Monthly Archives: April 2006

That’s mean


Marmalade Kitchen

It’s no good to make fun of people when they mispronounce things. It’s the bad English karma, you know, where you end up mispronouncing something the same way as the person you’ve made fun of.

I’m talking about when people say, ‘that’s mean‘, in this context:

“This thing is very complicated. That’s mean I find it very difficult to do”.

Get what I mean?

Yes? Well, then, that’s mean you are very clever.

Today, I was told to make a reservation at the Marmalade Kitchen, so I laughed and said, ‘Marmalade Pantry’ lah, before calling up Marmalade Pantry and asking if it was the Marmalade Kitchen.

That’s mean I was laughed at right back.

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Pamdemonium

Pam Oei
Pam Oei is rocks!

Pamdemonium at the EsplanadePam Oei rocks! We already know that from her spot on our podcasts, but to attend her concert, ‘Pamdemonium’ tonight at the Esplanade, phwoar! Because you’ll run out of superlatives trying to describe how good the show was. So, phwoar! Can?

As mrbrown said as we left, Pam’s very special rendition of ‘I will survive’ is worth the price of admission ($27) alone. Accompanied by a band comprising some of the best musicians in town, she also belts out (I mean, really, really belt out ok?) the baddest rockest songest for your pleasure.

If you haven’t already caught the show, there are two shows left for you to go buy tickets for and watch (Sunday 7.30pm & 9.30pm). And enjoy. You better do it, cos Pam Oei rocks!

Go to it!

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Swing low, sweet lorry-iot

Prison Got No Broadband
Thank you Uber Mommy, for the pic.

Today, a lorry belonging to, or being rented by, a political party drove by our our office several times in an effort to swing my vote. Too bad I don’t live in this area, and too bad I don’t get to vote this year anyway. Else I might have been swung, y’know?

Remember, prison got no broadband!

Podcast: the mrbrown show 28 Apr 2006: the persistently non-political podcast no. 4 (MP3, Filesize: 1.1mb, Time: 00:02:00)

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The Da Vinci Trail: Lincoln Cathedral

If you’ve read Dan Brown’s Da Vinci Code, you’d have realised that the Lincoln Cathedral is not featured anywhere in the book. (So people tell me, because I haven’t read the book).

It is apparently, however, featured in the movie. But not to worry, you worry-wart Da Vinci Code fans, the Lincoln Cathedral was simply used as a substitute for Westminster Abbey, because, as Mr Miyagi’s intrepid operatives inform him, the production wasn’t allowed to shoot at the real thing, presumably for security reasons – you don’t want terrorists making a documentary or a feature, you know?

But good job, location scouts! The Lincoln Cathedral does look a bit like Westminster, only it’s way up in the north-east of England.

Da Vinci Trail: Lincoln Cathedral (Westminster Abbey)

Da Vinci Trail: Lincoln Cathedral (Westminster Abbey)Da Vinci Trail: Lincoln Cathedral (Westminster Abbey)
Lincoln Cathedral

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Remember, Prison Got No Broadband

Remember, Prison Got No Broadband
No content during election time

So, today’s Nomination Day, and again, I don’t have to vote. Dang! Now I really have to find something to do on the 6th.

Podcast: the mrbrown show 27 Apr 2006: the persistently non-political podcast no. 3 (MP3, Filesize: 1.4mb, Time: 00:02:44)

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TODAY: Buzz remains for hustings

“Remember! Prison got no broadband!”

2704VOL024_m.jpgPoliticians have stopped blogging but netizens continue to give their takes on next month’s elections

SO IT seems you can blog about politics during the election period except when your website has “persistently political views”.

But Workers’ Party member Goh Meng Seng is taking no chances as he stopped blogging after his entry on April 19. His blog, Singapore Alternatives, “is about the political struggle” he is “engaging in”.

Read more at TODAYonline: [pdf][text]

Podcast: the mrbrown show 26 Apr 2006: the persistently non-political podcast no. 2 (MP3, Filesize: 1.4mb, Time: 00:02:44)

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The Da Vinci Trail

trailpics

I haven’t read Dan Brown’s Da Vinci Code, and it doesn’t look like I’m gonna.

Still, it’s one of those books which you don’t have to actually read to know a lot about, since almost everyone I know seems to have read it, and at one time or another, has talked about it.

And, now that a movie’s being made, there’s going to be a lot more cashing in by those who reside in and around the environs of the locations mentioned in the story.

Someone I know has had the good fortune of taking a tour of the “Da Vinci Trail” as part of television’s coverage of the behind the scenes of the making of the Da Vinci movie, or something like, which is great, because vicarious travel’s as good as the real thing when you can’t afford it.

I’ve got a bunch of photos which I’ll post here in the coming days, and youse all can tell me the significance of each one in relation to the book/film.

The Da Vinci Trail: Rosslyn Chapel
I shit you not

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Eh? No ban on podcasts?

Update: The CNA news article seems to have been yanked off. Wonder what happened. But no worry, it’s still on Yahoo! as well as mrbrown’s.

Apparently Channel Newsasia can podcast and videocast bloggers’ coverage of the elections during this, the election period. We’ve always known that mr brown’s and my slogan for this month, ‘Remember, Prison Got No Broadband’, doesn’t apply to our nation’s premier news network, nor to our nation’s finest newspapers.

The blurb on CNA’s website says that bloggers Farid Johari and Au Yong May Lin will be “uploading their clips to the Channel Newsasia website instantaneously”.

Instantaneously, you know? Like, damned fast like that. It also helps that the bloggers work for CNA. For bloggers who don’t work for CNA, ST, TNP and TODAY (eh? I also leh…) you could try sending your clips to SGRally, which is not a car-racing site.

Cheongsam
Ceci n’est pas un political slogan

Podcast: the mrbrown show 26 Apr 2006: the persistently non-political podcast no. 1 (MP3, Filesize: 1.3mb, Time: 00:02:31)

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Calling off the hunt

So we found a place that’s really nice – an apartment which is old enough not to be the usual low-ceiling small bedroom type of apartment. It’s got greenery, lots of it, and a dusty old lift lobby that’s seen better days.

But oh, the stress of having my mother, and my friends scream over the phone, things like, “Whaaaaaat? Wha you mean you paid the agents’ commission? You kenah conned!”, and “Whaaaat? The agent is trying to con you!”.

I doubt the agent was trying to con me, because he explained quite clearly that, “is because is a breaklease like what I explain to you earlier, because the tenant breaklease so must compensate although normally no need to pay commission but I get for you the price is way below what is asking and the arrangement is you pay half they pay half like I explain earlier already although no need to pay commission but this time is pay half month is quite common many people also got this type of arrangement even though it you normally is no need to pay”.

So much clearer. Even clearer after I parted with my cheque.

But you know what?

Yay.

New place.

Who you gonna call?
“Jack couldn’t locate his extension cord even after seeking professional help”

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