Monthly Archives: October 2020

An Indian David Copperfield

Acclaimed comedy writer-director Armando Iannucci boldly reimagines Charles Dickens’ most famous character in the film The Personal History of David Copperfield – most notably by casting British Indian actor Dev Patel as the iconic hero, a poor orphan who perseveres … Continue reading

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NASPC Pipe of the Year 2020

Scottie Piersel and her husband are pipe makers. She is known for her pencil shank pipes (reinforced with steel) and her husband is known for naming his pipes “Crappy Pipes.” Well, it takes all kinds. Piersel was tasked by the … Continue reading

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Just Landed: A Pipe by Tom Richard

This pipe is a masterpiece by Tom Richard. Tom hails from northern Germany, close to Denmark, the pipe mecca of the world. It was Poul Winslow who encouraged Tom to go into pipe making, and in 2003, after a visit … Continue reading

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Very Rare Masterpieces for the Discerning Collector

From Ittigen-Bern, Switzerland, Martin Pauli makes Japanese-themed pipes using urushi and kokuso. Urushi is a natural lacquer from Japan and kokuso is a mixture of urushi, clay powder, wheat flour and saw dust. Many Buddhist statues in Japanese temples are … Continue reading

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Our Appalling Hawker Centers

Delicious and cheaply-priced food cooked immediately after you’ve placed your order, and thousands of choices. Where to find them? In food courts or food centers or coffee shops, of course! The food centers used to be called “hawker” centers because … Continue reading

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Ingrates Who Bite the Hand that Feeds Them

COVID-19 shutdowns have resulted in the economy tanking. Companies close and people lose their jobs. The government doled out heaps of cash to help those affected and those who qualify received financial assistance to tie over this difficult period. Some … Continue reading

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Have You No Decency?

So, Orange Man has COVID-19. My inbox has been inundated with forwarded memes and jokes, most are not funny, and many I deleted without even opening, and quite a few from people who should know better, including those who were … Continue reading

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Jailed for Honest Reviews?

Yes, I am aware that a negative review can be more trouble than it’s worth. In Thailand, I could be jailed. For the clueless, Thailand is a fucked-up kingdom in South-east Asia full of nice, gentle people. It had a … Continue reading

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