Monthly Archives: August 2010

Churchill’s Dark Side

George W Bush left a big growling bust of Churchill near his desk in the White House, in an attempt to associate himself with Churchill’s heroism. Barack Obama had it returned to Britain – his Kenyan grandfather, Hussein Onyango Obama, … Continue reading

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The White Tiger

The White Tiger is built on a substratum of Indian reality,  that’s why it’s such an engaging read. Aravind Adiga’s debut novel makes him a global Gorky and a modern Kipling and calls to mind Rohinton Mistry’s A Fine Balance … Continue reading

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Hell Gate – an Annoying Read

Linda Fairstein is America’s foremost legal expert on crimes of sexual assault and domestic violence. She led the Sex Crimes Unit of the District Attorney’s Office in Manhattan for 26 years. She’s also a bestselling author of 12 novels featuring … Continue reading

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Chronic Fatigue Syndrome?

Executive types striding with a sense of purpose, Neanderthals with swollen testicles and square jaws staring at their Blackberries as they rush from one meeting to another, behaving as if they are the saviors of the world, convincing themselves they … Continue reading

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Recovery Spurred by Gambling?

It was revealed in May that the two “integrated resorts” – come on, let’s call a casino a casino, who we trying to kid? – have collected S$70/- million in casino entry levies since they opened. Entry levies are imposed … Continue reading

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A Slap in our Face

PUB chairman 67-year old Tan Gee Paw has apparently devoted his entire life to water. For helping to solve the island wide flooding problems in the 1970s with a drainage system, for pioneering urban catchment areas, for his role in … Continue reading

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One World Hotel is a Third World Slum

The only reason why I force myself to stay in One World Hotel at Petaling Jaya is because it is near to my Malaysian office. It’s got to be the worst hotel I’ve stayed in so far. The TV doesn’t … Continue reading

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CNN coming to an End?

CNN seems to spell END these days. CNN continued what has become a precipitous decline in ratings for its prime-time programs in the first quarter of 2010, with its main hosts losing almost half their viewers in a year. CNN … Continue reading

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Inception: Old Farts don’t Get It

Is it a case of gamers versus geezers? Patrick Goldstein wrote in Los Angeles Times: The other day I was talking to an old Hollywood hand who was astounded by the runaway success of Inception. It turned out that he’d … Continue reading

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Crumble those Cookies

If you go to a 7-Eleven to buy a soda and a chocolate bar and the guy running it tells you “Because you’ve shopped here, our people will follow you around for the rest of the day to see what … Continue reading

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