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11 November 2014 @ 08:51 pm
Gearing up for the G20  
G20 is on in Brisbane this weekend and everything is a little bit crazy. There's a huge police presence in the city already, and helicopters overhead at all hours of the day and night; public transport has been disrupted and there are street closures galore. It's all going to get worse, too, as the weekend approaches. The city is off-limits on Friday with no public transport running into or out of the city and a public holiday declared for the CBD.

The city has been dressed up for the occasion - I've been googling, trying to find a photo of the sculptures opposite the Treasury Hotel, as they've been dressed up in what appears to be granny-square crocheted blankets; whatever it is, they look great. And the buildings fronting the river, as well as the Storey Bridge, are all lit up as well.

At work, we've been instructed to wear casual clothes this week, to make ourselves less of a target to any disgruntled person or organisation trying to make a point, who might think it a good idea to hold hostage a financial services worker. Most of the people on the bus this week have also been casually dressed so it's not just my company giving those instructions. We've been told to watch out for people trying to tailgate us into our building and onto the elevators (we all have security passes) and to take care if we're out and about. Also we've been asked to work from home on Thursday - that's a plus! And with Friday being a public holiday it will be a very short week as well.

We've been building up to this for so long, it will be hard to go back to normal next week.
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sunray45: Australia opalsunray45 on November 11th, 2014 12:22 pm (UTC)
I've been wondering if you'd be able to get to work with all this hullaballoo going on, but there you are with a home day then a Public Holiday, which is only in Brisbane I believe.

Son was driving around, for work, when he and his offsider saw all these big black cars in a convoy, with G20 on the number plates! Advertising? Or making sure the snipers knew which car to take out. *bg*

You are well out of it.

Also, showed Paul your photos of your driveway blocked off. He was horrified and said you should complain to the Council, as that's definitely a no-no to block off access to a property.
miwahni: Aussie Aussie Aussiemiwahni on November 12th, 2014 04:46 am (UTC)
Yep public holiday only for Brisbane City Council area, and originally we were told that as our company has a national presence we weren't entitled to it, but suddenly last week that all changed!
Lots of G20 number plates in the city at the moment, and very little other traffic. They're making themselves into targets for sure.

Have considered complaining to council, but thought I'd wait until the work was complete :-)

OH and that reminds me, been meaning to email to let you know that the DVD didn't arrive, not sure where it went!
Merlin Pendragon: Earth Rise Animemrlnpndrgn on November 11th, 2014 01:10 pm (UTC)
Good luck with the G20 meeting!
We had the G8 one here some years ago, and it was an absolute mess.

But I think it was even worse in Toronto, when they had the G20!

You might want to stay out of the city for the duration!
miwahni: Random Kanga wavingmiwahni on November 12th, 2014 04:47 am (UTC)
Believe me from tomorrow onwards I'll be staying well away from the city centre. It should be back to normal by Monday when I have to come back into work. Hopefully!
ali15son: pic#124006086ali15son on November 11th, 2014 01:54 pm (UTC)
even though it must be a pain , i presume it is all necessary, hopefully things will return to normal soon x
miwahni: Random Ulu-roomiwahni on November 12th, 2014 04:48 am (UTC)
It's supposed to be injecting a lot of money into our local economy, as well as showcasing our city, so it should be worth the inconvenience. Plus I get a day off, so that's all good!
a honeyed wine at night: slow loris meadmoonlightmead on November 11th, 2014 02:14 pm (UTC)
Oh god. It is just such a pain. And half these security precautions - honestly, you are surely at as much risk from 'bring down the system' types all the rest of the year?

I was in Ottawa during the G8 meeting there some years ago. I was there for a conference, and it turned out that our hotel's semi-underground car park where we went for a smoke was the staging ground for coaches and coaches and coaches of police. Extremely paramilitary-looking police, too. It was just freaky. I am small and not obviously a threat, but some of the other people at the conference who dressed all in black and with big clumpy biker boots were subject to a certain amount of scrutiny at customs and immigration. Especially the ones who thought they'd speed up the airport time by taking carry-on only. (This is way before September 11th, when carry-on only became such a big red flag.) They ended up answering questions for far longer than it would have taken to collect their bags.

More recently, we had the NATO thing in Cardiff. The whole city was under siege, in preparation for the thousands and thousands of expected protestors. Actual number? In the low hundreds.

Enjoy the freedom to wear what you like, at least - unless you are one of those who prefer to stick to work clothes for work, I suppose!
miwahni: Aussie Aussie Aussiemiwahni on November 12th, 2014 04:51 am (UTC)
There's always a protest of some sort going on; I think the reasoning now is that any protest at present will draw a lot of media attention so we're more at risk than normal.

I can just imagine the attention that your bikie-booted colleagues were attracting! Bad timing, hey.

I saw photos of Cardiff recently with the area around Cardiff Castle all blocked off, it really DID look like a siege was in progress.*g*
Strike while the irony is hot: [EMATE] HUGS C'MEREdraycevixen on November 11th, 2014 06:24 pm (UTC)

Well I'm glad at least that you're getting a day's holiday and a day to work from home out of all this kerfuffle.
miwahni: Random Ulu-roomiwahni on November 12th, 2014 04:52 am (UTC)
That's the best bit, really. Although it has been a bit exciting being in the city, and seeing the motorcades etc.
I'll be putting the day off to good use - shopping!