A triumph for Timor-Leste


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Hundreds and thousandsI saw something fantastic today. I was at an all-day workshop in Comoro. I’d been looking forward to this workshop because it was about disaster-risk management and those kinds of things. Simple pleasures, you see.

This was an important workshop. A number of the world’s largest non-governmental organizations (NGO) spoke and the whole shebang was opened by the vice-prime minister. All right, there was no JRH or Xanana, but still, this event was a fairly big deal.

There was a spread put on for breakfast. If you ask me, a workshop isn’t a workshop unless there’s something to eat — and a free pen. I dig free food.

I checked out the sandwiches expecting slices of cucumber, perhaps some ham. What I actually discovered were dozens and dozens of sandwiches filled with hundreds and thousands.

I couldn’t believe it. Top NGOs, the UN, the government – they all ate these sandwiches. I thought perhaps the caterer had just gone a bit mad with one of the trays, but on inspection, I found that every tray of sandwiches was the same.

It was marvelous and a kick in the teeth to conservative sandwich lovers the world over. They tasted terrible, but it was the principle that was important here. I’d never felt so proud of my Timorese brothers and sisters.

Note: What I call "hundreds and thousands", you might refer to as "sprinkles", as in the things on the woman's lips in the pic.

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9 thoughts on “A triumph for Timor-Leste

  1. Well I would never associate rainbow sprinkles with a blog post about sandwiches, ever.. Thought Matt was going crazy.

  2. *Why* do they not have these at the National Priorities meetings? Why? Some fairy bread sandwiches would really get me through those.

  3. Hi Matt

    This is traditional fare at childrens parties in Australia, usually white bread with butter to make the hundreds and thousands stick to the bread, they are open faced sandwiches, traditionally called fairy bread.

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