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The Madeleine Awards 13 January 2010

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The inaugural Madeleine Awards have been announced by the Lowy Institute – it is an award meant to highlight and reward “the best use of symbol, stunt, prop, gesture or jest in international affairs last year.”

The Madeleine’s have been named after Madeleine Albright, who apparently used to wear brooches in her left lapel during international meetings which symbolised or indicated subtle messages towards the counterpart.

And the winner this year went to the Maldives Cabinet for conducting the first underwater cabinet meeting in the world.

But the part about this particular blog entry (because I recommend the Interpreter as an everyday read to anyone anyway) that caught my attention were the unsuccessful nominations and their descriptions, especially this one:

To prove everyone has a chance, Barack Obama gets a nomination for bowing to Japan’s emperor. Some US pundits called it a grovel. We prefer to see it as good manners, perhaps even old fashioned courtesy. And as the President already has a Nobel Prize just for being polite, we can’t reward him with this award as well.

Thank you, for making me smile today.

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