Homage to the master, William Zinsser

Period. Over. Life has come to a full stop for America’s famous writing coach William Zinsser. He died at his home in Manhattan on May 12 at the age of 92.

William Zinsser: On Writing Well
William Zinsser: On Writing Well

He was in his early 80s when he came out with the revised and expanded 30th anniversary edition of his bestseller, On Writing Well: A Classic Guide to Writing Nonfiction, in 2006.Continue Reading

Amos Yee: The boy who got into trouble because of the internet

Amos Yee reminded me of a scene from The Sound of Music, where the nuns sing, How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria?

Unsuitable for the nun’s life, Maria, played by Julie Andrews, found happiness with the rich Captain Von Trapp (Christopher Plummer). Amos’s life has taken a grimmer turn. Only 16 years old, he has been found guilty of uploading an obscene image depicting Lee Kuan Yew with Margaret Thatcher, who admired him, and making remarks intended to hurt the feelings of Christians.

However, the prosecution has sought counselling and probation for the boy, not a jail sentence or a fine, because he is young.

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Thanks, Twitter, the news couldn’t be neater

After following the UK elections on the BBC and Twitter, I must say Barack Obama gave a better victory speech than David Cameron. Cameron’s jubilant “sweetest victory of all” speech at the Conservative Party headquarters lacked the poetry of Obama’s victory speeches in 2008 and 2012.

The talking heads on the BBC were all right. There was a funny moment when former Lib-Dem leader Paddy Ashdown said he would eat his hat if the exit poll was right.

“If this exit poll is right I will publicly eat my hat,” says Paddy Ashdown.

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