I said it first ........
Look back a couple of days and you'll find me wondering why the British Foreign Office advice is so out of date. On Sunday the Observer answered my question.
Basically the "advice the Foreign Office issues has tremendous influence and yet it is inconsistent and unfair." Would you go to New York, Madrid or London? If your answer is no, then don't come to Indonesia.
My eldest son is 'Product Marketing Executive' for Asia and the Middle East for a travel agency
. I look forward to seeing him later this year.
Searching through the archives of The Grauniad
I came across an article
by their South East Asian correspondent, John Aglionby. I've swapped e-mails with him but hadn't realized that he too is married to an Indonesian. This gives him an insight of inestimable value. I'll be linking to his articles to give my readership, infinitesimally smaller than his, greater depth and background. I hope he doesn't mind.
I couldn't make a company class this morning as Jakarta seized up with an election campaign rally by the Partai Keadilan
(the Prosperous Justice Party) blocking every arterial road. Now where's the justice in that? Supposedly, they're a 'clean' party which is, otherwise, welcome news.
Finally, my friend has seen a Sumatran tiger
. I'll explain more another day.
Oh, and a final finally, sorry about the untidiness of the links to the right. What with the current flakiness of my computer and my knowledge of putting this blog together it'll be a day or so before I've got everything straight.