On October 12, 2002, Bali fell victim to the deadliest act of terrorism in Indonesia's history. Three bombs were detonated in busy nightclubs in the popular Kuta district, killing 202 people and injuring more than 200 others. Among the dead were 11 tourists from Hong Kong, 88 Australians and 38 Indonesians. Members of Jemaah Islamiyah, a violent Islamist group, were convicted over the bombings and in November 2008 Imam Samudra, Amrozi Nurhasyim and Huda bin Abdul Haq were executed by firing squad.
Amorous action speaks louder than dull words at Bali literary festival
Writers' festivals are dull, boring events full of nebbish bookworms and four-eyed librarians who wouldn't raise their voice to a mouse, right? Wrong - at least, if Nury Vittachi is there.
The Hong Kong writer was on a panel at the recent Ubud Writers and Readers Festival in Bali when a particularly long-winded Bali Post columnist was speaking. By most accounts, it was an extremely long and boring speech. Unable to tolerate the windbag, Vittachi started making snoring noises into his microphone.
'I guess my behaviour was pretty obnoxious,' Vittachi confessed. '[He] was boring everyone to tears, so I decided to stop him. When snoring into my microphone didn't work, I took drastic action.' He grabbed Julia Suryakusuma, an equally bored writer from The Jakarta Post sitting next to him, and the two then started rolling on top of the table pretending to engage in an amorous act (above).
The audience went wild - remember this is a Muslim country - and even the moderator was laughing loudly. Eventually the speaker got the message and sat down.
'A book club organiser said to me afterwards: 'That's the worst behaviour I've ever seen at a literary event. Keep up the good work',' Vittachi added.
When an audience member said to Suryakusuma afterwards, 'that was a good fake orgasm', she reportedly replied: 'Who says I was faking?'