1 in a million

What are the chances of stumbling on an archaeological dig, in in the heart of town, at City Hall, no less?

In Singapore, not too difficult as these German tourists have found. They found Lim Chen Sian and his merry men and women excavating the City Hall and the Padang. The archaeologists are peaking under to find out what lies beneath before the earth gets churned in the construction of the National Gallery that is to be housed there. They will be there until 9 January. If you are in the area, when you go say hi, buy them nice iced Cokes! (or beer)

Chen Sian looking askance at German tourists, Wee Sheau Thng is in the pit, both in their regulation cargo pants they wore in Invisible City : )

Cricket Club in the background.

The German tourists must have been thrilled that they found gas masks and helmets from the Japanese Occupation in the field. I certainly was.

Happy new year

Latent Images, Film in Singapore, Book Launch 28 Dec

A comprehensive primer on Singapore films and film culture. This 2009 edition is thoroughly updated from the previous 2000 edition. Latent Images isn’t only about films themselves, it is also about Singapore film culture beyond the box office. There are chapters on non-commercial film culture, with coverage on SIFF, SFS, Goethe Institute, Substation, National Museum, sinema and their contribution towards Singapore film scene. Appropriately, short films and their makers are given an intense coverage as they are recognised as vivid expressions of Singapore creativity as well. The bibliography is robust. I find the top ten box office charts 1990-2007 revealing, what will they say about us in years to come!
“This extensively updated edition presents a comprehensive examination of the country’s film landscape from the early days of local film production until 2007/08. (Ridge Books, National University of Singapore Press, 2009. 368 pages, 37 colour plates, 108 b/w photographs.Soft cover. On Sale at Select, Kinokuniya”

Book Launch & Meet the authors Jan & Yvonne
Date: Monday, 28 December 2009 at 7:30pm.
Venue: Books Actually 86 Club Street, Tel: 6221-1170.
Light refreshments provided.