Sites show Sydney's superb scenery
"After years of swaggering self-promotion, the dream is finally coming true:
Sydney really is on the verge of joining the ranks of the world’s great cities,"
New York Metro declared last month, endorsing what every Sydneysider knew
long ago. Today, of course, Sydney IS one of the world's great cities.
An enthusiastic scribe known only as J.E. wrote:
Sydneysiders are starting to rise to the top of the fashion, art,
architecture, and food worlds. (Not to mention the city’s Hollywood
connection: Heath Ledger, Naomi Watts, and Nicole Kidman call the city
With success comes prosperity—apartment prices have doubled in the past
five years and the stock market just broke the magical 5,000 mark—and there
is no end in sight.
The country is primed to become America’s gateway to China: This year,
the Opera House introduced guided tours in Mandarin, Qantas started flying
direct from Sydney to Beijing, and Prime Minister John Howard started
negotiating a free-trade agreement with the Chinese premier.
New York Metro was itself guilty of swaggering self-promotion, because
it proclaimed the Sydney story under the smug title The Second Greatest
Cities in the World.
We've found a superb photo of Sydney on a webpage showing 15 of the world's
finest skylines. A picture of Shanghai (No. 3) in particular left us spellbound.
The photos are posted on Canadian entrepreneur Luigi Di Serio's website. He
rates Shanghai ahead of New York (No. 4).
He shows Hong Kong as No. 1, Chicago No.2, his home town, Toronto, No. 7, and
Sydney a lowly No. 12 (hey Luigi, it should be much nearer the top!) and
Australia’s showcase city, Sydney has one of the most recognizable
skylines due to its world-famous harbour, often referred to as the most
beautiful natural harbour in the world. The Sydney Harbour has many bays,
inlets and secondary harbours. It is spanned by the monumental Harbour
Bridge, and the Opera House decorates the shoreline like a white flower. The
Sydney skyline is world-class with hundreds of skyscrapers in the central
business district and many more high-rise buildings in the outlying
neighbourhoods. Sydney has 8 buildings over 200 metres tall. Metro/Urban
Population: 4.2 million.
Luigi runs more than 100 websites, specialising in strategic business
intelligence, security, espionage, sociology and human interactionism (including
relationships). He modestly says:
I live the life of freelance and versatility. I do ad hoc writing,
website development and theorizing. I am an entrepreneur. I hold a degree in
Urban and Regional Planning, but am also prolific in sociology, psychology,
self-improvement and website development.
Other AOKS (Areas of Knowledge) include geography, philosophy, poetry,
writing, conspiracy, intelligence and espionage, stats, music, health,
nutrition and fitness, plastics, research and development, QS 9000
(Certified Internal Auditor), IMDS and strategic industrial, business
planning and TONS OF USELESS FACTS. My work is divided between my company
InfoBureau.net Co., my father's corporation Axiom Group Inc. and my personal
Canon has installed webcams showing fascinating views of Sydney Harbour: the
Harbour bridge, Opera House, Circular Quay, Canon sign (of course), Pinchgut (a
tiny rock island so named because prisoners were housed there, sometimes on
short rations, in colonial times), North Head, First Fleet Park and distant
views of suburban Chatswood, which now also boasts an impressive skyline of tall
If you can spare a few minutes, you'll enjoy visiting these websites: