stopped? The Zulu's history seems to be conveniently forgotten, eh?

  • Shirley - 2011-12-31 10:43

    A spectacle to behold! Happy new year Oz! No wonder South Africans cannot get along judging by some comments here! Live and let live! Dont be catty just because someone else is having a good time and you are not!

      Vegi - 2011-12-31 10:59

      I pity you Shirley. Have you ever been to South Africa. If not, you don't know what you are missing. South Africa is one of a very few countries in the world that boasts residence of all available nationalities in the world: Croats, Uzbeks, Turks, Pakistanis, runaway Americans, Brits, Transdiniestans, Moldovans, French Huguenots, Germans, Belgians, etc etc. It is a true melting pot of cultures where everyone has his space in the sun. Don't worry about the few rotten apples who used that used to enjoy the sunshine all by themselves to the total exclusion of others and are now crying wolf because they cannot adjust to the new equal opportunity environment.

      ubhejane - 2011-12-31 11:13

      LOL LOL Kate. Don't forget we can call Bra JuJu and he can bring a few thousand taxis with buckets of KFC and we can scream Amandla with hanging our bare backsides out of the taxi windows!!!!!!

      Phil - 2011-12-31 11:42

      Only South Africans know how to have a great time , just read the blikksemse article about 'fireworks' in sydney...how tame is that? here in Gauteng fireorks are kids play , we have the real things and crims and the public alike know how to use them. Nothing like a home invasion with a few shots fired on New Years Eve to get your adreneline flowing. Ozzies are wussies ..they dont even have electric fencing or razor wire ...what fun is that for a burglar?

      Nicholas.Spaggiari - 2011-12-31 11:50

      Vegi, I have been lived and experienced all of South Africa... Shirley... you're not missing much. The rape and murder capital of the world. A serious dump. And yep... NYE in Syd is just magic... the best... hands down. Vegi, it sounds like you're the one that has never been there... and I assure you, please dont go... because we wouldn't want you to stay! :)

      Nicholas.Spaggiari - 2011-12-31 12:18

      @ubhe... whatever It seems to me that you think "standing up for your country" means hating and slandering others. Standing up for your country actually has nothing to do with other countries, it means fixing your own mess, standing as an example and loving your own people. Now you Sound like a very hateful and angry person, and I think the reason why so many South Africans left is because the place is filled with angry people like you. Honestly, Australians have nothing against South Africa... they don't really care or know much about SA. Sorry to say... I think you need to seriously fix your issues.... mate.

      jowza1 - 2011-12-31 12:25

      shirley,is it a coincidence that yoor surname starts with steen?

      ubhejane - 2011-12-31 12:28

      @Vanilla Sky Get off here and go watch your fireworks. Or do have to vacuum the floors because you can't afford a slave to do it for you? Every time I see an ex South African on our websites my toes curl of joy! I see all of you scrubbing the floors and carrying out your own trash! We are FREE of all of you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Heibrin - 2012-01-01 03:24

      @ubhejane: ROLF, hang-ups, much? FIY: I (and all of my friends, that I know of) left home and started doing all of that for ourselves. Every time someone knocked on the front door of my uni-house and asked for casual work it made me glad to turn them away, after all, it saved them the embarrassment of working as a 'slave'. Funny though, it probably also meant that her kids weren't eating that day, but eh, at least she wasn't a slave. I'd like to see you call the lady that currently cleans my house once a week (at a cost of $300 pm) a slave. She's a Kiwi, and trust me, she'll bliksem the k*k out of you.

  • Shirley - 2011-12-31 11:22

    Vegi: WTF??????? So by wishing another country a happy new year I need to be pitied??????? You go on about a melting pot and how wonderful S.A is and you dont mind that S.A. makes millions on revenue from tourism every year but you.Kate and Ubhejane are all so negative or bringing apartheid cr@p into something that is acyually an act of courtesy-Wishing someone else a happy new year!!!!!! So much for the "ubunthu" attitude in this country! For your information Ive lived here all my life-and I know this country is also full of negative racists like you. So I wont be wishing you a happy new year after all you have it all figured out!

      Lara - 2011-12-31 11:54

      Kate, but haven't you been swearing? * * * don't count. Lol.

