Why Would Any Expat Decide To Leave Bali?

If the same question were posed with reference to Jakarta it would not be too difficult to find plenty of reasons; no doubt the one that immediately comes to mind is the gridlocked and chaotic traffic and associated pollution. While the people are friendly and welcoming, there are other reasons such as growing nationalism (not […]

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Staying Safe In The Financial Minefield

How many readers remember the days when we would receive hand-written letters from far-off lands, usually West Africa, telling us some sad tale of a president or other leader who had met a sudden end in an air crash or similar and had left a huge fortune that was at risk of being  misappropriated? Invariably […]

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What Major Items are Missing from Education?

Does modern education prepare us for the real world? That was the question I would ask myself as I struggled with Latin in the later years of my secondary school in the UK. Latin speakers did not have too many job opportunities apart from perhaps the clergy or as historians. It wasn’t even useful when […]

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Why Bank Robberies are Down

Have you read or watched reports of bank robberies recently? I have seen no statistics and in truth do not know if it is actually true but the impression I get is that bank robberies, whether common-garden ones or those that are the stuff of Hollywood movies are now few and far between. It could […]

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Lessons from The US Government Shutdown

No, this is not going to be a political rant about the causes, pros and cons of the longest shutdown in US history. Instead I would like to focus on one of the surprising consequences of the shutdown and what we can learn from it. The US is one of the richest countries in the […]

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Picking Up The Pieces From a Grim Year

2018 could hardly have ended in a more depressing fashion. Bad news abounded, ranging from the tsunami affecting the Sunda Strait to the global market correction wiping out all the gains of the previous year, leaving investors and pension holders poorer than they were at the beginning of 2018. What is important now is to […]

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