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  • ross1948 10:38 am on February 12, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Jakarta flood,   

    Come Back, King Canute! More Jakarta Flooding? 


    Hey, that post a few days ago was just a trifle over-confident, thinking I’d escape the flood curse that descended on Jakarta. 

    Banjir Uang! Jakarta’s Ahok Turning Off the Tap? 

    It just kept on raining, and the little grassy area across the street soon resembled something like a miniature Great Lakes. I’d like to say it reminded me of my last boyhood fishing trip up to Georgian Bay, but it didn’t.

    banjir-transjakarta-koridor-viii-masuk-tol-kebon-jeruk Jakarta flooded street, 2014

    Instead of fond memories, it was a case of recalling last year (above) and busily rooting around for any materials that might serve as bulwarks against the waters, which had, by noon, covered the road surface outside to a depth of several inches and were advancing, seemingly inexorably, towards my garden fence!

    Old clothes and towels etc. were bundled together and kept in readiness by the front door. My shoes on the rack outside the door were moved to the top and even indoors, things on the floor were raised up to higher positions, my briefcase and shopping bag slung over my bookcase, the cat’s dish shifted to sit atop the chest of drawers.

    She didn’t help, but at least had the sense to make herself comfortable on the table!

    My most pressing concern was cigarettes, my supply dwindling – when you’re stuck at home with nothing much to do, you smoke.  As you do when contemplating the inundation of your living room.

    The dismal deluge continued into the afternoon, until the waves were lapping at my garden gate.

    Recalling the tale of King Canute, I stood there, knowing that my countenance, however grim, could not face down the foe.

    Then finally, last one smoked, the downpour eased.  When the billows outwith my home subsided sufficiently, an expedition was mounted to the minimart.  

    Since that day, the  weather’s been patchy, even affording me a chance to sunbathe now and then.

    But now the media here are warning of action replays ahead.

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    6000 evacuated in Jakarta after floods

    The Straits Times10 Feb 2015
    Flooding is a chronic problem in Jakarta, made worse by 13 rivers cutting … evacuation shelters after the worst floods so far this year inundated …
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    And although it’s bright at the moment, as I await the arrival of today’s visitor, there’s a party across town tonight. I’m aiming to leave mid-arvo, to ensure I’m not delayed by any further cloud-bursts.

    And I continue to be thankful my area’s not been hammered by floods like so many other poor people in this unpredictable city.

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    • Vojo 11:25 am on February 12, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      You might need to start building an ark, Ross. Can you build one big enough for you, your friends, your pets, and all the booze and smokes for say the Biblical 40 days?

      • ross1948 11:29 am on February 12, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        You forget, vojo, Noah was banned here. The film, at least, so probably there’s a fatwa on arks too!
        Instead maybe I’ll retreat to some agreeable mountain – we posted on one a while ago.
        ” IslamoNazis ‘Furious’ At Sex-Fest Kemukus ‘Pilgrims!’ “

  • ross1948 9:53 am on February 9, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Andrew Lincoln, Deep South, , Jakarta flood, , , ,   

    Jakarta Horror Day! Nightmare Rain Plus Zombies! 


    Heck, it’s 9.30am now!

    I’ve just surfaced, and it’s STILL raining! No nice visitors today!

    rainy day special

    It has been all night, since well before I turned in almost seven hours ago. I was set to do so at 1.30am but I had a final channel surf and found The X Files on O Channel, switched cruelly from its previous 10pm slot.

    So there I was till after 2 o’clock. 

    At least the cat was happy.

    ibicomputer

    I let her in for a much appreciated hour’s respite from the increasingly soggy outdoors!

    The noise of the torrential downpour kept me from sleep for ages  – days like this, one values the absence of that Monday-morning ordeal, no ‘off-to-work,’ no crack of dawn alarm to torment me.

    But I feel desperately sorry, not so much for those who face today’s Jakarta traffic, always awful, Monday mornings more so, but in this deluge?

    NIGHTMARE!

    floodjokowi-baru-bisa-beri-sembako-belum-punya-solusi-banjir

    And more sorry still for the poor people in places like Kampung Melayu in East Jakarta, and in Kedoya Green Garden in West Jakarta, and no doubt in Pluit and Kelapa Gading and Grogol too. Homes inundated, furniture ruined, and their very lives at risk if it worsens.

