I have arrived home to Brisbane just in time for the G20 to begin in my home town. Leaders from all over the world have descended on Brisbane for a chat about stuff.
Our local paper The Courier Mail provided us with a lighthearted photo of the group.
The only real photo there is our Prime Minister, Tony Abbott. He actually is a volunteer life saver in his spare time. (Probably not lately)
We have put on a heatwave for their visit. Today the temperatures were in the mid 30s, with a hotter day to come tomorrow.
This probably won’t worry the leaders as they will be driven in air-conditioned cars to air-conditioned venues for their meetings. They won’t see much of Brisbane, which is a pity, it is a lovely city.
Many any of the meeting are being held at the Convention Centre, behind the beach you can see at the forefront of the photo below.
We live minutes from the places the leaders will be meeting and we are being circled by helicopters all day. Roads are closed in various areas and there is a huge police presence. Many people decided to leave town for the weekend, but I think it is quite exciting to be on the edge of a bit of history.
President Obama addressed a group of young people at Queensland University today. I was not invited, but I did get to see it live on TV. It went very well and the President spent time after his speech talking to audience members.
I hope the visitors get to see a bit of our city. Our flowering trees are putting on a good show for them.
Putin is putting on a bit of a show too. There is a little group of old Russian boats cruising in the ocean just outside Australaian waters waiting for…what?
Will the leaders take a walk through the city?
…or have a swim at the beach at Southbank, just around the corner from the conference centre.
Maybe they will head for one of our nearby beaches.
Or maybe they will just sit in a room and solve the problems of the world…at least we hope so.