``I can't think of anyone who doesn't like shiny, sparkly crystal,'' said the voice of some woman over the Raffles City mall public address system. I wasn't ready to address the accuracy of her claim, because I got distracted trying to find where she was speaking from. On the ground floor, where in the past they've had Lego shows and whatnot, they had set up a display selling Swarovski crystal in various arrays of black carpet with red banners, and counters and free-standing displays of crystals. These were tended by men in black suits, and women wearing black silk ... well ... they looked sort of like academic robes, but cut about halfway down the legs, so as to blend the aesthetic ideals of ``doctorate ceremony'' and ``miniskirt''. While they had a little stand to serve as stage, nobody was on it.
The disembodied voice was quite eager that people should look at and purchase crystal. She noted that with a purchase of only S$275 of crystal in a single receipt one could receive free gifts, although the only she thought of at the moment was a women's bag. Also with the S$275 purchase -- I'm not clear if this was in a single receipt -- one could enter the lucky draw for more crystal-oriented items. I didn't pick up anything, since I'm horribly clumsy, and I don't have any horizontal surfaces wide enough to put any sort of ornament on that isn't already covered by books or debris. Still, they did have a sparkling collection, including not just things to be pinned to dresses or to sit on the bookshelf focusing sunlight into hot spots but also practical things, like crystal horses.
On, perhaps unwisely, looking further into the Fried Mars Bar thing, I've learned that the Singaporean version contains an interesting mutation on the original Scottish creation. It's still a batter-fried candy bar, yes, but the chippy shop I saw was selling them with ice cream, just in case your heart muscle had any hope of surviving. If Wikipedia is to be believed this is a variation on the basic recipe that's otherwise seen in Canada.
Trivia: The word ``radian'', as an angle measure, was first used in print in 1873 by James Thomson, brother to Lord Kelvin. Source: A History of Mathematical Notations, Florian Cajori.
Currently Reading: Flesh and Silver, Stephen L Burns.