Monday, 30 March 2009

Hong Kong Rugby 7s. Elvis was sighted and is not only King, but alive !

Elvis appeared out of nowhere and did an impersonation of Freddie Mercury. An 11minutes medley of rock 'n' roll, including the Queen anthem We Will Rock You, saw Macau-based Australian performer Thomos Griffiths dressed as The King for the day. It brought a packed Hong Kong Stadium, that included Ablai (my nine year old boy) and I, to its feet before the Hong Kong sevens Rugby finals.
Fiji played magnificently to beat South Africa. It was a rollicking fun-packed weekend. I couldn't believe that over 40,000 rugby fans from every corner of the globe, could gather together for the spectacle of rugby, without any violence, drunkenness, or negative behaviour. It was clean and wild fun for most. Here are a few photos and I will fill you in more on details when I find time.

Ablai with Bahadhur, a former Gurkha soldier from Nepal, and his explosive-sniffing dog. Security was tough, but unobtrusive.

At Disneyland we met Alice-in-Wonderland

Ablai and Bob at the ticket vending machine in the Yau Ma Tei station in Kowloon

The ground just before the final.

All good clean fun. A Scotsman showing me what he had under his kilt. I looked and said, " It is gruesome." He replied, "have a look now, it has gruesome more."

After being ripped off by an on-line ticket agency, we brought tickets off the street at a reasonable rate. Ablai proudly hold the tickets.

Ablai with three New Zealand fans at the airport.

Everyone was dressed up for the final.

Ablai with a sailor on the ferry from Kowloon to Hong Kong Island.

Searching Anyone for chicken ? Hunting for the evening meal in Kowloon.


Ruahines said...

Kia ora Bob,
Bummer about the fake tickets but it certainly looks as if you managed to shrug it off. Quite an event all right and no doubt an event Ablai will remember. Will you come back to NZ for the World Cup in 2011?

Bob McKerrow - Wayfarer said...

Dear Robb

Is the Pope Catholic? Of course I will be back for the World cup and with me new knees, who knows, they may invite me to play.

Yes Ablai will remember this trip for years to come.

Ka kite ano. Bob

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