Yves in India Blog: Day 5 blapses

2008-10-16 00:00

Blapses of the day:

Translator for President Lula battled to pronounce Kgalema, which came out as alternatively Gajo or Kajima.

Manto Tshabala-Msimang was called up as "his excellency".

Colleague Henry Jeffreys only found out that he was to sit with the president in the plenary session an hour beforehand. Henry is deputy chair of Sanef.

All speakers spoke of the need for civil society to be part of the forums for change: but all the SA delegates at the women's forum were from govt and not an NGO in sight.

Quote of the day: "The financial crisis should not be paid for by the countries who did not play the system like a giant casino."

Star of the show: Lula, for being the firebrand in the company.

Was it or wasn't it: Motlanthe promised to sell uranium to India; was this an off-the-cuff policy pronouncement or had it been ratified?

Revelation of the day: The Times of India's main story on its back sport page was CHESS; the match between world champ Viswanathan Anand and Vladimir Kramnik.

Wonders: Speed cameras are to be installed to snare night time speedsters to sort out the traffic chaos.

Shock horror: our dinner menu last night listed something called a "kafir lime" - what the hell is that?

Bye bye Delhi... and no encounters with Delhi belly.

Read the Yves's blog: Day 5 & 6

Read Yves's blog from Day 1.


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