My Guardian Angel
Well, well, well. I'm honoured, chuffed, gob-smacked and over the moon. Words fail me (which should please Mr. Anonymous
I was curious to know why my counter had suddenly revved up; I thought it was the eloquence of my writing with its witty insights but I now owe a debt of gratitude to the Friskodude
for letting me know that The Guardian has blogged this blog, here
Peaks in my readership usually occur when I post something about Charlton, so maybe I can give added zest by pointing out that my favourite Premiership club narrowly failed to get beaten
last night by Grimsby Town of League Two, which used to be known as the 4th Division.
Talking of football, the late Brian Clough was always worth a quote
or six. On being remembered, he said, "I want no epitaphs of profound history and all that type of thing. I contributed. I would hope they would say that, and I would hope somebody liked me.
Nice one, Brian, and I hope that Jakartass is viewed in the same light.
All I can contribute is the voice of an expat at street level. I'm not marooned in a high-priced high-rise apartment surrounded by imported furnishings with extra security at the gate, and neither are the vast majority of my friends and colleagues. Little that I jot down here is newsworthy but I hope it reflects our views; I am also pleased to see my thoughts and themes occasionally echoed in the Jakarta Post
and elsewhere. For example, "there is ... much that is unknown about
(SBY)" says the New York Times
. I wrote
that "he is characterless
New readers to Jakartass may not see the host of links I've put on the right which are of interest to those concerned with Indonesia. If you are using Internet Explorer, the links have drifted to the bottom and look a right mess. I recommend that you try Mozilla's Firefox
. Blogger can't help me fix the problem: "This may be a problem specific to the code you have in your template. Currently, Blogger Support does not support questions regarding customized template code or CSS/HTML in general.
" That doesn't help me; it's a Blogger template!
I was going to ramble on, but our kid is contributing diseases to the household, so I'll return to the guardianship of this blog tomorrow.