Category: Singapore

About life in Singapore

On clowns

Hi there, dear reader! I’ve been trying to make time to explore what I’m calling ‘ultimate contradiction’ on this blog, but I last wrote about Jeremy Corbyn and I’m gonna sidetrack again to write briefly about…clowns! My 11 year-old daughter has just started secondary school. Apparently, the phenomenon of (mostly) young people dressing up as…

In support of Roy Ngerng

Dear all, Please read the following taken from a Facebook post today by Singaporean campaigner and friend Roy Ngerng: ‘Got home only just. Spent nearly 8 hours being interrogated and held by the police today. Have not had a proper meal yet. Was at the police station at 10am. Left close to 6pm. Police took…

Momentum – original post plus apology

Dear all, To end this mini saga, I attach the original post on Momentum saved by one tech-savvy reader with the apology over the apology…Well, just read it! ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks Joel The apology re the apology So, last week, I deleted my original article on Momentum last week, after two friends told me it read…

An apology re an apology re Momentum!

So, last week, I deleted my original article on Momentum last week, after two friends told me it read like an attack. I replaced it with an apology. However, since then, I’ve now received three responses from friends telling me that my original article did not read as an attack and was instead an important…

An apology re Momentum

Dear readers, A few days ago, I wrote a post about Momentum, the movement that the Labour Party leadership is trying build across the UK. I meant to be reflective and constructively critical, but, after two friends (one being my wife!) told me that the email read like an attack, I’ve decided to delete the…

2015 to 2016: Reflections, projections

  Dear reader, I wanted to offer a few words of both reflection โ€“ looking back on the year ending – and of projection โ€“ looking ahead to the new year to come. Reflections First, I want to thank the 462 people who now subscribe to this blog. The number of subscribers has risen ten-fold…

Learning materials for current UK housing crisis

Hi there, I’ve put together these resources for the next meeting of our learning group, Oxford Democracy-Builders. It’s at 8pm on Weds 2nd December probably at the West Oxford Primary School, but I need to confirm that. So if you’re about please come along. No need to read anything. No test. It’s just a friendly…

Call for feedback

Dear all, I have been blogging regularly here for a fair while now and interest is steadily increasing. Therefore, I think it’s a good time to put a call out for feedback. If you read this blog please do feel free to let me know what you like about it, but also, more importantly, how…

Cleverness versus Wisdom: reflections on Singapore and Cuba

This blog post first appeared here on Cultivate’s website… Cleverness Rethinking our relationship with Nature (and with each other) is the fundamental issue of our time. Till now, we have sought to dominate her, to control her, to bring her to heel. This has led us into a series of ever more โ€˜cleverโ€™ complex and…