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Noah’s journey at an end in Jakarta

Indonesia has banned the film Noah ‘deeming it too controversial based on religious grounds.’ According to The Jakarta Post the Indonesian Film Censorship Institute (LSF) chairman, Mukhlis Paen, said that the institute’s members considered several elements in the film contradicted… Read More ›

Sculpting a city

As per my last posting, Jakarta isn’t really known for having a major arts scene, but one area it definitely excels in is sculpture. I’ve seen dozens scattered around the capital, as well as in other cities, and they always have an… Read More ›

Artphoria 2014 aka pavement art in Jakarta

I would have to say that Jakarta isn’t really known for its arts scene in that its cultural landscape is mostly dominated by glossy, multi-storey shopping malls; endless education and travel Expos; restaurant promotions that are generally buffet stuff-yourself type affairs; clubs and bars that are only really… Read More ›

Man Rules. Duh!

This was posted on a friend’s Facebook page this week – I think it’s doing the rounds. It made me smile but I decided to respond in kind, but definitely tongue-in-cheek MAN RULES!  THESE ARE OUR RULES!  PLEASE NOTE THESE… Read More ›

Reading = pi r squared!

I spotted an interesting article on the BBC website the other day regarding reading. According to some recent research, children who read for pleasure are more likely to do better in maths (you can read the full article here).  Amongst other things… Read More ›

Reading: the paradox of choice

Last night, I listened to a TED talk by Barry Schwartz who gave a brief summary of his book, The Paradox of Choice.  Essentially he put forward the theory that when Western industrialised societies want to maximise the welfare of… Read More ›

Blogging the hard way

Hmmmm….. I’ve only managed to post twice in the last couple of months, how embarrassing, given my good intentions at the beginning of this year (I told you I was rubbish at keeping New Year’s resolutions!). On the plus side,… Read More ›