    All I have to worry about (touch wood) is how I can reach the nearest mini-mart to replenish my cigarette supply!

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    Anyway, I did say last night I’d not be doing a lot of blogging this day. That was due to my planned evening zombie-tryst, the new series of The Walking Dead. I flicked though You Tube yesterday to see if they had any of the first series, which pre-dated my acquisition of cable, and was gratified to find they had. 

    So now I understand a little more of the characters’ backgrounds. 

    walkingdrick Rick with Co-Stars!

    But the ad for the new series has Rick, the leader of the good guys, speaking in his off-stage accent. His real name is Andrew Lincoln – there’s an article about him, and the show, in People  http://www.people.com/article/the-walking-dead-andrew-lincoln-rick-timestalks-video –

    But what’s with such a serious take – Lincoln’s perspective on Rick’s “morally ambiguous” decisions – it’s a horror show, for pity’s sake!

    His real accent is not at all the Southern twang one has become used to, from all the cast – the show is filmed in Georgia!

    It’s an accent I like to hear – I’ve always liked the South, where I once spent some fine times; took a trip down there, after my participation in the NYC Marathon.

    Don’t reckon I’ll go out running today!

    Time for another cuppa Java. Then maybe one more, and more controversial, post, before I go into full hibernation mode…

     
    • Vojo 10:48 am on February 9, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Floods in Jakarta, and on Jaksa too! Reminds me of the day I met you back in 2002, Ross. Keep your feet dry!

      • ross1948 11:05 am on February 9, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        Yo, Vojo.
        Your final exhortation may be hard to obey – the rain-water on my flooded street outside is now lapping at my garden gate!

  • ross1948 12:52 pm on February 3, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , , , IPCC, Jakarta flood, ,   

    Ahoy, Antipodes! Now It’s ‘Climate’ “Asylum”-Seekers! 


    I suppose it might be argued that I myself am a ‘climate’ refugee!

    After all, anyone who spent all of his school years and decades of his working life in either Canada or the UK, or anywhere in lands that border the North Atlantic, surely has grounds for seeking sunnier shores.

    I don’t know the statistics but strongly suspect it’s a fact that rheumatism and arthritis among senior cits is much more common on shores lashed by Atlantic rain and cities beset by sleet and snow for many months each year.

    So when I saw this headline, I paused.

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    New Zealand Climate Refugee Takes His Asylum Case to Supreme Court

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    A climate refugee in New Zealand has taken his fight for asylum to the Supreme Court…after overstaying the visahttp://au.ibtimes.com/new-zealand-climate-refugee-takes-his-asylum-case-supreme-court-1417227

    Well, not much of a refugee, if he came in on a visa (what kind? work? holiday?) then decided he liked NZ so much he suddenly felt a need for ‘asylum!’

    Honest folk would go home then apply properly. There’s nobody waiting to shoot him back there, is there?

    But skip that!

    I’ve never been to Kiribati, but if it has a climate like Toronto’s or London’s, I wouldn’t blame this geezer for heading south.

    But alas, he’s not basing his case on a human right to sun-bathe, which I’d say makes more sense than some of the so-called ‘human rights’ we hear about from that European Court, for instance.

    • No, nothing of that sort!

    Teitiota’s lawyer claims that his client is making a valid claim for asylum, as the effects of climate change entitle him to be a refugee. “Our argument is that he is being persecuted indirectly because of the inability of the industrialised world to ameliorate CO2 emissions! 3 News.

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    hogwashmeterred

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    Are all who dwell in Kiribati delightful, honest, civilised souls?

    I don’t know.

    One hopes so, because if this guy gets the nod, they’ll ALL be entitled to swamp NZ.

    And everyone else in the world, MILLIONS of people, dislocated by the hot seasons or the wet seasons…

    flood victims Jakarta flooding

    …like Jakarta’s at the moment (which of course the Climate Panic Crew will be attributing, at least in part, to ‘climate change,’ now that they’ve sneakily dropped the term ‘global warming’) will obviously have to be taken aboard the Good Ship Western Welfare. 

     
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