Personal reflections on urbanism, urban life and sustainable urban design in Wellington, New Zealand.

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Wellington vs... Baku

Baku vs WellingtonThe battle commences: Wellington has a challenger for Pitch Your Burg. We're up against that well-known mecca of culture, elegance and natural beauty... Baku, Azerbaijan.

Their pitch does indeed make Baku sound alluring:
A gray canker on the lower lip of the Absheron peninsula, oil-rich Baku combines the aesthetics of Houston, the hospitality of the Soviets, and the progressiveness of a Muslim culture shut off from the world for 70 years.

Hmm, methinks they're taking the Michael. I appear to have made a tactical error by writing my pitch in such a way as to make Wellington sound like the sort of place you might actually want to visit. I might have to point out that most of Baku's more charming amenities (such as "snaggle-toothed rig monkeys", "middle-aged swingers" and "continuous drunken loops in a Go-Kart at 3 a.m.") are also readily available in nearby Upper Hutt and Palmerston North.

At the time of writing, Baku is actually ahead by 14 votes to 11, so get voting!


At 12:41 PM, March 28, 2006, Anonymous Toby said...

42-15 at the moment--it even sounds like a Cake Tin score!

At 10:42 PM, March 28, 2006, Blogger bush whacker said...

i valiantly voted for Welly, but you know, Baku does sound inviting this time of year.... the sweet sound of distant gunfire echoing with the sounds of the pumping derricks, the soft gush of smooth crude oil playing like a lullaby to my war-singed ears, the chatter of destitute Azerbijanis as they casually bid for taxi custom... and all the young women carefully combing their moustaches in the communal hammam... i'm offski ! Gone by lunchtime !


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