Envious Of Old Berlusconi? Who, Me?


It’s been a beautiful hot day here in Jakarta, since morning, though I didn’t surface till near brunch-time (fried egg sandwiches!) having thoroughly enjoyed a party last night.

I’ve been out front with cigarettes, coffees and a good book…

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…no energy in the forenoon for bloggery!

So let’s start with a bit of frivolity.

Sylvio Berlusconi is 81 years of age, and from his tv appearances has had at least as many face-lifts…

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…as that waxen hag, the Democrat Nancy Pelosi.

I am no spring chicken but I’m significantly younger than he is, and my face may not be that of an Adonis but is untouched by plastic surgeons.

Yet a quiver of envy was surely there the other day, for although I have fought plenty of elections

  • not here in Indonesia, I hasten to add, because

A I am not Indonesian and

B I am not rich as Croesus –

…and have always enjoyed the campaign trail, NEVER once have I had a young, and apparently attractive…

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Topless protester gives Berlusconi an eyeful at ballot box

Topless protester gives Berlusconi an eyeful at ballot box

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…woman do for me what an alleged representative of a Ukrainian radical feminist group did for Signor Sylvio this week – leap up topless before me in the polling booth!

How come I missed out?

Presumably because back then, as now, I was utterly non-controversial in the opinions I expressed.