Monthly Archives: December 2007

Lessons in Legalese

‘There’s glory for you’ ‘I don’t know what you mean by “glory”,’ Alice said. Humpty Dumpty smiled contemptuously. ‘Of course you don’t—till I tell you. I meant, “there’s a nice knock down argument for you!”’ ‘But “glory” doesn’t mean “a nice knock down argument,”’ Alice objected. ‘When I use a word,’ Humpty Dumpty said, in a rather scornful tone, ‘it means just what I choose it to mean—neither more nor less.’ ‘The question is,’ said Alice, ‘whether you can make words mean so many different things.’ ‘The question is,’ said Humpty Dumpty, ‘which is to be master—that’s all.’

Lewis Carroll, Through the Looking Glass (1872) ch. 6

So now you know what the English law lords mean when they refer to a “Humpty-Dumpty” construction of terms.

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The Black Gates

Sifting through my jumble of dreams, I found at the bottom the black gates of hell. Hidden behind a battalion of trees, I ducked under branches and pushed aside leaves to see it. When finally my fingers closed on the iron wrought spokes, I pressed my face against the bars to see what all the fuss was about. It did not burn my hands or brand my face; it was cold with an emptiness that rang through my heart. I could see no further- it was night in hell.

I wrote that sometime ago and saved it on the family PC…I always have weirdass dreams like that- so I try to write down the most vivid ones before I forget. Completely forgot about that one until my dad forwarded it to me- he was cleaning up the PC. So strange.

On a happier note, FashBash rocked! Okay so the lighting was shite and it was crazy crowded but that’s what a floorplan is for: make a beeline for the really good nosh, pay up and get the heck out of there. The first time, it was a gorgeous beaded kaftan by ReshamM, this time it was an emerald green Luella Gisele tote. LOVE. *grin*

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For the rugged dandy

Although my own style is decidedly feminine and park avenue princess-y, I’d be bored to death if I’d had to look at just one style all my life. That’s one of the reasons why interior design attracts me so much- you design for others. And that’s what makes it so infinitely varied and dynamic. I would especially love doing a bachelor’s pad. I think I’ve just fallen in love with the imaginary proprietor of this room-

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(see the Louis XV chair peeping out from the left side? tossed off trainers and Louis XV chairs- swoooon)

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I especially love the bed- so masculine yet any girl would feel beyond comfortable in it. Isn’t that the point of a bachelor’s pad? *grin*

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A girl after my own heart

New design crush! Victoria Hagan. Love her.

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I love the graphic-ness, the quiet luxury. Can you tell she’s almost scarily perfectionistic?
And it all started with the most elegant wing chair I’ve ever seen in my life… haha okay then again, I haven’t seen very many.

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The Wainscott

I wish I had a side-view angle but oh well. You should see the lines from the side- so elegant! Oooh.

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Science vs Religion?

I will have to sheepishly admit to being a TIME fanatic. As a kid in secondary school, I devoured the weekly publication as if starved and practically hero worshipped Lance Morrow and Pico Iyer. I don’t read it as often now but I chanced upon a crisp copy on the dining table and happily thumbed through it between mouthfuls of teriyaki salmon (yum).

And to my great delight they served up my favourite debate ever: Science vs Religion

“Brain imaging illustrates -in colour!- the physical seat of the will and the passions, challenging the religious concept of a soul independent of glands and gristle”

I’ve never stopped being fascinated by this- even writing about it in the GP essay exam- and I think it has quite a lot to do with my endless whys. The infinite has always attracted me…if I could lie on a hilltop under the cloak of night and stare up into the feast of stars…why I think I would be lost in some flight of ecstasy. As a child, I believed everything- God, fairies, mermaids, wizards. And then I discovered that I had to choose- and it threw me into turmult. I went through a spate of condensed philosophical navigations- everything from Jostein Gardner to The Matrix to St Aquinas to the New Age section in Kinokuniya but it only brought me more questions than answers. I know how they always say that the right questions are everything but I hated that. I ONLY wanted answers- for questions I lacked not. When revelation came to me (through no act or leap of logic of my own) it was a welcome salve to my burning need for answers. But it was not a revelation that was logical in any way- I only knew that it was true, and real in a way that reality often is not. So I began to connect the dots. I knew the end point- I just needed to find the way to get there. So I read even more.

I don’t remember how many books or even WHAT I’ve read but I have come to draw my own conclusions that while satisfactory to appease my need for logic, are simultaneously hypothetical in a way that science (as it appears to me) will be unlikely to accept. In other words, a scientist might say that there is a lack of empirical evidence. That’s why they it call “faith” I suppose- there is a necessary leap of logic. To acknowledge possibility based on a theory is not the same as believing.

Anyway after all that, I just wanted to talk about the debate they featured in TIME between Richard Dawkins (author of “The God Delusion” and a evolutionist) and Francis Collins (a geneticist and director of the Human Genome Research Institute). Both scientists, the former is an atheist and the latter a Christian. Honestly I adored every single calm, measured answer that Collins had to Dawkin’s belligerence

“I find absolutely nothing in conflict between agreeing with Richard in practically all his conclusions about the natural world, and also saying that I am still able to accept and embrace the possibility that there are answers that science isn’t able to provide about the natural world- the questions about the why instead of the questions about how. I’m interested in the whys. I find many of those answers in the spiritual realm.”

“For you to argue that our noblest acts are a misfiring of Darwinian behavior does not do justice to the sense we all have about the absolutes that are involved here of good and evil…The moral law is a reason to think of God as plausible- not just a God who sets the universe in motion but a God who cares about human beings, because we seem uniquely amongst creatures on the planet to have this far-developed sense of morality.”

And my very favourite:

“Faith is not the opposite of reason. Faith rests squarely upon reason, but with the added component of revelation.”

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Yawp.

Lovely weather today!!! Very ang-moh if you know what I mean. Very late spring/early summer in England type of perfect.
Went to MPH to browse mags- was looking for my monthly Domino fix but they didn’t have it so I tried looking at some local publications. And EGAD (As Mr Lodge says) they are awful. Truly bluely!!!!! Even the “better” ones are so condo-showflat looking it’s disgusting. URGH.

Anyway I think the kind of interior design I like will only look nice in ang-moh countries because of the view. I mean you could do up an HDB flat beautifully inside but when you look out what are you going to see? The terracotta roofs of the Dalmatian coast? I don’t think so.

Sadly, tis true ’tis pity; And pity ’tis ’tis true.

My family (or rather my wacky sisters and I) have decided to answer all calls to our landline with “You have reached the winter of our discontent” (inspired by Reality Bites) M M M My Sharona…

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