Category Archives: Personal

Beggars: What is the proper response?

There are some sights that one can never properly get used to. In my case, it is the sight of leper-beggars, limbs twisted, digits stunted, eyes rolling heavenward pleadingly as they hunch or lie on the ground at intersections in … Continue reading

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Winter Diary

Wednesday November 17 The KLM Cityhopper from Schipol Amsterdam swung westward down the line of the River Wansbeck into Newcastle’s Ponteland Airport. A journey of over 8000 miles from Jakarta was coming to an end. It was noon but as … Continue reading

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Mailman, bring me no more blues

Most people are delighted to receive mail from home. Even if it takes some time to get here! I am no exception, but when Pos Indonesia sent me one of those little chits asking me to go to them to … Continue reading

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In Search of McJava

Some years ago I was in the Indonesian Embassy in Singapore for visa purposes. Reaching the front of the queue, I put my passport on the counter in front of a young Singaporean Indian staffer who picked it up and … Continue reading

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The Late 60s Remembered

Les événements de Mai 1968? As the month draws to a close and this now slightly rheumy-eyed soixante-huitard draws towards his own kind of close, hoping it is still a fair way off, the memories come into focus. The glistening … Continue reading

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