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LAWRENCE BLAIR: Witness to Change

Jakarta   /   Fri, July 16 2010   /  12:43 pm

British-born Bali resident Lawrence Blair has witnessed and documented three decades of Indonesia's history and evolution. He revels in the archipelago's diversity, looking forward to a future more graceful than its present and less innocent than its past. "When we first came here *in the early 1970s*, Indonesia was like a child - a beautiful, uncorrupted, innocent child," says Blair, author of Ring of Fire, the recently republished epic saga of his travels throughout the archipelago with his late brother Lorne, a documentary photographer and videographer. "Now, it's like a spotty, hormone-ridden teenager. Things will get better when it grows up, but not for a while." Sitting at Legian Beach with his talkative pet lorikeet Dicky (for "ridiculous") who hails originally from Papua, Blair seems to cope with life's - and Indonesia's - eccentricities by maintaining a hea...