That's me and my computer.
Me, I've got swollen glands in places which I would have thought were gland-free. A colleague suggested it could be mumps; however, I had them as a pre-teen and have proved my virility since. Of course, if I've got them now, this could lead to stress-free philandering ....
As for my computer ~ oh, that's a long story far from over, and I may tell you what I didn't do later so you won't make the same mistakes.
Meanwhile, having finally accessed loads of emails, I think it's only fair to share a few with you.
First up, I had an invite to meet Bonnie Prince Charlie on Monday, I had to refuse it thanks to a hectic schedule, a perception that getting through central Jakarta in rush hour would be nigh on impossible ~ and even worse in the anticipated afternoon thunderstorm.
Although I think I am still on good terms with folk at the Embassy, I almost panicked when I read the following:We will be closing the retired persons of independent means route from 27 November 2008.
This change was announced on 14 July 2008 following public consultation. A formal statement announcing these changes was made by the Borders and Immigration Minister Phil Woolas on 4 November.For further information on these changes please refer to the following UK Border Agency webpage and the Question and Answer document.
Fortunately, it's aimed at those Indonesians wishing to retire to their London pad, much as the recent Thai Prime minister has, rather than those Brits who've got Bali in their sights. The Bakrie Brothers had better get their application in sharpish.
Of course, I've lost all those wonderful snippets, quotes and links I was storing for later posts, and I'm not up to doing much intelligent composition at the moment, so I'll stick to saying that I feel reinvigorated at Obama's victory, which is a victory for all who worked and prayed for a different mindset among politicians. It's not just a victory of those Black Americans with a white mother: this is truly a people's victory, won from the streets rather than the corridors of corporate power.
Unfortunately, Ralph Nader continues to snipe
from the sidelines.
Thinking of mindsets, and American Presidential Elections, the Indonesian who illegally contributed to Bill Clinton's campaign asnd more recent born-again Christian, "Dr."James Riady
is giving a talk today (Saturday 8th) on the "Global Crisis Mindset". It'll cost you Rp.2 million to listen to his crap, but you can get in free if you're thinking of buying of a property in St. Moritz.
If you're interested in going, you won't have to book a flight, because St. Moritiz is near the Virgin Islands, Sevilla, Costa Rica and the romantically named Frankfurt, which are they're all in or near BSD, west of Jakarta, which appears to have been designed by a bunch of kids playing Sims. Certainly the advertising bumph gives that impression.
"Beyond green for a better living
This must be what is meant by the phrase 'purple prose'.
"Let's get mad about Forest every Friday
I've absolutely no idea about this one.
And there's a hospital which offer to "serve you for your better convenience
". Die with a smile on your face?
Meanwhile, I've ordered an ambulance to cart off my computer to my local clinic where I really do hope it will receive service for my
(and your) better convenience.
. Don't think I only have a go at non-native English speakers.When officials asked for the Welsh translation of a road sign, they thought the reply was what they needed. Unfortunately, the e-mail response to Swansea council said in Welsh: "I am not in the office at the moment. Send any work to be translated".So that was what went up under the English version which barred lorries from a road near a supermarket.