[Preview] Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy the movie

[Preview] Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy the movie

The adaptation of a book to the silver screen almost always causes problems, with diehard fans watching with a critical eye to make sure that the source material is faithfully adapted and the right person is cast for the role. The movie version of Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, however, proves to have handled itself well with regards to such aspects despite having to live up to a well-loved 1979 television mini-series adaptation, where the one and only Alex Guinness played the main protagonist, and to the book’s status as a classic in the espionage genre – no surprise considering writer...

A musing about giving

A musing about giving

Christmas has just passed us by and the New Year is upon us. The season of giving continues, but why are we giving? Over the years, I have worked in various capacities with social support groups such as charities, public service organisations and social enterprises. My experiences inform me that the motivation to give comes in a myriad of shapes and sizes, from the random to the rational, from the mundane to the inane.

Inter-Hall Games 2012

Inter-Hall Games 2012

By the time you read this, the Inter-Hall Games 2012 (IHG) will have already made a prompt beginning to the new year. Having begun on 3 January, 2012, the games will go on until 13th February, 2012. The six halls of residences – Eusoff, Kent Ridge, King Edward VII, Raffles, Sheares and Temasek – will compete in a wide array of sporting events to decide who shall walk away, crowned as the IHG Sports Champions. Eusoff Hall won last year’s overall championship for the fourth consecutive time and will be looking to make it five. Having seen the other halls...

[Campus Sports] Singapore University Games 2011 Round-up

[Campus Sports] Singapore University Games 2011 Round-up

The SuniG 2011 Overall Champions Title was a closely contested affair between NUS and arch-rivals, NTU as new games were introduced into the fold. But TeamNUS overcame the dividing barriers securing 24 Gold medals (5 more than NTU) and with 13 Championship Gold Medals (outplaying NTU by a single Gold) won the title in 2011. Cricket (M), Cross country (W), Handball (M), Netball (W), Rugby (M), Squash (W), Table Tennis (M), Volleyball (W), Waterpolo (M) and 9-ball Pool (Mix) added a gold medal each to the tally. Team NUS also excelled in sports such as Swimming (M), Tennis (Men and...

NUS campus radio gets new home

NUS campus radio gets new home

NUS’ own campus radio station – Radio Pulze – will soon get a new home in a small studio located next to Starbucks at the Education Resource Centre (ERC) in University Town. The new studio was completed in December last year and will be ready for use this semester, starting in January. Although construction of the studio was slated to finish in October last year, additional improvements to the design and acoustics were found to be required after the ERC was completed. President of Radio Pulze, Dexter Tan, a third-year communications and new media student, explained, “When we went to...

[Book review] American Wife, by Curtis Sittenfeld

[Book review] American Wife, by Curtis Sittenfeld

American Wife makes for a riveting read. But, here lies the catch – it is a 600 page saga spanning fifty years, based loosely on the American power couple that everyone loves to hate – George and Laura Bush. I must therefore admit that while I am partial to such sweeping sagas, American Wife is not for everyone. Alice Lindgren is a kindergarten teacher living a staid life in 1970s Wisconsin. Of course, this is barring the fact that she inadvertently killed her boyfriend in a car accident at the tender age of seventeen. (Reminiscent of Laura Bush’s tragic past,...

On FASS Elections 2011

I refer to Augustin Chiam’s “Friends, Students, Candidates – Lend Me Your Ears!” article in the Opinion Desk (pp. 28 – 29) of the October 2011’s issue of The Ridge. Thank you, Augustin, for your considerable interest in observing how different faculties conduct their annual elections. In a year marked by two landmark Singapore elections, it’s sad to see how some students are vociferous critics of politics, but remain largely apathetic to what goes on in their backyard and how their subscription fees are being spent by their student management committees (MC). On Representation Indeed, your question on representativeness and...