28 June 2008

Flypast I

This was spotted at the Singapore River this evening. Three AH-64 helicopter gunships and an CH-47 heavy lift helicopter. This was apparently the national day rehearsal.

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“Myth is the hidden part of every story, the buried part, the region that is still unexplored because there are as yet no words to enable us to get there. Myth is nourished by silence as well as by words.”

Italo Calvino

'Get Smart' is a run of the mill comedy about espionage based on an old TV series. It is entertaining but forgettable. 5/10
"People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don't believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and if they can't find them, make them."-- From Mrs. Warren's Profession, 1893

George Bernard Shaw

27 June 2008

The theme of the Piano Festival 2008 is Bach. Oh dear. What an utter bore. How conventional and predictable. I think I will give this one a miss. Oh well.

But they do have someone playing Liszt's Sonata in B minor! Argh. I can't be attending just for one piece.

Victoria Concert Hall. Argh.
The Singapore Arts Festival Fiasco

It did appear from the given the lowest attendance figures in thirty years, the Singapore Arts Festival 2008 was a fiasco. Strangely enough, immediately after the lacklustre figures were released, the local paper, the Straits Times, was piling it on in a big way yesterday. The reports in the paper concluded that the shows were too avant-garde and audiences were put off. Meanwhile, one of the writers in the papers advocated more avant-garde fare which was at odds with their reports. Given that that reporter had free tickets and had covered many of the events over the years, of course, I would not be surprised that she would want something more avant-garde to thrill her jaded senses. For the rest of us who have had to part with hard-earned cash for the shows, well...

With reference to the fiasco, someone had also said that even if she was given free tickets, she would not have attended any of the items in the programmes. Nothing had seemed interesting at all.

Another friend who was in Singapore for a visit had organised an arts festival of sorts in Australia and he had spoken of how, with a much smaller budget, the Sydney programme was able to accomplish quite a bit more. He had said that it was the mentality and the passion that counted.


No comment from me as I had only seen part of the Water Fools performance one Friday night at the Singapore River. The programme had the wrong start time, thus, I missed most of it. The rest of the programming in the arts festival hadn't seem interesting at all. I was amused by the media reaction more than anything else.

26 June 2008

I picked up the following at Kinokuniya this evening:
  • The Thief of Time by John Boyne
  • The Lover by Marguerite Duras
  • The very first light: A scientific journey back to the dawn of the universe by John C. Mather and John Boslough
Wilmer House

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The Cosmopolitan

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WOO! Hahaha! This Euro 2008 tournament is incredible fun. Unpredictable results all round. Germany 3 Turkey 2. In the past, I have always supported Italy and Germany. These were the two teams that the Straits Times journalists and Singaporeans love to hate, after all, the typical Singaporeans' favourite team is Brazil. Hahaha. I must say that I am glad. In recent years, the German team has become unrecognisable to me as the great players have retired and it has become somewhat harder to identify with them. Why Italy and Germany? Well, basically, these two teams have played organised, tactical football, which can be utterly defensive at times. Tactics which can be sometimes be decried as anti-football by the so-called purists and such. However, tactics and formations basically mean that these teams are playing with their brains. Playing to their strengths and denying the opposing team their strengths. As it is, I admire thinking teams and Italy and Germany are illustrations of that sort of thinking football. Flair? Well, sure, leave that to the Brazilians.

Besides, I hate the arrogance exhibited by many of the Brazilian players. That reminds me of the Manure fans, players and manager. Manure fans are absolutely the worse. They are manure.
"The reasonable man adapts himself to the conditions that surround him... The unreasonable man adapts surrounding conditions to himself... All progress depends on the unreasonable man."

George Bernard Shaw

25 June 2008

I was at Time Machine Studio this evening and I picked up the following volumes from Concord Publications:
  • Luftwaffe: Field and Flak Divisions by Robert Kirchubel & Dmitriy Zgonnik
  • Battle in the East: The German Army in Russia by Gordon Rottman & Stephen Andrew
  • German Sturmartillerie at War: Volume 1 by Frank V De Sisto
  • Journal of Armoured Assault & Heliborne Warfare Volume 20
  • Special Ops: Journal of the Elite Forces & SWAT Units Volume 43

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Leonie Condotel

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Yesterday, I ran 10:02 in the evening. Slow.

24 June 2008

Airview Towers

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Leonie Towers

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I am almost done with 'The Sun over Breda'. The novel is about Captain Alatriste's experience in the Siege of Breda by a Spanish army led by Ambrosio Spinola in 1625. The narrative described the seizure of a small town, a repulse of Maurice of Nassau's initial attack and fighting in the trenches. An attack by the English was also described.

23 June 2008

Grange Heights

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I didn't go swim yesterday. It was raining. It was not the rain that stopped me but rather that the pool was closed due to the fear of lightning.

I went running in the late afternoon. 10:26. Lousy timing. The air was rather dense and I had to breathe hard.