Author Archives: David

About David

Manpower Manager with prior experience in libraries and with library systems.

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Remembrance Day, at the 11th hour on the 11th day in the 11th month… British poet and art critic Laurence Binyon (1869-1943) worked at the British Museum (where he developed an expertise in Chinese and Japanese art) before going to … Continue reading

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Arda unearthed?

In a scene that could quite easily pass for the legendary, unmarred landscape that Tolkien may have had in mind, the ‘Supertrees’ of Singapore’s “Gardens by the Bay” rise magnificently up to 50 metres above the ground.

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Orchard oasis

Singapore is known as a Garden City so it came as no surprise recently to witness a section of its bustling shopping precinct, Orchard Road, turned into a rather pleasant, though ornamentally disturbing, backyard! The temporary setting was created to promote the Singapore Garden … Continue reading

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Lips smacking?

This stunning looking sofa was conceived and created by surrealist artist Salvador Dali in 1938. A total of five sets were made and were inspired by the voluptuous, 30’s Hollywood actress, Mae West. However, whilst Dali did have an interest in furniture design, … Continue reading

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Alone again, borrow me

Everyone needs a little company and books are no exception. You only have to spend a little time in your neighbourhood library and ponder the hundreds of titles on the shelves to realise that, yes, many of these books are, sadly, … Continue reading

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And nothing but the…

For a country that is affectionately known as the ‘little red dot’ it has produced one rather larger than life 20th Century statesman, Mr Lee Kuan Yew. Highly respected and revered by some, yet acutely mistrusted and disliked by others, … Continue reading

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End of the line…

There are certain places that seem to be forever locked into a time-warp. Places, like a good period novel, that just take you back in time. Places seemingly created with a view on the nostalgic. Such a place in Singapore … Continue reading

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Puss in books

The late American novelist, William Styron (Sophie’s Choice), once said: “A great book should leave you with many experiences, and slightly exhausted at the end. You live several lives while reading.” It would appear, therefore, that for Tomyam, nine are not … Continue reading

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Sky’s the limit?

Nestled in the foothills below the Victoria Peak tram Station and beneath some of Hong Kong’s most impressive skyscrapers, is the peaceful and tranquil setting of St. John’s Cathedral. Representing man’s continued, yet contrasting, pursuit of fulfillment, meaning and purpose, … Continue reading

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The accidental commuter, uh, tourist

Mr. Jonathan woke up feeling something exciting was waiting for him this day.  The excitement and anticipation was brewing inside him, he just knew his calling was soon to arrive.  He got himself ready, packed his breakfast and burst out … Continue reading

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