The Oprah fans wuz ‘ere

johnboy 12 December 2010 23

The War Memorial is letting us know they’ve put on a show for a breakout group of the Oprah Winfrey jamboree currently enthralling the brain dead:

A group of visitors from Oprah’s Ultimate Aussie Adventure visited the Australian War Memorial today Sunday 12 December.

On arrival at Canberra International Airport this morning, the group was welcomed by Dr Karl James (the Memorial’s Second World War Historian) who took the opportunity of the short coach trip to ANZAC Parade, to provide a history of the Memorial including the Australian American alliance.

His Excellency the American Ambassador Jeffrey Bleich and Mrs Rebecca Bleich joined the visitors in the Commemorative Area to lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and pay their respects at the Roll of Honour Afghanistan panel.

Dr Karl James then escorted the group through the Second World War and Post 45 Conflicts galleries before taking them to ANZAC Hall to experience the G for George Lancaster Bomber Striking By Night (sound and light show).

That’s your 15 minutes Canberra.


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spinact spinact 8:43 pm 14 Dec 10

Davo111 said :

sigh, why did we spent so much money on her?

– US is currently in a recession
– They’ve got huge levels on unemployment
– Their currency has dropped significantly

The US would be the worst people to invite to Australia.

Yanks have always been the worse people to invite to Australian haven’t they?

absharp absharp 7:23 pm 14 Dec 10

Brodburger. That is all.

Pork Hunt Pork Hunt 5:53 pm 13 Dec 10

The average American is quite a patriotic person. If they went to the Australian War Memorial to pay their respects to the fallen (theirs and ours), then that is a good thing.

Davo111 Davo111 1:20 pm 13 Dec 10

Deref said :

Strikethroughs didn’t work. 🙁

haha thanks for clearing that up! i had to look at my own post just to make sure you weren’t taking the micky out of my poor grammar.

pptvb pptvb 8:08 am 13 Dec 10

YAWN

Deref Deref 7:37 am 13 Dec 10

Strikethroughs didn’t work. 🙁

Deref Deref 7:36 am 13 Dec 10

Davo111 said :

sigh, why did we spent so much any money on her?

I fixed that for you.

Primal Primal 11:48 pm 12 Dec 10

I need a browser plug-in that prevents me from reading anything involving the word ‘Oprah’.

Holditz Holditz 11:40 pm 12 Dec 10

Probably many of them had husbands or children (or wives) who were or are service personnel. The US is a highly martial society, and servicemen and women are highly respected. So it wouldn’t have been out of place to have US tourists visit the AWB.

s-s-a s-s-a 8:58 pm 12 Dec 10

Of all of the ways to market Canberra to a bunch of cashed-up middle-aged women, why would you take them to a tomb?

We were at the NGA later today, were told about the visit by a staff member in the shop who we got chatting to. We asked if Oprah’s hoards spent up big and were told “oh no, they all got free gifts”. Grrr!!

Tour de Muffin Top… ROFL!!

p1 p1 8:32 pm 12 Dec 10

astrojax said :

surely a trip to mully’s shrine would have been more befitting..?

Damn, you beat me too it…

I assume that visit to the war memorial is to enable them to glorify the Australia / US alliance, and the ultimate sacrifice made by our brave men and women fighting the godless heathens in the war on terror, thus keeping the neocon religious right back in the states happy?

JessicaNumber JessicaNumber 7:28 pm 12 Dec 10

Best part of Canberra to show USian visitors? Surely the NGA would be my first choice, making sure to get them in the sculpture garden during a carillon recital.

Davo111 Davo111 7:19 pm 12 Dec 10

sigh, why did we spent so much money on her?

– US is currently in a recession
– They’ve got huge levels on unemployment
– Their currency has dropped significantly

The US would be the worst people to invite to Australia.

Chris47 Chris47 6:34 pm 12 Dec 10

They all came to the National Gallery today aswell, only for about an hour though.

screaming banshee screaming banshee 4:47 pm 12 Dec 10

Wait, we have an international terminal?

    johnboy johnboy 5:04 pm 12 Dec 10

    They’ve been in the country for a few days now.

astrojax astrojax 3:24 pm 12 Dec 10

surely a trip to mully’s shrine would have been more befitting..?

Waiting For Godot Waiting For Godot 2:32 pm 12 Dec 10

Oprah who?

Chop71 Chop71 2:25 pm 12 Dec 10

They should have hired bikes and gone around the lake……

Tour De Muffin Top

kincuri kincuri 1:58 pm 12 Dec 10

The War Memorial is a great museum, but who on earth thought it would be a good idea to bring a bunch of Oprah fans here? Of all of the ways to market Canberra to a bunch of cashed-up middle-aged women, why would you take them to a tomb?

The viewers back in the US will say, okay, that’s one place we don’t need to go to.

Agreed. The War Memorial was an odd place to send them. Surely the National Museum of Australia would have been a better location. With all of its Australiana it would have done wonders in terms of presenting Australia and providing a more “uplifting” experience.

WillowJim WillowJim 1:16 pm 12 Dec 10

The War Memorial is a great museum, but who on earth thought it would be a good idea to bring a bunch of Oprah fans here? Of all of the ways to market Canberra to a bunch of cashed-up middle-aged women, why would you take them to a tomb?

The viewers back in the US will say, okay, that’s one place we don’t need to go to.

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