Category: Comedy

Oktoberfest

One for the Bucket List (and Bring the Bucket)

Munich, the capital of Bavaria and the third largest city in Germany, is home to the Oktoberfest, one of the biggest p*ss-ups on earth. Despite its name, the Oktoberfest...

THM

2.5 Men Jumps the Shark

When Charlie Sheen got fired and written out after season eight as an “exploded bag of meat” under a Metro train somewhere in Paris, I thought Two and a Half Men had...

Elephant Poo Coffee

Hold Still, Dumbo

There are very few things more therapeutic in the morning than a cup of coffee (and even fewer you can write about in a magazine like this). The smell and the taste and...

Milk

Daisy Luck Strikes Again

I love the way the Indonesian language and the English language have blended over the years. For example, many non-Indonesians would have heard of the infamous spy...

humorous1

With or Without You

Ipoeng was a good driver. Punctual, dependable and presentable, he had only one glaring fault and that was his memory. He could drive the same route 20 times then lose...

My Yamaha YT115 on delivery day March 1992

Beer Goggle Bikers

I believe there is a strong argument for the ‘cooling off period’ law when people want to buy guns. Instead of flipping out completely and running to the nearest gun...

The Real Thing

A Really Scary Thing

In 1995 I was the tour promoter for the Philippines leg of the Asian tour of the British band The Real Thing. In the 70s they were famous for one major hit called You to...

Telephone

Hello, statue?

I was working long-term on a construction project in East Java and it suited my purposes and circumstances to rent a house off the company accommodation camp. I had...

Hamster

Long Live the Hamster

When my youngest daughter was about five years old she asked me if she could have a hamster. Not an unusual request for a child of that age, and since I was tired of...

Hey Handsome

A Mended Broken Promise

I arrived in Indonesia more than ten years ago and then duly scarpered back to England. After a year of “Flip you, Misters!”, inaccessible public transport on...

The Innocent Driver

The Curious Case of the Innocent Driver

The university city of Oxford in which I am fortunate enough to have been born, raised and schooled, attracts approximately 9.5 million tourists per year. When you take...

Bird In Cage

The Big Noise

Jakarta is not the ideal domicile for a person fond of peace and quiet. It is packed with roaring vehicles, policemen blowing whistles, parking attendants who spring up...

Parlez Vous Bahasa

Parlez Vous Bahasa?

For most people, the Indonesian language is without doubt one of the easiest languages to learn. It has very simple grammatical structure, it has no tenses and it uses...

On Deadly Roads

On Deadly Roads

I’ve never felt so close to pounding someone’s face with my knuckles. How has road behaviour degenerated to such mindlessness, following a flowchart championing...