IS THERE CREATIVITY IN CU in the NT?

Not since Sumardi Ma, he of the coffin notoriety, has a group of humans shown such  er…creativity? Unspun had many years ago spent some weeks in the Northern Territory and found a land of great beauty and desolation. Since then it seems that nothing has changed. The Northern Territory remains beautiful and desolate, so desolate that few…

The Bomoh’s back with five watermelons to keep things cool

The Malaysian bomoh(shaman, medicine man, con man whatever you call them) Ibrahim Mat Zin, who won notoriety for his antics involving a magic carpet, several coconuts and some nuts serving as acolytes in the search for the missing MH370 is now back. Never mind that his methods did not yield any results in the search for MH…

The Trump Ogoh-ogoh

The ogoh-ogoh are effigies built for the Ngrupuk parade on the eve of Nyepi that took place yesterday. Ogoh-ogoh usually are fashioned after mythological beings or demons and they represent the Balinese people’s spiritual or temporal aims. Often they also serve as social  or political commentary. Hence this year they had an effigy    of…

Porking at the Wrong Place

Those of you who know Unspun would know that he looooves his pork. Not only that he would defend to the last bite the right of other porcine lovers to eat of their right to imbibe in The Other White Meat. The joys of pork consumption are many and profound but that should not make the eaters pigs…

Jonan the Jonah of Transportation

Common sense is not common and nowhere is it more uncommon than in the mind of the Transport Minister Ignatius Jonan. His latest feat of uncommon sense is in banning – and this is not very clear from statements his Ministry has made: online applications for commuter transport or anything less than three-wheeled modes of…

Mayday Special: Something stinks in Indonesia but its not the workers

Ah! how the world has changed. There was once upon a time where the needs of labourers were essential items that occupied the lower rung of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs like shelter, food, decent wages. But that was in the Dark Ages. These days the labourers have morphed into worker and their basic needs have changed….

Is mine bigger than yours?

It must be all that grass they grow in Aceh. They are purported to have the best grass in Indonesia. How else do you explain the actions of the local education authorities in devising a questionaiire asking kids as young as 11 how big their genitals are? Unspun is unsure if the parents have been…

Roy the Boy now a minister

Its amazing where chutzpah can get you these days in Indonesia. We are told bu the newspapers today that Roy Suryo, a self-professed telemathics expert has now been appointed by President Susily Bambang Yudhoho to be the new Sports Minister to replace disgraced Andi Mallarengeng. Unspun’s theory is that Roy was chosen to fill in…

Dirty Minds and Women who Straddle

Yet another case of men with dirty minds who blame women for the filth in their craniums. For the sake of these easily stimulated men, they expect women to endanger their lives and sit sideways on a motorbike rather than straddling them if they are passengers. No mention is made of whether women should do…

Record Output of Semen

Sorry, couldn’t resist punning with this but think how many more newspapers if the copyeditor had given it the headline above Semen Gresik Sees More Growth After Record Output | The Jakarta Globe. Gresik, East Java. Semen Gresik, the country’s largest cement maker, saw record production last year and says more growth is on the…

Rhoma Irama and his spunky bid for president

Never look down on a dangdut star. You never know what’s beneath him. Though it is difficult for many to conceive what could possibly be beneath Dangdut star Rhoma Irama, he of the gushing tear ducts, there is apparently plenty of j-ingo-ism to bouy his candidacy for the No.#1 job in Indonesia. His “supporters” have…

The vibrancy of The Jakarta Globe’s editorial pages

The vibrancy of a newspaper’s opinion page usually lies with the letters to the editor, arguing for or against a proffered opinion from its stable of writers. By this measure The Jakarta Globe certainly has a vibrant editorial page, if only online. The recent opinion piece by Berita Satu Media Holdings group publisher (below) is…