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by Ecka Dimmock
Fri, 30 Dec 2005 12:47 pm
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: How did you get my number?
Replies: 37
Views: 7261

On the other hand

On the other side of the coin, I notice a lot of organizations here that don't seem to teach their staff how to answer the phone: not mom-and-pop operations either, but banks, insurance companies and large companies. When I call, all I get is "Hello?" making me think I've dialled wrongly and actuall...
by Ecka Dimmock
Mon, 12 Dec 2005 7:47 am
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: Sydney Race Riots
Replies: 19
Views: 3653

Re: Sydney Race Riots

Don't know whether anyone else has picked up on this yet but follow the link: http://news.ninemsn.com.au/article.aspx?id=75226 There has always been tension between the 'white' community and the middle eastern communty in Sydney's South/South West and I suppose the recent gang rape case pushed over...
by Ecka Dimmock
Fri, 09 Dec 2005 11:57 am
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: Indifference to global warming...
Replies: 15
Views: 2529

Global warming

Yes, but all global warming strategies need decades to bear fruit, whereas the average political term is only for 3-5 years. I wish the countries like the US and Australia could take the lead, rather than finding excuses not to reduce their greenhouse gas output. At the moment, everyone agrees that ...
by Ecka Dimmock
Fri, 02 Dec 2005 10:49 am
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: Van Nguyen Prayer Thread
Replies: 109
Views: 20845

Well, Ecka - it's like with statistics, I could say the same - what's notable is the reaction of the ordinary Australian who is sick to the back teeth at the way our laws are so inefficiently enforced and that we should not try to influence another country's legal system. I'd agree with them. I thi...
by Ecka Dimmock
Fri, 02 Dec 2005 10:40 am
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: Van Nguyen Prayer Thread
Replies: 109
Views: 20845

OMG, so partial blame is your excuse for mercy? What about his total disrespect for the laws of the country he entered? He wasn't retarded, was he? Yes, he should have been given a second chance, but that's not what Singapore's laws on drug trafficking provide. You are warned during the flight, you...
by Ecka Dimmock
Fri, 02 Dec 2005 9:57 am
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: Van Nguyen Prayer Thread
Replies: 109
Views: 20845

As much as I am against the death penalty, I don't understand this outpouring of grief for Nguyen. Would you feel any different if someone dear to you, like your little brother or sister or your child wasted away in front of your eyes because of the drugs provided by Nguyen? Unless he forced it on ...
by Ecka Dimmock
Fri, 02 Dec 2005 9:23 am
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: Van Nguyen Prayer Thread
Replies: 109
Views: 20845

Well, it is done. I must say that by all accounts Van himself showed admirable courage, and seems to have used his time in prison to make peace with himself, his family and God. What's also notable is the reaction of ordinary Australians (an no, Vaucluse, I don't mean the government) and the outpour...
by Ecka Dimmock
Wed, 16 Nov 2005 9:23 am
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: What Quality Do You Most Admire in People?
Replies: 48
Views: 7717

Re: What Quality Do You Most Admire in People?

Sense of humour, particularly the quality of not taking oneself too seriously.

I hate arrogance (and apathy too, I guess, but can't be bothered doing anything about it 8) )
by Ecka Dimmock
Thu, 20 Oct 2005 9:18 am
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: Should the law go easier on low IQ offenders?
Replies: 18
Views: 3729

My View

I'd say that if there is doubt about the accused capacity to form criminal intent or to understand the implications of their actions, an assessment should be done by a competent psychologist / psychiatrist, based on more than just an IQ test (a concept originally invented in 1905 to remove "imbecile...
by Ecka Dimmock
Thu, 04 Aug 2005 9:22 am
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: Star Wars: Backstroke of the West
Replies: 3
Views: 1225

Star Wars: Backstroke of the West

Here's a link to a guy's blog with some hilarious subtitles to Revenge of the Sith from China. Apparently, the movie was dubbed into Chinese and then retranslated into English (by someone with a very ideosyncratic grasp of the language!) Note that "The Jedi Council" is translated as "The Presbyteria...
by Ecka Dimmock
Thu, 04 Aug 2005 8:44 am
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: Religions
Replies: 32
Views: 5355

Religious stats

If you're interested in religious stats, this site is pretty comprehensive and well researched (including lots of religions you've probably never heard of):

http://www.adherents.com/

and if specifically Singapore, scroll down this page: http://www.adherents.com/adhloc/Wh_297.html#683
by Ecka Dimmock
Fri, 02 Jan 2004 3:59 pm
Forum: Careers & Jobs in Singapore
Topic: teaching
Replies: 2
Views: 4669

Try International Schools

You could also try the international schools, of which there are several - The Australian International School, (www.AIS.com.sg), Chatsworth International School, United World College of South East Asia, International family school as well as Canadian and American schools. Most offer preschool right...

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