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it seems i live in the best city on earth.....

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...but a fella got beaten almost to death by police on the weekend (made the rodney king beating look like a teaparty), so i'm not entirely convinced

 

 

Melbourne 'world's top city'

 

From correspondents in London

February 6, 2004

 

MELBOURNE has retained its position as the best city in the world to call home.

 

Often derided as Bleak City by Sydneysiders, Melbourne topped a survey of 130 cities, narrowly beating out the other four Australian capitals surveyed - because its weather rated the best.

 

Sydney lost ground because its crime rate was rated on a par with New York and London.

 

The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) survey ranked Melbourne, Vancouver and Vienna as the best cities for expatriates to live, with Perth fourth and Adelaide, Brisbane and Sydney equal sixth.

 

Geneva was ranked fifth, while Papua New Guinea's capital Port Moresby kept the title it took in the last survey in October 2002 as the worst.

 

"Melbourne pretty much top scored in everything," said survey co-editor Jon Copestake.

 

"But the difference between all the Australian cities is minimal. One thing Sydney had different to the other cities was a higher crime rate, and it's climate. It's level of humidity was worse than Melbourne's."

 

The London-based EIU assessed the level of hardship for expatriates in the 130 cities, using 12 factors including housing, education, recreational activities, health, climate and terrorism.

 

Cities were rated one to five in the 12 categories, with one meaning there was no hardship and five indicating extreme hardship.

 

Melbourne received the perfect one in each category, including its unpredictable weather, to give it an overall score of one.

 

The other Australian cities were all given a two for climate, while Adelaide also received two for housing, Brisbane and Perth scored two for transport and Sydney for its crime. Port Moresby received five for crime and an overall score of 80.

 

While Perth was given an overall mark of 1.1, Adelaide, Brisbane and Sydney scored 1.2.

 

The heightened terrorist threat only had a minimal impact on western cities, even those in the United States, largely because of newly developed security measures.

 

The highest ranked US city was Honolulu in 19th on eight points, while New York was 51st with 16 and Washington was the lowest of 16 American cities in the survey at 57th, mainly due to a higher risk of terrorism giving it an overall score of 19.

 

London was equal 45th, along with Los Angeles, Madrid and San Francisco.

 

Kuwait fell the most places, dropping from 87 to 97 because of the war in neighbouring Iraq, while Harare suffered the greatest actual drop in living standards as a result of ongoing unrest and slid eight places to 118.

 

The Iraqi capital Baghdad was not included in the survey.

 

AAP

 

 

 

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Originally posted by StarzAbove

:lol: i thought nyc n paris were the best

 

perhaps more fun than other places, but as far as quality of life (housing/cost of living/health services/education/transport/weather/cleanliness etc etc etc) i don't think either ranked very highly

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NO WAY W.A. ALL THE WAY

 

Originally posted by Mr. ABC

perhaps more fun than other places, but as far as quality of life (housing/cost of living/health services/education/transport/weather/cleanliness etc etc etc) i don't think either ranked very highly

 

mmmm melbourne?

out of cleanliness and weather... u got to be joking

perth kills over melbs well perth is alot cleaner and the weather

is alot nicer..melboure its allways cold and windy and u must admit it is

a pretty grotty city!:)

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Re: NO WAY W.A. ALL THE WAY

 

Originally posted by waxeratik

mmmm melbourne?

out of cleanliness and weather... u got to be joking

perth kills over melbs well perth is alot cleaner and the weather

is alot nicer..melboure its allways cold and windy and u must admit it is

a pretty grotty city!:)

 

always cold and windy? no. maybe out in the country. the weather's erratic, but it's not as cold as people make out. the weather's better in perth, but i'd rather live in melbourne any day of the week. you guys don't even have 7-11 for craps sake! i'd die without a slurpee!

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Originally posted by Basic

gettin paid in adelaide

equal sixth aint bad

 

i saw an sa license plate today that said "the festival state". you guys party alot over there or somethin?

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i can believe that, melbourne is really nice, has all the perks of australias high standard of living, but is a more enjoyable city than other aussie cities.

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Re: Re: NO WAY W.A. ALL THE WAY

 

Originally posted by Mr. ABC

always cold and windy? no. maybe out in the country. the weather's erratic, but it's not as cold as people make out. the weather's better in perth, but i'd rather live in melbourne any day of the week. you guys don't even have 7-11 for craps sake! i'd die without a slurpee!

 

hahaha i dont know... yeah 7-11's would be nice but there is allway bp express! slupee's there :lol: and there is alot more graff to look at and i spose there is always an open $2.00 peepshow around the corner from anywhere u are.....haha ok outa those 2 things u win ;) but we's arr zee cleanest!!

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Originally posted by Mr. ABC

i saw an sa license plate today that said "the festival state". you guys party alot over there or somethin?

 

yeah we keep it funk , or so id like think

something to do with the festival theatre ? who knows

adelaide is bland and boring as bags filled with hair most of the time

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Originally posted by Basic

yeah we keep it funk , or so id like think

something to do with the festival theatre ? who knows

adelaide is bland and boring as bags filled with hair most of the time

u couldnt off said it more true

you poor bastard! :lol:

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Originally posted by StarzAbove

:lol: i thought nyc n paris were the best

 

nah detroit's the best :crazy: as long as you stay in your car doing 80mph :lol:

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Originally posted by Hank Parker

all australians= criminals

 

 

i did a report on it when i was in elementry school.

:lol:

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Originally posted by Hank Parker

all australians= criminals

 

i dont get why americans think this, australia was home to a small prison colony for only a short time, after which, settlers migrated from england, scotland and ireland. to set up a better life for themselves in a new country with more opportunities. so only a small portion of the population would actually be descendants of the convicts.

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DAMNIT...How the fuck did I know this was going to be an Austrailian?? No offense, I'm sure it's cool there, but I just knew it was one of you Aussies. Fuck the best, I've got the hottest with the most available women(Heat+Women=less/no clothes)...booooyahhh...Did I mention one of the highest crime rates?

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it appears that surrey has the highest amout of car theft in the world, including the usa. go surrey go.

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Im kicken it in Melbourne word up

 

Also I hate it how Americans pronounce Melbourne you all say it like Mel - Born, it's not like that it's a more chill kicked back pronounciation - not a fucking serious prounciation you wankers.

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