“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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Nasty Gas

On April 27th 2007 an article appeared on the front page of the Jakarta Post which highlighted an issue I have been concerned about for some time, the widespread use of banned CFCs in Indonesia. It was good to see that finally this serious issue is in the spotlight. First we need to understand about […]

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Chainsaw Massacres

One of the very first scientific facts I remember learning at school was about our close relationship with trees. Even at that young age I was impressed by the knowledge that we breathe in oxygen and breathe out carbon dioxide while trees convert carbon dioxide back to oxygen. I have always felt that our relationship […]

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Poor Lighting Nightly

Sally had a bad head. She had been banging it on the wall all day, and some of yesterday, and a bit of the day before that. In fact she had been banging her head for a long time. She had been trying to make sense of the electricity supply to her house. Her friends […]

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Ceramic Liaisons

You know that feeling you sometimes get first thing in the morning, you got invited to a party, the company was great, food was excellent and a particularly good bottle of plonk went down so well that you had one too many, well two too many, well….. at 5 o’clock when you crawled home you […]

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A Contaminated Well

J. from Ubud writes: Last month my two young children fell ill and were hospitalized with serious amoebiasis (and then dehydration). After regaining their health, a week later they both fell ill again, this time the diagnosis was bacterial e.coli infection. Among other precautions, we had our well water tested at Quantam Lab in Denpasar. […]

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“Counting Electrons”

For some paying an electricity bill is a source of pure joy. Such people are those who appreciate the benefits that electricity can give us. It gives us Vivaldi at breakfast time, regular news, computing and life after nightfall. Where would we be without an electric toothbrush? Those busy little electrons really do make our […]

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