28 May 2010

The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus was vastly entertaining. I finally watched it tonight.
Enough of this cleaning and rummaging. It's time to do something.
No drawings made last night. Boo.
I find that people on Singapore's streets walk far too slowly. I would have to race by them if I were to maintain my normal stride and speed. Ack.

Even if I were engrossed in a book and walking, they would still be too slow.

27 May 2010

I can't wait to go sketching this evening! Whee!

Extending unlimited tolerance to those who are intolerant

"Unlimited tolerance must lead to the disappearance of tolerance. If we extend unlimited tolerance even to those who are intolerant, if we are not prepared to defend a tolerant society against the onslaught of the intolerant, then the tolerant will be destroyed, and tolerance with them."

Quote from "The Open Society and Its Enemies: The Spell of Plato" by Karl Popper

26 May 2010

Sometimes, I wonder how things would have been if they had turned out differently.

24 May 2010

Changi Naval Base

The Changi naval base is currently the larger of Singapore's two naval bases with the Tuas naval base being the smaller one. The Empire docks and the Sembawang naval base of the Royal Navy built by the colonial administration in the nineteen thirties are now shipyards.

There are two vessels on some form of dry dock in the first Google Earth image. There is a submarine on dry land. What submarine is that? The RSS Archer or the RSS Challenger class?

In the second image, there are two RSS Endurance class Landing Ship Tanks (LST) moored on the left. On the top, there are two RSS Victory class missile corvettes and one RSS Formidable class frigate.

The third image shows four RSS Victory class missile corvettes, four RSS Formidable class frigates, essentially, the whole of the first fortilla. I can't tell what the two vessels on the lower righthand corner is.

The entire Changi naval base with sheltered piers, large enough to accommdate American super carriers. There is a specific intent to accommodate Singapore's American ally.

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23 May 2010

Curious airfield

Changi airport is on the right of the Googleearth photo below. On the right, there is a mysterious airfield which is north of the Changi naval base.

This is, of course, reclaimed land off Changi. A runway with marks for helicopters and aircraft. There is no aircraft on the runway.
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I met Gerard and Anthony at Borders last night and Anthony had patiently and infectiously explained swordsmanship and the intricacies of armour, swords, poleaxes, spears and more. It was an enjoyable talk! Whee!

I met Siu Hean after and had my dinner at TCC at the International Building at midnight.