For a wide review of these themes lookout for my latest collection of short stories, Beyond Borders.For some, the notion of borders is that of a hard border, one clearly defined and assertively maintained. Certainly, in the Covid19 era borders reflect this standard, yet borders are by no means constant, or definite, whatever the political … Continue reading Reflections on Borders: Empire, Cold War and Covid19
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Common views of Asia and the Pacific, from the outside, often confer undue prominence to such things as typhoons, tsunami, earthquakes, malaria or even magic. While these can be confronting realities in the Asia-Pacific region beyond such differences even more remains unseen and misunderstood. Frequently unacknowledged are the influences Asian and Pacific cultures exert far beyond their borders. … Continue reading The author on “Seen and Unseen: a century of stories from #Asia and the #Pacific”
Travelling in Indonesia throughout January afforded ample time for building up a current Flickr feed from the places I was visiting. To view my latest feed simple click on the link.
Travelling away from home is apt to allow reflection on the real nature of home and so it was sitting in Ubud several days ago. My view was over what was once an uninterrupted southward sweep of sawah, fringed on it's most distant margins by coconut palms. Such views are an accumulation of thousands of … Continue reading Floods in Australia: salinity our silent flood
The Ubud Experience Ubud Writers' Feastival is for many the comtemporarty face of Ubud. In successfully nurturing this event from infancy to it's present global standing Janet De Neefe has added another layer to way Ubud is understood. In former times Ubud was known as a special place set on a broad ridge above the … Continue reading The #Ubud Experience: Returning to the #Village after 8 Years
A Prologue Violence and extremism are no more a recent phenomenon in Indonesia than in countries like the UK and the USA. Both Indonesia and the USA fought wars of national liberation against colonial powers. Both have constitutions and a sense of nationhood, grounded in such violent struggles. Many countries have their own uniquely violent … Continue reading My First Visit to #Bali Since the October 2002 #Bombing
This morning I woke early. The usual dawn chorus of roosters was underscored by intense and sudden explosions of sound. Rice farmers were already at work clapping short lengths of bamboo, disturbing opportunistic flocks of birds settling for a morning feed in the sawah. It rained heavily the night before, a welcome event in an … Continue reading #Australia and Volcanic activity – thoughts prompted by Neil’s Blog and Mt Agung in #Bali
Today is the Feast of the Nativity in the old Orthodox Christian calendar and last night I attended an Orthodox Liturgy celebrating Christmas at the Holy Trinity Orthodox church in Solo, Central Java. For me this has been a very special journey because I’ve returned to Indonesia, for the first time since the Bali Bombings … Continue reading Pancasila and Religious Tolerance in Contemporary #Indonesia
Yesterday I noticed high alto cumulus and cirrus clouds in Jakarta. I wondered what this meant. I know what these clouds mean in my own city but here in wet season Jakarta I was puzzled by their significance. Today dawned clear and bright, the air beautifully clear a stiff consistent monsoon breeze from the west-north-west … Continue reading A Beautiful Clear Day In #Jakarta