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Title: World's Best Parliament Building
Post by: Platypus on January 21, 2005, 10:18:16 pm
Obviously, I can't get all of them on here, but I'll post photos of 16 national parliaments around the western world, and have a playoff system. IE, A vs. b, C vs. D, winner A/B vs. winner C/D.

First parliament with 5 votes will win; votes will be posts in this thread. Try not to be too political about it, just go on the buildings own merits.

Let's start with Australia vs. Canada:

Australian Parliament House (also known as the worls'd biggest Grassy Knoll):
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I've actually rolled down the slope on the left hand side :)

Canadian Parliament:
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Sorry the Aussie one is so big, it's the only good one I could find :)

Other 'matches' will be:

2: Sweden vs. New Zealand
3: UK vs. Italy
4: Russia vs. France
5: USA vs. Netherlands
6: Japan vs. Germany
7: too be nominated vs. Switzerland
8: too be nominated vs. too be nominated


Title: Re: World's Best Parliament Building
Post by: Platypus on January 21, 2005, 10:19:22 pm
I vote for Australia, although the Canadian parliament building is very nice :)


Title: Re: World's Best Parliament Building
Post by: Gabu on January 21, 2005, 10:40:50 pm
I vote Canada.  Canada's Parliament building rocks your socks off.


Title: Re: World's Best Parliament Building
Post by: Gabu on January 21, 2005, 10:42:54 pm
Here's a picture from the back of the Canadian one, so you can see its totally awesome location above the Ottawa River.

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Title: Re: World's Best Parliament Building
Post by: Jake on January 21, 2005, 10:46:02 pm
Canada, I like old looking buildings, though the Aussie one is cool


Title: Re: World's Best Parliament Building
Post by: ATFFL on January 21, 2005, 11:44:04 pm
I like everything about the Aussie building except the ridiculous flag pole, so I vote Canadian


Title: Re: World's Best Parliament Building
Post by: KEmperor on January 21, 2005, 11:46:07 pm
Canadian, that Aussie one is weird with that thing on top.


Title: Re: World's Best Parliament Building
Post by: Cashcow on January 21, 2005, 11:49:33 pm
I vote Canada.

Please nominate the Hungarian parliament.

http://www.aerobatics.ws/GEI/images/CENTRAL_EUR/budapest_parliament_1188x786.jpg


Title: Re: World's Best Parliament Building
Post by: 12th Doctor on January 21, 2005, 11:52:39 pm
Canada.  I prefere older arcitecture to this "new age" crap.


Title: Re: World's Best Parliament Building
Post by: Jake on January 22, 2005, 12:30:11 am
Canada wins 6-1


Title: Re: World's Best Parliament Building
Post by: Platypus on January 22, 2005, 12:53:03 am
The Hungarian parliament will go against the Swiss parliament in the seventh match.

Onto match #2: Sweden vs. New Zealand

Sweden:
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New Zealand (The Beehive):
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The only reason it gets in here is because of the building off to the left. Not really my style, but feel free to vote for it ;)

I vote for Sweden.


Title: Re: World's Best Parliament Building
Post by: The Man From G.O.P. on January 22, 2005, 12:53:59 am
Sweden


Title: Re: World's Best Parliament Building
Post by: Gabu on January 22, 2005, 12:54:41 am
Hah, I like New Zealand's.

New Zealand.


Title: Re: World's Best Parliament Building
Post by: Platypus on January 22, 2005, 12:56:40 am
New Zealand's is so very New Zealandish :)

Dying palm trees out the front, not an ounce of security in sight, an a beehive :)


Title: Re: World's Best Parliament Building
Post by: Gabu on January 22, 2005, 12:59:06 am
I voted for New Zealand mainly for the beehive, as for some reason I like it.


Title: Re: World's Best Parliament Building
Post by: Cashcow on January 22, 2005, 01:20:38 am
New Zealand


Title: Re: World's Best Parliament Building
Post by: Platypus on January 22, 2005, 01:21:26 am
we have a close one, 2-2 :)


Title: Re: World's Best Parliament Building
Post by: Hatman 🍁 on January 22, 2005, 01:33:38 am
I vote for New Zealand


Title: Re: World's Best Parliament Building
Post by: Jake on January 22, 2005, 01:47:12 am
New Zealand


Title: Re: World's Best Parliament Building
Post by: Blerpiez on January 22, 2005, 06:13:14 am
Sweden.


