You Are The Drains Beneath My Feet

As we have said many times before a good tradesmen is as rare as a three legged unicorn. We all know about the difficulty of finding a good electrician because we have all heard the regular stories of poor innocent people going to meet their maker while taking a shower, touching their computer while checking their Facebook page or […]

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Pigments and Goat Herders

If you are going to build a new building or renovate an existing one it is a good idea to find a good architect to help you. Good architects understand living spaces and how to make them both beautiful and functional. There are some very clever people about, people that can take what may seem […]

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Power Brokers

Last issue we looked at the price of electricity and, as we said, over the past few years PLN have simplified their systems and the way they charge for electricity making bills far easier to understand. PLN have also introduced prepaid “pulsa” meters, a move which has provided PLN with all sorts of benefits. No […]

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Electrons and Beancounters

It is many a blue moon since we last looked at the cost of electricity in Indonesia and there is a reason for this – things have been in flux so to speak. For quite a while everything has been as confused as the American election system. Changes were made with the progressive removal of subsidies, the removal of […]

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Flowery Follies

  Down my street there is a new house, well probably  a couple of years old now. It is what I call toytown design, what you might see in Jakarta-very suitable accommodation for Noddy and Big Ears. It was built by someone trying to make a quick dollar. A modern house set on a couple of are of land and built to local […]

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Enthralling Perambulations

I don’t know if you have noticed but there are not many places in Bali where you don’t need to watch where you are putting your feet. From a spiritual perspective it is nothing to do with poor construction. Oh no. It is, of course, those mischievous evil spirits that dwell in the nether regions beneath your […]

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A Swineherd Seeking Pannage

As the old adage goes “You can’t manufacture a fibroin reticule from the otic protruberance of a female member of the suid family.” For a start all those coarse hairs don’t make it easy. There is also a slight textural difference between the fine produce of sericulture and some dirty old pig’s lughole. Then, of […]

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Do You Feel Like A Banana?

We hear that the some people have been patenting human genomes. Does this mean that the creator doesn’t hold copyright on his/her creations any longer?   Our eyebrows raise in exasperation, a sigh leaves our mouths and the inaudible words “anything to make a quid, they’ll be patenting the cutting of toenails next” drift aimlessly […]

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The Flat Roof Society

  Last week I was walking through a particularly beautiful corner of Bali when I heard a loud thud immediately behind me. Turning around I was gobsmacked to see a rather large durian sitting on the path exactly where I had passed a split second earlier. My mind raced through horrific thoughts of the spines […]

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I Can Feel It In My Water

Water – we wash in it, shave with it, flush our toilets with it, drink it (not in that order I hope), we wash the camel, water the garden, feed the goldfish. Where on earth would we be without the caffeine inducedsanity of our morning cup of coffee? One way or another water starts our day […]

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