Friday, January 29, 2010


Yesterday afternoon, a study group visited Guinness Anchor Berhad (GAB), and this party of 11 came away from this sojourn emphatically educated and enormously enlightened. We learned about hops, and barley, and yeast and water. Did you know that water comprises more than 90 percent of beer? Duh! It was all very educational, and we gained invaluable insights into a company that is 'probably the most promising beer company in this part of the world' (at least, this is my impression). Nope, they didn’t make me say this, but probably, this claim is true. Of course, we quenched our afternoon thirst by cooling off at The Tavern with a free flow of ice-cold beer! I had Kilkenny and Heineken. We didn’t dare to decline their overtures to sample their company’s products because that would be so impolite. We couldn’t disappoint our gracious hosts now, could we? I am now a proud GAB supporter!

I also attended the Metro Toastmasters Club meeting yesterday evening, and I took on the role of a Grammarian. Of course, there were other illustrious Toastmaster guests: DTMs Francis Ng, and Geoff Andrews and not forgetting, Area Governor P3 CC CL Eu Choi San. I made some remarks previously about timekeeping – and I am happy to report that this meeting started on time – which is more than I can say for many other Clubs. Good job, Metro!

Football is disappointing these days! We are not winning games. In their most recent matches, Celtic lost and Arsenal drew blanks. These results can be costly.

Celtic saw Marc-Antoine Fortune continuing his fine scoring form by heading Paul Caddis's corner home for an early Celtic lead (5). Hibernian equalized through unmarked Anthony Stokes, heading past Artur Boruc from close range (26). And as Ian Murray and Chris Hogg held the Hibs defense intact, Stokes broke up the park and Danny Galbraith snatched a dramatic last-gasp winner for Hibernian (90+2) – yes, Celtic lost to Hibernian 1-2, and in the process, inflicting a blow to Celtic’s title ambitions.

Arsenal twice hit the woodwork as they were held to a goalless draw by Aston Villa and missed the chance to return to the top of the Premier League.

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