      Nicholas.Spaggiari - 2011-12-31 12:21

      ubhejane... i think you're the only ones fighting... lol

  • phillip.havenga - 2011-12-31 11:33

    Some of you people are seriously deluded.

      ubhejane - 2011-12-31 11:41

      Why are we deluded? Because we didn't run when we encountered problems? Most of us hold only South African passports and we have no other option but stand up for our rights. Running has never sorted any problems out or hasn't your father had the wisdom to teach you that bit about life?????

      ubhejane - 2011-12-31 22:54

      Unfortunately my mother is dead. But what I do remember about her was that she taught me never to call people names, not even in a heated argument. So not only do I consider myself fortunate today, I am also seemingly far better bred than you and most of the other threatened characters on here.

      phillip.havenga - 2011-12-31 22:56

      No ubhejane you are no better because you were derogatory to me first, so clearly she never taught you to have an intelligent argument.

      phillip.havenga - 2011-12-31 23:02

      Oh yes and you have actually called me names on another article so your argument falls flat.

      ubhejane - 2011-12-31 23:25

      Shall I go copy and paste your first comment to me and my reply? You don't have the guts to take me on Phillip. I remember your first comment like you said it yesterday, just below that other arrogant character that now lives in London claiming to be the holier than thou Christian. The two of you are cut from the same cloth.

      ubhejane - 2011-12-31 23:37

      I read it all again and I don't think you want your demeaning posts copied on here. Have a great 2012 Phillip. I'll try and be a bit less moronic next year.

      phillip.havenga - 2012-01-01 09:54

      Ubhejane I'll take you on flatten your argument, you always jump to the defense even when you are not being attacked, all that this shows is that you have an inferiority complex. Regarding the comment you are referring to I made a simple statement at which you became derogatory so you threw the first stone. DO NOT think that you are clever when you are nothing but self promoting pompous fool.

      phillip.havenga - 2012-01-01 10:03

      ubhejane here is the first comment I ever made to you: Ibhubesi the biggest problem is that you have no interest to educate yourself on the topic you are speaking about, you pull out arguments based on your clearly limited knowledge of the bible. I have no problem with anybodies beliefs, believe what you will as long as it doesn't harm another, but at least have knowledge of the subject before you try and make clever remarks about it.

      phillip.havenga - 2012-01-01 10:04

      Ubhejane and here is your condescending reply which was totally off the point and topic I made and only sought to attack me personally. @Phillip. You are right. I don't have an interest to educate myself in a religion with this many hostile people blasting others and calling them names. Sending people to a hell and all the other trimmings. I devote my life to this planet and I would far rather save a Rhino than worry about what book you read or what instrument you will be playing when you are an angel. As you have now read a hundred times on here my brain is much smaller than yours, so logically it will only be able to hold a quarter of what yours can hold. This week my mission is the Rhino and I don't care how many other souls you will be saving, none of that is part of my reality, but the Rhinos are. So arrange a dinner party and then you tell all your clever friends about this stupid Af on News24 that won't listen to the way to the stairway to your heaven, but worries about Rhino being killed. Just another small brain creature like me! My point is Phillip, while you sit on your condescending throne like the character that commented above you, I am going to raise funds for a real cause that benefits this earth. There are already 2 Billion other Christians and all of you can pat each other on the back and think yourselves as very fortunate. I am not interested in being accepted into your elite circle of intelligent Christians. I like humble human beings.

      phillip.havenga - 2012-01-01 10:07

      So ubhejane how does it feel to be shown for the judgemental and condescending individual that you are? I was pointing out your self confessed lack of knowledge on the topic you were arguing about, nowhere did I insult your intelligence or your character.

  • Phil - 2011-12-31 11:34

    Have to agree with you guys, good riddance to all of the lazy traitors fleeing this wonderful country to hellholes like Perth and Sydney. We have been without them for years and look at the great country we have 'contributed' to. All of us who have stayed and worked hard can pat ourselves on the back at our results ..we have truly 'made a difference'

      ubhejane - 2011-12-31 11:37

      Hang in there Phil. We will still fix all of this cr@p soon. We are already seeing the ANC disintegrating and we need to stand strong and fight a bit more!

      Phil - 2011-12-31 11:47

      Thanks Kate and ubhejane ...great to see the intelligencia of our new and proud nation responding.

      Vegi - 2011-12-31 12:08

      Thanks for your patriotic comment.

      rod.buchan - 2012-01-01 07:44

      hey Phil reading between the lines i see you appear to have a low intellect & also have never been to a 1st world country like Australia(example)i must be frustrating for you that you wouldn't score a Reidency visa in any 1st world Nation,I guess i should feel a bit sorry for you but it wont be easy.

      Phil - 2012-01-01 14:52

      Hey Rod , you are not the smartest are you. Read my comments carefully and with a touch of imagination that was obviously lost on the likes of Kate. PS Although I still have an SA base ..I dont spend a lot of time there and have residency for Europe and Australia.

  • Shirley - 2011-12-31 11:39

    Kate:You are sad!! Thank God you work in finances and not tourism! You would seethe tourism industry bankrupt!As for swearing check your response to Ubhejane-practise what you preach! Hopefully when you do forensic auditing your disposition isnt so SOUR!

      Vegi - 2011-12-31 12:06

      Shirley, before you attack Kate for speaking the truth, first look at your treacherous comment about South Africa and South Africans.

  • Phil - 2011-12-31 11:47

    Fireworks in Sydney? Hell , over here we set fire to people!

      ubhejane - 2011-12-31 11:59

      LOL LOL Yes we have lots of FAT politician Mercedes tyres to necklace all those opposed to the ANC!!!!

