More than 1000 people were gathered outside her lakeside home in the hope of seeing the 65-year-old dissident, known to her supporters simply as "The Lady".
Excited supporters, who had waited outside her home for a glimpse of their idol, cheered and began to surge forwards as police began removing barricades around Suu Kyi’s crumbling mansion where she has been locked up by the military junta for most of the past two decades.
The authorities went inside to read the order to release her from house arrest, a government official said.
Although she has been sidelined and silenced by the junta - occasionally released briefly only to be put back in confinement - for many in the impoverished nation she still embodies hope of a better future.
"I think of her as my mother and also my sister and grandmother because she's the daughter of our independence leader General Aung San," said 45-year-old Naing Naing Win.
"She has her father’s blood."
Despite the risks of opposing the military regime in a country with more than 2200 political prisoners, many supporters wore T-shirts bearing her image and the words: "We stand with Aung San Suu Kyi".
Undercover police were photographing and filming the crowds.
Most commercial oatcakes have all kinds of unnecessary additives like wheat flour and sugar. Once you have spent half an hour max making these you will find home made simplicity and superiority wins out hands down!
Fine Organic Oatmeal 250 gm
Barcarbonate of Soda 1/2 ts
Pinch of Salt
Olive oil and/or Melted Butter 2 tb
Hot Water or milk 80 ml
Extra Oatmeal for rolling
Method: Set the oven to 190 C or heat a gridle or heavy frying-pan. Mix the oatmeal, the bicarbonate of soda and salt together in a bowl. Add the olive oil and/or melted butter to the hot water or hot milk, pour into the mixture. Stir well until it makes a soft paste. Sprinkle some oatmeal on a board. From the dough into five small round balls and roll them out as thinly as possible on baking paper, adding oatmeal to the surface as necessary to prevent sticking. Brush off the excess oatmeal. Cut the each rolled out ball into four pieces.
To oven bake; place on a large ungreased baking sheet. Bake for 15-20 minutes. To gridle bake; bake on a hot gridle or frying-pan until the edges begin to curl. Turn over and cook the other side. Do not let the oatcakes brown; they should be a pale fawn colour. Put on a wire rack to cool.
Fifty years ago today, more than a decade before it was officially inaugurated, the Sydney Opera House hosted its first performance by an internationally renowned entertainer when Paul Robeson, in the midst of what turned out to be his final concert tour, sang to the construction workers during their lunch break.
Alfred Rankin, who was at the construction site on November 9, 1960, recalls this "giant of a man" enthralling the workers with his a cappella renditions of two of his signature songs, Ol' Man River and Joe Hill.
"After he finished singing, the men climbed down from the scaffolding, gathered around him and presented him with a hard hat bearing his name," Paul Robeson Jr writes in his biography of his father, The Undiscovered Robeson. "One of the men took off a work glove and asked Paul to sign it. The idea caught on and the men lined up. Paul stayed until he had signed a glove for each one of them."
The visit, Rankin tells The Australian, was organised by the Building Workers Industrial Union of Australia and the Australian Peace Council's Bill Morrow, a former Labor senator from Tasmania.
In a chapter on Robeson's visit in the book Passionate Histories: Myth, Memory and Indigenous Australia, which will be launched in Sydney tomorrow, Ann Curthoys quotes the performer as saying on the day after his visit to the Opera House site: "I could see, you know, we had some differences here and there. But we hummed some songs together, and they all came up afterwards and just wanted to shake my hand and they had me sign gloves. These were tough guys and it was a very moving experience."
Hand Made Tales, curated by Carol Tulloch, is a timely exhibition focusing on the role domestic crafts play in many women’s experiences. It draws on the connections between the current revival of domestic crafts such as sewing, gardening, and cooking and the historical roots of the domestic arts within the home. The exhibition will allow visitors to explore and learn the stories of crafts and the women involved in them through personal tales and fun interactive projects. Come and discover treasures that share the intimate bond between generations from the once mundane to the now treasured heirlooms of families past.
Join us to kick-start the Rock Chicks Exhibition season at this free public gig on the forecourt of the Arts Centre.
Line-up includes artists represented in the exhibition such as Adalita (Magic Dirt), Diana Anaid, Morgana Ancone & Jess Finlayson (Nitocris), Rebecca Barnard, Carol Lloyd, Jeannie Lewis, Clare Moore, Jodi Phillis (The Clouds), Margret RoadKnight and more.
With MC Claire Hooper and The Rock Chicks Live Band
Rosie Westbrook (Bass),
Clare Moore (Drums),
Vicky Jacobs (Keyboards)
and Nat Allison (Guitar)