It's Quiet Today.
Yep, really. Our Kid is sleeping over and there's so little traffic in the street outside that it feels like a Sunday afternoon. This kind of atmosphere isn't conducive to anything but navel-gazing, so here it is.
Read Spanish? Muy poco? If so, it's worh noting that Roger Casas-Alatriste
in Madrid rates Jakartass. Muchos graçias, Rog.
It's also worth noting that The Swanker
has returned from Sydney with loads of fine holiday snaps and familiar ascerbic comments on events here and elsewhere in SE Asia.
The death of drummer Pip Pyle at the beginning of this week has generated many column inches in the Yahoo group
dedicated to the 'Canterbury Scene' of which he was an important part. Readers of the UK mainstream newspaper, The Independent, will now know that his music was also the inspiration for a novel, The Rotter's Club
, whose author, Jonathon Coe, contributes an obituary here
Thinking of mainstream papers brings me to the International Herald Tribune. Three weeks ago, I posted an email I received
from their At Home Abroad Reporter (eh
?), Roxana Popescu. She wanted to know how expats here deal with house guests, especially with those from our home countries. You responded magnificently with mother-in-law tales, and I wrote to her suggesting that Jakartass would be well pleased to be featured, again, in international media.
On a more serious note, has anyone heard from or sighted Carl Parkes, aka the Friskodude
?. He hasn't updated his blog since July 22, 2006 and six weeks is MUCH too long for a holiday.
And as I'm doing little else but link today, here are a couple more.
There's a Bewildered Bule
, an American English teacher. I hope he settles in soon.
And a missive from Riccardo.Hey Jakartass,With all these contests and all your links to other nice blogs, why no love for the Gentlemen, Revolutionaries, Scholars & Bules blog, which is inside the Jakchat.com forums?
It's not about 'love', R., but about format. In my humble opinion, it's difficult to maintain focus with a forum. Blogs generally involve a little more thought, although I do recognise that you get things going with an article.
That said, we've set up a forums section at Green Indonesia
which we'll do our best to keep semi-serious. Fancy moderating a section?