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Old 10-18-2014, 01:00 AM
 
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You went to Northern Ireland without realizing it's a separate region that belongs to the UK? And you still didn't know it until this thread? If you were there when the IRA or loyalists blew up a bus it would have been widely covered in the news. The last bus bombing I can find a record of was in 1988 in Ballygawley. Almost 30 years ago, not 11.

I suspect you're referring to something else entirely different. Maybe a gas tank accidentally exploded on a bus while you were in Ireland proper and had nothing to do with the troubles in Northern Ireland.

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I did not realize that either sorry I had no idea .
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Old 10-18-2014, 05:10 AM
 
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I suggest that it's more intellectually honest to say that people in the UK are more apt to describe things the way that they are instead of the way they want things to be. America is a horribly violent place. We have more mass murders than any other developed country. Our murder rate is similar to those in the drug-crazy banana republics of Latin America.

Our mass murder rate is similar to countries in the Middle East.

We have a grotesque mass killing on average, every 179 days in the United States. We cannot start fixing these problems until we admit that they exist and start dealing with the cause and the motives in a more honest, thoughtful way.


PS -- It's "toot your own horn."
What do you consider a "mass killing?"

I can't speak for the entire country, but I can say that in the area I live in, over half the murders are drug or gang related, and involve illegal immigrants. That says a lot to me about how to fix the crime rate in our country.
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Old 10-18-2014, 05:22 AM
 
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never mind that. People who are negative about NYC simply don't like large cities and won't any major city with more than 10 million people. So it is not about NYC, it is about large city and the urban issues (skyscrapers, crowded, noise, lack of suburban like hygiene etc.).

NYC is a fantastic place to visit, probably more than LA, SF, CHi, Boston, DC combined. If there are only two places to visit in the US, it is NYC and Yellowstone.
I love large cities, but have a STRONG preference for Boston, San Francisco, or even Los Angeles over NYC. Maybe because I lived/worked there for years and I'm over it. I am not a fan of Chicago, Atlanta, DC, Dallas, Houston, Detroit, Kansas City, Indianapolis, St. Louis, Denver, Miami, New Orleans, and San Diego, as I've done the museums, tourist attractions, visited the neighborhoods, dined in the restaurants, and just see no reason to return. Same with Philly and Portland--which are also dirty and full of homeless that will hassle you.

I've been to Seattle a number of times but have never felt like I've spent enough time there, and it's recently hit my list of places to get back to soon. I can never get enough of San Francisco or LA, which along with Boston are the three cities outside of NYC and Philly that I've spent the most time in. I try to get to one or both of them at least a few times a year.
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Old 10-18-2014, 08:26 AM
 
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Baguio, Philippines. It is well known for having less hot weather than the rest of the country. It was ugly and it also did get hot there.
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Old 10-18-2014, 09:26 AM
 
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I live in Seattle, and it's really not that great What makes Seattle beautiful are the natural areas around it, in particular the San Juan Islands.
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Old 10-18-2014, 11:50 AM
 
Location: Gorgeous Scotland
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God bless you - you sound like you might be a friend of mine who did the exact same thing. You got out of the US and the perspective sure is different from the outside isn't it? Good luck with everything.
Thanks. Doing fantastic. Been here 14 years.
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Old 10-20-2014, 09:02 AM
 
Location: Munich, Germany
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Also Tenerife! An awful awful rocky island with nothing to do.
Just because you're unable to get out of the tourist ghettos doen't mean, there's nothing to do.
It's only your own fault.

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The Canary Islands get their reputation of islands where you can sunbath and get drunk and do nothing else, by people like OwenC who stay 2 weeks, never get away futher from their hotel room than the pool or the beach.
I have nothing against that, but i have something against this kind of people when they tell me that Tenerife is a dump or an awful rocky island.
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Old 10-20-2014, 09:16 AM
 
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I love large cities, but have a STRONG preference for Boston, San Francisco, or even Los Angeles over NYC.
Only Americans would think Boston and San Francisco are "large cities".
NYC and LA are the only two cities that can quality as "large cities". In the entire north America, add Mexico city to it.
Even Chicago is a typical mid-sized city, not to mention SF and Boston.
Seattle is pretty small.
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Old 10-20-2014, 10:09 AM
 
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Only Americans would think Boston and San Francisco are "large cities".
NYC and LA are the only two cities that can quality as "large cities". In the entire north America, add Mexico city to it.
Even Chicago is a typical mid-sized city, not to mention SF and Boston.
Seattle is pretty small.
Obviously I was speaking of large cities in the United States.

