As regards mr brown

There is a conspicuous void in your friendly TODAY newspaper this morning.

I was asked several times this week what I feel about mr brown’s TODAY column being suspended, and what I feel about MICA’s letter to TODAY.

While I’ve declined almost all interview requests, I think it’s only fair that I say something here.

When I first heard about the matter on Sunday night, I was shocked, scared and then when I went to work on Monday morning, puzzled as to why anyone in the government would react so strongly to his column last Friday, which I found to be pretty-run-of-the-mill as far as his writing was concerned.

Later in the week, we received news that Kin Mun’s column would be suspended indefinitely. There was no reason given, but I kinda expected that by this time.

I was heartened by the deluge of comments on Kin Mun’s blog, and disappointed by the lack of response in the newspaper’s Voices section, where columns and letters from the public are usually published.

However, there was work to keep us busy still, (and for those who aren’t in the know yet, Kin Mun and I are colleagues in our little business venture), and our “I am Singaporean” podcast series meme to do for the lead-up to National Day.

But I was a little scared, that our fragile little business might be affected by the fallout from this issue, and that sponsors might pull out from our show, which is just beginning to chug along at a nice little pace.

I’ve often said that we’re in the business of entertainment – podcasting and writing to entertain. But it wouldn’t be true to profess that we don’t have an opinion on serious matters. We do, and sometimes, we let our opinions be heard. And If our opinions are skewed one angle or another, that’s just because they are opinions.

At first, I felt for Kin Mun, that he had been labeled a partisan player. Then I asked him, ‘Nabeh, how come play partisan never call me?’.

We discussed this further, over lunch and dinner, and I convinced him that MICA and the powers that be were really after me, seeing as I am often mistaken for mr brown.

So he, and our other business partners decided that it’d be a good thing if I carried on writing for TODAY for as long as our editors deemed my contributions good enough for their readers to enjoy.

That way, if MICA were to send another letter addressed to TODAY, referring to the anonymous mr brown, then we’d really know that the powers that be were really after me right from the beginning.

Besides, we need the money now more than ever.

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Podcast: I am Singaporean by Ginny

ginny

Another ““I am Singaporean” meme” podcast, this one done by Ginny.

For readers and bloggers who don’t have podcasting tools, or can’t be bothered to record your own voices, or are simply shy about letting people hear what you sound like, here’s an idea: just write down in your blogs your version of “I am Singaporean” tag it “iamsingaporean“, and link it back to us.

Podcast: the mrbrown show 6 July 2006: I am Singaporean by Ginny (MP3, File size: 2.3mb, Time: 00:01:38)

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Why being a triathlete can make you deaf

It was a minor miracle I attended (‘attended’ har, not ‘take part’) the Osim Singapore Triathlon at East Coast Park last weekend. It’s Saturday morning 8am, and I’m at the beach, baking in the sun, getting really, really grumpy when I realise part of the reason for my being unhappy.

There’s something about Singaporean event organisers that makes them want to put lotsa lotsa loud speakers all over wherever they hold the event. Worse, they like to have different noises coming out from the different speakers.

Check out the din, NEA. It’s scary:

That said, I think the triathlon is a very good sport. It’s one of those things which you don’t need to learn too much of to be a part of. And to see so many people taking part in it is heartening.

Also, despite the seemingly messy organisation of the event on Saturday, the volunteers from the Triathlon Association of Singapore did a sterling job trying to put everything together. And to Terence, one of the very, very helpful people there, I will try the triathlon one day, when I’m afforded a little more time.

Osim Triathlon
Sandcastle! Wheeeeee!

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TODAY: AND SO SAYS SINGAPORE

0507VOR021_m.jpgSingaporeans, it is time to podcast your views to mark this National Day

I KNOW it’s a little way from Aug 9, but my friends and I stumbled upon the idea of making use of podcasts (which, as I’ve previously explained, are audio files stored and distributed via the Internet), to create a little buzz in the lead-up to National Day.

We hope to make this a viral meme, where readers and bloggers follow our lead, create their own audio files and put it on the Net for other people to download.

Think of it as one of those government agency initiatives such as the hugely popular Fabric of the Nation project (www.channelnewsasia.com/fabric/), only this one’s on the Internet.

And you don’t need any sewing skills.

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Podcast: I am Singaporean by Mr Miyagi

Ex Wallaby 2005

And here is my version of our “I am Singaporean” meme.

For readers and bloggers who don’t have podcasting tools, or can’t be bothered to record your own voices, or are simply shy about letting people hear what you sound like, here’s an idea: just write down in your blogs, your version of “I am Singaporean”, and link it back to us.

Podcast: the mrbrown show 5 July 2006: I am Singaporean by Mr Miyagi (MP3, File size: 2.3mb, Time: 00:01:38)

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