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Nov 2, 2015

North Korea’s girl with seven names still feels hunted

UBUD, Indonesia, Nov 2 (Reuters) – The girl with seven names
is finding it hard these days to contact relatives in Stalinist
North Korea on the underground mobile phone link defectors have
used for years.

Hyeonseo Lee is also increasingly worried about her personal
security since the July publication of the best-selling memoir
about her escape from North Korea, “The Girl with Seven Names”.

Oct 31, 2015

Lonely Planet founder reprises original trip – on budget air

Oct 31 (Reuters) – Tony Wheeler famously started the Lonely
Planet series of travel guides in 1973 after embarking from
London in a minivan, driving through the “hippie backpacker
trail” in Asia and finally arriving in Sydney, where he and his
wife Maureen had 27 cents between them.

After selling the Lonely Planet enterprise for $133 million
in 2007 to the BBC, Wheeler, 66, no longer needs to travel on
the cheap.

Oct 30, 2015

Novelist Michael Chabon readies script for “Bob the Musical”

UBUD, Indonesia, Oct 30 (Reuters) – A movie musical starring
Tom Cruise could be nearing production after a decade
languishing in development, the screenwriter, Pulitzer Prize
winning novelist Michael Chabon, said.

“Bob the Musical”, directed by Michael Hazanavicius, (The
Artist), tells the story of a man who hates musicals and then
wakes up one day to find that his life and the world around him
is one big extravaganza of singing and dancing.

Dec 22, 2014

In Jakarta, that sinking feeling is all too real

JAKARTA (Reuters) – The Ciliwung River flows from a volcano south of the Indonesian capital, through the heart of one of the world’s most densely populated cities and almost into Jakarta Bay. Almost, because for the final mile or so of its course, the river would have to flow uphill to reach the bay.

The same is true for the rest of the half-dozen sewage-choked rivers that wind though central Jakarta. Unable to defy gravity, they’ve been redirected to canals that drain into the sea.

Dec 22, 2014

Special Report: In Jakarta, that sinking feeling is all too real

JAKARTA (Reuters) – The Ciliwung River flows from a volcano south of the Indonesian capital, through the heart of one of the world’s most densely populated cities and almost into Jakarta Bay. Almost, because for the final mile or so of its course, the river would have to flow uphill to reach the bay.

The same is true for the rest of the half-dozen sewage-choked rivers that wind though central Jakarta. Unable to defy gravity, they’ve been redirected to canals that drain into the sea.

Dec 22, 2014

The Great Wall of Jakarta

By Bill Tarrant

JAKARTA(Reuters) – Two weeks after his narrow win in Indonesia’s presidential election in July, Joko Widodo, though still months away from taking office, jump-started an effort to save Jakarta from drowning.

Minutes of a July 25 meeting with city officials and ministers from the outgoing administration show that Widodo endorsed the most ambitious feature of a plan that had been on the drawing boards for nearly two years: a “Great Sea Wall” in the shape of Indonesia’s national symbol, the Garuda bird of Hindu mythology.

Nov 20, 2014

Book Talk: Elizabeth Pisani on traveling rough in Indonesia

UBUD Bali (Reuters) – Elizabeth Pisani produced her remarkable book “Indonesia, Etc. Exploring the Improbable Nation” after a 13-month journey around the archipelago during which she followed one rule: Just say yes to any invitation.

For instance, on her way to a boxing match in Sumba, an island closer to Australia than to Java, she asked for directions from a guy who decided to show the way himself.

Nov 20, 2014

Book Talk: Elizabeth Pisani on travelling rough in Indonesia

UBUD, Bali, Nov 20 (Reuters) – Elizabeth Pisani produced her
remarkable book “Indonesia, Etc. Exploring the Improbable
Nation” after a 13-month journey around the archipelago during
which she followed one rule: Just say yes to any invitation.

For instance, on her way to a boxing match in Sumba, an
island closer to Australia than to Java, she asked for
directions from a guy who decided to show the way himself.

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    • About Bill

      "I am the Reuters Enterprise Editor for Asia, which means I oversee investigative, narrative, and other types of "long-form" journalism projects. I've been a correspondent, bureau chief and editor for Reuters in Asia for the past 24 years. I am the author of "Reporting Indonesia", a book published in 2008 about modern Indonesian history."
      Joined Reuters:
      1986
      Languages:
      Bahasa Indonesa, Melayu, Hindi
      Awards:
      Award of excellence, new book on media in asia, Asia publishers convention 2009
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