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by Ecka Dimmock
Tue, 21 Nov 2006 10:52 am
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: Need to Find Subject Matter Experts
Replies: 5
Views: 1831

What I would do, I think, is to approach either an engineering firm or faculty of a university (say NTU) since it seems what you need is an expert witness. If there is any consumer protection/advertising standards body here they may be in a position to advise you or even help provide funds, if this ...
by Ecka Dimmock
Sun, 15 Oct 2006 7:39 am
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: Women wearing the Veil
Replies: 8
Views: 2512

And, this kind of anonymous hiding of women is, in my opinion, a bizarre religious practice that has no place in an open and free society. It's OK in Singapore though, surely? :wink: While I have reservations about veils myself, I feel that an open and free society ceases to be such when it starts ...
by Ecka Dimmock
Thu, 12 Oct 2006 6:58 am
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: Women wearing the Veil
Replies: 8
Views: 2512

Well, there was a couple of years ago when the Ministry of Education banned Muslim head coverings from primary schools, but the local Islamic authrorities supported the decision. However, the local Muslim women usually cover their hair but not their faces: the full veil seems to be more of an Arab t...
by Ecka Dimmock
Sun, 23 Jul 2006 8:14 am
Forum: Strictly Speaking
Topic: Current Lebanon Crisis
Replies: 26
Views: 17881

I'd say Israel has to do this sooner or later. Hezbollah captured two soldiers this time, so in that light it might seem an overreaction, but that was only the latest in a long series of attacks. No country would tolerate sharing a border with Hezbollah for long, if there was something they could do...
by Ecka Dimmock
Tue, 13 Jun 2006 6:49 pm
Forum: Strictly Speaking
Topic: MOE says Native English teachers needed!
Replies: 84
Views: 61826

The British economy has so far struggled along despite the Welsh, Cockneys and Geordies. The point is, that most of the arguments you see against Singlish here are economic: that no-one will trade with them if they don't speak "standard English", whatever that is. I was merely observing that other ...
by Ecka Dimmock
Tue, 13 Jun 2006 9:27 am
Forum: Strictly Speaking
Topic: MOE says Native English teachers needed!
Replies: 84
Views: 61826

I don't see that there is necessarily any conflict between Singlish and 'standard' English being taught in schools. The main misapprehension I see here is the assumption that people only speak one register of English for all purposes. In fact, people can and do vary their speech according to setting...
by Ecka Dimmock
Mon, 24 Apr 2006 6:05 am
Forum: Leisure Chat, Jokes, Rubbish
Topic: Notorious Rapper B.I.G. in standard English (funny)
Replies: 10
Views: 2545

Re: Notorious Rapper B.I.G. in standard English (funny)

Althought the origin at the top is almost certainly false, the rest of this is pretty funny. If you think Singlish is bad, it's worth remembering that other cultures also have nonstandard versions of English. http://www.slurb.com/rfrancis/ebonics.html It's rather funny, but it's not another culture...
by Ecka Dimmock
Sun, 23 Apr 2006 8:59 am
Forum: Leisure Chat, Jokes, Rubbish
Topic: Notorious Rapper B.I.G. in standard English (funny)
Replies: 10
Views: 2545

Notorious Rapper B.I.G. in standard English (funny)

Althought the origin at the top is almost certainly false, the rest of this is pretty funny.

If you think Singlish is bad, it's worth remembering that other cultures also have nonstandard versions of English.

http://www.slurb.com/rfrancis/ebonics.html
by Ecka Dimmock
Fri, 31 Mar 2006 7:57 pm
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: British men..... :?
Replies: 14
Views: 2719

Not sure what the explanation is, but I'm reminded of Get Smart episode when he's in South America somewhere, and he notices something odd about the town. He asks a local about it. "A few days a go, some bandits came through and took all our women" "Yeah? well, why don't you go after them?" "you eve...
by Ecka Dimmock
Thu, 30 Mar 2006 1:06 pm
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: How do you like the hot and humid weather here?
Replies: 23
Views: 6776

honestly??? what mosquitos? I think I have been bitten about twice in my 5 months here. The thing I miss most is a nice cool breeze, and that fresh feeling that comes with it. But hey, give me endless summer! Well, we live in a rather jungly bit of the island, which is nice in some ways (see more w...
by Ecka Dimmock
Thu, 30 Mar 2006 6:27 am
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: How do you like the hot and humid weather here?
Replies: 23
Views: 6776

I find it pretty uncomfortable, and I'd die without aircon.

I'm sort of used to it now, but I still need a shower after a short time outside. Definitely the humid, mosquito-filled air is not my favourite aspect.
by Ecka Dimmock
Tue, 28 Mar 2006 9:16 am
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: Baghdad Blog
Replies: 4
Views: 1372

I didn't find it full of horror, just an interesting glimpse of life in a war zone. When all you see in the media is guns, bombs and fanatics, it's good to be reminded that ordinary people are trying to live lives in the midst of all of it: studying, working, celebrating birthdays etc. It did cross ...
by Ecka Dimmock
Fri, 17 Mar 2006 10:16 am
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: Wow!!
Replies: 21
Views: 4089

Re: Google Earth

Ecka Dimmock, you need to browse around here more......:mrgreen: If you look through the "Where is this...." thread you will see that we've been using Google Earth for many months already. Started with the 1st beta now on the 2nd or 3rd. Welcome back! sms Whoops, missed that.. Mea maxima culpa. Tha...
by Ecka Dimmock
Fri, 17 Mar 2006 8:42 am
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: Wow!!
Replies: 21
Views: 4089

Google Earth

Have you ever tried Google Earth? It's fascinating. It allows you to focus in pretty much anywhere (some places seem to be blurred out, I guess because of military installations) Have a look at places you used to live, St. Peter's basilica, Red Square, the Forbidden City and take a look at the stree...
by Ecka Dimmock
Fri, 27 Jan 2006 2:21 pm
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: Asian guys with white girls
Replies: 40
Views: 14109

Strange, isn't it, the generalizations applied to plusses and minuses of different races, nationalities etc? Lots of these are self-perpetuated. For example:- British traits..... Good..........Stiff upper lip, eccentric sense of humour, Bulldog mentality (We're here, and staying put, back off etc) ...

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