Just noticed the new addition to the hippo's account details - congrats old pachyderm - when did that happen? Or is it just like a gong from the Queen, a kind of long service medal. As for the current topic, I think the old stagers have it over the thrusting newbies. Yes you could do it and get away with it, but its a risk and I personally wouldn't do it! I particulalrly like the oldgits point. Many of the contracts we sign have a clause about respecting the customs of the country we are in and usually one about not gettting involved in local politics and/or business activity. You do it at your peril!