Building Permits

A building permit has to be obtained before construction of any building in Indonesia begins. The building permit is also known as an IMB or Ijin Mendirikan Bangunan, it specifies the approved initial design of the building but it also continues through the buildings life stating what the building can be used for. Here we […]

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Leaking Roofs

“Ark The ‘Erald Angels Sing” It’s been a bit wet. In fact it has been so wet that the ducks have all had new seals fitted to their nether regions. A leaky duck is a very unhappy duck you know. My next door neighbour has started behaving quite odd. He has suddenly started collecting animals. […]

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Are You Planning To Build? – Take Great Care

I have come across many sad cases over the years of honest people who are building their dream home only to find that the builder has scarpered, the money has run out and there is a distinct dearth of windows and doors, electrical wiring is nowhere to be seen and there is some really effective […]

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Scrunchers and Folders

“I say, are you a scruncher of a folder?” “I beg your pardon?” “You know, a scruncher or a folder?” “Sorry I don’t know what you’re talking about.” “A scruncher or a folder, It’s the question of the moment.” “Whose moment?” “Well I don’t know, everyone’s moment. It’s the question everyone’s asking.” “Asking what?” “The […]

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Tossa Enrico Razzo and his famous custard marble

Mrs Razzo had a problem. Her husband Tossa never stopped talking. He drove her totally bananas. “It must be a defective gene” she often said. Then one day she realised the only time he ever shut up was when he was knitting. It was as though if his hands were kept busy he didn’t talk […]

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Let’s Paint the Dogs of War

I once knew a bloke who to everyone’s surprise joined the army. He said he wanted to learn a trade. “And did you?” we asked. “Yes” he said. “Well what is it?” we enquired. “I’m a machine gunner.” he said proudly. A while later he was pleased to tell us he was learning a new […]

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Emergency Arrangements for Difficult Times

In these challenging times, certainty and security go out of the window. We cannot predict what will happen; however, the worst-case scenario might lead to a breakdown of services and possibly a breakdown of law and order. It is a good idea to consider the services we rely on: electricity, water, gas, internet connection and […]

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Lemmings and Dead Cats

The earth is big, really really big, it is humungously big, in fact it is the biggest thing we can actually touch. While we may be rather ambivalent towards planet earth, for electrons it is home. As we already know the electron was named after the Greek electron which, of course, means amber. Amber? Yes, […]

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Air Conditioner Update

It has been very hot recently, far hotter than most of we long term Bali residents can remember. Air conditioners are working harder than ever. Many of us are finding our air conditioners are breaking down more than they used to, why is this?   As far as we can tell there are two reasons. […]

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