I happened to be in Melaka in Malaysia on 31 August, "Merdeka" (Independence) Day. It was a huge celebration, with a marchpast that involved 8,648 participants in 128 contingents (according to the newspaper.) It must have been quite some logistical feat to get all these people organised to march! I only had to walk across the road from my guesthouse to a spot where I had an excellent view. I had my new digital camera and took oodles of shots, only a few of which I will put here.