THE weather has been rubbish, the hospitals are crook, the trains are late and crowded, and housing prices are through the roof.
Yet Sydney still sparkles in the eyes of more than 10,000 people in 20 countries who have rated it the world's best city for the second year in a row.
The daily struggles and stresses of Sydneysiders have failed to damage its reputation as the city where the sun shines, the people smile, the facilities are first-class and the economy is booming.
The annual Anholt City Brands Index, the brainchild of British branding expert Simon Anholt, rated Sydney top of the pops ahead of London, Paris, New York and Rome. Arch rival Melbourne came in sixth.
Although Sydney was not as well-known as either London or New York, not even a little obscurity could shake its "overwhelmingly positive" image.
The conclusion that Sydney was one of the top three cities for
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