Category: Comedy

Filling the Grill

In the early ‘90s, I was working in sales and marketing at the Sari Pan Pacific Hotel in Jakarta. Our fine dining room was called the Jayakarta Grill and for many...

A World of Tradition

I love traditions. Family traditions, national traditions, anything that is traditional in the true sense of the word. I guess it’s because they give me a sense of...

Proof that Not Refusing to Save the Planet Might Not be a Bad Idea

Most people will be very surprised to learn that the world’s population of polar bears has shrunk by almost 60 percent in the last 30 years. Studies carried out by the...

Catching a Flick

I like movies that are either funny or true, meaning I don’t generally see the point of letting precious minutes of my life tick by while I learn nothing and/or get no...

A Person, Another Person and a Third Person Walk into a Bar

Political correctness has become part of everyone’s lives over the last couple of decades. Everyone now needs to be very careful not to offend anyone by anything they...

Fun With Weapons

Daniel Pope contemplates whether a foreigner could get away with murder in Indonesia.  My local hangout in Jakarta in the mid-1990s – a shabby streetside cafe where...

The Greatest Show on Earth

By the time you read this the biggest and oldest comedy festival in the world will be over (or very nearly over if you live next door to our printer). The Edinburgh...

Booze Blues

The price of alcohol in Indonesia continues to soar into the stratosphere as new import duties are introduced.   I’ve been cajoled into penning a few tetchy...

Fetch the Fava Beans and a Nice Chianti

Where I come from people never die. Before you rush to buy a house next to mine, I don’t mean people live forever, I mean that English people will never say a person...

Nothing New

When I went to Istanbul recently, I was eager to submit to the full tourist experience and immerse myself completely in the city’s ancient and fascinating history....

Real Heroes

I’ve never been a fan of those works of fiction that portray super muscular, superheroes performing amazing and noble feats of bravery and derring-do. Batman, Superman...

When All About You are Losing Theirs

Near the end of World War II, an American B24 bomber was shot down by the Japanese over North Borneo, but seven of the brave crew managed to parachute to safety and...

Incredible Java

Very few people are fully aware of the huge impact Java has had on the world as we know it today. Without Java, much of what we take for granted as we go about our daily...

Lazy, Hazy, Crazy Daze of Summer

The summer of 1976 was the hottest and driest in the UK since records began, with the months of June, July and August offering little besides glorious sunshine, 35...