Guardian photographer Chris Thomond volunteered to spend a year photographing a tree.
And why not? After all, Claude Monet spent a year (1892/3) painting the façade of the Rouen Cathedral at different times of the day and year.
Two March views.
“The tree which moves some to tears of joy is in the eyes of others only a green thing that stands in the way. Some see nature all ridicule and deformity… and some scarce see nature at all. But to the eyes of the man of imagination, nature is imagination itself.”
– William Blake
Oak tree and child on her way to school in September.
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According to its editor, the Guardian’s obituaries page is no longer able to fit in all the public figures who would have historically figured on the page because of the rise in high-profile deaths. The nature of fame and celebrity has changed radically in the past decade, with the rise in internet use and mobile devices such as smartphones, along with the plethora of television channels available.
And that is why I’ve a separate obits post for musicians here.
March –5. Roy Tomlinson. 74, email inventor (@) –6. Nancy Reagan, 94, wife of former US president Ronald Reagan, initiated ‘War on Drugs’. –9. (Sir) George Martin, 90, “The world’s most famous record producer.”
April –9. Tony Conrad, 76, experimental film maker and musician.
“You don’t know who I am, but somehow, indirectly, you’ve been affected by things I did.” –9. Howard ‘Mr Nice’ Marks, 79, writer, performer and former drug smuggler
Not a ‘friend’, but I was at a remarkable LSD party he had at his ‘finca’ on Ibiza in 1970/1. 12. (Sir)Arnold Wesker, 80, playwright. 20. Victoria Wood, 62, comedienne, actor, playright 20. Guy Hamilton, 93, film director (British action films, inc. early James Bond), 21. The artist known as Prince, 57.
June –3. Muhammad Ali, 74, the charismatic boxing great (An interview in 1972) –3. Sabam Siagian, 84, Jakarta Post’s founding editor-in-chief, and diplomat –6. (Sir) Peter Shaffer, 90, playwright (Royal Hunt Of The Sun, Equus, Amadeus) 15. Bob Holman, 79, academic and community worker: if only we were all like him! 18. Sam King, 90, co-founder of Notting Hill Carnival 21. Karl Dallas, 85, writer (for Melody Maker +), singer, songwriter and campaigner 25. Alvin Toffler, 87, “a guru of the post-industrial age“, author: Future Shock + 30. Gordon Murray, 95, puppeteer (Trumpton, Camberwick Green), TV producer and writer
August 21. Brian Rix, 92, actor in farces (Whitehall Theatre), campaigner for people with learning disabilities. 28. Gene Wilder, 83, ‘cult’ comic film star and writer (The Producers, Willy Wonka, Young Frankenstein++)
September –4. Richard Neville, 74, provocateur, adventurer and journalist + founder of Oz. –4. (Right Rev) David Jenkins, 91, former Bishop of Durham disliked by Thatcher. 16. Edward Albee, 88, three-time Pulitzer-winning playwright (inc. Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf?) 21.Jay Allen Wiechert, 73, engineer who built America’s electric chairs 25. Arnold Palmer, 87, legendary golfer. 28. Shimon Peres, 93, former Prime Minister (twice) and President of Israel, Nobel Peace Prize winner.
October –4. Trinh Thi Ngo, 87, Vietnam war propaganda radio presenter as ‘Hanoi Hannah’. 13. King Bhumibol Adulyadej, 88, longest reigning King of Thailand 13. Dario Fo, 90, Nobel-winning playwright (Death of an Anarchist) 19. Phil Chess, 95. co-founder of Chess Records, from blues to rock ‘n’ roll. 23. Jimmy Perry, 93, one of the greatest British TV comedy writers (Dad’s Army, Hi-de-Hi! and It Ain’t Half Hot Mum)
The last episode …
November –7.Leonard Cohen, 82, Canadian poet-singer who deserved the Nobel Literature prize. 11. Robert Vaughn, 83, prolific TV and film actor (Man From Uncle, Magnificent 7+++) 25. Fidel Castro, 90, revolutionary leader of Cuba.
The only force that could defeat him was the infirmity of old age.
28. Stanley Reynolds, 82, (Guardian) journalist, columnist and author who “supported three sons and several bartenders.”
December –7. Phillip Knightley, 87, “serious” investigative journalist (Thalidomide. Vestey tax avoidance ..) –8. John Glenn, 95, pilot, astronaut and politician.
First man to orbit the Earth, fifth in space and later the oldest.
10.George Junus Aditjondro, 70, Indonesian academic and political dissident
10. Ian McCaskill, 78, a weather forecaster with personality, 11. Marie Muhammad, 77, Indonesian politician, Finance Minister (1993–1998).”Mr. Clean”. 12. Edward Ricardo Braithwaite, 104, writer (To Sir With Love), teacher and diplomat 17. Dr Henry Heimlich, 96, inventor of the life-saving Heimlich manoeuver. 18. Zsa Zsa Gabor, 99, famous for being famous, occasionally appeared in films, such as “that camp classic and truly awful Queen of Outer Space“.
