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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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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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Satays protest Straits Times’ headlines

Satays simmer with anger over ST’s use of the word ‘grilled’. By Usad Ahdar About 20 sticks of satay gathered at Speaker’s Corner yesterday to protest the Straits Times’ use of the word ‘grilled’ in its headlines in the past month. The main beef (with apologies to chicken and mutton) of their unhappiness appeared to be the negative association of …

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“Please stop hum-tumming Singlish! Just leebit alone!”

Andrew Loh – The Speak Good English Movement was officially launched on 7 September this year. It has been more than a decade since the first campaign was started here. Its aim this year is to get Singaporeans “to speak the language well in more environments.” Launching the campaign this year was the Minister for Community Development, Youth and Sports, …

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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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S-League – the sinking league or the successful league?

The Today newspaper, on 13 September, carried an article by Mr PN Balji, director of the Asia Journalism Fellowship, a joint initiative of Temasek Foundation and NTU, on the state of the S League. It comes on the back of revelation by the Football Association of Singapore that the average ticket sales for S-League games was a mere 214. Also …

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Deaf children not less deserving, says American teacher

Deborah Choo for The Online Citizen – “I really think Singapore needs to see what deaf people can do. They’ve got to interact with other people of the world to see what’s possible,” says Susan Elliot, 57, winner of the 2009 Colorado State Teacher of the Year award and one of the top four finalists for the 2009 National Teacher …

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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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