Will I be on Page 3? Of the Financial Times of course…
On the penultimate day of the G8 Summit, with world leaders having progressed few decisions on the fate of Africa and the world’s poor, Oxfam’s ‘Big Heads’ have been cavorting away their time in Germany on the beach outside the G8 Summit highlighting this potentially wasted opportunity. Credit: Craig Owen / Oxfam International
Becks Gowland is a campaigner for Oxfam
I never imagined when I woke up this morning that by lunchtime I would be wearing nothing but a swimming costume whilst being manhandled by four of my male colleagues. But when you’re asked to appear as Angela Merkel for a ‘G8 on the beach’ stunt how can you say no?
Just the thought of being scantily clad in from of the world’s media is pretty darn nerve-racking, but I could not have imagined how exposed I ended up being. The media hit was superb, with BBC, Sky, the wires and TV from all over the world surrounding us like a swarm of locusts. Seriously, at one point even our choreographer Emma was pushed out by photographers wrestling to get the best photo. My personal priority was to get Emma to keep me decent, as the swimsuit I was wearing actually belongs to my mum who’s a bit smaller than me – I had visions of my buttocks making front page news!
I know it looks like we were just playing about and in all honesty I have to say I had a fantastic time. But we did this to get across a serious message and it’s no less serious because it’s made through comedy. The G8 are frittering time away at the seaside, when what they need to be doing is making strong decisions for the benefit of the world’s poorest people and putting their promises into action. Now, the G8 only have one day left to make this summit mean something. So come on guys and gal – let’s see what you’re made of. Put your beach balls away and let the real game begin – and make sure it’s played to the benefit of poor people.
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