Yesterday's hiatus was as much to do with fiddling around with the template of this blog as a lack of inspiration.
I'm trying to work up some posts about the presidential pairings, but they're not exactly inspiring, are they? Megawati, the current President, has a lousy grasp of Indonesian geography
, Gen. (ret) Wiranto sings Ibu Pertiwi
(Mother Earth), badly, to the tune of What a Friend I Have in Jesus
on live TV and Amien Rais was the only candidate to attend a Presidential debate
at the University of Indonesia. He is, so far, the only candidate to expel corrupt politicians
from his party. I suspect that although he trails in vox pop polls he could prove the best of the bunch. The voters aren't as stupid or susceptible as once thought.
I've given links on the right to the websites of the five Presidential candidates. They're all in Bahasa Indonesia and visually awful but, luckily, there are only 0.5% of Indonesia inhabitants online.
What has inspired me, albeit by making me feel a total ignoramus where blogging is concerned, is Diamond Geezer
. He demonstrates a very visual eye, a genuine interest in London
and, through his home site
, a curiosity about life.
I don't have a hankering to go back to London; rather, I wonder if there is the potential to do something similar for Jakarta. In spite of the moans we residents have about life here, including those motorcyclists
who imagine they're Hell's Cherubs, it might be an idea to have a clearer picture of how this city fits together. It might, but does it?
Ideas on a postcard, preferably by Alain Compost