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  • ross1948 17:41 on September 30, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Burma, , Kipling, , , snogging, The Road to Mandalay   

    OMG – In Myanmar, Naughty Boris DARES Quote Kipling! 

    I am no big fan of Boris Johnson MP.

    He has turned his coat so often he could get a job as a fashion model.



    But what on earth are the Guardian shrills and the FCO mandarins getting their pink knickers in a twist about this week?

    Boris Johnson caught on camera reciting Kipling in Myanmar temple

    Foreign secretary’s impromptu recital of colonial-era poem was so embarrassing the UK ambassador was forced to stop him… 



    Maybe not every reader shares my delight in Kipling’s patriotic poetry, but I reckon he’s tops.

    I have quoted his works more than once on this blog…

    Silence of the Swine! ‘No Need For Further Lies, We Are The Sacrifice!’ 


    …and no doubt will do so again.

    But let’s examine what Boris did and did not say when he was reciting from The Road to Mandalay.

    He had got through the line: “The temple bells they say/ Come you back you English soldier.”

    Was that a call for a return to colonial rule?

    Far from it!

    As the Guardian helpfully tells us –

     Kipling’s poem captures the nostalgia of a retired serviceman looking back on his colonial service and a Burmese girl he kissed.

    Aaah, ‘it’s in his kiss,’ as a 1960s song had it!

    Gambar terkait


    Maugh Bo Bo, a Burmese doctoral student…said offence could be taken because the poem talks about kissing a girl, something that would be frowned on in the context of a temple.

    But the kiss in the poem did NOT occur in a temple, did it?

    Are the Burmese as uptight about a decent heterosexual snog as some other people…?

    Hey, Snoggers! Need Coaching? Contact Jakarta Police! 

    Or does the unspoken objection perhaps relate to a kiss between a white man and a brown girl?

    I’d have thought Kipling would merit applause from those who commend inter-racial harmony!

    And I’d have thought, too, there are better issues for the media relentlessly to batter Boris about…

    Sexist Saudis! BTW, Did Boris Vote To Affront Women’s Rights? 

    …and for the Foreign Office to be made to answer!

    • Pamela 21:54 on September 30, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      We never did get an answer to that, did we? Did our Foreign Office that’s always busy-bodying about and telling people how much the British Government cares about ‘human rights’ actually support the Saudis in that UN vote?
      If they won;t answer that simple question, then Our Man in Rangoon, or whatever they call it now, should keep quiet and let Boris quote Kipling as much as he likes.


    • Jacko 22:39 on September 30, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      I think Kipling’s great. He was the only poet I liked when I was at school.
      I don’t think Boris is great though. He’s a total twit.


  • ross1948 17:07 on September 14, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Burma, , , ,   

    France 24’s New Game Show – ‘Kick The Lady!’ 

    Busy day today!

    I had to go into town.



    Being me, I arrived an hour before the appointed time, and decided to loiter in Kota Tua, Jakarta’s Old Town, a pleasant area to wander about.

    Whilst idling around Fatahillah Square, I got talking to a friendly old fellow selling coffee. After the usual questions about my origins and how long I’d been in Indonesia, he assured me that, although it had not featured on the tv news…



    …a mighty storm of gigantic hailstones had descended on Myanmar yesterday, destroying 200,000 Buddhist homes, God being on the warpath because Muslims were getting a hard time of it.



    I promised to check out Google News for more details. Perhaps detecting a certain scepticism, he insisted that it was definitely so, “just like the giant fireball storm” that God had visited upon Israel during the recent Temple Wall dispute.

    He was a genial chap, and utterly sincere.

    I wonder where he gets his info!

    Maybe, or maybe not, from France24, which I had tuned into in the morning for their every-half-hour news…


    …only, sadly, to catch the tail-end of their ‘film-review’ show, with Nasty Nesselson abusing her position as film critic (again!) to snipe at Donald Trump.

    Then we lucky viewers were treated to the France24 ‘Debate…’


    Hasil gambar untuk france 24 debate


    Why they call this blast of bias a ‘debate’ is a challenging question.

    A debate requires at least TWO sides, but, as often happens, they had three people on, all on ONE side, which appeared almost to be a contest, to see who could criticise Myanmar’s leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, most creatively.


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    The guests were a former French ambassador to Rangoon (Yangon) – that’s the capital of Burma (Myanmar) – plus an American named Phil Robertson, from that ‘Human Rights Watch’ NGO…


    Hasil gambar untuk san lwin blogger

    …and a Burmese blogger ( pictured above)

    Almost needless to say, each of these gentlemen had harsh words to say about the Nobel Prize-winning Aung San Suu Kyi  – she who was until recently so popular that a movie, ‘The Lady,’ was made all about her!


    And of course they have every right to make whatever criticisms they want to make about her, or anyone else.

    To be fair, and I have little time for much of HRW’s agitprop activity in other parts of the world, Mr. Robertson also accurately pointed out that a lot of the ant-Myanmar protesters were Islamist fanatics, making the most of the crisis.


    He even specifically mentioned Indonesia’s FPI, whose hateful and bloodthirsty banner I have often shown you…



    …and cheerfully show you again!

    That’s all very well.


    There are two sides to every story, and the very word ‘debate,’ as said already, REQUIRES at least two sides.

    There was NOBODY there in F24’s studio to speak for Myanmar’s lady leader as she was variously painted as a villain or a helpless plaything of dark forces, or as somebody playing a devious game.



