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Regular correspondent C in Australia writes: The good suggestion about world music was passed onto the local ABC office, and I could try Triple J as well. A big gig is coming up in Sydney, a benefit.
Great news, C, but please enlighten this pom. What is an "ABC office" and "Triple J"?
She writes further: It will be hoped that the latest threats to Jakarta are another false alarm, why the Brits? At this time?
Why the Brits and, incidentally, the Thais ?
Presumably because they've got intelligence, the kind that I lack. But, yes, both bomb scares proved to be false alarms
There is an Islamic insurgency in Thailand
which may well involve groups and individuals, such as "notorious bombers Azahari Husin and Noordin Mohammad Top
" being pursued by the security forces everywhere for their suspected involvement in the 2002 Bali nightclub bombings, the 2003 blast at Jakarta's JW Marriott Hotel and the September 2004 bombing at the Australian Embassy.
Incidentally, Jakartass is a voluntary warden for the British embassy here, charged wiith assisting local Brits in emergency situations. I have heard nothing from the embassy, other than invitations to posh events such as celebrating the Queen's official birthday and singing Christmas carols with Our Man in Jakarta.
My Dad 'back home' is really proud and has framed the various embossed invitations so he can demonstrate his son's perceived patriotism.
Talking of intelligence, I love the irony of the following story
. It says more about Indonesia than anything we bloggers could.
Police have detained seven members of the State Intelligence Agency (BIN) on suspicion of involvement in a counterfeiting operation, an official said Friday. One of the suspects is Police Brigadier General Jaeri, an executive of the Coordinating Board for the Eradication of Banknote Forgery (Botasupal).
Botasupal, in association with the State Intelligence Coordination Body (BAKIN), provides operational licenses for the printing of money, passports, postage stamps, duty stamps and Bank Indonesia negotiable papers.