Ursula selects a dazzling number to throw around her neck, a peculiar floral affair with seemingly random garlands and fruits rendered in an old-fashioned botanical illustration style. All was well, and everybody at the affair was suitably dazzled by the impressive accessory, but then she arrived, Ursula's nemesis, and made a bold play for the towering diplomatrix' chosen prey,Indonesian Foreign Minister Hassan Wirajuda. Well, see for yourself:
Both photos: AP/Hans Punz
It was wiley Paula Lehtomaeki, Finland's Minister of Foreign Trade and Development, mockingly clad in a larger, brighter, scarlet scarf, a direct affront to Ursula's recognised status as Queen of Diplomatic Ornamental Neckwear. Can't you feel the seething tension roiling beneath the skins of these mighty players in this cosmic battle of the Diplotitans? And was the mighty Plassnik going to let the treacherous Finn just up and grab her chosen one? Oh, no:
"I think you're close enough," hissed the enraged blond superbeing, "Let's go powder our noses in the girls' room, shall we?"
And that Minister of Foreign Trade and Development from Finland was never seen again.*
*OK, that's totally not true, but I couldn't come up with a better ending.