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Either in jest or seriousness, many Indonesians have wondered out loud whether it would have been better if we had been colonized by the English, rather than the Dutch, Japanese or Portuguese. If that was the case, "Our English would be as good as Malaysians or Singaporeans," sighed Iksan, a marine researcher at the Agency for the Assessment and Application of Technology.



Either in jest or seriousness, many Indonesians have wondered out loud whether it would have been better if we had been colonized by the English, rather than the Dutch, Japanese or Portuguese. If that was the case, "Our English would be as good as Malaysians or Singaporeans," sighed Iksan, a marine researcher at the Agency for the Assessment and Application of Technology. Iksan, who on (...)



In the recent history of Surabaya there is no more famous - or infamous - Briton than Brigadier General A.W. Mallaby. He was the unfortunate officer who led the Allied forces trying to clear the way for a return to Dutch rule after the Japanese capitulated in 1945. Mallaby landed in Surabaya in late October with troops from the British 49th Indian Infantry. Their job was to restore ord (...)



There is nothing new under the sun and there is nothing original in music. Even pioneering acts such as The Rolling Stones, The Beatles and Led Zeppelin could not claim originality in their works. Taking their cues from blues, the English groups turned rudiments of the American-born genre into a "white" music by emphasizing the epic refrains of the call and response, speeding up the rhythm guitars (...)



Even with a wide variety of quality Indonesian apparel, it seems the nation's upper market is still fascinated by imported brands, making middle class British labels among their options. Predominantly brought to the country by retailer PT Mitra Adi Perkasa (MAP), several established apparel lines from the United Kingdom occupy anchor spaces at exclusive malls. They include Marks and Sp (...)



The relationship between Britain and Indonesia started four centuries ago, when Francis Drake, the first British navigator to sail to the archipelago, arrived before the Dutch in the fabled Spice Islands of Maluku in 1579. Business has played a key role in the relationship ever since, said Richard Mann in his book 400 Years and More of the British in Indonesia. British companies starte (...)



Whenever English League soccer games are shown on TV here, many Indonesians seem to come down with a perplexing malady, the symptoms of which generally take the form of lots of cheering, jumping up and down, and punching of the air, or, alternatively, plaintive cries of "Aduuuuh!!!. For these poor unfortunates, the English Premiere League is a drug to which they are totally addicted. They memorize (...)

    
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