More Singapore workers in their 60s and 70s

Former minister and labour chief Lim Boon Heng wants the retirement age raised to 70. He may know that more than 37,000 Singaporeans in their 70s were still working last year. They included 12,000 women.

Fully 11 per cent of the Singapore citizens and permanent residents working last year were in their 60s and 70s.

Singapore labour participation rate

Singapore labour participation rate

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Love Songs In Old Age, and Crazy About Her Shrimp

Here are two love poems, very different in mood. One is tender, wistful, melancholy, the other bawdy, funny, exuberant. I have always liked Philip Larkin, but the next poem by Charles Simic is a hoot. That’s not a word normally used to describe a poem – even comic verse is usually called “funny” or “witty”, but that’s what it is – a hoot – LOL, laugh-out-loud. It couldn’t be more cheeky, more unabashed, more frankly naughty. [Read more...]

The sound of Phil Spector

An article in the Guardian recalls the genius of Phil Spector. It talks in detail about one of his famous songs, To Know Him Is To Love Him, which he recorded with the Teddy Bears. He played the guitar and sang the backing with Marshall Leib while Annette Kleibard sang the lead. They were classmates at Fairfax High School in Los Angeles. The song topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart in December 1958.

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