• Marina Arandjelovic, Slavica Peuraca and Katarina Arandjelovic

    Marina Arandjelovic, Slavica Peuraca and Katarina Arandjelovic

  • Aleksandra Arandjelovic

    Aleksandra Arandjelovic

  • Adrencia Kijewska and Marek Kijewski

    Adrencia Kijewska and Marek Kijewski

  • Slobodan and Anna Jankovic

    Slobodan and Anna Jankovic

  • Suzana Milutinovic, Miss Serbia Australia and Milica Vuklis Miss Serbia

    Suzana Milutinovic, Miss Serbia Australia and Milica Vuklis Miss Serbia

  • Ambassador of Serbia Miroljub Petrovic and Zdenka Sladoja-Petrovic

    Ambassador of Serbia Miroljub Petrovic and Zdenka Sladoja-Petrovic

  • Robert Milicevic, Tiko Milovanovic and Slobodan Nikoljevic

    Robert Milicevic, Tiko Milovanovic and Slobodan Nikoljevic

  • Slavka Ristic and Robert Milicevic

    Slavka Ristic and Robert Milicevic

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.