Brisbane - October 2014… When the G20 and The Sugarman came to town
|Sunrise over Brizvegas|
|Merethe and Emma always bring Norway's Aurora Borealis with them|
For one, it is the month before the G20 World Summit which will take place at the Brisbane Convention Centre in South Brisbane on the 15-16th November. At a cost of 400 million dollars to Australian taxpayers, 4000 delegates and 2,500 media will gather to solve the problems of the world.
These delegates will be mobilised on the ground by sixteen bomb proof Mercedes Benz, except for Vladimir Putin, who will be flying in his own BTR-80 armoured vehicle, and Barack Obama has arranged to bring a missile proof Tesla in the hold of Air Force One to flex his green muscle to the host country and coming up at the rear will be Australia's own Tony Abbott, on his brand new Malvern Star twenty one speed, road bike with puncture proof tyres.
|The girls and I spotted two of Tony Abbott's undercover |
security agents blending into the Queen Street mall
Thanks to some quick and intelligent thinking by the Captain of Team Australia and Gina Rinehart, the major sponsor for the summit, the agenda of the conference has been somewhat 'uncluttered' by the removal of any item that sniffed of climate change or renewable energy. That this clever move by King Tony totally miffed nineteen of the twenty countries attending failed to impress his highness but the opportunity was not wasted on his nemesis, Professor Clive Palmer.
|Merethe decided to join Tony's undercover men|
My Clive Palmer email newsletters tell me that delegates from all countries will be attending except Tony Abbott, who will be doing a fashion launch for his new signature Speedo 'budgie smugglers' in Hobart and Mal Brough, Member for Fisher, who has a prior engagement attending a sausage sizzle for the Dicky Beach sceptics at Bunnings Caloundra.
|And this guy with the fake VW split screen Kombi dressed up as a Coffee Shop(http://www.lostbean.com.au) looked pretty suss|
My prediction is that while Abbott is ruffling Putin's shirt collar, Vladimir will deliver one swift, black belt, karate kick to Big Tony's well documented 'budgie smuggler' zone and it will be game over.
Emma and Merethe, the Norwegian International students staying with us for the next year, could not work out why Norway has not been invited to attend the summit.
I told them that the problem was that Norway has been keeping Australia in the No.2 spot on the United Nations 'Most liveable country in the world' list for the last ten years and there was a fair bit of Aurora Borealis envy evident in Norway not getting in the starting line-up.
|Emma and Merethe waiting for me to come back from checking out this dodgy new coffee shop off the mall|
|My roadie's eye view of The Bon Scotts in action|
|JJJ Unearthed discoveries, The Bon Scotts, (http://www.thebonscotts.com) warming up the locals in the Queen Street Mall compliments of the Brisbane City Council Arts program|
But the highlight for me in Brisbane in October 2014 had nothing to do with the G20 but began with an event that took place some forty years prior.
But for me the Brisbane highlight for October 2014 will be going to the Brisbane Convention Centre for something completely unrelated to the G20.
|Free entertainment for the local punters during the G20 that will cost the same people $400 million dollars. What's to culturally celebrate about that?|
Rodrigez said, "I still wonder why in this advanced age men are still killing each other with weapons?"
With 4,000 of the world's greatest political minds attending the G20 summit, I wonder if they could come up with an answer?
The Sugar Man live