Title: Re: World's Best Parliament Building
Post by: KEmperor on January 22, 2005, 07:38:51 am
Do you have a better picture of Sweden, its hard to decide from so far away.


Title: Re: World's Best Parliament Building
Post by: Tory on January 22, 2005, 10:50:20 am
Sweden.


Title: Re: World's Best Parliament Building
Post by: Jens on January 22, 2005, 02:20:57 pm
Sweden - The picture doesn't do it justice. It's beautifully placed, I think. (BTW, The Danish Diet is ugly)


Title: Re: World's Best Parliament Building
Post by: Jake on January 22, 2005, 02:46:57 pm
Sweden wins :P


Title: Re: World's Best Parliament Building
Post by: ATFFL on January 22, 2005, 04:52:58 pm
Sweden.  Mainly because Hugh seems to find tiny pictures of buildings, unless they are in his country or very, very near it.


Title: Re: World's Best Parliament Building
Post by: Platypus on January 22, 2005, 06:33:38 pm
Hey, I voted for Sweden! It honestly was the best pic on google.


Title: Re: World's Best Parliament Building
Post by: Platypus on January 22, 2005, 06:53:45 pm
UK vs. Italy

UK Westminster:
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Italy Montecitorio:
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Neither is that flash, but I vote for the UK.


Title: Re: World's Best Parliament Building
Post by: Jake on January 22, 2005, 06:57:01 pm
UK, the best so far.


Title: Re: World's Best Parliament Building
Post by: Colin on January 22, 2005, 06:57:31 pm
I vote UK.


Title: Re: World's Best Parliament Building
Post by: Keystone Phil on January 22, 2005, 06:59:24 pm
Neither are that impressive on the outside but I'll go with Italy.

Italy also wins, by far, when it comes to the inside design.


Title: Re: World's Best Parliament Building
Post by: Tory on January 22, 2005, 07:36:44 pm
The Palace of Westminster, the very definition of a classic.


Title: Re: World's Best Parliament Building
Post by: KEmperor on January 22, 2005, 08:19:03 pm
I'll go with UK on this one.


Title: Re: World's Best Parliament Building
Post by: Jake on January 22, 2005, 08:37:35 pm
UK 5-1


Title: Re: World's Best Parliament Building
Post by: Joe Republic on January 22, 2005, 08:52:14 pm
Can I nominate the Viennese parliament and the E.U. Parliament building in Brussels?  Not sure if the last one will count though.

I won't post the pics, just links to them:

Vienna, Austria (http://sasik.sasprg.cz/~stoupa/wallpaper/evropa/rakousko/Parliament%20Building,%20Vienna,%20Austria.jpg)

Brussels, Belgium (E.U.) (http://www.tropical-island.de/BRU%20Brussels%20European%20Parliament%20building%20b.jpg)

They couldn't be more opposite in style.


Title: Re: World's Best Parliament Building
Post by: Cashcow on January 22, 2005, 10:18:33 pm
UK


Title: Re: World's Best Parliament Building
Post by: The Man From G.O.P. on January 22, 2005, 10:18:44 pm
UK


Title: Re: World's Best Parliament Building
Post by: ATFFL on January 23, 2005, 01:14:53 am
Uk.  I like pointy bits


Title: Re: World's Best Parliament Building
Post by: Richard on January 23, 2005, 01:24:59 am
The Reichstag in Berlin.


Title: Re: World's Best Parliament Building
Post by: 12th Doctor on January 23, 2005, 01:51:11 am
Austria.  That place is beautiful.


Title: Re: World's Best Parliament Building
Post by: Platypus on January 23, 2005, 04:31:40 am
obviously, the UK wins this round. Austria will verse the EU building in match 8.


