A posting on the Oriental List tonight linked to a warning on the US embassy in Beijing site, that reports a terrorist threat from Islamic fundamentalists to attack 4- and 5-star hotels in China. I hardly ever stay in top hotels anymore (if you have to pay yourself you think twice before staying there), but from tomorrow onwards I will stay in the 5-star Kempinski Hotel in Beijing for a few days. Let’s see if they have any extra security measures, I suppose not. Not that I am afraid, it’s probably all blown out of proportion (just like bird flu), but I find it interesting to see if you will notice anything.
Talking about bird flu, it seems the hype is a bit over in Europe. First there were many reports on bird flu breaking out all over Eastern Europe, and later even Germany. But suddenly there are no reports anymore. Censorship in Europe? Or did the virus just disappear? Or did the media finally realize they were once again making an elephant out of a mouse?