Thursday, August 16, 2007

We are so excited…

A five-kilometre-long, 2.8 metre-high fence will be used to lock up sections of Sydney's CBD during APEC.

Sydneysiders may also have to show identification to cross the street in parts of the CBD during the summit.

All this fuss is to accommodate George W, who is expected to arrive on Tuesday, September 4. But at least he is expected to leave the Leaders' Week of the APEC summit early.

Google are in on the act too and are vehemently denying any connection. Much of Sydney's city centre as it appears in the satellite images on Google Maps Australia has been fuzzed out, just weeks before the Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation summit.

Google says the imagery was downgraded as a result of a "commercial issue" with a supplier, but there is speculation it was done at the request of police in order to minimise the risk of a terrorist attack during the September summit, where Sydney will host 21 world leaders including the US President, George Bush.

And beware those singing kids: Australian Federal Police are carrying out checks on a group of eight- to 12-year-old Australian choristers to ensure none of them poses a threat to world leaders.

3 comments:

abi said...

Some of those 8-year-olds are pretty mean - they can put a spitball between your eyes from 20 paces.

Kvatch said...

Much of Sydney's city centre as it appears in the satellite images on Google Maps Australia has been fuzzed out...

...because, as everyone knows, terrorists consider paper maps to be too "old school".

Cartledge said...

What a cynical bunch ;)