2006-11-19 : Ugh.
Singapore. Got a headache. Can't be arsed writing anything so here's the first 2 paragraphs from the Wikipedia entry on Singapore:
Singapore, officially the Republic of Singapore is an island city-state and the smallest country in South-East Asia. It is located on the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula, south of the Malaysian state of Johor, and north of the Indonesian Riau Islands. It lies just 137 kilometres (85 miles) north of the Equator.
The site of several ancient port cities and a possession of several empires in its history, Singapore was a Malay fishing village when it was colonised by the United Kingdom in the 19th century. It was further occupied by the Japanese Empire in World War II, and was later part of the merger which established Malaysia. When Singapore acquired independence, having few natural resources, it was sociopolitically volatile and economically undeveloped. Foreign investment and rapid government-led industrialisation has since created an economy which relies on exports of electronics and manufacturing primarily from its port.
Oh yes, and Sachin if you're reading, I was right about the chip packets – here's 2 pics of the same packet of plain salted: one taken in Shimla, and the other taken in Delhi yesterday morning at about 5:30am when I had to think of things to do whilst waiting for my cab. I think the effect of atmospheric pressure on a bag of chips is quite obvious, wouldn't you agree ? For extra “fun”* why not work out the difference in kilopascals at the eXtreme High Altitude Conditions Calculator! See kids ! Riveting AND educational !
* Fun not guaranteed, however the calculator does provide a table of Fun Example Altitudes.