Roll over Beethoven! Chuck Berry and rock ‘n’ roll music

So what was so great about rock ‘n’ roll? It was teeny, it was silly, it was fun, It got your toes tapping and then you were up on your feet, swinging your hips, dancing and singing along, belting out the lyrics as fast as you could for rock ‘n’ roll was loud, rock ‘n’roll was fast, the guitars jangling, the drums pounding, and the singers singing like crazy.

It was music with a rush that put you into motion, animating you from your lips to your toes, music that got you reelin’ and rockin’ like Chuck Berry here. He could rock with the best — such as John Lennon. [Continue reading]

For humanities’ sake

There will be more training and career opportunities for Institute of Technical Education (ITE) and polytechnic graduates, the Straits Times reported yesterday. They will get on-the-job training which is expected to lead to higher pay. It’s no … [Continue reading]

How much Singaporeans earn

One out of 10 working Singaporeans earns less than $1,000 a month. That was the gross monthly income from work of more than 207,000 residents as of June last year, excluding the employer’s contribution to the Central Provident Fund (CPF). More than … [Continue reading]

Writing tips from the master, Steven Pinker

Bloomberg’s reporters are not allowed to start a sentence with a “but”. “Clauses that start with although, but, despite or however often confuse more than clarify, because the words connect dissimilar ideas in a single sentence,” writes Bloomberg’s … [Continue reading]

The Economist finds CPF wanting

Singapore’s new moves to help the less well-off show its pension fund policy had to change – it was no longer inadequate. So says The Economist in one of its rare articles on the city-state. The commentary follows Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s … [Continue reading]