      Garth - 2011-12-31 14:10

      You find setting fire to people funny? Hmmm. Ever seen a necklacing uBu? Phil? Hilarious . . . sad.

      Phil - 2011-12-31 18:43

      Garth , I remember seeing a picture of a Zimbabwean immigrant being set alight a short while ago (one of 24 I think) whilst a South African Policeman looked on and laughed. No , I don't think it is funny, I think it is tragic. I think SA is tragic. A big effing mess.

  • Shirley - 2011-12-31 12:40

    Yusuf Bhabha: Lets not start on the surnames hey!Racist!!!!!!

      jowza1 - 2011-12-31 12:43

      racist? me? lol.all iwas trying to say is that your reasoning is made out of steen.thick and nothing can penetrate in there

  • Shirley - 2011-12-31 12:54

    Yusuf Bhabha: your response says it all! Hope you dont blow anything up over new year!

      jowza1 - 2011-12-31 12:56

      is that the best you can come up with?

      jowza1 - 2011-12-31 12:59

      anyway shirley,im off to meet friends and family.we are going to braai and have a good time.the one thing i wont be doing is sitting in front of the computer on new years eve and telling everone what a great time im having.you have a happy new year an may 2012 bring you more friends

      ubhejane - 2012-01-01 02:27

      Jowza, this is the classic example of someone that doesn't have enough money to get out of here. They drive around in old dirty Japanese cars and with this mentality she lives either in Alberton, Boksburg or Benoni. I can just imagine how pleased her husband looks when he gets home at night! He probably puts earplugs in his ears and prays for morning to come so he can get away from this sour old disgruntled bag of rotting lemons.

  • Shirley - 2011-12-31 13:14

    Yusuf Bhabha: I was going to respond to your last comment but youre not worth it! Put youre real pic on face book-You need help!

      Larry - 2011-12-31 14:30

      Give up Shirley. You are trying to communicate with Morons.

      ubhejane - 2011-12-31 16:57

      Says she with no picture on Facebook!

  • Shirley - 2011-12-31 15:07

    Larry: A happy and prosperous 2012 to you and your loved ones!!

      Larry - 2011-12-31 16:32

      Thank you Shirley and the same you you and yours. Stay well.

  • Michael - 2011-12-31 17:27

    Geez -who gave these idiots computers? This must be a record for the most BS comments for 2011!

      ubhejane - 2011-12-31 22:36

      Get used to it! The numbers are increasing every year further away from 1994. We go to school now, unlike your white government that wanted to keep us in the bush. Us Idiots are no longer digging your flowerbeds. But this comment has been left on here for the rest of the forum. You without a picture or profile is just another weakling that hasn't got the balls to put a face to your comment.

      Heibrin - 2012-01-01 03:34

      @ubhejane: Ever thought he's referring to you? I've mostly held you as a level headed, intellectually sound person who makes well thought out comments that actually contribute to the article at hand, without needing to resort to name calling etc. Sad to see myself proven wrong, and all because you can't accept that different people make choices not the same as yours. No expat started this whole 'your country, my country' sh*t throwing match, all I could see was a pathetic few 'redneck hicks' needing to justify THEIR choices by belittling other people's. GROW UP, there is a whole world beyond your little place in the sun.

      phillip.havenga - 2012-01-01 09:59

      ubhejane once again your persecution complex shines brightly, you automatically assume when someone says something negative they are referring to you. Do you have any idea how much this says about you? Let me give you some free advice, climb off of your judgemental high horse and come and join the rest of silly little people that are actually tolerant towards others and their views and before you pull out the religion card just remember it says more about your intolerance than anybody else's.

  • Heibrin - 2012-01-01 04:06

    @Kate, Vegi @ ubhejane: Remembered something and dug out a letter that was sent to an uncle who moved from SA to the US in 1978, a few years after the Soweto massacres (he didn't want to live under a government that did that), in it a friend of his, who stayed in South Africa, belittled him and called him a traitor to his country, because he chose to run away, and not stay and fix the problem - they were both members of the PFP. Sound familiar? Question is, would you berate him his choice?

  • Ask - 2012-01-01 21:12

    @ All - So what if Sydney has the best fireworks display, and it it costs each Aussie $4.00 pp... Sounds like whole lotta jealousy going on... @vegi - Boet; you should change your diet... @Uphejane - too much education is not good... perhaps it is time that you went out in this grand world and learn from experience... @Kate - I love your pic on facebook; if that is you; you are Gorgeous... @ all expats - enjoy... Experience and impart knowledge... Have a great 2012... hope ALL people can live with respect... and with each other...

  • Michael - 2012-01-02 11:31

    @vegi those fireworks in Sydney bring tourists from all over the world, this bringing in more money. When last has your govt done anything to bring more money into the economy. They very good at filling their own wallets though aren't they...

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