Monthly Archives: September 2008

Massa, the class act

From Straits Times, 29 Sept 08

A sanguine Massa, however, refused to blame his crew for the pit error.

‘We are all human beings, everybody can make mistakes. I am not the kind of guy who goes to the guy and fights with him. I go to the guy and give him even more motivation, because we need him and we need everybody together for the last races of the season.’

While I am sure there must be publicists drafting up this statement for him, this propels Massa to my league of class(y) acts. How gracious. 

Massa – you are already a winner.


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Sydney Sundays are for…

Strawberries at the beach 




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Sydney Saturdays are for…

Rummaging in markets (Glebe)

Chilling in cafes (Bird Cow Fish in Surry Hills)

Browsing in bookstores (2nd hand bookshop in Paddington)

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Still enamoured with flowers


“Let us dance in the sun, wearing wild flowers in our hair…”  ~Susan Polis Shutz


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Fashion takes on Diapers!


This must be the most interesting fashion show that I have ever come across! 

Diaper Fashion for adults takes off in Japan, in part due to their aging population! And it’s not a one type fits all. 

The worldwide diaper (babies) market is around US$22.2 billion (’05), but with declining birth-rates and aging population across the world, consumer companies will now be focusing even more on this market! 

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Battle in Seattle

And so I learnt in class that the OECD’s Multilateral Agreement on Investment (MAI) was first known as the Multilateral Investment Agreement (MIA), but since MIA is better known for “Missing in Action”, it was suggested that there be a change in name to MAI. Interesting bit of tidbit here for me, the trade geek.

Change in name didn’t make a difference though, the MAI became MIA still, with possibly no hopes of revival (hmm, wondering whether I should be putting money on it with the comatose state of the WTO).

Well, Hollywood has decided to make a movie of the failed talks at WTO (specifically the 1999 Seattle Round), called “Battle in Seattle. It’s a flick that I will like to catch, although I suspect that it will veer towards the sensationalistic aspects of the protests, but hey, all passion displayed (regardless of which side you are on, rightly or wrongly) is sensational. No? (Note: For the guys, it stars Charlize Theron and for the girls, Martin Henderson, aka Mr. Darcy in Bride & Prejudice).  

Check out the trailer!


Signing off, still a geek @ heart

PS: Wondering if Hollywood has run out of ideas for movies, what’s with Bangkok Dangerous and this niche WTO production)? But I may be underestimating the power of Hollywood. Perhaps this WTO flick is a reminder to all of us that despite all the ills of the WTO, it’s still the only multilateral organisation governing trade, where countries (big or small) can have a voice. Or I’m just sprouting my own propaganda?

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All traffic lights should look like this

Credits: Discovered via Holga

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