Zendogs ride to Pengerang, 15 Apr 2012

A 60km ride from Tanjung Pelepih through Kampung Jawa Laut, Kampung Teluk Ampang, Kampung Sungei Buntu, Sungei Rengit (lunch point), and Teluk Ramunia [Runkeeper].

On the ride: Airani S, Amand Tan, Meryl Theng, Ong Say Lin, John Larkin, Thomas O’Dell, Catherine Chew, Teh Kim Yew & Chia Xierong, Andy Dinesh, Kenneth PInto, Kevin Lim and N. Sivasothi.

My students, Amanda and Meryl tackle their first long ride successfully. John Larkin revives old spirits to overcome the heat and will go back to Australia to revive his cycling ways.

We met up with roadies at Sungei Rengit for lunch, they touched Desaru before heading back. We will try that some time in the future, but not the same day!

See John Larkin’s blog post – “Zendogs ride in Malaysia

Photos on Flickr:

“Love of my life” (Queen)

Queen was an extraordinary band, and at Live Aid on 13 Jul 1985, amidst an array of star performers, they created their finest moment and the 72,000 Wembley audience sang, clapped and cheered with them throughout their 20 minutes.

Their set featured six of their songs in an almost seamless medley: Bohemian Rhapsody, Radio Ga Ga, Hammer to Fall, Crazy Little Thing Called Love, We Will Rock You, We Are the Champions. Everyone realised that the unlikely Queen had stolen the show!

"Queen, their finest moment at Live Aid," by Peter Stanford. The Telegraph, 24 Sep 2011. Queen stole the show in front of a worldwide audience of two billion at Live Aid. Link

Queen would go on to perform the momentus Wembley concert in 1986. The videos are on YouTube and DVD and in this clip they are closing against Brian May's guitar rendition of "God Save The Queen" which the British audience sings to.

Brian May, an astrophysicist and animal rights campaigner, later plays "God Save The Queen" from the roof of Buckingham Palace for QE2's golden jubilee in 2002:

But it wasn't all electric guitar, here Brian coaxes beautiful tones with the mercurial Freddy at Queen's Wembley concert, playing "Love of My Life" as they always did together at concerts.

Freddie Mercury died in 1991. The loss was felt worldwide and back here in Singapore, at the Department of Zoology in NUS, grad student Christine Tan and myself turned up in black to mourn our loss. 

Brian May, who has said Freddie is in his thoughts every day, would dedicate "Love of My Life" to his now deceased lead singer in concerts around the world.

In this instance, he dedicates the song to Freddie's mum, present that night. May and the audience sing the song together, as they used to with Freddie:

In the comments, a fan who must miss Freddie very much, says, “I’m a grown man. Why am I crying? :O