Daily Archives: 2010-07-24

Review : Once A Jolly Hangman

A review of  “Once a Jolly Hangman: Singapore Justice in the Dock” by British author/journalist Alan Shadrake Dr Vincent Wijeysingha Abolitionism conjures up images of bewigged nineteenth century reformists campaigning against the evil mercantilist phenomenon of slavery, thankfully long a thing of the past. Today it evokes a different picture: the activist, armed with an array of facts, quantitative and …

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I am not going to be cowed: Alan Shadrake (Updated)

Latest: Alan Shadrake visited the Gleneagles hospital on Saturday. TOC understands he has been advised to wear a heart monitor for 24 hours starting Tuesday as his heart is weak. Excerpts from the British Weekly’s interview with author of Once A Jolly Hangman, Alan Shadrake: “Although they are giving me a very gruelling time here – every day I am …

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Civic Life project announces short-film competition

The UK-based directors Christine Molloy and Joe Lawlor of the community project, TIONG BAHRU, a short film starring over 150 volunteers from Singapore, talk about the process of putting the project together and share their experience of filming in the heritage estate, its hawker centre and wet market. There is also word of a (very) short film competition called WHERE …

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Political pokerplay: the government’s gamble

Khairulanwar Zaini ‘Our glory days were behind us but our excess was just beginning.’ – Jeanette Winterson Do not blink, friends, because an audacious game of political poker has just begun. Our government is very much aware of its eroding popularity – and a sequence of unfortunate snafus over recent months (whether self-inflicted or otherwise) has gnawed away at its …

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