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    Here's another one that's a technical disaster.... but it's got a story to tell.

    This is typical "passenger amenity" aboard an Asian ferry - in this case in Timor-Leste on the Dili to Atauro Island ferry. It's Saturdays only... leaves Dili at 9, gets there at 12, leaves for Dili at 3.... don't miss it, or you'll be putting your feet up for a while. Popular with the backpackers and dive set.

    "Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome and charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime" Mark Twain... so... Carpe the living sh!t out of the Diem

    I'd rather look back at my life and say "I can't believe I did that" instead of being there saying "I wish I'd done that"

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    I thought I'd do one of my Orangutan photos, but I got sidetracked whilst looking for them.

    Here's a couple of the onion boats that ply the waters between Sumatra and northern Malaysia. They were dreadful photos - over-exposed, but I've partially rescued them.

    IIRC, my bike went over on the Golden Lestari. The ships are about 100' LOA




    "Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome and charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime" Mark Twain... so... Carpe the living sh!t out of the Diem

    I'd rather look back at my life and say "I can't believe I did that" instead of being there saying "I wish I'd done that"

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    Comedy hour.

    I just found this shot from 40 years ago give or take one year. I'm guessing it's '78.

    We are out the back, demolishing the tree-house and it was in with a box of my favourite old magazines.

    The termites had turned it into a solid block... but this was still there.



    (OK, my brother took it, not me)
    "Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome and charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime" Mark Twain... so... Carpe the living sh!t out of the Diem

    I'd rather look back at my life and say "I can't believe I did that" instead of being there saying "I wish I'd done that"

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    I was considering whether I should post a photo from seven years ago and decided it was worth posting, with the full story.

    It starts here... with a photo taken from the internet



    That's the Catholic Church in Suai, a fairly remote town of just under 10,000 people, about 90 miles southwest of Dili, the capital of Timor-Leste. It was the scene of one of the worst massacres during the independence struggles after the vote to secede from Indonesia. At a guess, the photo was taken in 2000. The massacre happened over a few days around 6 September 1999 - and in this shot, a rough and ready roof has been thrown on. Around 50 were killed in the church, including the three priests. Around 150 more were killed in other buildings, including the cathedral that was under construction nearby. 30 women are reported to have been taken as sex slaves across the border.

    The cathedral still hadn't been finished when we were there - so we wandered through



    Many of the victims are reported to have been thrown from those upper landings

    Some background. Dutch Timor (now the Indonesian province of West Timor) and Portuguese Timor (now Timor-Leste, aka East Timor) were the scene of some pretty nasty stuff during WW2. A combined Dutch, Australian and British force along with some Portuguese volunteers (Portugal was neutral) of 3,050 men resisted a Japanese invasion force of 12,000. 300 Dutch, 151 Australian, 75 Portuguese and 5 British soldiers died, along with 4,000 Japanese.

    It was the civilian population that really suffered. The population of Portuguese Timor was 472,221 in 1930. It had fallen below that by 38,809 some 17 years later. James Dunn in 'Timor, A People Betrayed' 1983, claims this shows a population loss due to Japanese reprisals for assisting Allied troops of up to 60,000. I think his maths stinks.

    Using net population growth rates of 1.5% and 2.0%, the population loss is between 130,000 and 165,000 - or 23% to 28% of the pre-invasion population in 1942. (the average population growth rate for 1960 to 1974 inclusive was 2.01%, with the lowest figure being 1.69%.

    So - a quarter of the population died.

    Then, in 1975, Indonesia invaded and were there for 25 years. Again, a lot of people died. Estimates of deaths are again woolly - 100,000 to 200,000 - let's call it 10% to 20% of the population (now 1.25 million... and growing rapidly) - albeit in a country that ranks 166 in the world for life expectancy. We were told by an Australian doctor and nurse that if we were sick or injured to NOT go to a hospital there "they'll kill you".

    Fast forward 12 years from the massacre, and there we were. We were trying to get into Indonesia at the "west of Suai" border crossing - although we could find no evidence of it on the printed maps, in the literature or on the web. We found it on a painted map on a restaurant wall and decided to give it a go.

    The evidence of the struggles was prolific - empty burned out houses, etc. Wiki describes the events of 1999 thus: The majority of the country's infrastructure, including homes, irrigation systems, water supply systems, and schools, and nearly 100% of the country's electrical grid were destroyed.

    We noticed that in many of the remoter villages - in the mountains in particular, there weren't many men. The country has done it hard over the last 75 years.

    Back to Suai. We got there and found there was no accommodation - the UN were in town and they had the one motel booked out. We knocked on the door of the Catholic Church and were given a room... in the girl's boarding school. None of the nuns spoke English, but they were good to us and they had the girls lug some water (many buckets full) into the bathroom for us. They watched us like hawks - I'm willing to bet someone stayed on watch all night, but we posed no danger. Doing the obligatory showing of passports, filling in documentation, we noted that it'd been a month since anyone else had stayed (someone from the Kiwi embassy).

