Starting last week, Indonesia banned the sale of beer in convenience stores. (It’s the first time since the tsunami that I remember “Muslim-majority Indonesia” making it into the Daily Mail.) Worse still, parliament is proposing to jail people for up to two years for drinking alcohol. Despite ministerial assurances that this is unlikely to happen, it makes me thirsty. If you’d like to come and raise a glass with me, there will be a few opportunities to do so over…
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Turtle eggs, medicines, woks, spices, crabs – you can find them all in the markets of Indonesia.
Indonesia is one of the most visually compelling countries in the world: blue flames leap out of the side of sulphurous volcanoes, scarlet blood splatters into the dust between megalithic tombstones, the silvery eye of a giant tuna fish reflects the shining sea. In Indonesia Etc: Exploring the Improbable Nation, I have tried to capture this kaleidoscope land in black ink on white paper. But technology now provides us with a new world, a world where a writer’s words can…
On the island of Adonara, Mama Lina’s family showed Indonesia’s typical hospitality.
Indonesia has a difficult relationship with garbage and recycling.
Dwarves, albinos, albino dwarves, and colonial headwear are all part of this 1989 ceremony to mark a Sultan’s Coronation.
Semarang, a colonial Dutch city, is slowly sinking.
Polling stations in Menteng and Tanah Tinggi
The methods and tools for making batik are exquisitely evolved.
Murals and sculptures celebrate the Army.