October 8, 2019

I AM particularly glad to see such a society as this flourishing as your society has flourished, because the future welfare of our nation depends upon the way in which we can combine in our men – in our young men – decency and strength. Just this morning when attending...

September 29, 2019

It was in Burma, a sodden morning of the rains. A sickly light, like yellow tinfoil, was slanting over the high walls into the jail yard. We were waiting outside the condemned cells, a row of sheds fronted with double bars, like small animal cages. Each cell measured a...

September 29, 2019

I have lived in Singapore for over 13 years now, it has become my home. My wife is Singaporean, my kids hold Singapore passports and her family is also based in Singapore. 

However, I am not a Singaporean. And despite this being my home, I socially still tend to gravita...

September 29, 2019

I hate a last minute bail, they come in many forms but the last minute bail before a sports match ires the most.

I am not sure if it is a modern disease, but there is something quite “of the now” about it, a product the narcissism of the modern age.

When it comes to gett...

September 27, 2019

Although the Greeks never doubted that Homer had existed, the precise details of his life were a puzzle to them. His dates, his place of birth, even the number of poems that he might have written – all were endlessly debated. Like the heroes born of gods, and like the...

September 27, 2019

Recently I was privileged to watch a mesmerizing Canadian political protest. Basically a bunch of lumberjacks got up at 2am and drove 800km in their logging trucks to raise awareness about the downturn in the forest industry. The convoy stretched over 15km long as it s...

September 23, 2019

ACT V SCENE V 

I know thee not, old man: fall to thy prayers;


How ill white hairs become a fool and jester!


I have long dream’d of such a kind of man,


So surfeit-swell’d, so old and so profane;


But, being awaked, I do despise my dream.


Make less thy body hence, and more...

September 18, 2019

Bhutan is famous for its government initiating its GNH, its Gross National Happiness index, this may feel like an alien ideology compared to what is happening elsewhere in the world, where people would just be happy if their governments just worked hard to represent th...

August 29, 2019

An ancient piece of Judaic commentary holds that the liver is the organ that best represents the relationship between parents and child: it is the heaviest of all the viscera and accordingly the most appropriate bit of one’s guts. Only two of the six hundred and thirte...

August 29, 2019

Looking across Raffles Place in Singapore, I have been horrified by how few men now wear socks. 

It seems that it has become socially acceptable for men to show their ankles when wearing trousers.

Worse than that, this has now become almost commonplace within the CBD.

And...

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