Let the *pros* lead the way!

In the recent weeks, we had a few examples of professional sailors who were not on their top behaviour and for that matter didn’t show the best example to the kids! Like Francoise Arthaud falling off her boat while answering a call, to top it all up she was not wearing a life jacket and was only saved by her cell phone, with which she called the coast guard! Talk about luck

We all remember Eric Tabarly drowning a few years back. All those sailors do know the risks of being on the water and demonstrate to the public at large the best practice. Even if just for the live video nowdays.

Here, we are brain-washed to wear our PDF at all times, even the government is looking at legislation to make it a crime…

But the best of all is all are those videos from the Volvo Ocean race or Jacques Vabre transat. Those guys are out there in heavy weather, and albeit all the motions this implies, they are out there with nothing… indeed, you are reading well no protection! The macho attitude is alive and well. Have a look at this example (particularly at .30.) Maybe one day of these days I will grow to become like this! Well that’s until *V* catches me…or did I simply pass this stage of my life already??

Then again not so long ago actors used to smoke in movies, we use to feel that throwing trash out of the window was ok, drinking and driving was for some others. So, hopefully us humans will one day understand that we can influence others, and that our example do matter.

Island 277th will bring us to Borneo, After 1938, Dutch-Borneo (Kalimantan) was one administrative territory under a governor (Governor Haga) whose seat was in Banjarmasin. In 1957, following the independence of Indonesia, Kalimantan was divided into three provinces: South Kalimantan, East Kalimantan, and West Kalimantan. In 1958, the province of Central Kalimantan separated from South Kalimantan as its own territory.

During World War II, Japanese forces gained control of Borneo (1941–45). They decimated many local populations and killed Malay intellectuals. Sultan Muhammad Ibrahim Shafi ud-din II of Sambas in Kalimantan was executed in 1944. The Sultanate was thereafter suspended and replaced by a Japanese council. During the Japanese occupation, the Dayaks played a role in guerilla warfare against the occupying forces, particularly in the Kapit Division, where headhunting was temporarily revived towards the end of the war. Allied Z Special Unit provided assistance to them. After the fall of Singapore, several thousand British and Australian prisoners of war were sent to camps in Borneo. At one of the very worst sites, around Sandakan in Borneo, only six of some 2,500 prisoners survived. In 1945 the island was liberated from the Japanese.

The North Borneo Federation, also known as Kalimantan Utara or North Kalimantan was a proposed political entity which would have comprised the British Colonies of Sarawak, British North Borneo (Sabah) and the protectorate of Brunei. The proposed federation was originally proposed by A. M. Azahari and was particularly favoured by the Brunei People’s Party, which he led. This was seen as an alternative to joining the Federation of Malaysia, which was seen as an unnatural and unfavorable union by some. Before the Brunei People’s Party electoral success, a military wing had emerged, the North Kalimantan National Army (Malay abbreviation TNKU, Tentera Nasional Kalimantan Utara), which saw itself as an anti-colonialist liberation party. After the Brunei Revolt, the idea was put to rest. Currently, there still remain groups of people who favor the creation of such an independent state and desire separation from the rest of Malaysia

Borneo was the main site of the confrontation between Indonesia and Malaysia between 1962 and about 1969, as well as the communist revolts to gain control of the whole area. Before the formation of Malaysian Federation, the Philippines claimed that the Malaysian state of Sabah in north Borneo is within their territorial rights based on historical facts of the Sultanate of Sulu’s leasing agreement with the North Borneo Company, is presently an unresolved claim against Malaysia. Several other territorial claims such as Sipadan were resolved at The Hague international courts.