:: trivia retrieved ::

Hey, pal. What’s a palindrome?

These are words that can be spelled backwards as well as forward. Examples are: level, radar, madam. What is the longest word-palindrome you can find? I don’t know the answer to that but an old colleague, Mr. Chia Wai Hon once gave me a sentence-palindrome which still sticks in my mind. It is attributed to a remark made by Napoleon when he was defeated and exiled to the island of Elba:

“Able was I ere I saw Elba.”

On another occasion I remember telling Mr. Chia the definition of a ‘true musician’ and he laughed more loudly than Dudley de Souza. (Question: Have you heard Dudley laughing in response to a joke?)

So, what is this definition of a ‘true musician”?

Here it is: A true musician is one who, when he hears a lady singing in the bathroom, creeps quietly up to the door, feels for the keyhole and then puts his EAR to the keyhole.

I wonder, with this definition, how many of colleagues in our NIE music department can be classified as true musicians?

Re-trievia recalled: Excerpts from Year 2000
Tan Wee Kiat


Written by Ivan Chew

15 September, 2007 at 4:47 pm

Posted in Year 2000

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  1. Interesting and educational. Another palindrome is the female sheep ewe. And of course eye.


    17 September, 2007 at 11:11 pm

  2. The famous Swedish group ABBA used to be so successful that they were the 2nd highest contributor to the national income after Volvo.

    Lam Chun See

    17 September, 2007 at 11:24 pm

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