Urumi and M Ravi welcomed at St Patrick’s Day Parade

I work at the agency doing PR for St Patrick’s Day (although I write this in my personal capacity) and we’ve worked hard (along with organisers SRO) to make it an inclusive, celebratory and totally rocking weekend event. There was great food, great bands (shamelessly promoting especially The Disclaimers and Craic Horse), and flowing Guinness (our dear sponsor, here’s a #jointhecrowd for you). Contrary to assumptions, this was a family event too, with all sorts of entertainment for the kids over the weekend.

Some Indian urumi drummers showed up (as expected), as did M Ravi (not as expected), and they were warmly welcomed by both local and Irish organisers. Parade chairman Colin MacDonald, while walking through the parade before it began, shook hands with Ravi and welcomed him personally. I’m not sure what part of that Ravi considered “negotiations”, but I think Colin certainly won Ravi over. That was about all that transpired between Colin and Ravi (no negotiations, not much shock expressed, etc). After the parade, the entourage proceeded to Hero’s for a few drinks (mostly Guinness).

Adding some urumi kick to the parade. And lots of dancing in the back by M Ravi.

Adding some urumi kick to the parade. And lots of dancing in the back by M Ravi.

I just want to make it clear that at no point had anyone ever rejected their participation – the parade is and has always been open to the public, and stands as a testimony to Singapore’s multicultural and inclusive spirit, so that rumour about some unnamed Singaporean organiser is utterly confusing.

Nonetheless, the important thing was that the Indian drummers were a welcome part of the celebrations, this year and in any year to come. Colin MacDonald said that “the St Patrick’s Day parade is and always he’s been organized by a joint Singaporean and Irish organizing committee. We welcome everybody to join. Next year, please come down and bring your drums; bring everything! We welcome you!”

Ravi’s attendance (and I guess the drummers’ too) was orchestrated by Augustin Lee (Zixu Augustin Lee). All I can say is… COME DOWN TO BOAT QUAY AND HAVE A DRINK LAH.

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Roy Ngerng digs own grave, may get dirt on PM

I just want to say this:

Bad Time, Roy

Especially if you might get sued for it.

Is this some immense hubris on Roy’s part or is he hatching some scheme that honestly doesn’t look like it’s going to end well? Now that PM has rejected his $5,000 offer for damages, and has revealed that Roy secretly played around by privately sharing a YouTube video that was supposed to be taken down, the door is open to continue what my friend calls “the cripple fight”.

This development is only going to entrench the situation on both sides. For those who think Roy a cad, his shenanigans will entrench him as an untrustworthy man who makes promises he has no intention of keeping.

For those who think that PM stands to lose credibility in the long term by going hard with legal proceedings, his rejection of damages on a condition-upon-a-condition (the YouTube video was not part of the original lawyer letter, but added to the stakes later) looks like PM likes to play with bloggers in the mud.

Perhaps both of these views may be true.

At the end of the day, I pity M Ravi, who has to come up with some excuse as to why his client was up to his tricks without his knowledge. I sure hope Ravi isn’t dealing with this shit pro bono.