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  • Raffles, Singapore, Calcutta and Bengal

    Raffles, Singapore, Calcutta and Bengal

    When a young man came to Singapore from Calcutta many years ago, he didn’t know he was following in the footsteps of Sir Stamford Raffles. The one difference: He came by air. Raffles came by sea — on the ship Indiana, with his deputy, Major William Farquhar, on board another vessel, the Ganges.

  • Tim Berners-Lee and his World Wide Web

    Tim Berners-Lee and his World Wide Web

    Google tweeted today: “27 years ago today, Tim Berners-Lee and Robert Cailliau published their proposal for a little something called the ‘WorldWideWeb’.” That was the first web browser.

  • Anthony Howard and the old New Statesman

    Anthony Howard and the old New Statesman

    I just came across Anthony Howard on Wikipedia. He was the editor of the New Statesman when I used to look forward to every issue of the weekly. Just out of high school, reading English as an undergrad, I had a thing about newspapers and magazines back then. Shakespeare and Wordsworth were all very grand […]

  • Feedbin, Feedly, Inoreader, Newsblur: News aggregators compared

    Feedbin, Feedly, Inoreader, Newsblur: News aggregators compared

    The Readability bookmarking service was shut down on September 30. But Readability’s armchair icon can still be found in the Feedbin news aggregator. It’s what makes reading articles in Feedbin so simple and easy on the eye. Click on the armchair icon and you get to read the entire article from any website  in a […]

  • Hicky and Aveek Sarkar, Hastings and Mamata Banerjee

    Hicky and Aveek Sarkar, Hastings and Mamata Banerjee

    Reading about the first newspaper in India reminded me of Aveek Sarkar, the colourful newspaper proprietor. He is also based in the same city, Calcutta (now called Kolkata), where the Irishman James Augustus Hicky launched the Bengal Gazette or the Original Calcutta General Advertiser in 1780 (see image.)

  • The internet before Google

    The internet before Google

    What was the internet like before Google? It’s time to look back because we just crossed a milestone.

  • William Zinsser: On Writing Well

    William Zinsser: On Writing Well

    Journalist and writing teacher William Zinsser says in his book, On Writing Well: “I’m occasionally asked if I can recall a moment when I knew I wanted to be a writer. No such blinding flash occurred. I only knew that I thought I would like to work for a newspaper.” Zinsser, who was born on […]

  • Rabbit Redux: From hot metal to cold type

    From hot metal to cold type to online, newspapers have undergone two revolutions since the Cold War. The news used to come hot off the press, the words set on stone. It was a noisy business.

  • Cheong Yip Seng: Inside The Straits Times

    There is a tide in the affairs of menWhich, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune. Those lines from Julius Caesar certainly apply to Cheung Yip Seng, who loves Shakespeare. His musician father brought the family over on a ship from Penang to Singapore, where in 1963 Cheung, then 20 years old, got a […]