Earthing Delights

Are you feeling grounded? It is an important question. Being grounded keeps the bad feelings away, you know those warm fuzzy feelings you get from an overdose of electrons that are all excited and nowhere to go. Electrons like to go home to their mother, mother earth that is, and in their enthusiasm can be […]

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“I’m only here for the Crack”

I recently got a call from a man with cracks in his house. He sits in his living room with a pleasant breeze and a nice view across the countryside but he has to admit he is a bit worried. You see there isn’t a window on that side of his house. He has built […]

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“It’s the water that gets you”

I recently met a couple visiting Bali. The man was not happy, “I’ve got Bali belly” he said. “It must have been that warung we went to last night”. “It’s usually the water that gets you” I replied. Years ago I had learned the hard way. When I first came to Indonesia in the 70’s […]

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The Moving Finger

You know that terrible feeling when you click the mouse button and as soon as you did it you know you shouldn’t have? You just lost four hours of work! It is well to remember those immortal words of Omar Khayyam. He might have been a bit of a soak but he was spot on […]

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“When the Earth Moves”

Earthquakes are not funny, in fact it would be true to say that they are quite serious. As many people know most parts of Indonesia are susceptible to earthquakes. “The ring of fire” does not refer to a particularly hot curry the night before but to the high level of activity underfoot that results in […]

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Déjà vu

A sweet but expensive sound is the gentle whir of a water meter. Did I say whir? That doesn’t sound right. Water meters are not supposed to whir, they are supposed to click….. slowly. The phone rang. It was Fred. “The little a wheel, it is a turning veery fast.” Déjà vu. I think the […]

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“How big is your Peka”

Here is a wonderful titbit of information that will make you the hit at the annual dinner of the Denpasar Toastmakers Club. Did you know there is no such thing as “cold.” Cold is in fact a worldwide con created by exuberant salesmen who want to sell fridges to Eskimos. You see “cold” doesn’t exist, […]

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Respect your Humble Crapper

If ever there was an invention that made life more comfortable it must be that contraption we all use every day that is widely attributed to Yorkshireman Thomas Crapper. In fact it was Sir John Harrington who invented the first flush toilet way back in 1596, he built one for Queen Elizabeth 1 (thronemakers to […]

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