Title: Re: World's Best Parliament Building
Post by: Platypus on January 23, 2005, 04:38:26 am
Match 4: Russia vs. France

Russia (The Kremlin):
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I know it's kinda not right, but it had to be the Kremlin, really; the other building is shizenhousen)

France:
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Both as historic as hell, which often affects my vote, so based purely on looks I vote Russia in a close contest.


Title: Re: World's Best Parliament Building
Post by: Cashcow on January 23, 2005, 10:43:41 am
I really like both, but the Kremlin is more interesting. Russia.


Title: Re: World's Best Parliament Building
Post by: Jake on January 23, 2005, 10:46:13 am
kremlin


Title: Re: World's Best Parliament Building
Post by: Joe Republic on January 23, 2005, 11:50:21 am
Kremlin.


Title: Re: World's Best Parliament Building
Post by: Richard on January 23, 2005, 11:56:45 am
The Kremlin is not the Parliament building.


Title: Re: World's Best Parliament Building
Post by: Silent Hunter on January 23, 2005, 01:21:30 pm
It's not the Duma building, but the Kremlin is impressive and has my vote.


Title: Re: World's Best Parliament Building
Post by: ATFFL on January 23, 2005, 01:56:57 pm
The Kremlin


Title: Re: World's Best Parliament Building
Post by: M on January 23, 2005, 08:09:44 pm
The Israeli Knesset Building in Jerusalem, including the famous Menorah.

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The Japanese Imperial Diet in Tokyo. Most effective with low carbs and plenty of exercise.

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Title: Re: World's Best Parliament Building
Post by: Platypus on January 23, 2005, 08:40:20 pm
As I said, I know it isn't the Duma, but it's impossible to overlook.

Russia wins.


Title: Re: World's Best Parliament Building
Post by: King on January 23, 2005, 08:57:45 pm
Kremlin


Title: Re: World's Best Parliament Building
Post by: Richard on January 23, 2005, 09:04:10 pm
If we're going to nominate non parliamentary buildings, like the Kremlin, I'll start Confederation Bridge.


Title: Re: World's Best Parliament Building
Post by: KEmperor on January 24, 2005, 12:03:43 am
I refuse to accept the Kremlin as the winner, due to the fact that it doesn't meet the criteria. (Being a Parliament building)


Title: Re: World's Best Parliament Building
Post by: Silent Hunter on January 24, 2005, 04:11:58 am
Hughento, are we on to the next vote yet?


Title: Re: World's Best Parliament Building
Post by: Platypus on January 24, 2005, 05:17:14 am
sorry, i couldn't be stuffed before, but i'll do it now :)


Title: Re: World's Best Parliament Building
Post by: Platypus on January 24, 2005, 05:31:29 am
USA vs. Netherlands

Now remember, try to put aside nationalism if possible :)

US Congress:
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Netherlands, dating from the 13th century, in part:
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It was hard to get a better picture of the Netherlands, seeing as I don't speak Dutch, so this photo doesn't really do it justice.

That said, I still vote for the USA.


Title: Re: World's Best Parliament Building
Post by: Gabu on January 24, 2005, 05:36:18 am
Here's a better picture of the Netherlands one:

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I still vote for the American one, however. :)


Title: Re: World's Best Parliament Building
Post by: Blerpiez on January 24, 2005, 07:24:44 am
USA.  The dutch one looks like it's falling over


Title: Re: World's Best Parliament Building
Post by: ATFFL on January 24, 2005, 08:15:52 am
Not a fan of the Dutch one.  USA here.


Title: Re: World's Best Parliament Building
Post by: Jens on January 24, 2005, 09:36:26 am
Dutch.


Title: Re: World's Best Parliament Building
Post by: Tory on January 24, 2005, 11:38:48 am
The Dutch looks better on the inside, but based on thier outward appearance I'll go with the U.S. Capitol Building


Title: Re: World's Best Parliament Building
Post by: KEmperor on January 24, 2005, 12:40:59 pm
USA, although I must admit the Dutch one is very nice.


Title: Re: World's Best Parliament Building
Post by: Silent Hunter on January 25, 2005, 08:34:30 am
The Capitol Building.


