The Royal Irish Academy Of Music

25 Feb 2015 – Visitors from Australia & Ireland

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Tue: great to have our annual catch-up Richard. Tkx to HongSze for curry lunch and Sago gula melaka dessert at  Tanglin Club***Apologies for all the re-scheduling but at least we got together. Safe journeys back to Australia and now that Richard is retired, hope that he will visit SIN more than just once a year.

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Feel like I am coughing my guts out but that too shall pass with more rest. Living life fully as LIVE done backwards = EVIL. Must have caught the bug from Les as he started with it and then more in the family got it and now my turn!

Wed: Happy Bday to Calvin who is in China, so not sure if he is getting the greetings from here or FB. Will celebrate when he and Chris get back.

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Nice to meet with Margaret, Peter&Padraic. The last time we met was in 2004, at Brother Joseph McNally’s (1923-2002) Inauguration of Counsellor II, a bronze sculpture erected by the people of SIN in his memory. The sculpture measuring 2.9m is situated on the grounds of the National Museum of Ireland-Country Life in Co Mayo, Ireland is a tribute to all the Irish De La Salle Brothers who by their life work in SIN have helped to transform SIN from a 3rd World to a 1st World country.

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IMG_9039Today I was blessed with their company on this wet day.  Starting with a satay lunch at Waterloo St Hawker Centre and a short tour from Victoria, Queen, Waterloo St and ending at SAM Bras Basah Rd, the former SJI.

Wish I could have shown them more, but did not want to spread the coughing bugs. Must be a bad cough for me to even get these at Watsons – would usually allow time to heal. As the children’s grandfather always said gå snart over! Literally translated ‘go soon over’

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Coincidentally, Edward & family and now Margaret & family are staying at the Intercontinental Hotel at Bugis. Like the painting in the lobby and this location as it is easily accessible to  many interesting places like Arab St and Little India

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How delightful to discover that Padraic studied music at The Royal Irish Academy of Music in Westland Row/Dublin too. Oh such memories of that place and how that brass plate was being polished daily – special dedications to Sean Lynch, Dorothy Stokes, Annette Perry!  Last visit there was 1998 when I met up with Annette. Wonder if the ceiling on the staircase still looks the same??

Hope to hear Padraic perform at the operas someday, somewhere. And Margaret & Pete live near Ann & Mick in Co Meath. Small world.

Thu: still coughing but I would like to think that is it less! Rest rest and more rest for today. Looking into old photo albums to see what else has been stored there.

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Above pix downloaded from –

http://www.lcl.ie/projects/education/royal-irish-academy-of-music/

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