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The best 44 photos from the G8 Summit and golf tour 2013

THE G8 summit in Northern Ireland was a success. Hunger was ended. Bono, Mr G9, talked about fairness. Locals were unable to walk down roads and post letters. And The Obamas had another terrific family holiday.

Highlights of the Enniskillen Golf Club ladies day (they let Angela Merkel in so long as wore a blue tie) below:

Puppets of (from left to right) US President Barack Obama, French President Francois Hollande, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta, Prime Minister David Cameron, and Russian President Vladimir Putin at an IF campaign to highlight world hunger during the G8 Summit at Enniskillen Golf Club, Northern Ireland.

Puppets of (from left to right) US President Barack Obama, French President Francois Hollande, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta, Prime Minister David Cameron, and Russian President Vladimir Putin at an IF campaign to highlight world hunger during the G8 Summit at Enniskillen Golf Club, Northern Ireland.

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Posted: 19th, June 2013 | In: Politicians | Comment


The Wizard of Oz goes punk at the small anti-G8 protest in Belfast (Photos)

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IN Belfast, anti-G8 protestors have been demonstrating against fracking, bombing, arresting imprisoning and capitalism. How many were on the march?

Press Association: “Hundreds of protesters, advocating a variety of causes, braved torrential rain as they walked through streets.”

Independent: 1.500

What was it like:

Staff in the nearby Post Office danced to the beat of stilt walking drummers alongside an open-sided van carrying trade unionists dressed as characters from the Wizard of Oz.

The protest was organised by the Irish Congress of Trade Unions.

ICTU chair Pamela Dooley told the crowd: “Today is a defining moment in our history.

History can be a cruel judge.

ITV:

Police say there were around 1,500 protesters. I would say there few more, but not the 5,000 that had been expected.

Express:

 Police outnumber protesters during peaceful anti-G8 protests in Belfast

Can it get any beter?

A separate concert for the IF anti-food poverty campaign, spearheaded by charities working in the developing world, will be held in the city’s Botanic Gardens this afternoon with acts including indie rockers Two Door Cinema Club.

The concert has been sold out, with around 8,000 people due to attend, organisers said.

At once point union flag protestors met the anti G8 protesters.

One loyalist protesting about a Belfast city council decision to only fly the Union flag on certain days disrupted the march before being surrounded by police and led away. At Belfast city hall, around 100 loyalist protesters are cordoned off by the police and kept away from the G8 protesters.

Today is actually one of the days that the council is flying the union flag, in honour of the Queen’s birthday.

Amnesty International’s Patrick Corttigan called for the Russians to free the members of Pussy Riot, telling the crowd: “Belfast is a punk city and here’s a punk message to you – free Pussy Riot.

It was not a defining moment in history for punks.

Posted: 15th, June 2013 | In: Reviews | Comment


G8 protestors erect this huge mural at Free Derry Corner

ALL change in Northern Ireland. The Free Derry Corner today now sports an anti-G8 mural.

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BEfore wothe world’s Troubels:

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Spotter: Brian Whelan

Posted: 15th, June 2013 | In: Reviews | Comment


Photos: Northern Ireland’s panoramic Lough Erne Hotel gets ready for the G8 summit

A man walks past razor wire which has been laid in fields near the Lough Erne resort in County Fermanagh the venue for next weeks G8 Summit.

NOW that Northern Ireland is more peaceful place, it’s encouraging to see it being picked to host the laste G8 bunfight. The great and good (and look out for Mr G9 Bono in attendance) will mass at the Lough Erne Hotel resort in Co Fermanagh:

The Resort is the ultimate expression in old world heritage and new world luxury, set on its very own 600 acre peninsula, between Castle Hume Lough and Lower Lough Erne, just outside Enniskillen, with stunning panoramic views from almost every vantage point. 

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Posted: 13th, June 2013 | In: Politicians, Reviews | Comment


Photos: Police smash Soho squat to ruin G8 protests

TODAY, hundreds of Metropolitan Police officers stormed a Soho squat to break up a planned G8 protest. The police smashed their way into a squat in Beak Street, Soho. A police chopper hovered overhead. The 200-odd residents of a group called StopG8 had been planning Carnival against Capitalism, an anti-capitalist protests planned for this afternoon.

On Piccadilly, police encountered more protestors. The police blockaded the doors to Fortnum and Mason. Loads of coppers stood about on Regent Street. The protestors had planned to picket nightclubs like Annabel’s and Mahiki, and 100 addresses of “power and tyranny” where the rich hang out.

Police were only rivalled in number by the ranks photographers and journalists.

Posted: 11th, June 2013 | In: Reviews | Comments (3)


Weatherman passes out in morning TV stunt

AUSTRALIAN weatherman, Grant Denyer, has some interesting ways of reporting on the weather, making Fred Talbot (the less about him the better, presently) look like someone gently frollicking through a meadow.

Our Grant, for some inexplicable reason, decided to broadcast from a stunt-plane. A stunt-plane going so fast and driving in such a mental manner, that it made our dear old weatherman pass out.

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Posted: 22nd, February 2013 | In: Reviews, TV & Radio | Comment


The G8 Summit TV Series: Featuring Guest Star Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg (Mr G9)

ANOTHER week and thus another get together for the political elite. This week’s episode is called G8 – Facebook Me, with speical guest star Mark Zuckerberg (aka G9). The cast has been in Deauville, France for the latest edition of a televised series based on Friends, This Life and The Swiss Family Robinson.

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Posted: 27th, May 2011 | In: Politicians | Comment


George Clooney Addresses G8 Summit

GEORGE Clooney is in the G8 environs, standing in for Mr G9 Bono as the celebrity who will receive the world’s leaders and opine on global matters.

Picture Gallery:

Among the little people

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Posted: 10th, July 2009 | In: Celebrities | Comments (4)


Climate Change Protest Hits G8 Summit

TIME once more for the G8 summit, the political AGM featuting a nice location, lashings of booze and nosh, and a chance to ogle the local talent.

So it’s agreed – we drown Australia

Protest against the G8 summit depicting world leaders, Italy.

Posted: 8th, July 2009 | In: Politicians | Comment