THE HALF DECENT FOOTBALL MAGAZINE

makassar 1 August ~ This serene nautical scene is perfect for a region of Indonesia that has historically prized fair play, comradeship and a philosophical outlook. The olive branches, symbolic through the ages of peace-making, cradle the ship, protecting it against the tempest, while reaching out in promised harmony to fellow ocean-goers. One would think that a place like this has no enemies and yet, historically speaking, it does. Rival factions, or anti-Makassars, once surrounded the area and perpetrated guerrilla raids on the citizens. The people of Makassar, reared on non-violence, had no answer to the assaults from their more warlike neighbours who painted their hair with the blood of monkeys before attacking. Read more

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