Great cities

Scott Thomson, in character as the unambiguously gay socialite “Buddy Cole”, probably described Toronto best: “It’s a great place to raise a family – or a plant – but it’s no place to fall in love.”

Sitting in Yogyakarta’s tiny airport a man and his daughter teeter by me. Dad was both pack mule and shepherd manfully lugging their things while his young daughter – no more than 10 years old – clung ecsatically to his waist.

About a month ago a Dutch water management outfit called Deltares published a report on oil palm plantation in a part of the world you’ve probably never heard of but it makes for scary reading nevertheless.