There’s a formula to the majority of national days for Canberra’s diplomatic community. Variations are obviously with food, with many a memorable feast of the host nation’s cuisine ensuring many happy returns by guests for their next national birthday. Entertainment too, while not usual at most of these occasions, can be most enjoyable with the tango among my favourite demonstrations. So too a junior Haka at New Zealand’s Waitangi Day that showed even youngsters can get that fearsome facial expression at an early age.
But something that grabbed the crowd’s attention in the backblocks of O’Malley on a coolish evening in an unpretentious but typical two storey with plenty of substantial fencing that is the Embassy of Serbia, was a couple of stunners. Yes Miss Serbia who will represent her country at the Miss World pageant was in town with in tow the current Miss Serbia Australia. The gents ogled. The ladies felt upstaged and the quest for photographs delayed formal proceedings.
Now I’m not sure of the Australian connection to the home grown contest as the tour flyer was in Serbian, but in any arena this rather stunning pair would stop traffic and do plenty for international diplomacy. But their whistle stop in Canberra had the guests downing a few Rakija (plum brandy) and munching on ‘sitni kolaci’ (traditional cakes and sweets) while the girls got all the attention.