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One of the best things about the way Singapore does the F1, is the supporting entertainment , arranged at locations around the track. This year it’s Robbie Williams who takes the headline spot at the post race Padang, but I’m far more interested in finally getting to see the Pet Shop Boys.  I say finally, as they are one of the few acts that I was really into during the `80’s that I’ve never seen.  Somehow I managed to miss them the…

For the last three days now, the topic of haze has not been far from Singaporean lips.  While not the first time that Singapore has been enveloped in smoke from nearby Indonesia, this time it’s worse than anyone can remember. The smoke haze seems at it’s worst at dusk and dawn, when the filtered light combined with the smoke, brings a gloomy air to the city.  The city’s landmarks, the skyscrapers, Singapore Flyer (a larger version of the London Eye) and the…

When Kraftwerk take to the stage, it’s hard to believe that this group of middle aged men are the godfathers of modern electronic and dance music.  Take away their Tron outfits, and they’d easily pass for your average high school geography teacher.  But as the show gets underway it becomes quickly apparent how influential their musical legacy still is, and just how shockingly futuristic their music must have sounded to those who first heard the ground breaking “Autobahn” way back in 1974. This new…

Wakeboarding is one of the few adrenalin sports you can do here in Singapore.  Last weekend Lip joined us, superb rider.  If I could be 20% as good as this I’d be very happy.  We generally ride with Edge Wakeboarding, based up in the Pungoll Marina Country Club

Singapore, not exactly the music capital if the world, has been lucky for the last three years to host Laneway, an annual Indie based music festival, originally created in Australia. This year it’s set in the sumptuous and slightly surreal surroundings of Gardens by the Bay, and has a good nice vibe to it, with it’s man made amphitheater, and a full moon to further enhance the mood. Click here for a Spotify playlist of this years best acts The annual parade of fey…

For discerning fans of alternative western music, Singapore is on something of a roll this week. Earlier in the week, it was Garbage who entertained crowds at Fort Canning.  Tonight it’s New Order turn, who, 32 years, after the demise of their earlier incarnation, Joy Division, finally make their debut in the Lion city. They seem genuinely pleased to be here, singer Bernard Sumner repeatedly extolling the city’s virtues during the show.  The warmth is returned, the band are greeted with feverish excitement,…