As a Brit living in the most populous Islamic country, although I'm not a Muslim
myself, I feel obliged to note that the inestimable Guardian newspaper has a Special Report on Islam, race and British identity
This should be of interest to our Brit in Malaysia
, who is a Muslim and writes eloquently about it, and to Cat Stevens
, now known as Yusuf Islam
, who yesterday here in Jakarta sang Wild World
in aid of the Acehnese tsunami victims.
"We are all duty bound to work towards establishing a better, more harmonious and tolerant world. I think I can do just that through my words and music
I can live with that. I'm sorry that there isn't a soundtrack to Jakartass, but if you heard me singing, you wouldn't be.
From Private Eye
Swansea Council is doing its bit to raise funds for families of the victims. To quote the tactfully worded announcement sent to all council staff last week: "Wales National Pool Swansea challenges you to the Tsunami Swimathon."
And yes, before anyone asks, I did feel a slight tremor today from the 5.2-magnitude quake
whose epicenter was about 60 kilometers (40 miles) south of Bandung, West Java. And no, I didn't panic, mainly because no-one else seemed to notice it.