30 Mar '14, 6am

About that dry spell:

About that dry spell:

Singapore’s government was forced into an embarrassing climb-down this month when its attempts to permanently stop the rain failed in dramatic fashion. Following the longest dry spell since the mid-nineteeth century, the heavens opened up again midway through March. After three months of surreptitiously and rather successfully manipulating the weather, officials admitted defeat. “It’s over,” said one minister on condition of anonymity (and no photo, as the rain had spoiled his hair), “I got soaked outside Paragon.” “We didn’t want to say anything,” said another, “but we needed something drastic to distract people from all the negative news of late. All this talk of being the world’s most expensive city was really hurting us. We performed poorly in the press freedom index. The BBC said we were selfish. We just thought permanent sunshine would boost the national mood.” Leake...

Full article: http://is.asia-city.com/city-living/column/rain-over-me

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