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The Satirist Says: New excuse to ‘hit & run’ born

25th November 2010, Singapore - Owners of Chery QQ cars across the country were seen celebrating the ruling by the Court of Appeal in the recent case of hit-and-run, reckless driving, inconsiderate driving dubbed by some reporters (well, it's actually us, but sounds glam when you put it that way) as the Amazing Lexus Adventure involving Cleopatra Wong who, together …

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Defamation action – shield, not sword

- By Crystal - The F-word, also known as 'freedom' in some circles, becomes rather dangerous when it precedes two other words to form The Phrase of Death - FREEDOM OF SPEECH. Nobody talks about it and even though I am merely typing these letters, my fingertips are already overcome with Orwellian trepidation. However, perhaps the brouhaha surrounding the Shadrake …

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TIONG BAHRU goes global

- By Ho Rui An - The community of Tiong Bahru gathered early last week at their local multiplex to see themselves on the silver screen. TIONG BAHRU, the short film by Irish filmmakers Joe Lawlor and Christine Molloy as part of the CIVIC LIFE project, was shown for the first time at the cast and friends preview. Over 300 …

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STB wants offices to waste electricity for F1 ‘wayang’

- By Gangasudhan - Green Drinks Singapore received a tip-off today that at least one office building in the city has been 'encouraged' by the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) to leave their lights on during the 3 days of F1 races in order to "facilitate a captivating night-view of Singapore City for international TV broadcast and photography". In an email …

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Sarah Cheng-De Winne – sexiest voice in Singapore

- By Gangasudhan - Sarah Cheng-De Winne: singer, songwriter, musician - and even photographer. The up and coming talented artist has recently released her solo album Let's Pretend (left) and it looks (or sounds) like it is going to be a hit both locally and internationally. Sarah's music can be described as jazz, pop, or soul rhythm and blues, and …

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Civic Life’s Where The Heart Is: time to vote

Earlier this year, we mentioned the Civic Life project which explores the ideas of memory, place, belonging and community through film and writing. A short film, TIONG BAHRU, has been shot with a cast of 150 volunteers from Singapore and directed by UK-based filmmakers Christine Molloy and Joe Lawlor. In conjunction with this pioneering film, the online 90-second film competition, …

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The Satirist Says: Speak Good English Movement incites violence with guerilla campaign

Singapore, 14 September 2010 – In an apparent disregard for those who champion Singlish (local colloquialism that mixes English with the various dialects and languages used by Singaporeans) and the blatant persecution of those who are too busy trying to survive in Singapore to bother about proper language use in communication, the Speak Good English Movement (SGEM) launched last week …

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Movie Review: shifting sands of Sandcastle

- By Ho Rui An - There is a certain fragility to be observed in Boo Junfeng's debut feature, Sandcastle. For one, the film addresses a silenced and highly sensitive chapter in our national history, presenting its ramifications upon present-day social realities. Through a series of events, this buried history, hitherto nestled within the recesses of memory, is recharged; and the …

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The Satirist Says: Ris ‘da boomz’ Low to be questioned

Singapore, 1 September 2010 – It is widely expected that Ris Low - God’s gift to the local comedy scene, will be called up soon by the Police to clarify her definition of the word ‘boomz’. An outside source who spoke to TOC on the condition of anonymity – to protect himself from being mentioned in the same breath of …

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How about a Yellow Noose Project?

- By Gangasudhan - We have heard so much about the Yellow Ribbon Project – how it has roped in a multitude of supporters and businesses to help ex-offenders reintegrate into society. While it is a laudable initiative with many grateful beneficiaries, one might wonder why there is no complementary Yellow Noose Project. Perhaps it is due to the fact …

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