Title: Re: World's Best Parliament Building
Post by: Jake on January 25, 2005, 03:51:38 pm
US Capitol


Title: Re: World's Best Parliament Building
Post by: Hatman 🍁 on January 25, 2005, 10:55:38 pm
Dutch building


Title: Re: World's Best Parliament Building
Post by: ATFFL on January 25, 2005, 11:36:38 pm
I think Hugh is letting this one run long hoping the Dutch come back to win.  :P


Title: Re: World's Best Parliament Building
Post by: Make Politics Boring Again on January 25, 2005, 11:46:14 pm
How about Brazil?


Title: Re: World's Best Parliament Building
Post by: Cashcow on January 28, 2005, 08:05:30 pm
U.S.A.


Title: Re: World's Best Parliament Building
Post by: Platypus on January 28, 2005, 08:10:44 pm
Ah, I forgot about this. Obviously, the USA wins.


Title: Re: World's Best Parliament Building
Post by: Joe Republic on January 29, 2005, 05:44:57 pm
So...Japan v. Germany?  Unless Hugh wants to submit the pics himself (he started this!), here's the best i could find.

Japan:

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Germany:

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Title: Re: World's Best Parliament Building
Post by: Cashcow on January 29, 2005, 05:50:28 pm
Germany!


Title: Re: World's Best Parliament Building
Post by: Keystone Phil on January 29, 2005, 06:09:03 pm
If it wasn't for that glass thing on top, Germany's Parliament building would look great.


Title: Re: World's Best Parliament Building
Post by: Gabu on January 29, 2005, 06:36:31 pm
Wow, Germany's Parliament is extremely nice.

Germany.


Title: Re: World's Best Parliament Building
Post by: Jake on January 29, 2005, 07:08:56 pm
Japan is the best, though without that ugly glass thing, the Reichstag would be better.


Title: Re: World's Best Parliament Building
Post by: ATFFL on January 29, 2005, 07:37:53 pm
I go with Japan based on the glass turd on the Reichstag


Title: Re: World's Best Parliament Building
Post by: KEmperor on January 29, 2005, 07:42:14 pm
I go with Japan based on the glass turd on the Reichstag

Ditto.


Title: Re: World's Best Parliament Building
Post by: King on January 29, 2005, 09:22:10 pm
Japan


Title: Re: World's Best Parliament Building
Post by: Colin on January 29, 2005, 09:24:24 pm
Germany


Title: Re: World's Best Parliament Building
Post by: Jake on January 29, 2005, 09:47:43 pm
4-3 Japan


Title: Re: World's Best Parliament Building
Post by: Platypus on January 29, 2005, 10:49:08 pm
Germany!


Title: Re: World's Best Parliament Building
Post by: Blerpiez on January 30, 2005, 06:55:19 am
Japan


Title: Re: World's Best Parliament Building
Post by: CO-OWL on January 30, 2005, 09:21:49 am
Germany- despite the glass dome...
(Although visitors seem to like it.)


A picture without the dome:
http://www.photo.net/photo/pcd1669/reichstag-45.4.jpg



Title: Re: World's Best Parliament Building
Post by: ATFFL on January 30, 2005, 10:53:37 am
Germany- despite the glass dome...
(Although visitors seem to like it.)


A picture without the dome:
http://www.photo.net/photo/pcd1669/reichstag-45.4.jpg



One good rock.  Give me one good rock and I can make that building beautiful again.


Title: Re: World's Best Parliament Building
Post by: Silent Hunter on January 30, 2005, 01:54:29 pm
Japan.


Title: Re: World's Best Parliament Building
Post by: Cashcow on January 30, 2005, 02:01:26 pm
Japan wins.

Hungary vs. Switzerland:

Hungarian Parliament

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Swiss Parliament

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I know you'll all make the right choice (I'm Hungarian) ;)


Title: Re: World's Best Parliament Building
Post by: Cashcow on January 30, 2005, 02:03:25 pm
And that picture makes it look small.

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Title: Re: World's Best Parliament Building
Post by: CO-OWL on January 30, 2005, 02:11:44 pm
Hungary!


