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Tuesday, February 24th, 2004

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In most cities, if you're stuck in a traffic jam and suddenly realise that you've forgotten your inflatable giraffe there wouldn't be a lot you could do about it. In Jakarta, vendors wander between the queues of traffic ready to satisfy such needs.

A local was telling us that a common way of passing your driving test here is to bribe the police. He described his multiple choice test, shortly after he sat down one of the invigilating officers wandered over, stood in front of him and started muttering "A, B, D, A [...]". His mother had decided that it would be a good thing for him to have a licence.

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