A personal note: as you likely know, Indonesia is currently struggling with the Delta variant of COVID-19. New case numbers are smashing records on a daily basis, and I know so many people in hospital or fighting against the illness at home.
We at Jakarta Feminist just launched a new fundraising campaign this week to support vulnerable groups like domestic workers and female labourers. If you’d like to donate, I’d be thrilled! For international donors, the easiest way is to transfer to me via PayPal (paypal.me/katewalton); I’ll be sending donations to Indonesia every two or three days via TransferWise. Thank you so much for even reading this far.
This was fascinating: how did cockatoos end up in European Renaissance era paintings?
The Guardian’s Amy Remeikis has compiled a comprehensive timeline that shows how Australia’s COVID-19 vaccination rollout.. er, failed to rollout.
I am very very VERY here for a four-day work week, so I’m thrilled to hear that a trial was a huge success in Iceland.
Watch and listen
Stop whatever it is you’re watching this week and watch Starstruck immediately. We binged and watched the whole thing (bar episode 1, which we’d already seen) in one night. Rose Matafeo is an absolute treasure and I will watch anything she’s in. Trailer here. Starstruck is on ABC iView if you’re in Australia.
I missed Ted Lasso when it first came around, but my partner has now forced it upon me and, fortunately, it is wonderful and heartfelt and just so great. I don’t even care about football and yet I am totally invested in the outcome of Ted’s journey. Watch the season 1 trailer here; season 2 is out soon.
Aloo bodi tama: a sour Nepali curry of potatoes, bamboo shoots, and black-eyed beans. I used to eat this all the time when I lived in Kathmandu for six months and somehow I’d completely forgotten it existed until I had dinner at The Mustang Nepali Restaurant two weeks ago.
I’m not a beer drinker but Sailors Grave Brewing’s sake kasu and satsuma plum beer is something I could envision imbibing on the regular. It’s wonderfully sour. One website described it as “A pale sour beer fermented on 100% sake lees and finished with persimmon. Intensely tart with a big umami punch and layers of fruit.”