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Laundry hanging out to dry in front of buffalo skulls, Toraja, Indonesia.

Toraja: Just Plain Mental

In January, we went back to Toraja, the highland area of Sulawesi that’s famous for its gory funerals, not to mention burying babies in trees....

Balinese kris-maker Empu Nyoman Punduh with his masterwork.

Friday Photo: Balinese Kris

This is Empu Nyoman Punduh, a kris-maker in Kintamani, Bali, with his masterpiece. The Balinese kris is central to the culture. A young man gets...

The water temple of Tirta empul at Tampak Siring.

How to Spend 48 Hours in Ubud

If you’re coming to Bali, a night or two in Ubud, the island’s arts, culture, food and spirituality capital, is pretty much a must. So...

Pirate Party logo.

5 Stupid Political Parties

I’m not sure whether it’s a measure of apathy in the face of imminent enviro-disaster, a factor of our cat-picture-shrunken attention spans, or the information...

Ricefields in Bali

#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...

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...