Monthly Archives: July 2009

Sleeping with the Enemy

On August 23, 1973 two machine-gun toting criminals stormed into a bank in Stockholm, Sweden. Blasting their guns, one prison escapee named Jan-Erik Olsson announced to the terrified bank employees “The party has just begun!” The two then held four … Continue reading

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Same Same but Different

Is love blind? We look at some people sometimes and wonder what on earth they see in each other. We also wonder why some people go from one abusive relationship to another. Reminds me of those T-shirts you buy in … Continue reading

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Pervert

In psychology “projection” occurs when a person’s own unacceptable feelings are repressed and then attributed to someone else. Read on: On May 10, 2007, I wrote a letter to The Straits Times’ FORUM: Financial Times censored for S’pore? I have … Continue reading

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Where’s Arnold Schwarzenegger’s cigar? Financial Times Censored!

If young Asian kids reading The Financial Times see pictures of people smoking cigars, they will rush out to buy some Cohiba Behikes and smoke them and become addicted. This must be the reason why last weekend’s Asian edition of … Continue reading

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Davidoffs of Old

Davidoff cubans were a serious player in the cigar world at one time. It was a brand created by Zino Davidoff, who contracted the Cubans to produce his cigars in Cuba in the late 60s. The 1970’s saw tremendous success … Continue reading

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The Raccoon has Peed

Burning US$500/- can be a pleasure. An aromatic pleasure that is 7.5 inches in length and 52 rings in gauge. It’s called a Cohiba Behike, the most expensive cigar in the world. Only 100 boxes of 40 sticks each were … Continue reading

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Sisters Nicotiana

  Open a tin of Alfred Dunhill pipe tobacco and you will be greeted with a whoosh sound as the vacuum seal is broken. As you admire the perfect, crimped, lacy white paper cradling the tobacco mixture and lift the … Continue reading

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Dunhill Centenary Pipe

I was fortunate to acquire a Dunhill Centenary Pipe when it was released in 1993. Not only that, I was able to acquire pipe number 008. Those who are Chinese will know the significance of that number! It is a … Continue reading

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A Cerebral Act

I first experimented with pipe smoking when I was ten by filling a pipe lying around at home with shredded newspapers and smoking it. I then purchased my first pipe from Robinson’s when I was in my late teens. The … Continue reading

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Headhunters who are Idiots

Search firms, also called headhunting firms, proliferate. Like in most businesses, only a small percentage at the very top are truly professional. Most of the rest are run by idiots. Because of the incorrect perception that headhunting is a business … Continue reading

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