Category: Other

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Bed and Breakfast and a Bogus Baby

In the 1980s I was working as an agency truck driver in Oxford on my days off from the fire service. Early one morning I received a call asking me to drive a truckload...

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Sutejo : The Recycling Man

Name: Sutejo Age: 62 Sutejo floats around the rivers of South Jakarta on a blue foam mattress which enables him to collect materials, mostly plastic and discarded items...

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A Bottle of Wine and a Playroom

In Eastern Promise (EP) we now have a playroom for kids. During recent trips to New Zealand and Australia I noticed a lot of pubs and restaurant that have this facility,...

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Pocket Guide to How to be a Bureaucrat

Follow these simple rules to being a good Bureaucrat and enjoy countless benefits for you, your friends and your family. – Don’t set deadlines. These only cause...

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The French Spirit of Wine

Wine is the only subject that I can’t handle as the “Grumpy French Man”. Wine is not only alcohol for me. It contains alcohol, nobody can deny this point, but it...

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Humorous Educational Experiences: Raising Children

If I had no sense of humour, I would long ago have committed suicide. ~ Mahatma Gandhi ~  Is there any real correlation between higher acquired intelligence (through...

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Education Extremes

‘‘I believe the children are our future, teach them well and let them lead the way’’.  I couldn’t agree more with this excerpt from the first verse of an...

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The Truth Hurts

I have decided I am going to be completely honest with everyone from now on. No more lies, no more pretence. When I meet people I don’t like, I’m going to punch them...

Just Take It Easy

We expatriates must admire the Indonesian ability of putting things in perspective and to talk things down, because it could have been so much worse. Just recently a...

Happy Birthday Grumpy French Man

40 years old. All of the people who are on the way to pass over this age say that it’s nothing. I am on the way, today, to be over this bloody number. And believe me,...

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Solution to the Global Economic Crisis

We are, most of us, living far from our families, which is good for some people and sad for others. As my family will read this article, I have to say that I am...

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The Fearless Guardian Angel

My friend Tony and I were coming back from a party late one night on his Suzuki 250 motorcycle when he misjudged the angle of a tight left-hand bend and hit a three-foot...

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A Self-Help Model for Aid that Really Works: The East Bali Poverty Project (EBPP)

When writing about aid projects words like ‘uplifting’, ‘inspirational’ or ‘downright bloody fantastic’ rarely, if ever, enter the vocabulary of cynical...

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I Hate St. Valentine

That’s the most stupid fake date on earth! When I was a teenager in Europe, it even didn’t exist (or maybe it did but I didn’t notice). We didn’t used to...