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  • ross1948 09:33 on May 1, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: baseball, Calico Joe, , John Grisham, , Pole dancing, public holidays   

    Happy May Day! But No Day Off in Jakarta! 

    Happy May Day!

    It is, after all, an ancient holiday…



    …enjoyed by the comm0n folk of England long before it was hi-jacked by mangy marxists.

    As you can see, Maypole dancing, back then, was entirely different from pole dancing as practised today. 

    I hope that photo brightens up your breakfast!


    This year the poor workers don’t get a holiday, at least not here in Jakarta. There are four public holidays on the Indonesian May calendar, and three of them fall on a Sunday, today’s, plus one Christian, one Muslim and one Buddhist. 

    You’d think there’d be three Mondays off in recompense, and I seem to recall there used to be, but at some point the stinginess of the bureaucratic establishment decided NOT, so apart from Thursday’s Ascension Day, nobody gets an extra break this month.

    It’s long past day-break here, so there’s likely no dew on the grass in the little park across the street, but in Europe, most people will be tucked up in their comfy beds, so I add this old saying for anyone there who wakes up and thinks it a good idea.  


    NB, it’s only for girls, but even were it a statutory non-discriminatory pledge under the Equality Act and guys could try, I doubt it would do me much good…




    …so I’ll skip that option.

    There will be the usual workers’ demo downtown today, so traffic will be horrendous in consequence. And in consequence, I won’t be going far.

    But it’s a beautiful sunny morning, and with a book to read, some sunning out front seems like a good plan.

    BTW, speaking of my energetic front yard activities, this past week I read an excellent paperback, Calico Joe, by John Grisham.


    • ———————–
    • It’s a short story, about a baseball player, but you have no real need to understand that sport to enjoy the tale.
    • I strongly recommend it.   
    • JazPen 19:43 on May 1, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I like the photos, Ross, but I hate to tell you, youre wrong! We get this Friday off too, because it’s Mohammed’s Birthday. A real long weekend. I suppose since you dont go to work anymore, you dont keep as close a track as I do.


      • ross1948 23:53 on May 1, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        My apologies, JazPen.
        My little calendar gives 15th May as the Muslim Ascension holiday, a Sunday, like Vesak, the Sunday after that.
        I hope you enjoy your long weekend!


  • ross1948 10:16 on February 10, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: cities, , John Grisham, , , , The Broker   

    ‘The Broker’ – A Good Grisham Book, Bought in LotteMart, Jakarta 

    I thought I had read all of John Grisham’s books, until last week, when I picked up The Broker in LotteMart at Ratu Plaza.


    Lotte Mart, Ratu Plaza


    For only Rp.30,000 – three bucks!

    I have reported before on the bargains available in discounted paperbacks at these stores. I don’t know if every Lotte in Jakarta is selling them, but Ratu and Gandaria City Mall branches are, and I expect more.

    Grisham usually sets his yarns in a legal context, but this one is a good old-fashioned spy story, though lawyers do appear in it.

    Apart from the basic plot (intriguing) and how he handles it (very well) one of the most enjoyable aspects of the book is his intimate knowledge of one of the main scenes of action, Bologna.

    He describes so much of this big Italian city, so well, that you could draw a street-plan.

    It made me wonder which of my favourite cities I’d use for such a story.

    Easy to choose one of those I have lived in over the years, like London, or Jakarta. But would I be able to do justice to others, visited but not dwelt in?

    Prague? Budapest? Berlin? Paris? 

    Must think about that – maybe it’s time to dust off that novel I began a year or more ago and use my heaps of free time creatively, instead of, as some critics have unfairly put it, hedonistically… 


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