Title: Re: World's Best Parliament Building
Post by: Keystone Phil on January 30, 2005, 02:53:22 pm
Switzerland


Title: Re: World's Best Parliament Building
Post by: Cashcow on January 30, 2005, 02:58:12 pm
Switzerland

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Title: Re: World's Best Parliament Building
Post by: JohnFKennedy on January 30, 2005, 03:15:49 pm
Hungary.


Title: Re: World's Best Parliament Building
Post by: Colin on January 30, 2005, 04:29:29 pm
Hungary


Title: Re: World's Best Parliament Building
Post by: KEmperor on January 30, 2005, 04:40:53 pm
Switzerland.


Title: Re: World's Best Parliament Building
Post by: The Man From G.O.P. on January 30, 2005, 04:43:33 pm
Hungary, that building is amazing


Title: Re: World's Best Parliament Building
Post by: Blerpiez on January 30, 2005, 04:45:52 pm
Hungary


Title: Re: World's Best Parliament Building
Post by: Jake on January 30, 2005, 05:33:22 pm
Hungary


Title: Re: World's Best Parliament Building
Post by: Gabu on January 30, 2005, 06:03:49 pm
Hungary, definitely.


Title: Re: World's Best Parliament Building
Post by: Baggy Green on January 30, 2005, 06:04:04 pm
Hungary


Title: Re: World's Best Parliament Building
Post by: Cashcow on January 30, 2005, 06:11:31 pm
Oh yeah, I didn't vote. Hungary.

How could anyone possibly vote for Switzerland? The building is so dull and bland!


Title: Re: World's Best Parliament Building
Post by: Jake on January 30, 2005, 06:25:27 pm
I think that's more than enough for Hungary.


Title: Re: World's Best Parliament Building
Post by: ATFFL on January 30, 2005, 10:03:18 pm
HUNGARY! 


Title: Re: World's Best Parliament Building
Post by: King on January 30, 2005, 10:15:04 pm
Switzerland. I'm sorry, but the Hungary one is just too bloated.


Title: Re: World's Best Parliament Building
Post by: Silent Hunter on January 31, 2005, 04:00:11 am
Hungary.


Title: Re: World's Best Parliament Building
Post by: Joe Republic on January 31, 2005, 08:49:03 pm
That's a decisive win for Hungary.  Next up is Austria and the E.U.

Austria

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E.U. (Belgium)

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Remember people, they're only buildings.  Forget the politics of the institutions.


Title: Re: World's Best Parliament Building
Post by: KEmperor on January 31, 2005, 08:51:43 pm
Austria, it looks cooler.  That may be the lighting though.


Title: Re: World's Best Parliament Building
Post by: Cashcow on January 31, 2005, 08:52:22 pm
Austria. They're both great though.


Title: Re: World's Best Parliament Building
Post by: ATFFL on January 31, 2005, 09:05:57 pm
EU is okay, but I prefer a classic look for legislative buildings.  I'll go with Austria.


Title: Re: World's Best Parliament Building
Post by: A18 on January 31, 2005, 09:11:15 pm
I love the modern EU look, but Austria is still better.


Title: Re: World's Best Parliament Building
Post by: Gabu on January 31, 2005, 10:42:12 pm
Tough pick, but I'm going to go against the grain and vote for the EU building.


Title: Re: World's Best Parliament Building
Post by: Horus on January 31, 2005, 10:58:16 pm
I love the E.U. one.


Title: Re: World's Best Parliament Building
Post by: Keystone Phil on January 31, 2005, 11:33:12 pm
Austria. Some of these other European buildings really need to calm down with the glass.


Title: Re: World's Best Parliament Building
Post by: Gabu on January 31, 2005, 11:54:31 pm
Austria. Some of these other European buildings really need to calm down with the glass.

Kiss my glass. :)


Title: Re: World's Best Parliament Building
Post by: Cashcow on February 01, 2005, 12:12:51 am
Hey, let's make this into a tournament. The winner of each match will then compete against other winners, until we finally vote on the best parliament building...


Title: Re: World's Best Parliament Building
Post by: Gabu on February 01, 2005, 12:14:10 am
Hey, let's make this into a tournament. The winner of each match will then compete against other winners, until we finally vote on the best parliament building...

