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  • ross1948 13:24 on March 30, 2020 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Kenny Rogers, RIP   

    R.I.P. Kenny Rogers! 

    Yes, I know this is over a week late, but I just watched a brilliant programme on the History Channel which moves me to write this.

    With so many people dying, I didn’t feel up to an R.I.P. for one individual, but seeing him on tv…



    ….performing so superbly with Dolly Parton on their last big show, I have reviewed that decision.

    We used to sing his songs in our university union bar, hamming up ‘Lucille,’ and intensifying our drawl for ‘Don’t Take Your Love To Town.’

    But he was damn good and right now I’m going to open my laptop and listen to his greatest hits.

    What better tribute can I pay him, on this rainy ‘stay-home’ Jakarta afternoon?

  • ross1948 19:29 on December 5, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: King Michael of Romania, RIP   

    R.I.P. King Michael of Romania 

    Breaking news, that a hero is gone.


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    Romania’s last king dies at age 96


    Michael of Romania did his utmost to save his nation from the blight of communism at the end of World War II and although he did not pay the ultimate price that so many of his loyal subjects did during the subsequent reign of red evil that lasted not too far off fifty years…


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    A Romanian stamp issued in 2014, twelve years after he was able to return,


    …he did suffer a similar period of exile from his homeland.

    Like so many of the Balkan Royals, restoration to his rightful throne was denied him, no referendum allowed by the second-rater who rose to power in the aftermath of Romania’s liberation from Ceausescu’s monstrous marxist tyranny.



    King Michael was a good man, and would, undoubtedly, have been a good constitutional monarch, had fate and faithless politicians not betrayed him.

    • Alexis 20:29 on December 5, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      He was my hero.
      I wish he had come back as King and Romania was able to be the wonderful country it once was.
      My parents remembered how it was before the communists ruined it and the corrupters took over from the communists.


  • ross1948 11:51 on June 12, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    RIP Jupe! 

    Very sorry to read of the death this past weekend, at only 36, of Julia Perez, aka Jupe.



    She was a beautiful young woman and, had not cancer  cut her life short, would undoubtedly have had a long career ahead of her.

    Rest In Peace, Jupe!

    • Santi 13:32 on June 12, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      So sad to see Jupe dead so young.
      I know you were big fan so you will be sad for her also.
      We must live life full because we do never know how long we have to live.


    • JazPen 14:11 on June 12, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      You really liked Jupe, Ross, and you blogged a lot about her. I just noticed in your ‘Top Posts’ on the right there, a couple of of your old reports about her being looked at a lot.
      She will not be forgotten but its always a shame to have to write RIPs for young people.


  • ross1948 09:53 on November 11, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Chelsea Hotel, , RIP   

    RIP Leonard Cohen… 

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    21 September 1934 – 10 November 2016

    While my middle-aged Indonesian neighbour lady often has a Beatles tape playing on Sundays as she hangs out her washing, my own preference has been to find Leonard Cohen’s Greatest Hits on You Tube and let those beautiful songs ripple across the little park across the street.

    That one about the Chelsea Hotel (in New York) always made me smile…



    ….not so much for the lyrics but for the interview, when he was asked if the reference to his and Janis Joplin’s fun and games had upset Janis.

    “Not much,” I think his response went, ” but my Mother…!”

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    • I’ll miss him, but, as is the case with all great artists, his works will live on, and be enjoyed by millions. 
  • ross1948 09:53 on April 7, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Empire Hotel, Fightin Side of Me, , , , RIP, ,   

    RIP Merle Haggard 

    Today is a big day, the birthday of somebody very important to me, and we shall be chatting/skyping later, assuming PLN, Indonesia’s power company, doesn’t do a black-out on us.

    But on opening the Washington Times this morning, I was saddened to see that my all-time fave country singer, Merle Haggard, died yesterday, on his 79th birthday…




    … gone to chorus in God’s Grand Old Opry with other lost legends like Waylon Jennings and Johnny Cash, no doubt under the benign tutelage of Hank Williams.

    I first heard Okie from Muskogee, his greatest hit, in the summer of 1969, in the bar of the Empire Hotel, in Stratford, Ontario.

    The Empire, built and owned a hundred years or so ago by one of my great uncles, is also gone, and no doubt the big guy in the hard hat who was singing it then is long gone too.

    But I liked the lyrics so much that I went to a record shop and bought the album. So many great songs, and he sang them with the same gusto he brought to his patriotism.



    A great singer, a great American and a great guy.

    Here’s a link  so you can sing along with me later. 


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    Bye, Merle. 

  • ross1948 11:42 on October 25, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Duo Sabun Colek, RIP, Windy Septia   

    RIP Windy Septia! 

    Like most bloggers, I take pleasure from any increase in viewing stats. The more who take an interest in my observations, the happier I am. 

    Hence when my stats darn near doubled these past few days, I was delighted – until I realised why.

    It turns out that a lovely dangdut singer, Windy Septia, about whom I wrote a few months ago…

    …has died, at the shockingly young age of 21. I gather it was due to some kind of cancerous tumour. Windy was one half of the Duo Sabun Colek.

    So I still my cheering and share the sadness of her many fans.

    She got my attention because she was one of those brave TKIs, those courageous girls who go to work abroad, in often menial jobs, in situations that are often dangerous, rarely fun.


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    I append a photo that shows how lively and pretty she was. 

    RIP, Windy.

    • Prita 11:02 on October 26, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      You give kind words for Windy and for the TKI also.
      I feel same like you, so thank you.


  • ross1948 21:10 on June 11, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Christopher Lee, dracula, , , RIP   

    RIP, Sir Christopher Lee 

    Sad to see that the actor at whose fangs we teenagers once shuddered has passed away, though at a ripe old age.



    Christopher Lee was a great success, not perhaps with the effete critics who pen disdainful reviews for stuck-up ‘heavy’ newspapers, but with the great British public who flocked to “Dracula,” “Dracula, Prince of Darkness,” “Dracula Has Risen From The Grave…”

    Well you get the picture!

    Looking back, it was an innocent era in many ways, our scariest moments located in the back stalls, or the balcony, in the days when cinemas had balconies!

    How many cinemas in Jakarta today have balconies? I’ve no idea about the UK or Canada!

    Nowadays, with truly satanic forces at war with civilisation, it must be hard to really scare a movie theatre audience.

    But Lee did. And did it well!

    Adieu, Count! 

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