Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Princess Julia in her element

from w
Pictures coming from the Cook Islands show a very happy Oz Prime Minister Julia waving to the crowds and being treated like a Princess.  The Raratonga people certainly have given a rousing welcome in a traditional way for the delegates to the Pacific Island Forum. Alas, Fiji just ain't there, banned from the Forum, etc. etc.
from The Australian:

At last PM rides high on the poles

From the moment she touched down in the Cook Islands - 5000km and four time zones from Newspolls, budgets and Tony Abbott - Julia Gillard was feted like a Pacific queen. A floral lei was placed around her neck as she arrived at Rarotonga airport with her partner, Tim Mathieson, before she was hoisted onto a wooden chair borne by eight Cook Islanders. Like the other leaders descending on the tiny outpost for this week's Pacific Islands Forum, the Prime Minister was carried to the opening ceremony surrounded by drummers and dancers.


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