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Thursday, July 20, 2006
Thank you John Harper
A big Thank You, Terima Kaseh, 谢谢, to John Harper for his articles.
I am sure many of you are touched by this man’s love for our little country and awed by his amazing memory. The only reason, I think, that anyone can remember such details from nearly half a century ago, is because he thinks and talks frequently about them.
I have also found his articles to be very educational. The last one about Schools for example, has given us some interesting insights into the British Educational System on which ours is based.
His description of the Orchard Road section has taught us something that many Singaporeans, including myself, probably did not know, or remember – that the stretch of Orchard Road in front of the Lido Theatre and Hilton Hotel used to be a two-way street.
Also, how many young Singaporeans know that the Anchorage at Alexandra Road used to be a brewery (Anchor Brewery) and was formerly known as Archipelago Brewery; or that the Alexandra Hospital used to be called the British Military Hospital (BMH) “with a distinctive cross of St George painted on the roof”>
And prior to reading his articles, I did not even know that places like Lloyd Leas or Wittering Road or Meteor Road existed.
Indeed, if I were a teacher, I certainly would ask my students to read these articles to gain some knowledge of our past.
So once again, Thank you John Harper. We hope to welcome you back to Singapore not once, but many times.