Monthly Archives: July 2008

a memorial for Cristina

Cristina’s home is truly a reflection of her – outwardly simple, but with very precise detail and perfectly sited. Yesterday the 30th a bunch of friends came together to remember her. The following account by Rucina Ballinger sums it up:...
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Party months

July and August are always the “silly season” – loads of parties and events. It’s hard to escape the social dragnet, but there are some fun occasions too. Peter Ditmar and Ronald Wigmans joint exhibition at Tony Raka’s gallery last...
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in memoriam: Cristina – by Rucina Ballinger

Rucina Ballinger, an expat of such long term and such immersion into Bali life that the term expat hardly seems to fit anymore and Cristina’s fellow practitioner of Balinese performing arts, wrote the following words. (I am also posting a...
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Please – a prayer for Cristina

I am sure that many of you who know Cristina Formaggia have heard by now that she has been very, very ill with cancer, and is at the end of her time with us. I just received word from Pino,...
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36 hours in banyuwangi

The night of the cremation I stay up all night captioning, fixing up the pics for my agent and Tempo magazine. I can only say I am not an all nighter anymore, exhausted I leave for Java with Jerome to...
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the big send off –

D-day for the cremation dawned clear enough, and by 9 a huge crowd had already gathered. somehow traffic was still trickling by, but by 10 it was total gridlock and all roads to ubud were stopped. In the palace various...
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a new governor, and more cremation build up

It seems the all out Ubud offensive to get its own royal son (CBS), elected for governor of Bali didn’t meet with success. Mangku Pastika and his vice-governor candidate Puspayoga have come in with a landslide, 54% of the vote,...
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Gauguin again..

Apparently the letter I sent off to the Financial Times did get through, and Mark Ellwood (the writer) took the time to respond to me personally. I feel it only correct to publish his reply here:——————– I’ve just been passed...
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The Women’s Cak: un-Liberated?

My community in Ubud (Banjar Ubud Tengah) has been after me for a more than a month now to help them out with pictures and publicity for their all new Women’s Kecak performance. Last week they performed at the Denpasar...
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