Antony Sutton

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

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...

Every Day is Saturday with the TGIS Hash House Harriers

Guidebooks love to tell you where to go and how to get there. Travel snobs love to tell you how wonderful a place was so many years earlier before the tourists came. The...

German Plus: 50 Years of Football History

In the rich annals of German football, the name Burkhardt Pape may not spring to mind in the way the likes of Gerd Muller, Gunter Netzer and Lothar Mattheus do, but he...

Sun Bear Education and Conservation Centre, Samarinda

While everyone is familiar with the orangutan and the problems that the cuddly, cute orange ape faces, spare a thought for the more humble Malayan Sun Bear, also known...

Balikpapan at a Glance

When I was growing up in suburban Surrey all those years ago, I knew little of the East beyond the usual clichés like ‘magical’ and ‘tropical’. I knew of...

Hockey

Stick it to ’em: Field Hockey in Jakarta

Every time I told people I was off to an international hockey event on the weekend I was greeted with the same reaction. “I didn’t know they played hockey in...

Bali Hash House Harriers by Bali Living Blog

In Pursuit of Happiness: Expat Clubs in Bali

For whatever reason, people have been forming clubs since time immemorial and it is no different here in Indonesia. Early colonials, for example, had the Harmoni Club....

The Jakarta Expat Pool League

The Jakarta Expat Pool League

I’ll be honest with you, I have never really taken to pool. It’s all the rules I can’t handle. You know, those regulations that say you can only use one end of the...

The Free Spirit Runners of Jakarta

The Free Spirit Runners of Jakarta

You know that feeling you have when you decide what you really need to do is shed those excess kilograms that have slowly added themselves to your girth. You are sitting...

Twitchers in Town – Birdwatching in Jakarta

It’s hard to imagine Jakarta having any wildlife at all, let alone any birds. The city authorities, after all, do their best to destroy any natural habitat for malls...

Penguin Books by Aldous Huxley

A Brave New Lesson Plan

One of the few things I remember from when I was seven or eight years old was being introduced to the 1812 Overture in class. I hated it of course; boring, fuddy duddy...

Michael Tenzer

I must admit the first time I came across a gamelan orchestra I thought the band that had been booked had pulled out and someone had raided the kitchen, grabbing all the...

Women Power and Politics

Women Power and Politics

As things stand, only one major country in Western Europe – you know, that bloc with good football,liberal values and rising unemployment – boasts a single...