Squatters quest for a bottle of Lion or Buffalo beer has set me to thinking.
Most countries in this part of the world have their own locally brewed beers which can be very nice. For example, we’ve got Singha, Tiger and of course, Bintang. From what I understand about Bintang, the Dutch (Heineken) helped the Indonesians in the initial brewing of Bintang and turned out a very nice drop.
What if the Portuguese, who also brew a couple of nice beers (I find Super Bock a very acceptable breakfast beer, if a little ‘girly’) helped the Timorese to brew a nice local beer? The beer could be sold at a reasonable price, thus encouraging foreign tourists to come here. “Mate, you gotta try that Timorese brew, its only 80cents a bottle and it does the job”.
But what would we call it? ‘Rock?’, ‘Stone?’ ‘Arrow Beer?’. Suggestions on a postcard please to: fatoldsod, 3rd rock fight on the left, Dili.
Which brings me to
A couple of friends have recently mooted the idea of turning East Timor in to one vast Marijuana crop. Now, before you start typing outraged comments, think about it.
There are pro’s and con’s.
The main ‘con’ would be that the U.S. would cut off all aid to East Timor with the Australians and Brits quickly following suit. But, what they hey, we are raking in 100 million bucks a month with the oil and gas so who needs the aid?
The pros: The cuisine would improve immensely, the music too. Most of the local scrotes would be lying in the streets looking for a bar of chocolate and singing Bob Marley songs.
I mean, when was the last time a hippy threw a rock at your car?