In the boiled bone
miasma of the morning
the ochre brown of a cockroach
its dead legs spread towards the sky
and the soil
a root claw holding back results of rain
The two glazed elephants
are standing guard
next to the purple of a bougainvillea
while nearby a man with sinewed legs
searches for life
in the dry canal
Roger Smith. May 27, 2010
Wednesday, 26 May 2010
Changi. Image by crawl_ray via FlickrI am not a huge fan of travel statistics but a story in this week's Jakarta Post made for interesting reading.
Unlike Changi airport, Jakarta's Soekarno-Hatta International is a somewhat jaded cluster of buildings.
While it would be difficult to find an orchid out of place in Singapore, Indonesia's equivalent recorded a staggering 19,391 violations of public order in 2009.
7,829 street vendors
407 illegal porters
1,392 shoe polishers
1,663 ticket scalpers
1,177 drivers of cars that had their wheels clamped
6,169 illegal taxis
(and the statistic I like best) 227 Scavengers
The authorities also confiscated 11 stoves, 15 mobile phone vouchers, 9 counterfeit banknotes and 17 motorcycles.
Monday, 24 May 2010
What was demonstrated yesterday was political maturity and willingness to compromise for the benefit of all parties.
This development is only in the study phase but if it comes to pass fifteen years from now Singapore will no longer be beholden to volatile countries such as Indonesia for its meat supply.
Sunday, 23 May 2010
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