Grab Him, Don't Let Him Go!
Prize-winning Singaporean violinist, 12 year old Gabriel Ng is returning to Singapore to play at the Esplanade Concert Hall.
Gabriel recently emerged the first prize winner (intermediate category) at the XIV Andrea Postacchini International Violin Competition in Italy in May 2007. He was also awarded the Grand Prize, as overall winner of this competition, becoming the first Singaporean to achieve this distinction.
But get this: Gabriel lives in ... SURREY! As does most of his family. That's in England. South of London. That's where my ex-wife lives - she's got this nice little two-down place, needs a fair bit of work, but it's good spot for a quiet ale.
And, note, he is very much the English football fan, it says this morning in the ST.
You know what this means don't you? Not about the ex-wife, or the football, but about where Gabriel lives!
Here we have yet another blatant attempt by a wily Singaporean to use musical genius, a crucial career phase that centres around his youth, and the fact that he and his family live 12 thousand miles away as excuses to avoid his inexcapable national duty to crawl through the mud on Sentosa, I mean Selatar, as part of paying his grand entitlement to provide National Service security for this great, expensive, tiny, little island... We need to protect our
And we need his artistic, delicate and dexterous fingers to pull the trigger and splatter people into bits on our behalf. [Being merely Foreign Talent, not actually Singaporean and hence not entitled to voice an opinion, all collective comments I make like "we", "our", etc... are purely rhetorical.]
It makes you wonder. Do these people have no shame? Sneaking off at 8 or 10 to hide in plain view, using world-wide acclaim and the glare of the musical spotlight to blind them to their OBLIGATIONS!
I think the Gahmen and the NKF, or the NSF, whatever it's called, the freaking army, should grab him as he leaves the stage next month and lock him up until he's 18 and MAKE SURE he doesn't leave this gloriously free little red dot until he's done his two years.
Remember, it's only free because we force people to do their stint!
We don't want an embarassing encore of the Melvyn Tan incident.
Hell, we wouldn't want to people to think of Singapore as anything less than a glorious Shopping Disneyland. With the Death Penalty. And a lot of trapped claustrophboic people in the NS could be doing something useful, something they have talent for, like fiddling while Singapore burns.
OTHER MONKEYS SAID
I used to live in Surrey too. Actually.
Exactly where in Surrey I can't be sure: I travelled on the train till it stopped then she picked me up and we watched the World Cup final at a pub called the Greyhound, near a small lake. Then I went home on the train and nearly pissed meself...