Only on Norfolk Island …

If you want to call someone in Norfolk Island but only know them by their nickname then … “no worries mate” … there’s a section in the phone book for that. So if you want to call ‘Binky’, ‘Griffo’, ‘Nippa’ or ‘Smudgie’ then you can find them at the back of the official Norfolk Island Telephone...

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Singapore … A ‘fine’ city

Mar 14, 12

Urban legend … a form of modern folklore consisting of stories usually believed by their tellers to be true A lot of what we “know” to be true can sometimes turn out to be no more than an ‘urban legend’ .So what you you reckon to the claims below … fact or fiction ? Chewing gum is a controlled substance in Singapore It’s annoying isn’t it, when you’re on the Tube and grasp the handrail, only to have your fingers close on a revolting old piece of gum stuck to the underside In such moments, it would be great if you could just outlaw chewing gum altogether. Answer... TRUE : In 1992 that’s exactly what Singapore did, partly due to the authorities’ general annoyance at the cleaning costs and partly due to specific concerns around chewing gum interfering with automatic sensors on the train doors of the city’s Mass Rapid Transit system. An outright ban remained in place for twelve years, and affected ‘the substance usually known as chewing gum, bubble gum or dental chewing gum, or any like substance prepared from a gum base of vegetable or synthetic origin and intended for chewing’. The legislation was backed up by some pretty tough fines. If you don’t have a licence to sell gum for hygiene or dental reasons then you can be fined up to S$2,000 (in the region of £700 or US$1,300) for selling or advertising chewing gum. In Singapore it’s illegal to eat and drink in public. Don’t you just hate it when you see litter or McDonalds wrappers and food being eaten in the street … but surely you can’t ban this most basic of freedoms … can you?. Answer... TRUE : Eating and drinking in pubic is prohibited. This was the law, much to my chagrin, I inadvertently broke whilst on a Singaporean bus. The bus driver who had a camera to watch the top deck saw me taking an innocent swig from my can of coke and then announced...

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Going … going … gone

Dec 01, 11 Going … going … gone

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Movember has been and gone and I’ve been growing a beard … and thank goodness it’s over … so say goodbye to beardy boy …

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Belly Dancing … part deux

Jun 23, 11 Belly Dancing … part deux

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This is getting to be a habit … A night out in London with the lads from the team and where do we end up again … Belly dancing !!! This time it was a Moroccan restaurant in Covent Garden and it was me that was selected to dance. The food and ambience, and of course the dancing , were excellent … all in all a fantastic night out...

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