By the way, you might want to rethink what you wrote, as it's incorrect.

Largest cities in the world ranked by land area (1 to 125)
Rank
City / Urban area
Country
Population
Land area
(in sqKm)
Density
(people per sqKm)
1
New York Metro USA
17,800,000
8,683
2,050
2
Tokyo/Yokohama Japan
33,200,000
6,993
4,750
3
Chicago USA
8,308,000
5,498
1,500
4
Atlanta USA
3,500,000
5,083
700
5
Philadelphia USA
5,149,000
4,661
1,100
6
Boston USA
4,032,000
4,497
900
7
Los Angeles USA
11,789,000
4,320
2,750
8
Dallas/Fort Worth USA
4,146,000
3,644
1,150
9
Houston USA
3,823,000
3,355
1,150
10
Detroit USA
3,903,000
3,267
1,200
11
Washington USA
3,934,000
2,996
1,300
12
Miami USA
4,919,000
2,891
1,700
13
Nagoya Japan
9,000,000
2,875
3,150
14
Paris France
9,645,000
2,723
3,550
15
Essen/Düsseldorf Germany
7,350,000
2,642
2,800
16
Osaka/Kobe/Kyoto Japan
16,425,000
2,564
6,400
17
Seattle USA
2,712,000
2,470
1,100
18
Johannesburg/East Rand South Africa
6,000,000
2,396
2,500
19
Minneapolis/St. Paul USA
2,389,000
2,316
1,050
20
San Juan Puerto Rico
2,217,000
2,309
950
21
Buenos Aires Argentina
11,200,000
2,266
4,950
22
Pittsburgh USA
1,753,000
2,208
800
23
Moscow Russia
10,500,000
2,150
4,900
24
St. Louis USA
2,078,000
2,147
950
25
Melbourne Australia
3,162,000
2,080
1,500
26
Tampa//St. Petersburg USA
2,062,000
2,078
1,000
27
Mexico City Mexico
17,400,000
2,072
8,400
28
Phoenix/Mesa USA
2,907,000
2,069
1,400
29
San Diego USA
2,674,000
2,026
1,300
30
Sao Paulo Brazil
17,700,000
1,968
9,000
31
Baltimore USA
2,076,000
1,768
1,150
32
Cincinnati USA
1,503,000
1,740
850
33
Montreal. Canada
3,216,000
1,740
1,850
34
Sydney Australia
3,502,000
1,687
2,100
35
Cleveland USA
1,787,000
1,676
1,050
36
Toronto Canada
4,367,000
1,655
2,650
37
London UK
8,278,000
1,623
5,100
38
Kuala Lumpur Malaysia
4,400,000
1,606
2,750
39
Brisbane Australia
1,508,000
1,603
950
40
Rio de Janeiro Brazil
10,800,000
1,580
6,850
41
Milan Italy
4,250,000
1,554
2,750
42
Kansas City USA
1,362,000
1,514
900
43
Indianapolis USA
1,219,000
1,432
850
44
Manila Philippines
14,750,000
1,399
10,550
45
San Francisco//Oakland USA
3,229,000
1,365
2,350
46
Virginia Beach USA
1,394,000
1,364
1,000
47
Jakarta Indonesia
14,250,000
1,360
10,500
48
Providence USA
1,175,000
1,304
900
49
Cairo Egypt
12,200,000
1,295
9,400
50
Delhi India
14,300,000
1,295
11,050
51
Denver USA
1,985,000
1,292
1,550
52
Milwaukee USA
1,309,000
1,261
1,050
53
Portland USA
1,583,000
1,228
1,300
54
Hartford USA
852,000
1,216
700
55
Bridgeport//Stamford USA
889,000
1,205
750
56
Marseille France
1,350,000
1,204
1,100
57
Orlando USA
1,157,000
1,174
1,000
58
Istanbul Turkey
9,000,000
1,166
7,700
59
Riverside/San Bernardino USA
1,507,000
1,136
1,350
60
Richmond USA
819,000
1,131
700
61
Charlotte USA
759,000
1,126
650
62
Vancouver Canada
1,830,000
1,120
1,650
63
Nashville USA
750,000
1,116
650
64
Riyadh Saudi Arabia
4,000,000