Wasn't that what we were already doing?


Title: Re: World's Best Parliament Building
Post by: Cashcow on February 01, 2005, 12:16:07 am
Yeah, supposedly, but I meant we do it instead because Hugh hasn't really been in this thread at all.


Title: Re: World's Best Parliament Building
Post by: King on February 01, 2005, 12:17:20 am
Austria. It was a tough choice, a coin flip decided it in the end...the EU got tales because it is a monkey's @$$.


Title: Re: World's Best Parliament Building
Post by: Platypus on February 01, 2005, 02:06:38 am
Austria wins. So it's Canada vs. UK now. Someone might want to re-post the pictures, but I vote for Canada in the meantime.


Title: Re: World's Best Parliament Building
Post by: Gabu on February 01, 2005, 02:10:24 am
Both are pretty nice, but I'll go with Canada.  Nice and compact. :)


Title: Re: World's Best Parliament Building
Post by: ATFFL on February 01, 2005, 08:29:57 am
SHouldn't it be Canada vs. Sweden?  NZ v. Sweden was the second match. 

I vote Canada in UK v. Canada.


Title: Re: World's Best Parliament Building
Post by: Silent Hunter on February 01, 2005, 10:25:28 am
UK.


Title: Re: World's Best Parliament Building
Post by: Jake on February 01, 2005, 04:59:47 pm
UK


Title: Re: World's Best Parliament Building
Post by: KEmperor on February 01, 2005, 05:07:35 pm
They're actually very similar, this is a difficult choice.  But I suppose I have to vote for Canada.


Title: Re: World's Best Parliament Building
Post by: King on February 01, 2005, 05:14:01 pm
C-A-N-A-D-A


Title: Re: World's Best Parliament Building
Post by: Cashcow on February 01, 2005, 06:39:54 pm
UK


Title: Re: World's Best Parliament Building
Post by: The Man From G.O.P. on February 01, 2005, 07:52:44 pm
UK


Title: Re: World's Best Parliament Building
Post by: Moorein08 on February 01, 2005, 09:40:35 pm
UK


Title: Re: World's Best Parliament Building
Post by: Hatman 🍁 on February 01, 2005, 09:41:00 pm
Canada. I see parliament every day- it's the highest building in town.


Title: Re: World's Best Parliament Building
Post by: Platypus on February 02, 2005, 03:04:10 am
Canuckistand wins. Now it's UK vs. Russia (Kremlin, not Duma)

I vote for The Kremlin.


Title: Re: World's Best Parliament Building
Post by: Gabu on February 02, 2005, 03:20:08 am
Canuckistand wins. Now it's UK vs. Russia (Kremlin, not Duma)

I vote for The Kremlin.

Uh, wasn't the UK just defeated in a match-up against Canada?


Title: Re: World's Best Parliament Building
Post by: Platypus on February 02, 2005, 03:21:34 am
Yes :) I meant New Zealand vs. The Kremlin


I'm sticking with the Kremlin.


Title: Re: World's Best Parliament Building
Post by: Silent Hunter on February 02, 2005, 03:34:38 am
The Kremlin.


Title: Re: World's Best Parliament Building
Post by: PADem on February 02, 2005, 05:11:13 am
The Beehive! (Go Clark)... is she still Prime Minister?


Title: Re: World's Best Parliament Building
Post by: ATFFL on February 02, 2005, 08:21:52 am
Yes :) I meant New Zealand vs. The Kremlin


I'm sticking with the Kremlin.

Uhhh, Sweden beat New Zealand, dude.  6-5 by my count, with yours truly being the deciding vote.


Title: Re: World's Best Parliament Building
Post by: KEmperor on February 02, 2005, 09:42:55 am
Didn't New Zealand lose?


Title: Re: World's Best Parliament Building
Post by: King on February 02, 2005, 12:47:18 pm
I think Australian bias for New Zealand is within Hugh ;)


Title: Re: World's Best Parliament Building
Post by: Platypus on February 02, 2005, 07:20:41 pm
I voted for Sweden, I just presumed New Zealand won.

I've just gone back to school and my head isn't fully with this anymore :p