The Battle of Singapore…

would be going on now, in 1941. Japanese landings began on 8th February 1941 .

""We'll Meet Again" is a 1939 song made famous by British singer Vera Lynn (#29 (US, 1954)) with music written by Ross Parker and words by Hughie Charles. The song is one of the most famous songs of the Second World War era, and resonated with soldiers going off to fight and their families and sweethearts. The assertion that "we'll meet again" is optimistic, as many soldiers did not survive to see their loved ones again. Indeed, the meeting place at some unspecified time in the future would have been seen by many who lost loved ones to be heaven." Wikipedia 

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Heritage TV for

My Kaki Wei Chong at NHB and fellow Friend of (FOY) emailed to say:

‘We are experimenting with introducing a TV element to to beef up the content of our blog. As such, we recently filmed a trial episode of Heritage TV. The footage is not the typical sleek and polished corporate videos. Do take a look and give us your comments and suggestions! 🙂 

If the reviews are good, we are considering a 12-episode series for next year.’

I liked it, snappy 3-min thing, with bystander interviews and  quick blurb about the Singapore Stone. Well done folks!

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“No Time to Think,” by David Levy

Abstract – “Vannevar Bush’s 1945 article, “As We May Think,” has been much celebrated as a central inspiration for the development of hypertext and the World Wide Web. Less attention, however, has been paid to Bush’s motivation for imagining a new generation of information technologies; it was his hope that more powerful tools, by automating the routine aspects of information processing, would leave researchers and other professionals more time for creative thought. 


But now, more than sixty years later, it seems clear that the opposite has happened, that the use of the new technologies has contributed to an accelerated mode of working and living that leaves us less to think, not more. In this talk I will explore how this state of affairs has come about and what we can do about it.”

Update: “Mindful Tech: A Simple, Powerful Program to Use Digital Technologies More Effectively and with Less Stress,” is a book by David M. Levy (2016; link).

P.s. the original post used Posterous.

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David Attenborough’s 1973 Royal Institution Christmas Lectures

“The Royal Institution Christmas Lectures have been held in London annually since 1825.” [see Wikipedia] Michael Faraday (who is quite the man) is the star of the series which continues to this day, for he lectured a record of 19 times between 1827 – 1860! The scene of one of his lectures is depicted on UK’s 20-pound note and is a scene I remember from my childhood.

In 1973, Sir David Attenborough, who has inspired many a naturalists’ career including more than a few in Singapore, participated in this grand event by giving a series of five lectures over five days, on “The Language of Animals”:

  1. “Beware” (Wed 26 Dec 1973)
  2. “Be mine” (Thu 27 Dec 1973)
  3. “Parents and children” (Fri 28 Dec 1973)
  4. “Foreign languages” (Sat 29 Dec 1973)
  5. “Animal language, human language” (Sun 30 Dec 1973).

The videos are available at the Royal Institution of Great Britain’s webcast archive (you have to “shop” and “checkout” but can watch the webcast all for free).

Part 1 (of 5), 1/6

Earlier today (and the reason for this blog post), honours student Martin Chew pointed out to me that this excellent series of videos (and a dashing David) are available on YouTube courtesy of threespeed. Due to YouTube’s 10 minute limitation, the series is in 30 parts!

I’ve already highlighted the mudskipper clip to Theresa; besides highlighting these clips to the biodiversity and animal behaviour students (with appropriate credit to Martin) the series also serves as appropriate inspiration for me just before term begins. My significant teaching load kicks off again so let me soak in ol’David and stoke those flames!

Battle of Singapore

These movie clips about the Battle of Singapore were posted by YouTube user Vizaar, who has posted more than 1,000 old clips (recorded off television?) on YouTube.

Most of the narration for the clips he posts are not in English or are dubbed over but these two were in English. I have no other details for the clips but they appear to be part of a long series on World War II – I have seen similar clips about the latter part of the war out there.