1,101
3,650
65
Jacksonville USA
882,000
1,063
850
66
Bordeaux France
754,000
1,057
700
67
San Antonio USA
1,328,000
1,056
1,250
68
Seoul/Incheon South Korea
17,500,000
1,049
16,700
69
Memphis USA
972,000
1,036
950
70
Columbus USA
1,133,000
1,030
1,100
71
Birmingham USA
664,000
1,016
650
72
Louisville USA
864,000
1,013
850
73
Bangkok Thailand
6,500,000
1,010
6,450
74
Berlin Germany
3,675,000
984
3,750
75
Frankfurt Germany
2,260,000
984
2,300
76
Perth Australia
1,177,000
964
1,200
77
Sacramento USA
1,393,000
956
1,450
78
Lyon France
1,349,000
954
1,400
79
Buffalo USA
977,000
950
1,050
80
Madrid Spain
4,900,000
945
5,200
81
Lisbon Portugal
2,250,000
881
2,550
82
Knoxville USA
420,000
879
500
83
Belo Horizonte Brazil
4,000,000
868
4,600
84
Edmonton Canada
782,000
850
900
85
Rome Italy
2,500,000
842
2,950
86
Dayton USA
703,000
838
850
87
Oklahoma City USA
747,000
835
900
88
Durban South Africa
2,900,000
829
3,500
89
Hamburg Germany
1,925,000
829
2,300
90
Raleigh USA
542,000
828
650
91
Austin USA
902,000
824
1,100
92
Cologne/Bonn Germany
1,960,000
816
2,400
93
Copenhagen Denmark
1,525,000
816
1,850
94
McAllen USA
523,000
813
650
95
Toulouse France
761,000
808
950
96
Barcelona Spain
3,900,000
803
4,850
97
Springfield USA
574,000
800
700
98
Akron USA
570,000
797
700
99
Abu Dhabi UAE
550,000
777
700
100
Jeddah Saudi Arabia
2,750,000
777
3,550
101
Rochester USA
694,000
764
900
102
Tucson USA
720,000
755
950
103
Chattanooga USA
344,000
751
450
104
Allentown/Bethlehem USA
576,000
750
750
105
Beijing China
8,614,000
748
11,500
106
Shanghai China
10,000,000
746
13,400
107
Barnstable Town USA
244,000
741
350
108
Las Vegas USA
1,314,000
741
1,750
109
New Haven USA
531,000
739
700
110
Lagos Nigeria
13,400,000
738
18,150
111
Albany USA
559,000
736
750
112
Adelaide Australia
1,002,000
729
1,350
113
Baton Rouge USA
479,000
727
650
114
Nice France
889,000
721
1,250
115
Toulon France
520,000
713
750
116
Brussels Belgium
1,570,000
712
2,200
117
Dubai UAE
1,900,000
712
2,650
118
Harare Zimbabwe
1,750,000
712
2,450
119
Budapest Hungary
1,800,000
702
2,550
120
Calgary Canada
879,000
702
1,250
121
Sarasota//Bradenton USA
559,000
700
800
122
Columbia USA
421,000
697
600
123
Cape Town South Africa
2,700,000
686
3,950
124
Poughkeepsie USA
352,000
686
500
125
Tehran Iran
7,250,000
686
10,550
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Old 10-20-2014, 10:54 AM
 
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Only Americans would think Boston and San Francisco are "large cities".
NYC and LA are the only two cities that can quality as "large cities". In the entire north America, add Mexico city to it.
Even Chicago is a typical mid-sized city, not to mention SF and Boston.
Seattle is pretty small.
Those cities are larger cities here in the U.S. What's the problem with that?
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