A beer that ails
A friend has just rung off after a long chat, so this will be a short post. He spent part of the recent school holidays cruising around Pulau Seribu, which means a Thousand Islands ~ although there are only 126 of them, off Jakarta's coast. Having run out of the necessary liquid refreshment, they called into Pulau Kelapa, their usual supply base. And there was no beer to be had anywhere because of the recent first round of the presidential election. And the island will remain dry until after the final round next month. Now, where's the logic in that? Do the authorities expect rampaging islanders and holiday makers to besiege parliament?
They say that abstinence makes the heart grow fonder. What would have been worse in my opinion would have been the discovery of Bintang Zero
. 100% Bintang, 0% Alcohol.
Yuk. I'd rather stick to iced tea.
Or, better yet, wend my way through the Great British Beer Festival
at London's Olympia for a few, nay, a lot of pints of Skrimshander, Stoatwobbler and Scorcher
Enjoy, but hurry. It ends on Saturday.