The facts do not speak of a good news week:
- Author arrested over book
Ominous headline, making one fear for any progress that’s been made w.r.t. freedom of speech. Always a good thing to consider one’s words carefully, in whatever context; never a good thing to live as though authority trumps truth. Perhaps a blessing in disguise that will engender meaningful dialogue about the death penalty.
- Flash flood strikes again
So, before Wendy’s and whoever else in the Liat Towers basement could even reopen, they sank back beneath the waves last weekend. Is this the logical conclusion of urban planning that is somewhat … lacking, shall we say? Oy, wake up your ideas! Can’t throw your arms up in surrender until everything that could be done has been done, right? (Already the growing reputation for poor service irks me — now the hardware seems to be going too. But if you don’t want me to cavil at this and everything, tell me what I can do to ameliorate matters. Unless I’m supposed to think of something myself. In which case do I have to be told that? Um, anyway …)
- Reporter arrested for taking photos of flash floods?!
Seriously? Police officer vs reporter — both super-enthusiastic in carrying out their duties, but one of them is going to look much worse than the other for doing so.
- And then there was lightning
Some months back, the Merlion next to the Esplanade was struck by lightning (not a big surprise on an island with one of the highest lightning strike rates in the world), a fact I was made aware of by a rather gleeful HK friend. Something funny about a piece of an icon falling to the ground, I guess. Now the Singapore Flyer (about which I’ve had one ill-informed dream and to which I’ve never paid a visit) has been struck by lightning and rendered stationary.
What comes next?