Category: Places

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#BoycottBali? Nuh-Uh

The impending execution of two of the “Bali Nine”, Australians shopped to Indonesian authorities by Australian police for trying to smuggle heroin into Australia, has the Twitterz positively rabid for the hashtags #BoycottBali and...

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So I Found a Cobra in My Bedroom

I’m normally fairly sanguine about snakes. Well, about as sanguine as a Briton can be. We don’t really have snakes in Britain, by which I mean that few of us ever encounter one outside...

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The Friday Photo: Hobbit House

This is Hobbit House, Manila, a regular on lists of the world’s weirdest restaurants. It seems, at first blush, like an absolutely horrible concept: a Hobbit-themed bar staffed almost entirely by little people. But...

Kakaban island in Borneo's Derawan Archipelago, blurred in a wave. 6

The Friday Photo: Jellyfish Lake

Ever snorkelled with jellyfish? Deliberately, I mean? We did, in the jellyfish lake on Kakaban Island, in Indonesia’s Derawan archipelago, off Borneo. Kakaban is a marine lake, with only the slightest connection to the...

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Bali Stories: Winnie Part 2

By now, my voice is more than familiar to the woman at the vet’s. I dial in of a morning, not really expecting an update – poor little Winnie’s head has been sent to...

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Bali Stories: Winnie (Part 1)

In Bali, one often acquires a pet without really thinking about it. In fact, once known in the neighbourhood as a soft touch, folk can land up with five or six, as unwanted puppies...