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A Great “Lousy School”

WELCOME TO EDITION 829 of GRAPEVINE He did not attend “lousy school” Singapore Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan (pictured) appears foreign to good manners. Last week, on an open microphone during a parliamentary debate, the electronic gadget picked up his musings. He called another member of parliament “illiterate”. Balakrishnan continued his insult and apparently followed up …

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Better Off With Lone Wolves • No More Ping Pong Please

WELCOME TO EDITION 828 of GRAPEVINE  Why do we embarrass ourselves by “buying” China’s C or D players when their own country no longer needs them? To make matters worse, some of them return to China after representing Singapore, after becoming Singapore citizens. Singapore’s greatest Olympic successes have been in weightlifting and …

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Benjamin Glynn, model prisoner?

WELCOME TO EDITION 827 of GRAPEVINE  Benjamin Glynn – on an MRT train on 7 May 2021 – unmasked himself as a “Sovereign, Living Man” above Singapore law On Wednesday 18 August 2021, Singapore learnt that British national Benjamin Glynn was convicted of all charges against him and sentenced to six week’s jail. The …

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Thank You Very Much

WELCOME TO EDITION 826 of GRAPEVINE As of now, 91 of you have registered and paid to take part in The Tok Kong Tasting • Sunday 28 November 2021. Since we are capping capacity at 700 vaccinated participants, this means there are 609 places remaining. We started registration a week ago on 24 July 2021, and are …

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Fickle & Innocent Singapore

WELCOME TO EDITION 825 of GRAPEVINE Singapore Health Minister ONG Ye Kung, the snow-white, most innocent, trusting politician in the world When restrictions were eased 11 days ago on Monday 12 July 2021 to allow for up to 5 people to dine together in Singapore, this is what Minister of Health ONG Ye …

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Will He Be Quarantined?

WELCOME TO EDITION 824 of GRAPEVINE Singapore Finance Minister Lawrence Wong is in Venice today Friday 9 to Sunday 11 July 2021 to take part in meetings of the Group of 20. Other countries in the G20 include Argentina, Australia, Brazil, China, France, Germany, Japan, India, Indonesia, Italy, Mexico, Russia, South Africa, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Turkey, the United …

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GREAT CHAMPAGNE & GREAT BORDEAUX TOURS

WELCOME TO EDITION 823 of GRAPEVINE We have all been labouring under Covid restrictions for more than 16 months! Half of 2021 has gone by. Since late 2020, we have been planning our Great Bordeaux Tour 1 – 4 November 2021. Preceding that is the Great Champagne Tour 27 – 29 October 2021. If you …

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Great Champagne Tour 2021

WELCOME TO EDITION 822 of GRAPEVINE Lunch – Friday 29 October 2021 – will be at Chateau de Louvois, the spiritual home of Champagne Laurent Perrier Last week, we announced our Great Bordeaux Tour 2021 will take place 1 to 4 November. I am equally delighted to now inform, a few days before that, there will …

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Bordeaux Here We Come! 

WELCOME TO EDITION 821 of GRAPEVINE Chateau d’Yquem Chateau Petrus This coming 1, 2, 3 & 4 November 2021, we will be conducting our second public tour to Bordeaux. The trip has been a year in the planning. There are only 8 places. Participants must be vaccinated. You will be visiting: Yquem Petrus Haut-Brion Lafite …

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Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde Approach

WELCOME TO EDITION 820 of GRAPEVINE This is the part I don’t get. After their incredulous decision in allowing visitors from the sub-continent into the country – bringing the Indian variant to Singapore – the Multi-Ministry Task Force is now all cautious and postponing dining-in for another week – and, only possibly – to 21 …

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