20 January 2006
wrote (20 January 2006, 1310 hours)
Hi everybody, Mike Chan is back in town or
rather cyberspace...just discharged from GH after ops on my
injured leg with 4 screws to hold the tibia and fibula together.
Dr Tan Kim Ping kindly gave me a copy of the x-ray showing the
before and after. Will take couple of months before returning to
Alan, how could 1984 by George Orwell be
considered childish? It's one of the best political satire ever
written and is a really frightening book of what can happen in
any country, Singapore inclusive. Watch the movie now on cable
TV starring Richard Burton, his last movie, acting as the
Cheers to all, I'm still alive, although I
did get a phone call in hospital from CTL who asked me where he
can send a wreath.I replied" I'm not dead yet lah!".
Actually ,he mis-phoned me instead of Chia Khong Sien whose
mother just passed away. Anyway mistakes do happen. Regards to
Chia KS on his mum's demise recently.
Eio Eng Hua
wrote (20 January 2006, 0217 hours)
Alan - I don't think it is a matter of
English. Those who read '1984' even at an early age were more
concerned about world events (economic, military and political)
than their contemporaries.
wrote (19 January 2006, 1657 hours)
I was a fan of Enid Blyton (especially the
Famous Five, Secret 7 series etc) books as well from 1953-59
including "Biggles' and Hardy Boys series. The book 1984
was used for my GP at Dover College when I was doing my A
Levels. Childish or not, I nevertheless found the books
thrilling and I think those who used to read such books from an
early age tended to have a better command of English.
wrote (18 January 2006, 2245 hours):
If we had started to read War and Peace and
Gone with the Wind, we would probably only be finishing them
now. Far quicker to have read the comic and/or seen the movie.
Eio Eng Hua
wrote (18 January 2006, 1041 hours):
How come everyone is attracted to comics
(classics or others)? Has anyone read "The adventures of Robin
Hood", "The Three Musketeers", "The Good Earth" , "Gone With The
Wind" and "War and Peace"? Personally, I think, value for
money, these books are better. I like to hear opposing views!
wrote (18 January 2006, 0923 hours):
Yes, I collected all the classics comics for
a few years. Also read Enid Blyton and all the weekly/monthly
comics like Dandy, Beano, Mickey Mouse etc. Superhero and
horror comics were also favourites. I think Henry who
collects comics may be able to tell us more. Didn’t do my
English any harm!!
wrote (18 January 2006, 0026 hours):
Actually, when I went to England for further
studies, I managed to pretend that I had read many English
classics simply relying on what I remembered from the Classics
But I have to confess I spent more time on
Disney and cowboy comics.
wrote (17 January 2006, 2400 hours):
It depends what you mean by "...for our
education..." In the Singapore context it must be to pass the
exams with the highest grades. I strongly believe in comics,
especially the "Classic Series" comics that had most of the
stories on our Literature list including the Shakespearean
plays. I never read through most of our literature books for
Form 4 and 5. I read the comics over and over. Then I went to
Bras Basah Road to get the 10 years' series and the Model
Question & Answers booklets. They were really God sent. I did
not get a distinction but at least I got the best credit for
literature. Are such comics still available? Another "book" I
really would recommend to present day students is the English
bible called "The Wren & Martin High School English Grammar &
Composition". My father, bless his soul, had us read this
every day and worked on the examples given therein. Is this book
still in print? For some reason these wonderful model questions
and answers and the book came from India.
Eio Eng Hua
wrote (17 January 2006, 1041 hours):
Michael - I think "berated" is too strong a
word to use. I just felt that it was childish reading books by
Enid Blyton. At the time when our classmates were reading "The
Famous Five", I was reading "1984" - a book which you lent me!
wrote (17 January 2006, 1011 hours):
I seem to remember similar exhortations from
Eng Hua back in our schooldays, when he berated us for arguing
over trivia like whether the Famous Five books were more fun
than the Secret Seven series, and he thought we should focus on
more important issues like world security and peace…plus ca
change, plus la meme chose.
I still think it more interesting to debate
whether Enid Blyton was better for our education compared to
reading comics… would anyone like to debate me on that?
Eio Eng Hua
wrote (16 January 2006, 2317 hours):
Why argue about Perry Mason (some character
who is 'obsolete')?
We should be debating on the subject - "Why
only certain countries can have WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION
while others are prevented from developing such weapons by those
who already have them!?"
Francis Seow Tai
Kong wrote (16 January 2006, 1129 hours):
Dear Michael - I was also a fan of Perry
Mason novels and TV shows in the old days!
wrote (16 January 2006, 1124 hours):
TTC also read all the Mickey Spillane novels,
remember "I, the Jury"? He lent it to me and I was hooked at age
14 or 15....plenty of detective action and naked girls. This was
1956-57 when you can't even see female boobs anywhere.... except
in movies of Brigitte Bardot when 1 or 2 French females would
expose their boobs (not BB), and we young horny testo-driven
males would ogle with hearts pounding. Interesting history of
sex in Singapore. Now with Internet......my god, easy access to
explicit pictures/videos of young beauties from all over the
world exposing everything, not just boobs. Check it out and see
for yourself. Cheers!
Michael Hwang wrote (16
January 2006, 1101 hours):
There was an ongoing cultural battle between
Tock Cheow and myself. I was a great fan of the Perry Mason
novels. Tock Cheow thought they were all crap and favoured
novels by James Hadley Chase. Does anyone remember this, and
which side did they favour then and now?
This subject arose from the
Yap Ah Chuan vs Tan Tock
Cheow thread. Click
here to read the exchange of emails between cohorts)