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A Christmas Story

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   When four of Santa’s elves got sick, the trainee elves did not produce toys as fast as the regular ones, and Santa began to feel the Pre-Christmas pressure.
Then Mrs Claus told Santa her Mother was coming to visit, which stressed Santa even more.
 When he went to harness the reindeer, he found that three of them were about to give birth and two others had jumped the fence and were out,   Heaven knows where.

Then when he began to load the sleigh, one of the floorboards cracked,  the toy bag fell to the ground and all the toys were scattered.Frustrated, Santa went in the house for a cup of apple cider and a shot   of rum.
 When he went to the cupboard, he discovered the elves had drank all the    cider and hidden the liquor. In his frustration, he accidentally   dropped the cider jug, and it broke into hundreds of little glass    pieces all over the kitchen floor.
He went to get the broom and found the mice had eaten all the straw of   the end of the broom.
Just then the doorbell rang, and irritated Santa marched to the door    yanked it open, and there stood a little angel with a great big  Christmas tree.
The angel said very cheerfully, ‘Merry Christmas, Santa. Isn’t this a   lovely day? I have a beautiful tree for you. Where would you like me to    stick it?’

And so began the tradition of the little angel stuck on top of the   Christmas tree .


lil update

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Yesterday I’ve finished my tattoo. It looks real nice with color, soon as I’m healed I’ll ask Luna to shoot some pictures of it .
Even better news is that I’ve booked the next trip to Bali.
May 2009 Luna and I will leave Holland to live 4 months in Bali. We will live in the ‘benkel’ of my dad and have to stay as low budget as possible.
It will be my first time to stay on Bali for that long and I’m so looking forward to it. Will be a great adventure. I’m doing my second year indonesian language now, and this time I will more able to conversate overthere.
This time I booked a ticket from Dusseldorf to London to Singapore then Bali.
Saved 800 euro’s this way! We’ll be taking our backpacks, so we can travel around by bemo too. If you have no clue what a bemo is..maybe you should google “bemo Bali”
We are brewing plans to return to the Gili islands too.
When we’ll arrive we will be spending 2 nights in Kuta first.
A touristic area in bali where every tourist, except me, has been. Another first timer for me :)
Luna has an internet friend who has offered us to stay in his guesthouse, for which I’m very grateful of course.

Outside the wind is trying to deroot my only tree, it blowing so hard…  Bob Marley is singing for me… my thoughts are in paradise.
sampai jumpa!

byebye Bush!

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I’m happy I didn’t sleep and watched CNN live. Obama made it, and it feels so good. All alone in my livingroom (the rest of the house is still asleep) I witnessed the start of a new beginning.

Jemeluk sunset 

 Obama, not only the USA, but the whole world is COUNTING on you.

Worldpeace may start today!

I can't sleep

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I woke up at 4 this morning… to see the USA elections!
I’m hoping , like the rest of the Netherlands, Obama will win and start fixing the warzone Bush is leaving behind!

I’m hoping even more, Obama will stay alive for the next 4 years…

Bali governor rejects Indonesia's new anti-porn law

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DENPASAR, Indonesia (Reuters) – Indonesia’s predominantly Hindu island of Bali will not enforce new anti-pornography legislation passed by parliament this week, the provincial governor said on Friday.

The resort island of Bali depends heavily on tourism, thanks to its arts, culture, and beaches, and the Balinese vehemently opposed plans to introduce the controversial legislation.

Local groups warned that sexually explicit art, in temples and elsewhere, and scantily clad tourists could fall foul of the law.

“We cannot implement the law because it isn’t compatible with Balinese philosophy and social values,” said Bali’s governor, I Made Mangku Pastika, a well-respected former police chief.

cremation ceremony 2008

“We urge Balinese to stay calm, alert and not to be provoked.”

The anti-porn bill was pushed by a small group of Islamist parties in predominantly Muslim, but officially secular, Indonesia.

Minority groups, especially Christians and Hindus, said the bill was a threat to artistic, religious, and cultural freedom. But despite big protests in Jakarta, Bali and Papua, the bill was eventually passed by parliament on Thursday.

Critics say that the exceptions to the bill for sexually explicit cultural and artistic material are too vague, and that by allowing civil organisations to play a role in preventing pornography, this could open the door for vigilante groups to take the law into their own hands.

What was the cow thinking when she raped that man?

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Villagers from Julah in Tejakula, Buleleng, tow (see photo) a pregnant cow behind a boat into open sea as part of a local traditional ritual.


The cow, which is five months pregnant, was thrown out to the sea about 3 kilometers from land Monday. The villagers believe the animal was impregnated by a village elder.

During the ritual the man, who was caught red-handed having sexual intercourse with the cow two months ago, joined the boat trip in order to throw away his clothes to to symbolize him discarding his sins.

Julah customary village head Ketut Sidemen said the ritual, called gamya gamana, or freak weeding, and had been conducted there for generations. The decision to perform the ritual was made a local residents meeting.

In line with customary regulations, the perpetrator, identified only as PS, 70, was sanctioned to fund the expensive ceremony, which aimed to cleanse him of any bad influences.

Luh Ketut Suryani, a professor and activist, deplored the sancation against PS.

She said drowning a cow was baseless because sexual intercourse between a human being and am animal could not cause pregnancy due to the different chromosomes and genes of the two.

“The cow is not guilty, why shoud it be drowned? Why don’t just use a symbol like what was done by the perpetrator?” she said.

Suryani’s said she was concerned dealt with the financial situation of the owner, who lives below the poverty line.

“The cow, which has a high price, had to be thrown away. It will be a pity for the owner, who is already poor and is now forced to lose his priceless belonging.”

by BCF reporter