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  • ross1948 09:34 on December 14, 2019 Permalink | Reply
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    Department For Work And Pensions? ‘An Immoral Gathering?’ 

    I have noticed recently the initials DWP in ads and articles around Jakarta and, having lived in the UK many years ago, and been back quite often,  I wondered why..

    …of all British Government ministries, the Department for Work and Pensions might be making an impact here in Indonesia’s capital.


    Whilst I have no time for the Jakarta Post…

    Prabowo Faces Jakarta Post Quadrennial Gibbering! 

    …on this occasion we have to thank them for explaining that the –

    Djakarta Warehouse Project (DWP) has been lauded as an international electronic music festival that has benefitted Jakarta tourism…



    But the JP went on to tell us that ‘not everyone is a fan of the annual event.’

    Yeah, me, for a start.

    Deafening, raucous reggae etc is not my scene, man.

    More fun getting together with those of my own generation…


    ..to enjoy the Stones, or Waylon Jennings, or Merle Haggard..

    …or even the late great Buddy Holly!

    But I’m not the only one disinclined to join the DWP!

    A gaggle of fanatics calling itself the Islamic Youth Movement (GPI) gathered in front of City Hall in Central Jakarta on Tuesday to protest…



    The group describes the DWP as Asia’s largest immoral gathering, which encourages casual sex, as well as the consumption of drugs and alcohol. https://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2019/12/13/muslim-groups-slam-anies-for-allowing-immoral-dwp-to-go-on.html

    Hmmm…could well boost ticket-sales!

    However, Jakarta Police say no such abominable activities will be countenanced.

    But more interesting than the bleating of uptight Islamist adolescents is the fact that their protest is not only against the DWP but against Anies’ decision to allow the event to take place…

    And who is Anies, my overseas readers may ask?

    None other than Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan!

    Remember him!

    He vigorously wooed Islamist fanatics during his electioneering…

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        • Anies wins an adoring smile from ferocious fanatic Habib Rizieq, who had recently suggested the Christian Governor Ahok (Anies’ predecessor)  be slain for unacceptably quoting some Koranic verse –.“We encourage the government to process the death penalty for Ahok as soon as possible,” said Rizieq. 
        •  http://www.suara.com/news/2016/10/14/134313/ 

          Anies used to purport to be a moderate. Then he decided he wanted to be governor.

        • But hey, now GPI head Irwan AHN is imploring his ‘beloved governor’ to think again, and the same gangs that staged grossly offensive sectarian demos.…

          The protesters, most of whom were men dressed in white Muslim attire, were heard yelling, “We want a Muslim governor,” “Burn Ahok!” and “Kafir!”   http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2016/10/14/thousands-hard-liners-march-against-ahok.htm

        • ….that led to Ahok’s prosecution, and conviction, and imprisonment, for the mediaeval ‘crime’ of ‘blasphemy,’ are reportedly turning up at the DWP venue to holler their hate.

        • Interesting situation for Anies, yeah? After all, if he wants a second term as governor, who’s he got to please?

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    • JazPen 09:50 on December 14, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Heehaw, Ross.
      The biter bit, I think the old saying goes.


    • Selvi 10:02 on December 14, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      My lunchtime now, so I can comment on this.
      Same like you, I like sweeter music, Ross.
      Not DWP for me.
      Always these fanatic make their demo on work day, when they do not like to work but we must and so we must face traffic troubles. They are selfish.
      You know they also want more blasphemy trials, yes?
      If we live long enough, we will be living in Irandonesia, my friend sometimes say to me.
      Have Merry Christmas and write more about our country, please.


    • Euis 10:14 on December 14, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      A long time I do not read anything about Indonesia here. It is nice for us when you write like this.
      I am out of practise with my english!
      Very strange to think DWP in UK has so different meaning!
      I had a plan to visit my friend in Kemayoran but with music fans and fanatics there it will be bad traffic so maybe I go somewhere different.
      The music is not what I like but it is up to people to go if they want. It is not the fanatics business. Nobody want to make them go listen.


    • Jim Ex Jakarta 18:08 on December 14, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      I agree with you, Ross, the idea of ear-drum damage via that kind of music scares me.
      The extremists don’t like it either but instead of staying home or going to a nice bar instead, like we would, they are out there trying to get it banned.
      They need to grow up.
      Yes, Selvi, they are selfish, these fanatics. I read that there was another demo yesterday.
      I’m sending Ross a link in case he wants to write about it.
      It would be so easy to have their demos on Sunday when traffic is light but they like making life miserable for nice people like you Selvi who earn an honest living..


    • Kezia 11:42 on December 15, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      I only now see this and enjoy reading it.
      I do not like to go to noisy places but to ban the concert is just stupid.
      Please write more about Indonesia. The fanatics are saying there must be action against Sukmawati too.
      The fanatics want to shame Indonesia again with an insane blasphemy trial, as if God cannot defend Himself.
      So embarrassing to have persecuters like them in our country.


      • ross1948 20:52 on December 15, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        I will have something to say about the Sukmawati case, Kezia.
        Tune in tomorrow!


  • ross1948 01:05 on August 28, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: 21st birthday celebrations, a wee hauf, alcohol consumption, British drinking habits, Chief Medical Officer, government guidelines, , Sally Davies, Tam o' Shanter,   

    Booze in Britain – Old Scold Sally Leads Kill-Joy Chorus! 

    Hasil gambar untuk sally davies chief medical officer


    Professor Dame Sally Davies, the UK’s first female chief medical officer, still contends that whenever she drinks a glass of wine she thinks of the increased risk of breast cancer – what brilliant fun she must be at parties.



    • That’s just one part of a brilliant little piece in spiked.com about the British Government’s new kill-joy ‘guidelines’ on how much booze Brits may chuck down their gullets.
    • When I was young(er) it was common practice, for those of us who survived the dreadful menace of the wicked West’s ‘drinking culture’ long enough to have reached the ripe old age of 21, to honour that glad day by consuming 21 pints; Scots were known to augment that quantity of beer with 21 ‘wee haufs.’
    • a whiskey-glass a ‘wee hauf’

    Their admirable literary heritage had from school-days dangled an image from Rabbie Burns’ poetry before them…

    “Saints may be blessed, but Tam was glorious, o’er all the ails o’ life victorious.”

    Unlike Tam, we didn’t always end up pursued by mini-skirted witches – though in the Sixties there were a lot of them about…


    Hasil gambar untuk tam o'shanter


    …but we had fun with our friends, whose duty it was to carry the celebrant home.

    Many such birthday boys learned a salutory lesson from these bouts of revelry, swearing off the Demon Drink until the following weekend.

    It was a rite of passage, later to be remembered with a smile.

    In those days governments seemed to have their hands full with trivial matters, like running the country, and had little time or inclination to monitor and hector citizens lads their social lives.

    Most lads soon enough found wives to do that job.

    How much tax-payers’ money is lavished on the fat salaries of daft old sticky-beak scolds like Davies and all her bureaucrat flunkeys to duplicate the work undertaken by Tam’s missus?

    She was waiting at home, gatherin’ her brows like gatherin’ storm, nursin’ her wrath, tae keep it warm..’


    Hasil gambar untuk gathering' her brows like gathering' storm, nursing' her wrath, to keep it warm..'

    Scottish Chief Medical Officer, circa 1780?


    Anyway, it’s still Saturday afternoon over there in The Old Country.

    Time to head down the pub?


    • Leon McDuff 19:02 on August 28, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      All good fun this, Ross,but a serious error in your representation of a wee hauf of Scotch.

      In North America, no doubt that’s the way of it, but hardly ever in Scotland!


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