I wish I'd been there ....
And that's all I'm going to say about Charlton
who are finally getting back their early season form, even though most newspapers say that Newcastle were crap.
Which they were, but only because Charlton are playing really attractive, yet gutsy, attacking football - that's 'soccer' to you Carl and my other Stateside friends.
And now for the serious stuff which has been relegated to the inside pages of the Jakarta Post
today and is not seemingly online.
On page 5 there is quite a large photo purporting to show Aceh Police Chief Insp. Gen. Bahrumsyah Kasman as he lights up 4.5 tons of marijuana outside Bireun police headquarters on Saturday. The plants were confiscated from 108 hectares of plantation during
(a) 40-day anti-drug operation.
The scene is captured by loads of, presumably, reporters and photographers with a few other police officers strolling around. Insp. Gen. Kasman is the only person wearing a paper mask over his nose and mouth. He is standing downwind, as is everyone else.
In the absence of the photo I'm describing you'll have to make do with these which show how American law enforcement officers
carry out their tough assignments.
Looking at the photo taken in Aceh, I could ask, as several colleagues did, why we hadn't been invited, but then it was noted that all the plants in the photo were male and not, therefore, particularly high in what gets you high. And where were the female plants with the flowers? And if they'd taken 40 days for the operation, how come the plants shown look as if they'd been freshly picked from the police station's allotment?
Then someone more numerate than your correspondent pointed out that 4.5 tons (that's 45,000 kgs) didn't seem a lot for 108 hectares, which is 10,800,000 square metres. Assuming one plant yields 2+ kilogrammes including stalks and stems, then that's one plant per 4,800 sq. metres.
Can Jakartan connoisseurs of the evil weed expect an influx shortly?
That is the Burning Question