Sunday, May 27, 2012

A WORLD APART (Mount Barney)

Mount Barney, Scenic Rim
26-27 May 2012
Ambassadors are here today
Absolutely gorgeous place 1.5hours drive from Brisbane CBD

Check out these two border collies making out

Scenic Rim is actually a group of forested mountain ranges of the Great Dividing Range
straddling the border between south-east QLD and north-eastern NSW
Today we're visiting Mount Barney

We were welcomed by complimentary coffee and tea
at our first stop Mount Barney Lodge

Kylie enjoys a nice UV-exposure

Chicken Skewers in Lemon Myrtle BBQ
amongst other tasty treats such as Lemon Merinque Pie etc

Hussain (Saudi Arabia), Kylie (Australia), James (Singapore), Marjorie (USA) and myself (Singapore)
enjoying a little tea party

Fresh Lemon that you can't buy in stores

Imogen showing off some of her mum's great works
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Free Bushtucker Tour

Learning more about native plants and delicious recipes

Lemon that adapted to the OZ climate
we call them Bush Lemon

Sweet old couple who joined the tour with us

Macadamia Nut

Guillaume (France) at the ecolodge
Prices as low as $35 per room night!

Shao (Malaysia) and Claire (China) sharing a photo moment

Autumn at its best

Silly cows

Our next stop
Barney Creek Vineyard Cottages

Chillin' by the lake just enjoying the beautiful climate and fresh air

The main crop is Petite Verdot

Lovely wine selection at affordable prices

Free Wine tasting

Next stop
Thistledown Country Retreat

Beautiful old house

Traditional High Tea in the enchanting garden

Enjoy a game of Croquet
(or pretend to be Thor)

Little Chapel on the hill

Next stop
Rathdowney Alpaca Farm

Nom nom nom..

Elsa (Indonesia), Malli (Germany) and Yiki (Hongkong) 
having a fulfilling time learning about Alpacas

Claire and the Black Llama

Next stop
Classi di Cucina Italiana

Wesley (Taiwan) enjoying a free Nutella Gelato

Baby Alpaca drinking from a milk bottle

Ok.. you can follow me home

Pare Xavier (Philippines) taking a funny shot of Guillaume

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Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Brisbane Sovereign Embassy - The Eviction

This morning 250 odd police officers had Musgrave Park surrounded

Previous Post: Brisbane Sovereign Embassy set up at West End

Surrounding roads were cordoned off from public access

A line of spectators gathered at Cordelia Street by 7AM

The Embassy members guarded their Sacred Fire

Negotiations began

Channel 7 and Channel Ten helicopters rovering above the area

Police officers keeping people out of the Musgrave Park boundary

Supporting spectators formed up along Cordelia Street

Anglo-Australians wearing the Aboriginal Flag
and began chanting "Always was, always will be Aboriginal Land"

Spotted: Cr. Helen Abrahams

Indigenous people from the around area came to support
(4th from left) Local Aboriginal Activist/Murri Community Worker, Sam Watson

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Delivering a message from within the fence by phone

Negotiations failed and police moved in
arrested 31 people while the rest chained themselves together

Hulk Hogan

The Embassy was taken over and the aboriginals salvaged the Sacred Fire

Blowing the fire up
Watch the video below, it's amazing!
At 8:58, this dude ate a burning coal!

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The Embassy members marched to Jaggera Hall in song and dance

People living in West End joins in

Hamish Cairns with his Leica M2

Embassy Leaders addresses their people

Original site of the Sacred Fire

Negotiations to let three of them enter the site to retrieve their Sacred Objects

The protesters and supporters marched to Parliament House
to demand Cr. Newman to remove his Aboriginal flag pin
which was received by Police barricades to protect QUT students and visitors of City Botanic Gardens

The protesters then marched to Police Watch House

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Police guarded the Queensland Police Headquarters
as the mob marches pass

Aboriginal people angry with Queensland Premier Campbell Newman's statement
about the Embassy being a squatters' camp

Police Watch House

Arrested Embassy members were released

Wayne "Coco" Wharton released, holding his bail conditions paper

Jack Black
(Nah.. that's Harrison Saragossi)

The wait continues...

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Brisbane Sovereign Embassy at Musgrave Park

Eviction of Brisbane Soverign Embassy Musgrave Park
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