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The return of Singapore Migration Film Festival

Following the success of the first Migration Film Festival in December 2007, Migrant Voices, a local community arts charity, is partnering The Substation to present the 2nd Singapore Migration Film Festival on Saturday, 11 September 2010.  The films include documentaries examining labour policies, working conditions in Singapore and the impact of the global recession on migrant workers.   The festival also …

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W!LD RICE’s Boeing Boeing: A Jolly Ride

– By Ho Rui An – Boeing Boeing deserves a place in the canon for being such a crowd pleaser. It’s a very difficult thing to make hard-nosed Singaporeans laugh, but W!LD RICE makes it all seem so effortless. The play is an apt choice for commemorating the tenth anniversary of one of the leading players in the local theatre …

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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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How a weekly Plant-Based Food Day might work

By Dr George Jacobs This is a follow-up article to Is Singapore ready for a plant-based food day? There are many possible ways to encourage people to go plant-based at least once a week. Here, divided into categories, are some ideas off the top of my head and others taken from what has been done in Singapore and other countries …

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Is Singapore ready for a plant-based food day?

By Dr George Jacobs Around the world, there are all sorts of ‘Days’. There is a Smokeout Day, when people are urged to breathe easier, even a Dog Swimming Day, when people are encouraged to take their dogs swimming, and many, many more. The purpose of this article is to propose for your consideration whether Singapore should have a day …

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Civic Life: The stars of Tiong Bahru

It’s a wrap! After months of dialogue and consultation, and three days of intense filming, production for Civic Life: Tiong Bahru has finally concluded. The short film marks the first time that acclaimed London-based filmmakers Christine Molloy and Joe Lawlor are bringing their Civic Life series outside the United Kingdom. The award-winning series examines space in relation to community, with …

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World Cup 2010: What will England’s excuse be this time?

By Ganga England play Slovenia tonight in their final group stage game at World Cup 2010 and they desperately need to win in order to have any chance to qualifying to the next stage (see table below). With the USA team playing Algeria in the other game, it will take the combination of a positive outing for the English coupled …

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Singapore coping with oil spill

Singapore: Almost a week after 2,500 tonnes of crude oil leaked into the sea about 13 kilometres off Changi East – the result of a collision between the 57,017-tonne tanker MT Bunga Kelana 3 (below) and the 15,272-ton bulk carrier MV Waily early Tuesday morning (May 25, 2010) – the authorities and non-governmental organisations here have managed to bring the …

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Costa Rica – a nation without an army

Ask any Singaporean if they thought that every country on Earth has a military force, and the overwhelming answer would be yes. Everyone has been taught in school that a military is essential in the protection of its borders, its citizens and the exertion of its sovereignty since the dawn of time. The surprising answer for the above-mentioned question though …

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Travails of a community cat lover: the Bishan case

He was an orange-and-white domestic short haired (DSH) kitten, probably no more than a couple of months old. He was hiding timidly underneath a neighbourhood park bench overlooking a long canal, along a route I usually take when I walk home every night. I’ve seen many stray cats before in the Bishan area, but this one caught my eye immediately …

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