From Jarrow to Java (on a beer scooter)

Jarrow to Java

…where I was born on the banks of the River Tyne, in the northeast of England, once the home of a world renowned and thriving shipbuilding industry… Nothing is built there anymore, not even hopes or dreams…

The most heavily populated island in Indonesia. Home to a vast array of cultures, landscapes, flora and fauna…
Many travelers build their hopes and dreams here…

The Book

From Jarrow to Java (on a beer scooter) is an entertaining, humorous and cleverly observational book, by Joe Writeson, based on some of the unique characters and situations encountered during the course of a large construction project in East Java during a crucial time in Indonesia’s history. The cast includes all the usual suspects: Europeans, Australians, Americans etc. but the starring roles are Indonesians.

The timescale covers immediately before, during and after the downfall of the Soeharto regime. Centred around the building of an Independent Power Plant consisting of eight coal-fired power stations, distribution systems and extensive infrastructure, with over ten thousand employees at the height of construction activities.

The account is based on the job and it’s impact on the area, an introduction to Javanese customs and culture, interaction between expats and locals, including the often weird and wonderful way that Indonesians view foreigners, plus the way some Westerners behave when given the “keys to the sweetie shop”.

Bits from the book…

I just kept agreeing and hoped he wasn't telling me he hated the English and was preparing to castrate me. Indeed he produced a golf bag stashed in the kitchen and pulled out a Katana

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