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Desperate Times? Sunday, 26 February 2006

Posted by dragonzlad in Uncategorized.
Was just reading about a GB’s conversation with a cabbie when his blog got me thinking of the nights I walked back to my apartment after a late night out in London. It was pretty late at night and my pal and I were walking back after walking around in London. It was very quiet as it was Christmas and most were away with their families. And we happened to have gotten a room in one of the university’s hostel which is desolated since its Christmas. One of the quietest Christmas I had. Anyway, we weren’t too sure to be glad or worried that the streets were quiet. Glad coz we know the chances of being mugged would be smaller but worried because if we did get mugged, there wouldn’t be anyone to help. It also got me thinking about how much safer I thought Singapore was. It used to be safe enough to walk around past midnight. But it doesn’t seem to be the case anymore, after the armed robbery and shooting of a pub owner earlier this month. Shocking not because someone got killed but rather we haven’t had a shooting incident for a long time. Yet suddenly, there were 2 cases. I guess these were isolated incidents. I would still like to go midnight blading along east coast or a late night run after all.


1. Gay banker - Wednesday, 8 March 2006

I guess people reading that posting of mine might get the impression that London is a dangerous place. I think a fairer characterisation would be that, like most cities in the world, there are a few areas to avoid. I rarely come into contact with people who know the unsafe side of London, which is why the conversation with the cabbie was so fascinating to me.

In my opinion, Singapore has perhaps been artifically safe in it’s recent history. It’s not natural. Murder and shootings are terrible, but perhaps it just means that Singapore is growing up a bit?

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