Warming up in Singapore
Vol. 3, No 13...May 8 2002
From the editor - Warming up in Singapore
Sorry for the plain-vanilla version this week. Am travelling sans-laptop overseas so have to resort to plain old text for a couple of weeks. Have included the Surf Club web site reviews but will hold the rest till my return.
Arrived in Singapore late last night en route to London for next week's BBC New Media Editorial Conference.
You have to love this city - so many contrasts between old and new, east and west. The weather, on the other hand, remains remarkably consistent - hot.
Guess you have to expect that, being so close to the Equator. The duty-free gin goes down a treat in the tropics.
Best go - dining out tonight with journo friends Carolyn and Bruce at famous hawker centre Lau Pa Sat (the largest Victorian filigree cast-iron structure in Southeast Asia). You can learn more about Singapore at -
I'll have a chicken satay and icy Tiger beer for you.
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In a netshell: Clips worth claps.
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In a netshell: Watch it.
Cut Off My Feet
An animation of a guy dropping a guillotine on his feet is the introduction to this bizarre site. Paul "Freck" Morgan, 33, wants you to pay money to watch him cut off his feet live over the web. Paul's feet were paralysed when he was run over by a boat trailer in 1986. He hopes this drastic event will pay for his prosthetics and highlight what he sees as alack of care in the medical field and insurance industry.
In a netshell: Believe it or not.
Generations of adults owe their upbringings to Dr Spock (Benjamin, that is, not the pointy-eared sci-fi character). Latchkey kids, discipline, toilet training, parent sexuality, pregnancy and ADHD are among topics tackled. World-famous paediatrician, political activist and Olympic gold medallist Dr Spock wrote the 1946 book, "The Common Sense Book of Baby and Child Care", which is second in sales only to the Bible. He died in 1998 but his legacy lives on.
In a netshell: The parent's friend.
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In a netshell: Smart.
Au revoir (I'm practising my French for a brief stopover in Paris on Friday morning).