On a Friday I usually like to take a look around the rest of Australia and steer away from Brisbane for a while. But this week Brisbane becomes the focus of attention not just for Australia, but for the whole world.
Brisbane is hosting this years G20.
The city has been warming up for this event with its G20 cultural celebrations which started back on the 24th October. The program has included lighting and projection projects, visual art and film, music, dance and much more.
Last Sunday we went into the city to take a look at the Colour Me Brisbane trail in which many of the city’s buildings were, well, coloured. Not just coloured, but colours that change. Have a quick scroll through these…
Of course, hand in hand with all G20 summits are the accompanying G20 riots and I think it’s fair to say this city is expecting trouble. Our army and police force have been preparing for this for some time now.
The RAAF are based at Amberley which is about 20 kilometres as the helicopter flies from where I live. If you were to draw a straight line from Amberley to Brisbane, my house would be on that line slap bang in the middle. So I’ve seen a few copters fly over my place in the last couple of weeks.
Black Hawks over Brisbane
Unfortunately that video was removed for an YouTube, so here’s one that was taken of those Blackhawks checking out the Gold Coast…
Anybody old enough to remember Frankie Goes To Hollywood and their number one hit “Two Tribes” will undoubtedly also recall the then US President Ronald Reagan Vs Soviet leader Konstantin Chernenko fighting match that was the centrepiece of the accompanying video.
30 years or so on, their vision may become a reality, except it will be our Australian leader, not the US President, taking on the Russian.
Facts and figures…
This next video may not be the most exciting in my quartet, but how else would I have got to know that Brisbane is the ninth city in the world to host this event. I also found out that Australia has never hosted a meeting of this scale before and that… well, you may as well check out the video…
What that video didn’t tell you though was that Friday, 14 November has been declared a public holiday here in Brisbane.
There’s a bit of a concern that during the G20, which actually lasts for three days, the city may become a bit of a ghost town, rioters excepted. To counteract this, our Lord Mayor has declared that two council run multistorey car parks will be completely free for the long weekend.
So, I might just pop into the city for absolutely no real reason whatsoever, just to save myself $30 or so.
And finally, for those who do not remember Frankie Goes To Hollywood and their number one hit “Two Tribes”, it really was a classic and here it is. Well, why not?