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Where Singaporean Angels Fear To Tread – Religion, Race & Politics

Posted by intellisg on March 11, 2007

The origins of diplomacy can be traced back to the 13th century, when Francesco Sforza first created a network of embassies throughout the continent. It was in the Italian crèche that much of conventions and treatise related to saying and doing the right things first evolved – such as presenting credentials to a head of state. Along with the black arts, much of which still remains unwritten. Like the Ancient Jedi order, Freemasons and the Mickey Mouse fan club, diplomats too have their secret handshakes, codes, signals and cues to ensure they remain surefooted with their dealings with pesky foreigners. Little lifesavers like, the proper way to enter a Bedouin encampment by parting the left sleeve of the curtain instead of the right (that takes you to the back straight into a simmering pot).Or how to dispose off sticky date pips without causing an international faux pas. Along with of course the golden rule:

“Never talk about religion, race or politics! Never.”

If you are wondering whether this time honored warning sounds reminiscent of how our government expects all bloggers to conduct themselves in the internet – well spotted old chap! Read the rest of this entry »


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Today’s Reads (Mar 11)

Posted by intellisg on March 11, 2007

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