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Resurrecting the blog

The Tatham family blog is back by popular demand. Well, not that popular. Only granny from England said she wanted to see some photos of the kids! This probably will become a photo blog, not that it was ever anything more, as I have no time to write anything and I’ve stopped bringing my laptop [...]

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African killer bee

Ouch! I was stung by an African Killer Bee, or at least a Singaporean Not-quite-lethal-but-still-bloody-painful Bee. Or was it a hornet? You can only see a part of it in the photo, the remainder of the insect is in my upper thigh pumping venom into me. As soon as it happened — at home, so [...]

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a white Christmas?

Phil’s parents were last seen two weeks ago. Presumed snowed in. We’ll dig them out for Christmas.

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Happy Father’s Day

Olive and I hit the zoo again this morning and when we returned home my two little monkeys, Olive and the squeaky one with no name, gave me a father’s day present: a hotdog. This may seem an unusual gift but when daddy has been surviving on Chinese confinement food for two weeks, a crappy [...]

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trench warfare in Singapore

Call me paranoid but when you return home from work to find the landlord has dug a one-meter-long open trench in front of your door you have a right to be concerned. Our landlord happens to be the Singapore government, in the form of the Singapore Land Authority (SLA). Did the SLA warn us it [...]

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grandparents in town

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using an iPhone 3GS as a modem

A friend recently introduced me to internet tethering using an iPhone as a wireless modem. Amazing! I don’t even need to touch the phone, I just connect the laptop to the phone wirelessly via Bluetooth then surf the net using the phone’s 3G connection. Obviously you don’t need to do that if you’re already in [...]

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Graffiti Singapore-style

In a rare display of disobedience, some naughty fellow has spray painted graffiti on the sidewalk outside my office. “We are in love”. Radical! Only in Singapore. Hopefully this romantic rebel won’t be tracked down by the police otherwise he faces a jail term and caning.

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tiny treehugger

Our tiny treehugger always wants to explore the forest around the house. “Livvy wants go jungle see baby tiger” is the usual request. We haven’t seen any tigers yet but we did find a discarded snake skin this afternoon:

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It’s official: I’m overweight

This morning I walked to Alexandra Hospital (taking a shortcut through the morgue, which is rather appropriate) to pick up my health screening report. Two weeks ago I’d spent a morning at the hospital doing blood tests (two rounds because the first nurse couldn’t find a vein), urine and stool tests (“please don’t go there” [...]

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We’re pregnant!!!

My darling wife is three months pregnant! Olive will soon have a little brother or sister to play with! We’re so happy. Olive’s granny was visiting from the UK last week and Olive’s two aunties were down from Kuala Lumpur so we celebrated with a Champagne breakfast in the Botanic Gardens. Croissants from Laurent Bernard [...]

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learn to fly by Christian Letruria

If you’re suffering from Singapore island fever or tiring of Christmas shopping in featureless Singapore malls that all contain exactly the same shops, dim the lights, turn up the volume and enjoy this beautiful video of blue cranes learning to fly that was shot in South Africa by Christian Letruria with music by Sigur Ros [...]

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While clearing out the spare room this morning I found an old diary of mine from the early 1980s. I think Sue Townsend must have used this as inspiration for her Adrian Mole series of books: Thursday 5 January 1984 [In London] After breakfast Mum took me shopping round Carnaby Street, we went by tube. [...]

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Where were you when the Berlin Wall came down twenty years ago today? I was selling ridiculously expensive Christmas trees and glass baubles in the Christmas Decorations department (or Xmas Decs, as we called it) of Harrods in Knightsbridge, London. I was 18 years old and just beginning my gap year between school and university. [...]

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NY Philharmonic plays in Singapore

Since my dear wife and robot baby (I taught Olive to walk like a robot and she prefers this to regular walking) are out of town for ten days, I’m enjoying a rare holiday at home. On Tuesday evening I caught the New York Philharmonic at the Esplanade Concert Hall. With new conductor Alan Gilbert [...]

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Pina Coladas with the President

LOL, I’ve been invited for cocktails with the President of Singapore at The Istana (the palace). I’ve lived here for nine years and this is my first invite; I was beginning to think they’d forgotten about me! The Istana does open its grounds to the public on most public holidays but I’ve never made it [...]

