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APEC day (Public Holiday in Metropolitan Sydney) [Sep. 7th, 2007|09:52 am]
Bob Bain
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Today is a PUBLIC HOLIDAY in metropolitan Sydney which includes Penrith (including Werrington) which is part of Metropolitan Sydney.

This morning I watched Vladamir Putin (Russia) arrive at Sydney Airport (Channel 7). I believe sometime today George W Bush will be speaking at the Opera House regarding the war on terror and the war in Iraq. Yesterday he met with the leader of the opposition [ and possible (if not probable) Prime Minister of Australia ] Kevin Rudd. It seems the meeting ran for longer than anticipated but there were (almost) no hints of what was discussed. Kevin Rudd addressed the Chinese delegation in fluent Mandarin. It appears Mr. Putin and Mr. Howard are signing some form of nuclear material contract this morning.

Tomorrow the world leaders will dress in "native attire" (which is an APEC convention). What "native" Australian attire may be is left to the imagination.

Yesterday some comedians from the ABC managed to infiltrate the "no go zone"

This is an opinion piece from the Sydeny Morning Herald with regards to this...

Link to Sydney Morning Herald Opinion piece..

Police howls should be of laughter

September 7, 2007

"I HAVE no comment," the Chaser star Craig Reucassel told radio reporters on the steps of the Surry Hills Police Centre yesterday afternoon. "Other than to say they were the least talented members of the team, and the show will go on."

So will APEC while security crews work desperately to deal with outbreaks of comedy across the city, and police commanders such as Assistant Commissioner Dave Owens declare: "While I enjoy like everyone else a good laugh, this isn't funny."

Sorry, it is. Not even an assistant commissioner can deny the verdict of laughter. The Chaser's ratings will go through the roof next week. And maybe somewhere down the track a magistrate with a sense of humour will watch the footage and dismiss any charges laid under section 19 of the APEC Meeting (Police Powers) Act 2007 because he gets the joke.


But the Chaser boys got to something even sillier yesterday: motorcades. What fabulous a joke. How can anyone need all those cars and vans and trucks? If you have 20, why not 40 or 60? Why only ambulances? Why not a couple of fire engines and a Mr Whippy van?

George Bush, by the way, is just visible through the thick green glass of his moving limousine. But all you see is the silhouette of his fingers - only the fingers wave - and the ghost of a Texan smile.