Sandwich Throwing: Australian For Protest

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Weekend Edition Saturday host Scott Simon takes note of two instances of sandwich throwing, aimed at the Australian prime minister.


People might not want to stand near Australia's Prime Minister Julia Gillard if they want to keep their suit clean, but if they want a snack.... Earlier this month, someone hurled a sandwich slathered in Vegemite, the yeast extract that's Australia's national spread, at the prime minister. It missed by a wide mark. A student was suspended for 15 days, but he denies being the culprit.

Thursday of this week, the prime minister was at a high school in Canberra to speak about her new education funding agreement, when a salami sandwich was sent soaring over her head. The second sandwich also missed. Australian press accounts do not say if the bread involved was rye, whole wheat or pumpernickel, or if the salami was spread with mustard, horseradish or - it's Canberra after all, not Queens, New York - even mayonnaise.

Prime Minister Gillard reacted with malice toward none and charity for all, telling reporters they must have thought I was hungry.


SIMON: But you know, there's lots more to do in Australia other than fling sandwiches at public officials. So, if you're looking for a reasonably priced flight, frugal traveler expert Seth Kugel has a few pointers tomorrow on WEEKEND EDITION with Rachel Martin.


SIMON: And you're listening to NPR News.


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