1. No holiday for me today, although some places in Central Jakarta did shut.
2. No Jakarta Post tomorrow for the likes of you or me unless you're a delegate to the A-A Conference.In conjunction with the national holiday commemorating Prophet Muhammad's birthday on Friday, The Jakarta Post will run a limited edition that will only be distributed to delegates of the Asian-African Summit.
Wow. A limited edition could be worth a lot, so any delegates reading this are welcome to donate a copy to the Jakartass Archives Trust
However, I expect that it will mainly consist of the snippets posted in this special online section
plus profiles of the junior and, therefore (?), more photogenic delegates.
3. The Guardian has updated its Rebuilding Nusa
4. I must give a plug to Bill Guerin, that very readable commentator on Indonesian affairs, whose website, Jakarta Eye
, has the following to say: JAKARTASS - award winning blog - simply stunning in its breadth.
Cheers Bill. The next round's on me.
5. Because, as Pope John Paul's right hand man, he ran a tight and therefore secretive household, and because of his age, 78, Pope Benedict XVI
deserves his pension increase.
So anyone expecting me to comment on his membership of the Hitler Youth, his leadership of the Inquisition
, his involvement with Roberto Calvi's 'suicide'
and the Chicago mafia, and his shielding of disgraced American Archbishop, Paul C. Marcinkus
, is mistaken.
Mind you, there is still a mystery about the 1998 shooting deaths of the Swiss Guard commander, his wife and a young member of the corps in the commander?s apartment inside the Vatican walls. The Vatican said the young officer shot the couple because he didn't feel appreciated enough, then turned the gun on himself. But many wondered how a guard described as having strange psychological characteristics was allowed to serve the Pope.
Because of the Pope's own "strange psychological characteristics" perhaps?
Expect some inside dope