Sunday, November 18, 2012

The local foreign places

Pretty well within one kilometre of the Highrise are many foreign embassies.

We can look down on the flags of the Malaysian Embassy* at 432 St Kilda Road. Our Malaysian friend Manny was astonished to see his own country's embassy from the Highrise.

One of R's ex workmates lives next door to the Turkish Embassy, at 24 Albert Road. Her husband's father painted trams. Her husband grew up in a yellow and cream weatherboard house, the same colours as our trams were back then. Employee bonus. Take home a pot of paint.

The Italian Embassy used to be somewhere near Domain Road and Park Street in South Yarra, but it is now at 579 St Kilda Road, along with many medical offices.

What were all the protest white crosses, in a lawn, across the road at the Indonesian Embassy about? I can't remember. 72 Queens Road.

With much trepidation, I took photos of American Embassy at 533 St Kilda Road from across the street. I was sure the CIA or our Federal Police were about to pounce on me. The forecourt was covered in flowers post 9/11. The front of the American Embassy is now a car tow away zone and protected by the Federal Police. What paranoia. We don't have terrorist bombs in Australia.

Turks and Greeks might hate each other, but their embassies are close by, 37-39 Albert Road for the Greek Embassy, across the road from the Turkish Embassy.

The Thai Embassy, I was quite unaware of its location. It is at 566 St Kilda Road. That has got to be new.

France, ears prick up Grace?.  342 St Kilda Road. I know where it is, but I cannot imagine which building.

*Embassy, Consulate, High Commission. No matter. You get the idea.

16 comments:

  1. All good targets for extremists and nutters.

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    1. They are Diane, but since we have been here, so far so good.

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  2. Colin8:29 am

    We have had "terrorist" atacks - the Hilton Bombing against the Indian PM way back when "big Mal" was PM. Another couple at Consulates in Sydney.
    I would even place these "ethnic gang wars" as equivalent to terrorist attacks.
    I think the US Consulate in St. Kilda Road is very sensible. As Diane so rightfully writes "All good targets for extremists and nutters". Still we must never bow to these "creatures" - they are not worthy of being called human beings.
    PS: Hope you enjoy reading the Brisbane "rags" report on the trails of corruption up here!!

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    1. Colin, and the ones I linked to. No matter how much I have seen and read about the Hilton bombing, I don't know who was convicted of the act. I am not keen on altering our lives, or blocking off parking, because of a slight chance of an act of terrorism. He quite gives them victory.

      I did read some, and looked at the linking graphic in detail. All I can say is, good luck.

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  3. As well as the Hilton Hotel bombing mentioned by Colin there were bombings on 23 December 1982 at both the Israeli Consulate and the Hakoah Club in Sydney. (Investigations into these two bombings were reopened just last August.)

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    1. Victor, I have no memory of those, or the reopened investigations. I vividly remember the Hilton bombing.

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  4. Because the ambassadors usually sit in Canberra, it is always wonderful to find top level representation in Melbourne as well. Only once did they fail me. I needed a visa from the Indian site in the northern suburbs. The offices were tiny, the hours were short (on a Friday) and there was nowhere to park within a k on either side.

    Thank goodness for embassies near you in St Kilda Rd, on great public transport.

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    1. Colin2:09 pm

      Hels
      Regarding Ambassadors accredited to a country. Embassies are located in the Capital cities - Consulates are located in major cities. The Consul-Generals, as they are called, are answerable to the accredited Ambassador.
      Here for example: Austria. Yep AUSTRIA!!!
      Now for reasons I cannot fathom why this country has an Ambassador in Canberra, and Consul Generals in Adelaide, Brisbane, Cairns, Hobart, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney????
      My guess is that Vienna, Salzburg, "The Sound of Music" tours and skiing are top priorities for Australian tourists - well what possibly else???
      Next have a look at where we, Australia, have Embassies and Consulates! The money this costs must be staggering and I wonder is it worth it?
      Also with this recent AUSMIN meeting in Perth, the accredited Australian Ambassador to the US appears as does the accredited US Ambassador to Australia at the table next to the respective Ministers of Foreign Affairs. So who paid for our Ambassador Kim Beasley to come back to Perth, where he did come from, (lucky holiday break eh?) and then return to his post in the USA.
      Of course, the reverse would be if this annual AUSMIN meeting, next year held in the USA, who pays for Ambassador Jeff Bleich (USA) to accompany the Australian delegation?
      No wonder it is called the "cocktail circle", but I guess that there must be a plausable reason and that they do serve a purpose.

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    2. Hels, I'd bet Indian has much larger and more significant place now. I must check tomorrow. Even the Chinese Embasssy in Toorak, built where Frank Thring used to live, is only open to the public in the mornings.

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    3. Colin, I too wonder about the cost, but even quite poor countries seem to think it is important to have a representative stationed in countries overseas.

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  5. I don't remember where our embassies are here in Adelaide, I've gone past several on a bus at different times, the Italian Embassy, the Zurich Embassy, or maybe that was Zurich house which would be the Swiss Embassy. I never really took much notice of them. Clearly I'm not a terrorist.

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    1. River, I only remember some because they are close by. But I was surprised to learn of others I did not know about. You never know, with Kath living in Zurich, it might be useful to know where the Swiss Embassy is.

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  6. Pardon! Quelqu'un at-il mentionner France!! Just look for the most chic building on the street Andrew, oh yes and it'll open at around 10am close for lunch and reopen very late afternoon oui, and if those hours don't suit you then eh! (shrug)!!

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    1. Hehe Grace. I will see which building it is.

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  7. What's the one on High St, Windsor? One of my clients lives next to it. Aaah google maps says Malaysian Hall. They're currently having their roof replaced!

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    1. I know it well Fen. It is only for Moslem Malaysians and it has been there, in its present guise, for a long time.

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