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happy deepavali

Wishing all readers a happy deepavali. We celebrated deepavali with Sri, Don and kids, Ritchel, Andy, Claudia, Christopher and Babs at Andhra Curry restaurant on Kerbau Road in Singapore’s Little India. This place specializes in food from Andhra Pradesh, in particular Hyderabadi biryani. We didn’t try the biryani so we’ll have to go back for [...]

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singapore grand prix

I love the Singapore Grand Prix weekend. I caught the first two days of racing from the track and the actual race from the stands. The weather was perfect, there were some great bands playing, plenty of beer tents and loads of unhealthy food. Add to that a private lunch hosted by Porsche with free [...]

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dolphin slaughter in Japan

This evening Sandy and I went to the cinema for the first time since Olive was born … she’s 16 months old! We celebrated this happy event by watching a documentary about dolphin slaughter! “The Cove” is a powerful documentary – so well edited that it’s like watching a thriller – about dolphins being slaughtered [...]

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window grilles

We’ve finally had window grilles installed on all our windows to stop Livvy from taking the quick way out of the flat. It’s only really been a worry in the bedrooms where Olive climbs on the beds and can open the windows — in the past we’ve kept the bedroom doors shut but she can [...]

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Singapore road trip

We were fortunate to have the use of a friend’s car for the national day long weekend so we packed maps, compass and survival gear and planned several long road trips. OK, Singapore is only 23 km north to south and 42 km east to west so we ain’t talkin’ USA coast to coast here. [...]

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Gurrumul

Wishlist: “Gurrumul”, debut album by Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu, an indigenous Australian musician, who sings in the Yolngu language.

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Living in one of Singapore’s only neighbourhoods with no cable access means we rely on Starhub’s wireless network, the Digital Terrestrial Television (DTTV) system, for our viewing needs. We get a much more limited range of channels than regular cable subscribers but it’s better than nothing (also known as Singapore TV). We haven’t left the [...]

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London: snowflake city

[click to enlarge photo] Look at the wonder in Oscar’s eyes! “Why is this white stuff falling out of the sky?” We’re snow jealous! We had hoped for a white Christmas back in the UK but the snow arrived a month too late. We can only sit back in sweaty, equatorial Singapore and dream of [...]

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vodka shots

My dentist is a genius. I went back to Singapore’s National Dentist Centre yesterday to have my stitches removed and the dentist presented me with this evil-looking syringe. Apparently the hole left in my gum following my wisdom tooth extraction is so big that part of the bone is exposed. Worried that I might leave [...]

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wisdom tooth extraction

Breakfast (Continued from post below, scroll down for more.) I see from my blog stats that quite a few people have been directed here by Google having searched for “wisdom tooth extraction”. I did exactly the same thing: I read people’s experiences before I felt brave enough to go under the knife. I hate dental [...]

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naughty nurses

An hour ago my second lower wisdom tooth was removed at Singapore General Hospital’s National Dental Centre and I’m now back home in the care of Nurse Olive. When I dreamt of meeting a cute young SGH nurse I didn’t expect her to be only seven months old. The procedure must have been pretty fast [...]

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Alternative news sources

Today I received an email from Guy Kawasaki—yes, the Guy Kawasaki (Mac users will know him)—saying that islandhippy is one of the 40 blogs featured on the Singapore page of Alltop, the online news site. According to Kawasaki, Alltop is an “online magazine rack of popular topics. We update the stories every hour. Pick a [...]

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house guests

From the left: Don, Ainsley (in white), Keisa (in red), Sandy and Olive; Olive, looking for guests in her playhouse; Joe. Childhood friend Joe spent the weekend with us following a business trip to KL and Singapore. We took him out to some of Singapore’s more colourful neighbourhoods, where we ate and drank far too [...]

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Singapore Grand Prix

I attended all three days of the Singapore Grand Prix and loved it. With a walkabout ticket I had access to just over a half of the track so I wandered around looking for the best spot to catch the actual race. In the end I plumped for a spot on Esplanade Drive standing a [...]

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