In scenes rarely seen in geo-political circles, UK Prime minister Gordon Brown, host of the G20 nations summit in London's Docklands, has performed a handstand in front of the other 30 heads of state gathered for the important talk fest.
It was while he was delivering the final address of the conference that he addressed "critical comments about his leadership style" and then insisted he can do physically challenging exercises.
"I was, and still am, a champion performer of the handstand. Here, get an eyeful of this..." he declared and then launched into a 180 degree rotation of his plump torso, holding the position for as much as 15 seconds. Upon resuming the orthodox position on his feet he shouted gleefully "I'm king of the World".
Stunned heads of state reacted in various ways, by clapping, laughing and even a few whistles were thrown in for good measure. However, the President of Italy was most unimpressed and said he'd seen better handstands performed by his best football players from Inter Milan.
Gordon Brown was hoping for a positive press reaction to this physical display however most newspapers and television have only held him up to enormous ridicule. It is now expected he will resign the Prime Ministership immediately and hand over the reins to his Foreign Minister.