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Swimming Incident No. 2

Another occasion in the pool I noticed a young lady trying to swim. You know we all start as ‘one-breath’ swimmers, i.e., we take a deep breath and swim as long as we can on that one lungful of air. The trick in swimming is to learn how to get the head and mouth above the water to exhale and then inhale. Anyway, I saw this young lady had difficulty doing that and so I offered to show her how to do so.

After demonstrating to her she practiced assiduously. When she stopped to rest, she told me she worked with Midlands Bank and said, “I guess, you have never heard of Midlands Bank”.

I told her that, on the contrary, I knew Midlands was one of the big banks from England. Needless to say, she was impressed and we chatted away like old friends. Half-an-hour later, I got out of the pool to shower and change. After doing so, I walked past the pool and saw this young lady was still practising.

I stopped by the poolside and said to her, “You are making very good progress”.

To my surprise, she took one look at me and quickly waded away to the other side of the pool.

I said to myself, “Strange! Just a few minutes ago we were in the pool chatting away like old friends. Now she treats me like a complete stranger!”

Suddenly, the realization hit me “She can’t recognise me when I have my clothes ON!”

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


Written by Ivan Chew

27 September, 2007 at 11:37 pm

Posted in Year 2000

Book excerpt: “My father loves horses”

We interrupt our regularly scheduled ReTRIeVIA articles from the year 2000, with this excerpt from the book “Horse-powered & Man-powered Transport: A philatelic excusion”
Cover - "Horse-powered & Man-powered Transport: A philatelic excusion"
Authors: Tan Wee Kiat, Koo Hong Piew, Noel Nidalgo Tan
ISBN: 9789810585303

Excerpt from pages 25 – 26 (text and images reproduced with permission).

On the topic of horses, here is a story about a school boy and his father. One day, a primary school teacher asked his class to talk about pets. The pupils took turns to talk about their pets. Most of them talked about dogs, cats, fishes and birds that their families kept as pets. When it was the last boy’s turn to speak he said, “My father loves horses”.

The teacher remarked, “Really? That’s interesting! Please tell us more.”
Page 25 - "Horse-powered & Man-powered Transport: A philatelic excusion"

The boy continued, “My father was born in the Year of the Horse. He likes to read books about horses and to see pictures of horses. The book that he likes to read most is about horses and the book’s author is Professor Jones.”

The teacher was very impressed and asked the boy to borrow the book and pictures and bring them the next day to show to the class.

This is what the boy brought the next day!
page 26 - "Horse-powered & Man-powered Transport: A philatelic excusion"
Do you have a Horse Calendar like the one above in your house?

Tan Wee Kiat

Written by Ivan Chew

27 September, 2007 at 12:31 am

Posted in Year 2007