Indonesia:

Where Was it Made?

10 December 2017 | Living

The Sydney Morning Herald (Sydney of course) and The Age (Melbourne) in Australia had a story this past weekend (Saturday 9 December) about fake Aboriginal art. Well perhaps not fake, just not made in Australia. Buy a boomerang, a didgeridoo or some other Aboriginal a...

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Yogyakarta

23 December 2015 | Places

▲ My 2015 travels also took me back to Yogyakarta, Indonesia’s ‘cultural capital.’ Yogya painter Affandi ‘s home has been turned into a museum and art gallery, his exotically customised Mitsubishi Galant is just as colourful as the paintings. I didn't get outside the ...

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Dragon Hunting in the Komodo Islands, Indonesia

6 December 2015 | Places

▲ I spent five days aboard an Indonesian phinisi sailing around the Komodo Islands. The Katharina is a newly built (1998), all wooden Bugis-style schooner, operated by Bali-based SeaTrek. I was the guest lecturer on this pre-Ubud Writers Festival voyage. ◄ In the K...

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Indonesia Etc. Exploring the Improbable Nation

9 February 2015 | Culture

I’m a firm believer that you often learn a lot more about a place by exploring it than you ever will by sitting at a desk and reading briefings. Particularly if they come from somebody like the CIA. Indonesia Etc certainly proves that although it definitely helps that...

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Papermoon Puppet Theatre in Indonesia

18 February 2014 | Culture

The Melbourne Ring Cycle has to be my cultural highlight of 2013, after all Maureen played a big part in getting it to the start line. But the Papermoon Puppet Theatre was a small delight. We caught a performance of these unusual puppets – and their unusual puppeteeri...

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