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The missing cartoons


‘We’re Coming For Dinner’ by Julian Samuel On 7 January 2015, at about 11.30am, Saïd and Chérif Kouachi entered the offices of French satirical weekly newspaper Charlie Hebdo in Paris. They killed 12 people and injured 11 others. Since then, vigils and protests have sprung up in cities all over the world, drawing millions to the streets in Paris and as many voices online where...

what we talk about when we talk about walking


I’m a walker.  For a teenage immigrant who had moved to Singapore in 1991, walking was a transformative act, a way of avoiding a heavily mediated landscape by skirting its periphery and only partially accepting the consuming monotony of where I lived. I trudged up the bumpy hills along Yishun Avenue 4 and Ring Road, Bad Religion and Fugazi blaring on my Walkman. The hills converged and ended...

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