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  • Fly the friendly skies

    I felt sorry for the guy in the Airbus office at Jakarta’s Domestic Terminal 1, Zone C. There he was, in a grotty little, dark and rather dirty room just before the…

  • Here within my lonely frame / My eyes just hurt my brain

    These things are sent to sent to test us…. A couple of days back we tried to buy some Shakespeare. We, naturally, went to the only English language bookstore in Bali, Periplus.…

  • Marching backward, forward / marching till I die

    Cigarettes have a strange place, almost esteemed, in Indonesian society. Whereas the smoker is largely a pariah elsewhere on the planet, not so here. Nobody thinks twice about lighting up at the…