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Bicnod for Mumsnet - LIVE AT THE G8!!! Come and keep me company...

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Bicnod Mon 17-Jun-13 00:35:20

I'm here in Belfast for you lovely lot as one of the IF@G8 bloggers - original thread here

It all kicks off tomorrow so setting this up now like a good boy scout to be prepared.

Did I mention I'm getting a press pass?! shock

Still eeking.

Up in 5 hours so must go sleeeeeeep.

Bicnod Mon 17-Jun-13 15:16:34

The leaders are in - none of them are wearing ties <shock>

Waiting for live broadcast from inside the media centre.

Bicnod Mon 17-Jun-13 15:35:18

Currently watching David Cameron announcing an EU/US trade deal with Barack Obama and European Council and Commission Presidents.

Waiting for the live broadcast of the official G8 leaders arrival.

Bicnod Mon 17-Jun-13 15:40:09

Oooooo - watching a live feed of the leaders walking OUT of the building... presumably so they can then turn around and formally arrive hmm

Oops, it's been cut off - I'm not sure that was supposed to broadcast!

Bicnod Mon 17-Jun-13 16:10:46

Quite glad I'm NOT at the formal arrivals - they're running late <shock>

Bicnod Mon 17-Jun-13 16:20:30

So anyhoo - I met up with the wonderful Frank and Mwajuma earlier for a chat.

A bit more about them...

Mwajuma is 17. She was brought up by her grandmother in Tanzania after her father died when she was one.

She says:

'I want [the G8] to stop hunger because many children die of hunger, 3 million per year'

'We have the power to stop it'

'I have hopes and dreams and some day hope I'll be a mother too - I couldn't face to see my children suffering.'

Bicnod Mon 17-Jun-13 16:22:04

Ooooo <breaking news> the official arrivals of the leaders have started... WEIRD. They have already HAD a press conference and now David Cameron is pretending he hasn't met them already, shaking their hands and (literally) leading them up the garden path!!

Bicnod Mon 17-Jun-13 16:23:20

This is sooooooo weird. Honestly - bonkers.

The leaders have to walk individually up a long path towards the PM to shake his hand and be officially welcomed...

Bicnod Mon 17-Jun-13 16:23:50

And I have to say the Golf Club buildings are bloody ugly <irrelevant>

Bicnod Mon 17-Jun-13 16:24:19

They all look very self-conscious - this is hilarious grin

Bicnod Mon 17-Jun-13 16:28:48

David Cameron is running up and down the path meeting and greeting the leaders - he's going to be very tired at the end of all this poor lad.

Bicnod Mon 17-Jun-13 16:30:17

He's getting a bit puffed out now I think - just about to meet Putin...

Bicnod Mon 17-Jun-13 16:32:06

Ooooo - here comes Obama - think he's the last one...

Bicnod Mon 17-Jun-13 16:33:01

Poor David looks relieved that's over

Bicnod Mon 17-Jun-13 16:33:15


RowanMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 17-Jun-13 16:36:25

It turns out Bicnod is not only extremely well-informed, she's also a ninja at collaring her fellow lunch guests for webchats. Would y'all like us to follow up her sterling work in getting Jon Snow to agree to one?

Salbertina Mon 17-Jun-13 16:41:53

Oh definitely! Well done, Bicnod, another coup! Sounds like it's going very well.

liger Mon 17-Jun-13 16:42:34

Oh yes, love Jon Snow! And he's steeped in this stuff so he would be a good follow up maybe ?9

Bicnod Mon 17-Jun-13 16:46:10

Do I get to come and watch the live webchat?! <cheeky> <hopeful>

KnottedAnchorChief Mon 17-Jun-13 16:50:38

Yep - defo John Snow webchat. Good call Bicnod

Did Putin turn up stripped to the waist sporting a David Dickinson tan and riding a fiery steed, as he does in some of his PR shots?

Tee2072 Mon 17-Jun-13 17:02:28

Well done Bicnod! Yes, do have him on, HQ!!

Bicnod Mon 17-Jun-13 19:08:36

Just did an interview with people from Number 10 about why I'm here.

Totally fluffed it blush so hopefully they'll be able to piece something vaguely coherent together confused

Will post link once video is up.

Winding down here - everyone thinks most of the action will be tomorrow...

Bicnod Mon 17-Jun-13 19:11:35

It's been a looooong day...

Off for dinner - and maybe a wee pint at Blakes as recommended on the other thread grin

Will check in later.

SacreBlue Mon 17-Jun-13 19:30:45

WHOOP! Big well done, what a collar! I'd love JS on a MN chat smile

Enjoy your pint smile I think you are doing a sterling job missis you totally deserve it

<huff post - so jel>

Hassled Mon 17-Jun-13 20:33:07

Bicnod - you are doing sterling work - the Huffington Post shock. Enoy that dinner - sounds like you've earned it.

MmeLindor Mon 17-Jun-13 21:34:00

oooh, aren't you doing well. You have Jon Snow's number in your phone! I am impressed.

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