    Maybe she is one ( or even all!)  of those things, but after watching such a slanted show, I tend to think that each or all of those pejorative nouns could just as easily be applied to France 24



    • Jeanne 18:10 on September 14, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      France24 is not France.
      It is a disgrace to the French tradition and values


    • Denise Shipley 19:27 on September 14, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      What is France24 trying to hide by refusing to give anyone from the Burmese Government an invitation to join the debate about their country?


    • Jeff Starner 20:21 on September 14, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      I’m glad somebody is asking the questions I am about how this whole story is getting presented in our free and fair mainstream liberal media.
      If they won’t give the Myanmar government a seat round the debating table, they must want to blind us to some part of what is happening. .


    • Stefan 20:55 on September 14, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Now we are hearing from Guterrez at the United Nations that this is ‘ethnic cleansing.’ and I think he wants a war against Myanmar.like Clinton made war for the UN against Serbia.
      I hope the West will not be so stupid as to oblige with the lives of young NATO soldiers.
      If the Rohingya ARSA bring in Al Qaeda or ISIS then we should help Myanmar put them down.


    • Eddie Mellon 21:30 on September 14, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      You should take the coffee man’s word for it, Ross, just like we all should.
      That way if God has the situation in hand, no need for all the palaver at the UN or sanctions or anything. Gigantic hailstones will do the trick!


    • JazPen 23:15 on September 14, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      This is more like your old style Ross. That part about the hailstones and fireballs was funny and it sounds just like the rubbish that we do hear from some people here in Jakarta..
      Its more enjoyable to read when you talk a bit more about where we are and then lead into the international issues you want to have a nag about.
      I dont always agree with some of your opinions but in this case I do. If the media hold debates they shouldnt shut out one whole side of the argument..


  • ross1948 21:19 on March 30, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , Burma, hair-stylists, interviews,   

    Asia’s Next Top Model…Could Well Be…May From Myanmar! 



    Somewhat against my better judgement, I tuned in again to Asia’s Top Model.

    Why the reluctance? Because I saw the previews and was appalled at one puffed-up oaf who was interviewing them, yelling and bawling at one poor girl who had the temerity to roll her eyes.

    This for some reason incensed the rude and raucous man, who denounced her for her ‘misbehaviour,’ saying he’d never ever hire her!

    God knows if I were interviewed in such a manner, for any job, I’d walk out, probably after telling him to add a bit of class to his act. I can tolerate dimwits, but slobs, no way.

    There’s a true tale of a Jakarta-based American teacher who was invited in by a professor at a famous university ‘ to talk about a class.’


    i love jkt


    The Yank travelled miles from the edge of town to the college, which is not far from Citraland Mall. When he arrived, the ignorant old dope told him, ‘Yes, I thought it more appropriate to advise you face-to-face that we’re not going to run that course.’ 

    The Yank just went home. I might have defenestrated the toad. 

    However, back to the dolly-birds.

    For want of anything better to view, I switched over to Star World and settled down –  to watch them all being given new hair-dos!

    Some were none the worse for the scissors, but May of Myanmar emerged exquisite! Not only does she have a captivating look to her, but her hair actually looked better ‘after’ than ‘before!’  

    Not every other contestant could say the same. Incidentally, there now seem to be two Indonesians, whereas last time I only noticed one!

    Good luck to Ardilla as well as Patricia.

    But back to May of Myanmar!


    May of Myanmar


    I know little of her country and that’s maybe the reason why I’ve pondered it as a possible safe haven if  – Heaven Forbid – departure from Indonesia ever became a necessity.  



    After all, way back when, I chose Indonesia because, despite equally good offers in Bangkok and Hanoi, this was ‘terra incognita.’

    And the fetching May is another good reason to contemplate emulation of Orwell’s Burmese Days.

    No point in describing all the other lovelies.

    But I have to say the whining little minx from Vietnam, named Mai Ngo, is a total pain in the backside. While the other gals protested politely during the hair-stylist’s attentions, like the Singapore beauty who was clearly anxious but calm, the Vietnamese was simply an embarrassment to herself and to the show.

    Then lo and behold, she was sent packing!

    And the nasty bully in the interview scene – that must be next week!

    Or was it last week? No doubt somebody will tell me!

    Now, a lazy night, I’ve got The History Channel on, with ostensibly serious people discussing whether the conflicts in the Middle East are somehow fomented by space-aliens to prevent us learning their role in human affairs.

    • a whiskey-glass
    • Time for a Black Label!
    • Lars 07:50 on April 1, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Myanmar deserves a visit at least. Seeing May’s photo here makes me think there are a lot more like her but you never hear about Burmese girls.
      I have also been asking myself how long before Indonesia goes down the sharia tube. It’s a terrible shame Jokowi isn’t applying that ‘Mental Revolution’ he promised and getting rid of mental cases like those you condemn in so many of your posts.
      Ahok is now disappointing the poor people too, who hoped he would be different from the rest. I’m sending you a note about what happened in my part of Jakarta, the Satpol having a bunch of warungs wrecked for no reason at all.
      Don’t take my word for it.
      I think you live somewhere near Grogol, so can you please come over and check it out and write something?


    • Kiki 08:09 on April 1, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I want of course Indonesian girls to win because I am Indonesian too..
      But if not so, I think the girl of Korea is best. She is very cute.


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