27. Richard Adams, 96, author (Watership Down +) 27. Carrie Fisher, 60, actor (Star Wars) and writer (Postcards From The Edge +) 28. Debbie Reynolds, 84, actor and singer (Singing In The Rain ++) … and mother of Carrie Fisher.
fr. Jakarta Post May 2nd: Pedestrian Alfini, 34, boldly blocks motorcyclists on a sidewalk in Central Jakarta.
For many, including Jakartass in both a personal and objective overview, 2016 will go down in history as another annus horribilis. In plain language, it’s been a shitty year.
Although I remain, and have to remain, an unashamed idealist, it disheartens me to observe the rise of right-wing jingosim, racism and religious intolerance in several countries – not just in Indonesia. With Trump as an ugly figurehead, next year will see an expansion of the influence of mega-rich climate change deniers happily plundering Mother Nature’s resources without investing in sustainable and renewable technologies.
Here in Indonesia, there are few signs that bode well for future generations. But then one look at the motorcyclists above on the sidewalk is an indication that a large proportion of those generations are selfie obsessed. Excuse my vernacular, but they couldn’t give a shit about the rights of others.
Contrary to the malicious lies being spread through social media, this is not where Jakartass is spending this Christmas weekend, nor is this a photo of Jakartass Towers.
It is in fact where Queen Elizabeth (90) and her consort Prince Philip (95) invite the current Prime Minister for an ‘informal’ weekend away from the formality of their regular meetings in Buckingham Palace.
In his autobiography, Tony Blair described Balmoral weekends as “a vivid combination of the intriguing, the surreal and the utterly freaky”. Preprandial drinks with the strength of “true rocket fuel” made it easier to relax.
Others were not so amused.
Jakartass wishes all the best to all who celebrate Christmas, and all who don’t. We welcome visitors to Jakartass Towers at this time of year, especially those who arrive with ‘rocket fuel’.
On this day one year ago I first reported the skimming from my Bank Permata account. It took two and a half months for me to receive any feedback, and that was on March 15th when the euphemistically named ‘Customer Care’ manager, a Pak Satria, visited Jakartass Towers and was caught out in two lies. He then blithely informed us that because my card number and PIN had been used – even though there was no CCTV evidence to prove that I or a family member had withdrawn the money – they could not recompense me.
I spent the next couple of months wondering what to do next when I discovered via the Jakarta Post the existence of Yayasan Lemaga Konsumen Indonesia (Consumer Advisory Council). They sent me a letter a month later in which they advised me that because they are a toothless NGO my best action would be to go to Bank Indonesia’s Divisi Perlindungan Konsumen Sistem Pembayaran, Departemen Kebajikan dan Pengawasan Sistem Pembayaran, to give the short name. (It’s the Central Bank’s oversight division of credit and debit card issuers, most of whom are individually responsible for their clients’ accounts, albeit collectively responsible through the Bersama network.)
So I went to B.I. and left my meeting feeling fairly optimistic having been told that I should hear something in a month.
That’s what I complacently wrote on July 20th in Update No.1.
Is the matter any closer to a resolution?
Of course not, and stupid me for even thinking that it would be!
Not having heard anything for over a month I telephoned B.I.’s call centre asking to be put through to Melati Pramudyastuti, the Asisten Manajer of DPKSP-DKPSP, to give the popular acronym. It took them a while to tell me that they couldn’t connect me until I was given a code number. It was, and presumably still is, 2016.0826.0052, which proves that I was the 52nd caller on August 26th.
I was eventually told that my ‘matter’ will be processed. Eh?? Did that mean that nothing had been done?
On November 30th, four months after I was told that the process would take roughly one, and three months since my phone call, a courier delivered a letter from Bank Indonesia which I signed for. Jolly good, was my immediate thought, until I noticed the date: 24th November. What? Six days to deliver a letter which gave me one month to answer?
It was signed by the Deputi Direktur, Sofian Kurnia, in charge of DPKSP-DKPSP.
Dear Sirs. (Note: There were multiple recipients.)
First, I note your offer to serve as ‘mediators’ in a dispute resolution meeting between Permata Bank and myself, and I appreciate that.
However, I am very concerned that your letter of November 24th, took six days to arrive (30th) by courier service at my house. Furthermore, it is physically impossible to fill in the lengthy enclosed form as some of the boxes are just 2mm high!
It is also my contention, as stated in the attached letter of 19 December, and delivered by hand to Ulfah yesterday (20th), that Bank Indonesia has overlooked the differing accounts given by Pak Satria of Bank Permata’s euphemistically named ‘Customer Care’ division to myself in March, and subsequently to yourselves.
That also suggests that Bank Indonesia has failed to ensure that Permata Bank, which is under your supervision via B.I. Peraturan Nomor 11/10 /PBI/2009, provides a secure card service.
There are several more points made in the attached letter.
I therefore request a meeting with yourselves prior to any mediation.
Apart from Fridays, I am available on any weekday, so would appreciate this to be held as soon as possible. It is now exactly 366 days since I first reported the skimming from my account.
Yours sincerely. ‘Jakartass‘
PS. Today’s news is of the introduction of new bank notes with embedded features which would not be easy to counterfeit. My readers, mostly bank customers, would be interested to know why the introduction of chip-embedded debit/credit cards has not yet started, and why the deadline is not until the end of 2021