Underdogs v Overdogs
In common with zillions of other worldwide viewers, I'll be watching the F.A. Cup Final tonight between Millwall and Manchester United, a match featuring "the most unpopular team in the England against the second-most unpopular." Which is which?
I'll be hoping that Millwall
will achieve some glory. As a Charlton fan, I really shouldn't as Millwall are our local rivals, albeit some 40 odd places below us. Still, they do seem to have curbed the hooligan fan element and are a responsible club with their community outreach work. The main reason however, and as always, is that I'm hoping money won't buy happiness.
What also won't buy happiness will be the incessant prattling of the commentators in the TV7 studios and the swift switching to the ads at the end of the match so we won't be able to share in the joy and sorrow of the victors and losers.
I suspect that Ken Livingston, London's mayor, will be looking for some reflected glory too. In his campaign for a second four-year term as London mayor he has attacked two of the most cherished habits
of the capital's motorists - running around narrow streets in huge four-wheel drive vehicles and concreting over the front garden for parking space.
Good on him. Do you think Governor Sutiyoso will do the same once the new Jakarta busway routes
Continuing the theme of underdogs, non-readers of the Jakarta Post
might like to know that we've 'celebrated' 6 years without Suharto this week, but his friends are still around giving the boot to each other's presidential campaigns.
Enjoy the match.