Twin City Agreements (also called sister cities) are designed to foster international cooperation, which means that I give city officials a nice place to play golf and relax for a week on their ‘cultural mission’ ‘annual. And you can’t grow without margaritas.
Most cities will have one or more sisters. The desire to promote international links with as many cities as possible is as strong as the desire to have more free annual leave thanks to public funds. In addition, you can make signs with the name of your city on them in large letters and “ paired with another city ” in small letters below, showing how cosmopolitan you are.
Most cities have realized that these are the main points of the sister city agreement (fantasy sign, golf vacation), and keep quiet in case someone notices. However, some five cities dared to stand out from the crowd. They may have an unusually high number of twins, or twins in strange places, or they may have missed the twin point completely, but they all stand out in a way that makes them as big as a twin. Romulus was Remus. (That is, quite willing to beat your brother to death with a shovel if it means that your name must appear on the sign.)
5. London, UK
There are 46 places named after London. Indeed, in the past, the British investigated new lands with nothing more than a map, a pink marker to illustrate which parts of the map now belonged to the Empire and several thousand guns just to ensure that the surviving natives agreed with the man. with the marker.
Despite this, nowhere called “London” is also paired with the real London. It is not because these “Londoners” never suggested to their eponymous big brother that twinning would be a good idea, but because London has always refused these requests for twinning.
However, London has to be seen as making foreign friends these days, to give Britain a less incredibly imperial appearance. People are turning to London to set the British example because of its enormous influence, especially in the UK, as one in five people in Britain would say they live in the Greater London area. (In fact, they wouldn’t. They would say “Why do you care where I am from? Fack off.”)
In any event, London has signed twinning agreements with New York, Moscow, Berlin, Johannesburg, Kuala Lumpur, and Kuwait. It sounds like a good number, but London has also gotten so-called “friendship agreements” with 18 other cities. Friendship agreements are granted to places with which, even if London wants to associate with it, it does not want to go to the end. It’s like when someone breaks up with you and says “Hey, I always want to hang out with you, but let’s be friends, yeah? Cool? Cool, I’m going to ring you. Don’t ring me; I’ll ring you. I promise you. ”
4. Keighley, Yorkshire, England
Keighley is a medium-sized town whose renown is that they all started twinning in 1905 with Suresnes in France. However, they did not really understand right away and, in 1920, claimed to have “ adopted ” Poix-Du-Nord. This talk about adopting another city seems vaguely condescending, and if there is something that the French hate, it is frequented (probably because they are annoyed that they did not have the chance to do so in first).
3. Coventry, England
My God, these English cities receive a lot of mentions, don’t they? They seem to have a problem with choosing a few good places to play golf. Coventry resisted the convention by choosing not only twenty-six flamboyant and ostentatious twins, but also a strange understanding of the word “ nice ”, believing it was synonymous with “ if the shit had been bombed ”.
Coventry herself was bombed fairly severely during the Second World War, so she feels a certain empathy towards her brothers in the bombardment. Among his twins are Dresden (razed in 1945 by 4,000 tonnes of Allied bombs), Sarajevo (besieged for 4 years in the 1990s and shattered by surrounding tanks) and Stalingrad (Twinned with a convent in 1943 a few months after the battle of Stalingrad, where 2 million Soviet soldiers and 800,000 Axis soldiers died in a massive campaign to take the city, which ended in the destruction of the city.)
Coventry developed a sort of deranged solidarity with his unhappy companions (probably because they suffered brain damage from all these bombs). It advertises itself as the city of peace and reconciliation, but perhaps all of this is a ploy so that no one can say that this arrangement is fair for the benefit of some public servants’ golf vacations. And besides, these bombed cities are among the most interesting places to play golf. They will certainly have a lot of new bunkers.
Poor Baghdad; Although nine cities are listed as Baghdad twins on Wikipedia, none of them is traded on the apparent twins’ own pages. These supposed twins include London, which does not even include Baghdad as one of its many “friends.”
Surely this is rather disappointing for a city which, for hundreds of years, has been the largest in the world and has also been the centre of science, culture, and medicine (but not golf, to be honest say). Throughout its history, angry men have repeatedly appeared and set it on fire, from Turks and Mongols at the start of the last millennium to the most recent incursions at the start of it.
On the positive side, it can surely only be a matter of time before Coventry issues a joyful twinning invitation on bombarded stationery.
1. Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Until recently, Dubai was a few sturdy huts and farmers walking in the desert. Then, one of them pointed out that, although growing sand is still difficult, it may be easier to encourage other countries to take this sticky black product that spills out of the ground with our hands. Then whoomph, install-prosperity.
For Dubai, the bigger the better. Bigger buildings, bigger hotels (with bigger bills) and a much longer list of twins than anyone else. Dubai has thirty-one twin cities and has amassed them in less time than it takes Coventry to say “Excellent, Baghdad is on fire. Go get the official invitation envelopes in the shape of a bombshell of humorous novelty. ”
The Dubai twins include many of the world’s great hitters, such as Moscow and Geneva, but also rather curious places like Dundee in Scotland, rather suggesting that the Dubai planning authority used a strange technique to choose his new twin; search the index of an atlas and choose the next city on the list after Dubai.
Dubai is a relatively new face on the world stage and is quickly making new friends. This is the idea! Except that I think it is the spirits that could be the problem because as soon as the mayors of other cities visit and realize that Dubai is an emirate without alcohol, they will quickly cool the idea. What fun is a game of golf during your free vacation if there are no mojitos in the clubhouse afterwards?