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Mon May 29: East Timor; Indonesian Earthquake; Omelette Man


Chaos in East Timor
New Zealand troops have joined their Australian and Malaysian counterparts in attempting to restore peace in East Timor, a tiny Asian country that finally achieved independence from Indonesia in 2002, after years of bloody battles. Tonight the Timorese are fighting each other, with the situation being complicated by scores of drunken youths creating havoc in Dili streets with machetes. Susan Wood talks to Colonel John McLeod, Defence Attache to Jakarta, who is holed up in the New Zealand Embassy in Dili, along with other NZ Defence staff.

Indonesian Earthquake Aftermath
After the death and destruction created by a magnitude 6.3 earthquake, the people of Yogyakarta, Central Java, now face the threat of volcanic eruption. Susan Wood talks to Oxfam's  Paulette Song about the challenges international aid workers face in helping more than 200,000 people left homeless by the earthquake two days ago. Around 5000 people have been confirmed dead and those who have survived are worried by the activity of Mount Merapi. Added to that is torrential rain hampering delivery of food supplies.

World's Fastest Omelette Maker
Howard Helmer - spokesperson for the American Egg Board - is in the Guinness Book of Records for making the most omelettes in 30 minutes. Tonight he's with Bryan Seymour at Auckland's City Mission where he gives him tips on making the perfect omelette in 40 seconds.
Howard's reckons the way to do it is to use two eggs and two tablespoons of water, one tablespoon of butter or margarine and a hot frypan. Pour the egg mixture into the hot butter, then pull the cooked egg from the pan's edge toward the centre and tilt the frypan to fill the space with uncooked egg. Howard calls this "digging a hole and filling it". When there's almost no uncooked egg left, fill with your favourite ingredients, flip it closed and serve.


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