The Case of the Recalcitrant Swimming Pool

I know two wonderful people who, seeking a place to relax in their later years, found a unique corner of paradise, a stunning spot that overlooks a green valley filled with coconut trees and beautifully sculptured rice fields. They designed a beautiful house that fits beautifully into the landscape, hardly noticeable on its perch above the valley […]

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A Ripe Old Age

A disturbing event occurred recently which served as a grim reminder of the dangers of inadequate electrical installation that can cause serious damage and, as in this case, loss of life. Several weeks ago a man who had fairly recently bought a house in Bali was cleaning out his fish pond when a plug and socket in […]

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Seeking the Holy Frog

“Heya Luigi, youra frog eet a tweetched.” “Tweetched? Thata eesa impooossible. “Heya Luigi, looka ‘ere, eeta tweetched again.” “Noa mya friend eeta cannot be. You aff beena drinking tooa much offa datah Lemoncello” “Looka Luigi, Seea ‘ere.” “Whoa, dat eeza crazey. ‘ow can theesa be? Theesa frog ‘as gone to meet itsa maker, eet eez a very, very latea […]

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What is this electricity stuff anyway?

Just to remind you of a boring fact I told you about long ago – the word electricity takes it’s name from the Latin ‘electrum’ which in turn comes from the Greek ‘elektron’ which of course means ‘amber’.   Amber? Yes amber. You see the ancient Greeks (this was a bit before the austerity crisis […]

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Picken Der Nozen Ist Verboten

“No spitting” said a sign, “no smoking” said another “disabled people only”, “keep clear of the doors”, “no standing in front of the yellow line”, “do not speak to the driver while the bus is in motion”, “stand up to let older people sit down”, “no nose picking”, “no scratching of genitals or passing of […]

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Erroneous Zones

Last week we looked in general terms at spatial planning, more commonly known as land zoning or town planning. We mentioned that there is an overall spatial plan for Bali and that each of the regencies has its own plan which define in detail the different zones and the activities and building regulations that apply […]

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Sling Yer ‘ook

Here in Indonesia we are often lead to believe that there is little or no planning for what may lie ahead. The classic example of this is in road building. Common sense would have said that 20 years ago, maybe even 10 years ago, while there were still plenty of rice fields in Southern Bali, […]

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Wormholes and Water Bills

Einstein, now he was a pretty smart chappy, he could work out things that totally baffled everyone else. Did you know he was the only man who could manage to calculate how fast a running stool actually runs? Brownian motion (the Motion of Small Particles Suspended in a Stationary Liquid) was as easy as steak […]

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Thinking with Your Groin

“Hey mate” “Oh hello” “I’ve had a really good idea.” “A good idea?” “Yes no one has thought of it before.” “Never before, are you sure?” “Oh yes, it’s a dead cert, easy as pie and I’ll make a fortune.” “Hmm many people have tried before but Bali is very competitive with every man and […]

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Private Villas and Tourism

The President is leading a drive to attract more foreign investment to Indonesia recognising that it will bring much needed financial capital and economic activity to Indonesia’s flagging economy. Language and Qualification requirements To further his aim the President has recently scrapped two recently introduced regulations that required expatriates: 1. To be competent in Bahasa […]

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