Monthly Archives: May 2011

The origin of music and language

The Singing Neanderthals: The Origins of Music, Language, Mind and Body’ by Steven Mithen. pub. Phoenix, pp332 Steven Mithen, professor of Early Prehistory at Reading University in the United Kingdom, chose his title well, I thought. Not everybody seems to … Continue reading

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Children (and others) need protection from charlatans

Many years ago on London’s Shaftesbury Avenue in the heart of the city’s famous West End entertainment and theater district, there used to be stalls selling “Canned London Fog”. This was a wheeze intended to gull American tourists and hicks … Continue reading

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Harassment by immigration officials

It seems that things are getting worse, much worse, in certain areas of the Indonesian bureaucracy. And the immigration department seems to be the worst of all. Virtually every expatriate of my acquaintance has a “horror” story to tell, while … 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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Whatever happened to ‘The Girl in the Picture’?

The Girl in the Picture: The Story of Kim Phuc, the Photograph, and the Vietnam War by Denise Chong Many people claim to know exactly where they were when they heard the news that U.S. president John F. Kennedy had … Continue reading

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Jakarta Good Food Guide 2008-2009

by Laksmi Pamuntjak Over the years I have known Jakarta, 20 in all, I have heard quite a few expatriates intimate that the city is something of a culinary desert. I have always thought this nonsense.To me, there is more … Continue reading

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Britons fail to translate their class system to Malaya

Out In The Midday Sun: The British In Malaya 1880-1960 Margaret Shennan Pub. John Marry – Singapore $39.66 One of the most orthodox views of the British Empire is that India, “The Raj”, was “the jewel in the imperial crown”. … Continue reading

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