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22
Mar

Love Finds A Way

This morning I finished the painting you see above. It’s 30×20 inches and will hang opposite the entranceway to my studio here in Singapore. So everyone who comes in will see it. You can also catch a glimpse of the painting from the comfortable chairs in the lounge outside the…

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15
Mar

The Art Of The Possible

“Politics is the art of the possible.” Otto von Bismark I’ve always been fascinated by this quote, attributed to the 19th Century German politician known as the Iron Chancellor. On the one hand it recognises how human interactions, especially when they involve matters of power and social importance are always…

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14
Mar

Esperanza Spalding Live In Singapore

Last night Singapore was treated to a concert of the highest quality by one the brightest sparks in the music world, Esperanza Spalding. Touring on the back of her recent album, Radio Music Society and here as part of the Mosaic Music Festival, Esperanza and her full 12 piece band…

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8
Mar

Doctor Who

“Why are you so dressed up?” My daughter hit me with this question as we met after school recently. I had been at an event and was wearing a slim-fit black shirt, dark jeans and boots. I reminded my daughter that I often picked her from school dressed like this…

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1
Mar

Rilke On Marriage

I don’t often write about relationships. However, I wanted to share the following quote, from poet Rainer Maria Rilke. I’m thankful to my friend, composer and saxophonist Spike Mason, for introducing me to Rilke’s work (Spike recently released an amazing set of Jazz compositions, Widening Circles, based on Rilke’s poems)….

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28
Feb

Norah Jones Live In Singapore

Norah Jones is one of my favourite contemporary singer-songwriters. So, it was with a sense of giddy anticipation that I booked tickets last year for last night’s performance at the new, 5,000 seat Star Theatre here in Singapore. The anticipation proved to be worth it, because it was a wonderful…

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27
Feb

12 Twitter Accounts To Follow In Singapore

I’m always on the lookout for new and interesting people on Twitter (where you find me as @fernandogros), especially creative voices here where I live, in Singapore. However, I don’t often find curated lists of people to follow. By contrast, in Hong Kong, there were a few really good lists….

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25
Feb

Social Media Week Singapore – Music

Social Media Week Singapore recently had an evening with three events focussed on music and social media, sponsored by the online music platform Deezer. The night was hosted by Broadcast HQ, which is a cleverly designed bar, bistro, music store and live venue. Where Music, Social & Tech Collide The…

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24
Feb

CD Is Dead To Me

Yesterday I ordered some music from Amazon. Although ordering music online is nothing new for most of us, this time the order was a little different, all four albums were on Vinyl. I’ve decided, from this day onwards, I won’t buy another CD. On Being A Late Adopter When CDs…

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21
Feb

LiveTweeting Tips

With Social Media Week in full swing, I thought it might be good to share a few things I’ve learnt from LiveTweeting talks and conferences over the past few years. I’ve made these Twitter specific, because I believe whatever the relative merits of different social media platforms, none comes close…

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