Practical Paradise

July 11, 2011

A Past Journey Brought Forward in Time

By Richard Boughton Sitting at the patio table at the front of my yard I watch two boys ride by the open gate on bicycles. One boy is bigger; one – Read More...
July 18, 2011

The Blurred Lines of Bali

By Richard Boughton Recently an Englishman arrived in my neighbourhood in Biaung. He moved into a house just a couple doors away from my good friend Vick’s house. Vick is – Read More...
July 25, 2011

Rules of the Road (Bali Version)

By Richard Boughton The first and most important thing to remember about driving the roads of Bali is that in practice there are no rules. Keeping this in mind, I – Read More...
August 1, 2011

Battered, Bruised but Blessed

By Richard Boughton Last Saturday at about 2 in the afternoon, I had the not-so-rare privilege of becoming a Bali highway and byway statistic. I reckon it’s about time, after – Read More...
August 5, 2011

Of This or Another World

By Richard Boughton Three times in a handful of mornings I have been visited by a dragonfly at my table in the yard. It is a black dragonfly, of medium – Read More...
August 15, 2011

The News in the News

By Richard Boughton In the old Jack Lemmon-Walter Matthau classic The Odd Couple, there is a scene where Felix Unger (played to perfection by Lemmon), newly separated from his wife – Read More...
August 22, 2011

Bali’s Great Sideshow

By Richard Boughton Here’s something we never get tired of hearing about: the weekly, twice weekly, or thrice weekly “cop stop.” We’ve all been there. We bules, I mean. The – Read More...
August 29, 2011

In Search of Paradise

By Richard Boughton Familiarity breeds contempt, as the old saying goes (to which Mark Twain added “and children”). I don’t know about contempt, but certainly it brings a dulling of – Read More...
September 6, 2011

No Reason in Antics of the Lunatic Fringe

By Richard Boughton By and large, my impression of the Indonesian people in general, and of the Balinese people in particular, as imparted after two years of residence here, is – Read More...
September 12, 2011

Innocence Lost, Again

By Richard Boughton It seemed a day like any other. I woke, as always, to the buzzing of the bedside alarm, hit the snooze button, woke again five minutes later, – Read More...
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