04 November 2006

A10 Cruiser Tank Mk IIA

The A10 Crusier Tank Mark IIA was an early British 2-pounder-armed cruiser tank which saw action in France 1940 and in the Western Desert in 1941. Limited numbers were built.

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03 November 2006

Carden-Lloyd Carrier

The Carden Lloyd Carrier was used by the British infantry formations to bear the Bren LMG, casaulties and supplies.

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In Strict Confidence 'Babylon'

BABYLON - version 1

01. babylon (extended version)
02. babylon (club mix)
03. blue light
04. babylon (l´ame immortelle remix)
05. babylon (sleeper edit)
06. deep black

BABYLON - version 2

01. babylon (steve dragon remix)
02. babylon (monstré mekkunik version)
03. babylon (hecq remix)
04. morph the visions
05. babylon (die farben remix)
06. babylon (battlewind version)
07. babylon (short radio edit)

These came in a few days ago. The two CD singles, a November 2003 release.

It's in German but it's great stuff.

02 November 2006

Sd Kfz 173 Jagdpanther

Production of the superlative Jagdpanther was started in January 1944. 392 examples of this assault gun with a 71 calibre-length 88mm gun were built. The formidable Jagdpanther was well-armoured, mobile and had a weapon that could destroy any Allied opposition. The frontal armour was 80mm at 50 degrees.

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US Defence Budget

Make of what you will. From the editorial page in the 'Review & Outlook' section of the Wall Street Journal, 24th October 2006.

01 November 2006

T-34/85 Model 1944

The T-34 was possibly the best all-round tank of the Second World War. The T-34/85, a later development of the T-34/76 with a larger turret and 85mm gun made its appearance in early 1944. While still not as powerful as the German Panther, the T-34/85 had a gun that could penetrate 88mm of armour plate at 500 metres and 81mm at 1000 metres. Built in great numbers, these tanks steam-rolled into Germany.

29,430 of these 32-ton tanks were built from 1943 to 1945. The T-34/85 went on to see extensive service postwar, being present with the North Korean army in 1950.

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31 October 2006

Sd Kfz 303 Goliath

The Goliath was an expendable remote-controlled tracked demolition charge. Over 4600 examples were produced from 1943. Several versions existed, carrying different loads of explosive charges.

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Lone Tree

A tree drawn using Painter IX on a Wacom pad. Pencils and watercolour. I'm just messing around with the electronic medium. This is a throwaway piece. Experimentation.
"Once upon a time, I, Chuang Chou, dreamt I was a butterfly, fluttering hither and thither, to all intents and purposes a butterfly. I was conscious only of my happiness as a butterfly, unaware that I was Chuang Chou. Soon I awaked, and there I was, veritably myself again. Now I do not know whether I was then a man dreaming I was a butterfly, or whether I am now a butterfly, dreaming I am a man."

Zhuangzi (Chuang Tzu or Chuang Chou)
A Run down Memory Lane: The Botanic Gardens

Last evening, I went for a run at the Botanic Gardens. The place has undergone a metamorphosis, transforming into a figuratively busy place with polished rock gardens, immaculate pots of bonsai, concrete pebbled walkways, considerably foregoing the Old World charm and tranquility of yesteryear. The run amidst the greenery was pleasant but the Botanic Garden is no longer a familiar refuge of childhood memories. My parents had brought me here daily when I was little. I recall being chased by a monkey which was larger than I was then. I recall years later of a family of fleeing monkeys on Cluny Road, when the monkeys were being put down. This is the march of progress and the destruction of old emotional landscapes.

The objective of this recent upgrade with numerous bus bays and parking lots, tourist information centre, is, of course, that of attracting more tourists. Tragically, in the quest for ever greater number of visitors, probably to meet the performance indicator or benchmark of some senior civil servant, my childhood landmarks became casualties. I'm not leaving Singapore but several of my friends are. Permanently.

Nothing in Singapore will remain untouched. Such is the impermanence of the state of affairs of a technocratic, evolving city-state.

30 October 2006

Rolls-Royce Armoured Car Mark II

The Rolls-Royce Armoured Cars were converted from the Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost touring cars and were initially used by the Royal Naval Air Service in 1914. Armed with a single Vickers 0.303" (7.7mm) machine gun, these armoured cars were used successfully for raiding. These successful vehicles served well into the Second World War.

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Singapore Open Gaming IX

Good ol' Ken has announced the next session of the Singapore Open Gaming. Details are as follows:

Date: 18 November 2006
Time: 1pm - 6pm
Venue: Blk 3, Queen's Rd #01-139 (Just off Farrer Road, one level below West Lake Restaurant)
Cost: $2

All are welcomed as usual. Feel free to bring any game!

29 October 2006

AEC Armoured Car Mark II

The AEC Armoured Car Mark II mounted a 6-pounder gun (57mm) and BESA 7.92mm machine gun housed in a 3-men turret, comparing well with contemporary tanks. 627 of all three types were built and these were used in North Africa, Tunisia, Italy and Northwest Europe.

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