Wednesday, 8 July 2009

Lurking around the toilets...

After a long trip to L’Aquila, a surreal night in a half built ‘athletes village’, and police escort to the summit, Day 1 of the G8 has begun.

Or kind of. It has been a day of waiting for the G8 leaders to arrive like blushing brides, walk down a red carpet one by one and be courted by their proud host, Senor Berlusconi.

But possibly the most hectic waiting possible – NGOs flying round left, right and centre to corner journalists and tell their story, with impromptu press conferences and bribery with espressos. Some guerilla action from us has plastered all the G8 toilets with a poster highlighting the campaign, and got me some very funny looks as I hover from cubicle to cubicle…

The main anouncements are due soon. After discussing the world economy (done and dusted in an hour or so), leaders are now talking about ‘global issues’ (again, sorted in about an hour). The communiques should be released soon and everyone has their releases at the ready in eager anticipation…

Watch this space (or twitter for quicker reaction) to see if the water announcement will be done today (it may not be until African leaders arrive on Friday, noone seems to know…), what it will say, and what we think of it. We dont expect to be overwhelmed, but maybe somewhere those lovely G8 folk will surprise us.

Other crucial news. Carla Bruni, wife of President Sarkozy, is not attending the G8 wives' trip to Rome. Perhaps last year's kimono-folding extravaganza was just too much. Maybe, like Chancellor Merkel's husband, she's not too fond of stroking kittens while their spouses sort out the world (in an hour). Vive l'égalité!

 

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