    Our accommodation was opposite the scene of the massacre - still in use then (2011)

    "Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome and charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime" Mark Twain... so... Carpe the living sh!t out of the Diem

    I'd rather look back at my life and say "I can't believe I did that" instead of being there saying "I wish I'd done that"

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    As it turned out, we'd arrived in Suai on a Saturday and we were told the border was closed until Monday. We attended Sunday Mass - sort of. The church was full... and we watched from afar. The number of widows and orphans was stunning



    ... and that's the photo I was going to post, but I figured I'd better post some background to it.



    I've seen other photos on the web purporting to be this cathedral, that clearly weren't it. It's now been finished though...



    Oh... and another one that's worth posting. School starts on Monday morning with a sweeping of the play areas. Try getting kids in the western world to do this

    "Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome and charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime" Mark Twain... so... Carpe the living sh!t out of the Diem

    I'd rather look back at my life and say "I can't believe I did that" instead of being there saying "I wish I'd done that"

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    Strewth, I don't want to seem to maudlin, but I stumbled across a few photos today, while looking for something specific, that are a bit different. They aren't very good from a technical perspective, in fact, they are quite flawed. However....

    A guy doing something semi-positive at the Killing Fields - one of the death camp sites in Cambodia



    He was up the palm tree, tapping it for sap - to make home brew spirits

    I've been there twice. It's an evil place.... but one that I make a point of visiting when I go through Phnom Penh, if I can.

    The walking path I was on has bones and clothing that rise to the surface, so very many people were buried here.



    Yeah, a thigh bone, appearing through the footprints.

    Finally, one from the site of the home of the murderous bastard who led this. The wall in the background is the remains of Pol Pot's house - well off the beaten track. The house was burnt down, but I've got a piece of a granite floor tile on the wall above my desk. This deformed hand, almost certainly due to Agent Orange, was one of the soldiers who saw us searching for the house and followed us into the jungle



    Next photo - I'll find something cheery
    "Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome and charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime" Mark Twain... so... Carpe the living sh!t out of the Diem

    I'd rather look back at my life and say "I can't believe I did that" instead of being there saying "I wish I'd done that"

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    Everyday Sydney. A late afternoon shot of a Sydney ferry... in front of the Prime Minister's Sydney residence (although our current bloke owns a harbourside mansion anyhow, so doesn't use this one)



    Same afternoon, a couple of kilometres to the west.

    "Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome and charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime" Mark Twain... so... Carpe the living sh!t out of the Diem

    I'd rather look back at my life and say "I can't believe I did that" instead of being there saying "I wish I'd done that"

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    Heavily cropped (and grainy) phone pic from this evening. Army chopper coming over - not as low as earlier, when three went north quite low and fast. The ex said they were very low over her workplace today

    "Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome and charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime" Mark Twain... so... Carpe the living sh!t out of the Diem

    I'd rather look back at my life and say "I can't believe I did that" instead of being there saying "I wish I'd done that"

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    Another phone pic. The property, up in the Blue Mountains, west of Sydney, where I went to interview a guy for a consultancy I'm doing. There's about a dozen kangaroos in this shot... with many dozens more just out of shot.

    "Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome and charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime" Mark Twain... so... Carpe the living sh!t out of the Diem

    I'd rather look back at my life and say "I can't believe I did that" instead of being there saying "I wish I'd done that"

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    Was saying goodbye to some friends out the front today and spotted these cockatoos in the Christmas Bush across the road. Bit hard to capture it properly (sun was behind the bush). At least ten Sulphur Crested Cockatoos and two or three Galahs in the bush.

    "Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome and charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime" Mark Twain... so... Carpe the living sh!t out of the Diem

    I'd rather look back at my life and say "I can't believe I did that" instead of being there saying "I wish I'd done that"

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    I just put together a couple of panorama shots from a couple of years back.

    This Il-76 was landed in the UAE, apparently against orders for it to not land... and it's still there. Operated by the guy, Viktor Bout, who the Nicholas Cage movie was modeled on - the Lord of War. Bout was sentenced to 25 years gaol in 2012.





    "Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome and charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime" Mark Twain... so... Carpe the living sh!t out of the Diem

    I'd rather look back at my life and say "I can't believe I did that" instead of being there saying "I wish I'd done that"

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    I snapped a couple of shots of a meteorite owned by a friend of mine. Just phone pics, but they show it up OK.





    "Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome and charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime" Mark Twain... so... Carpe the living sh!t out of the Diem

    I'd rather look back at my life and say "I can't believe I did that" instead of being there saying "I wish I'd done that"

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    Another phone pic

    "Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome and charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime" Mark Twain... so... Carpe the living sh!t out of the Diem

    I'd rather look back at my life and say "I can't believe I did that" instead of being there saying "I wish I'd done that"

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