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The WEATHER on THURSDAY (25 Apr 2002): Showers with thunder in the late morning and afternoon affecting many areas.   WEATHER OUTLOOK:  FRIDAY & SATURDAY: Showers with thunder in the afternoon can be expected.   WATER TIDES (this month)  High tide 9.43am  2.8m   10.20pm  2.7m    SUN Sunrise  6.58am    Sunset 7.08pm   MOON  Moonrise  5.40pm   Moonset   5.13am   PSI: 45 (good)   TEMPERATURE: 25-32 degrees Celsius (The weather is updated daily before 8am Singapore time) For more information, call Meteorological Service Singapore Tel: (65) 542 7788.

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Credits: Of Memory and Desire: The Stories of Gopal Baratham

  Prizewinning writer and neurosurgeon Gopal Baratham died of pneumonia at 2.30pm on Tuesday, 23 April 2002. He would have been 67 this September. Dr Baratham leaves behind his wife, Chelsea, 33, and three sons from his previous marriage. A fourth son, Sanjana, died in Canada ten years ago.

  Dr Baratham had been warded in Mount Elizabeth Hospital for about a month for pneumonia and heart problems. He underwent open-heart surgery in 1989.

  In 1991, Dr Baratham won the S.E.A. Write Award. His novel, A Candle or the Sun, was short-listed for the Commonwealth Book Prize in 1992. In all, he has written about 40 short stories and several novels, among which is The Caning of Michael Fay.

  BAN Kah Choon of the National University of Singapore wrote of him in the introduction to the book, Of Memory and Desire: The Stories of Gopal Baratham : "There is, in addition, the very human voice in Gopal's fiction. It is a naked, frank voice without malice despite the irony, without self-serving gestures despite the claims to art, and without fear despite his themes.

  The Straits Times edition of 24 Apr 2002, in reporting his death, called him a "free spirit". Today newspaper in announcing his death on its front page yesterday labelled him as "a liberal who broke the Singapore mould".

  What more can we say, but to list his chronology for posterity HERE!

Source: Of Memory and Desire: The Stories of Gopal Baratham

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NEW WEBSITES  is a florist established in 1997. It started online but now has both an online website and a brick-and-mortar shop in Katong Shopping Centre. It now supports a growing world-wide customer base. Ginflowers specialises in hand bouquets, floral baskets and special gift items. It provides delivery in Singapore only.  is the website of Sculpture Square – a non-profit, independent arts organisation. It is Singapore’s only art space dedicated to sculpture and other contemporary 3-dimensional arts. Their mission is to be a viable hub where contemporary art can be viewed, critically evaluated, promoted and presented to the public.

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