Posted by: jacksterja | 5 September, 2007

The apex of APEC

So, APEC is on in the city at the moment.

Fences have been erected. so have speakers on poles.

Stations have been shut down, along with various roads and things.

We’re all supposed to carry ID when wandering about in the city.

Rubbish bins have been inexplicably taped up with police tape. Seemingly randomly (I saw one yesterday taped up, whilst the bin 10m away across the other side of the street was open-topped as per ususal).

There have been a few exciting fly-bys from fighter jet thingies.

Water cannons are at the ready and the armed forces are predicting “violent protests”

So what has this meant to me so far? Working in the thick of the action?

  1. Less people on the train since so many people seem to have taken the week off
  2. I get Friday off work.
  3. I had a dream last night that George Bush was staying in my spare room and so “they” (not sure who “they” were) had cordoned off my living room and turned it into an exclusion zone.
  4. 2 Hours of special fire-warden training
  5. An emergency procedures guide has been slotted into the back of my security pass for work (one has to wonder, at what expense) outlining the exact same evacuation procedures we always use. Especially when someone burns their toast.

It’s all been a bit of an anti-climax, really.

And the best actual story (as opposed to speculation) the media can find, is a nutritional analysis of Georgie Porgie’s lunch!


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