Antony Sutton

Antony is a freelance writer based in Jakarta. Please send comments and suggestions to antony@the-spiceislands.com

Good News from Wild Sumatra

Sad, but true. The only time you hear of Sumatra in the news is when there is a natural disaster, deforestation, fanatics in Aceh caning people, or the haze heading east...

Indonesia’s Oldest Football Club: Persatuan Sepak Bola Makassar

This year Birmingham City celebrates their 140th anniversary as a professional football club. It hasn’t been much of a history with a second-tier playoff success, a...

Persipura Jayapura’s Long Road to Success

The Black Pearls overcome long flights and tiring transit times to become the best football club in the land. For cash-starved Indonesian football clubs, the Mandala...

Sail Indonesia Promotes Indonesia’s Nascent Maritime Leisure Industry

Hardy crews get up close and personal to spectacular and remote destinations in the eastern islands. With 17,000 islands of all shapes and sizes spread over three time...

Pitchers Prepare to Mount the Mound in Jakarta

Baseball arrives in Indonesia as the Hit Factory hopes to take the game to another level. Think of baseball and Southeast Asia and the chances are most people will...

Pencak Silat: More Than Just a Fight

Explore your inner self through the grace and beauty of a martial art so tightly woven into the fabric of local culture. Indonesia, with its myriad of ethnicities and...

Howzat! Jakarta Cricket Season Reaches Climax

Cricket’s history may be lost in the clouds of time, but the future is bright. When it comes to the great cricketing arenas of the world, Cibubur and Karawaci may lack...

Deddy the Daddy of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

We live in healthy times. For me, growing up in suburban Surrey in the 1980s, exercise was limited to a swift stroll down to the local pub followed by some elbow bending...

Do You Pétanque?

I must be honest and say that when I was first told about pétanque in Jakarta my initial reaction was ‘what?’ and ‘what?’ It may lack the appeal and profile of...

United by Running

We are approaching the dry season and that is good news for one hardy bunch of Jakarta residents: the running community. Or should that be communities? There are several...

Rugby Expats Take the Game to Local Communities

How a conversation in a pub, with a backdrop of Christmas carols, led to orphaned girls taking up the rough-old-game of rugby. We have all heard those clichés about...

Rugby Romance

It was Valentine’s Day so I decided to show my long-suffering wife some genuine TLC. We loaded up the car and headed off to watch some rugby somewhere off the Jagorawi...

Aussie Rules in Indonesia

It shouldn’t come as a surprise, given the close proximity of Australia to Indonesia, that Australian Rules Football, better known as AFL, has quite a following here....

Young Guns Cut their Teeth in the Jakarta Schools Football League

It was hot, very hot. Hardly the best conditions for playing football anywhere, let alone a school in South Jakarta offering little in the way of natural protection from...

Education Guide 2017

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