John Harding’s book, Escape from Paradise – Paperback and Kindle Versions


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It took me two and a half evenings to complete your un-put-downable book…it is a unique contribution to the appreciation of a life in Singapore. Thank you for having written it. C. V. Devan Nair, former President of Singapore.

Bought the book from Select this weekend and can’t put it down! It’s a great read! And so nostalgic for me—the good old days! Glen Goei, writer and director of the Miramax film That’s the Way I Like It and who played the title role opposite Anthony Hopkins in the London production of M. Butterfly. Mr. Goei’s latest film is The Blue Mansion – Click for the trailer!

It is a remarkable story and so full of intrigue that it reads at times like fiction.Jonathan Burnham, Editor in Chief & President, Talk Miramax Books.

“It’s quite a story The legendary Alice Mayhew, Vice-President & Editorial Director, Simon & Schuster.

This book out-Dallas, Dallas. No one has written so well of the other side of paradise,Francis T. Seow, former Solicitor General of Singapore

ThunderBall Films is successfully putting together the movie production of Escape from Paradise and has received a new LOI (Letter of Intent) from actress Bai Ling who starred with Richard Gere in the film Red Cross.

This includes a commitment from a CPA firm who does tax credit financing in Ireland, a possible location to film, as part of the package needed for investors – along with the CPA firm’s commitment to apply for and finance the tax credits if ThunderBall does shoot in Ireland and what portion of the budget they would provide.
For inquiries, please contact John Harding at jbharding@gmail.com.

Escape from Paradise – the Promotional Trailer

Nadal Hacked? The Code Cracked?


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Maybe, just maybe, the other players are on to Nadal. Maybe they have cracked the code and hacked into his game to find a weakness. If this happened, it is not unusual as it happens to many players. The only unusual thing is that in Nadal’s case it has taken so long – assuming it has happened.

In the Madrid Open, Nadal barely edged by Djokovic, 3-6, 7-6, 7-6, in the semifinals. Then, for the first time in a long time, Nadal lost to Federer 6-4, 6-4 in the finals.

In this key match Federer finally changed his strategy against Nadal. Federer stopped hitting slice backhands, hit his second serve a lot harder, and mixed up his game by using drop shots. Federer also came to the net occasionally on his second serve – and also faked coming to net on his second serve. These elements took Nadal out of his comfort zone.

In the French Open, there was an even bigger shock to Nadal’s game when he lost to Soderling, 6-2, 6-7, 6-4, 7-6.  Soderling’s strategy?  He risked big on his serve and overpowered Nadal in the rallies, which put Nadal on the run.

Soderling hit nearly twice as many winners as Nadal (61 to 33) and frequently followed his fast, flat drives to net where he won 27 of 35 points. This is a marked contrast from Soderling’s loss to Federer, several weeks prior, by 6-1, 6-0 – nearly a double bagel.

After defeating Nadal, Soderling appeared to be the biggest threat to Federer in the French Open. However, let us remember that Soderling has never beaten Federer, and lost to him by the easy score of 6-1, 7-5 in the second round of the Madrid Open.

History was made when Federer beat Soderling easily, 6-1, 7-6, 6-4, to win the French Open. According to Soderling, Federer won this match by making him run so that he could not get set with his power shots, as he did with Nadal. According to Soderling, “I think the match was what I expected, I played him so many times. I did not play aggressive enough. Every time I play against him, it’s what I end up saying. “Now I am learning that it’s not that I play bad, it is that he makes me play bad.”

“Roger’s game does not suit my game at all, he does not let me be aggressive, he made me run a lot today. Instead, all matches against Rafa I dictated the points.
“Against Roger, I can’t do that.”

It is now Federer who has the streak on clay. Winning five matches in Madrid and seven matches in Paris, Federer has 12 consecutive  wins on clay – not his best surface. This is while Nadal struggled on clay with Djokovic, Soderling, and Federer.

Perhaps Nadal has joined the human race, after all.

Now that Federer has all the confidence he has gained on clay, we move to the faster courts including Wimbledon, where Federer now clearly on his game, confident, relaxed, and with history on his side, he the man to beat.

2 comments to Nadal Hacked? The Code Cracked?

  • KF Chan

    Well analysed.Hope Nadal makes it to Wimbledon.Though on a longer-term basis,he will have to temper his all-out style and stroke technique to accomodate a lesser-stress/injury career.Which probably means he may not be so dominant and hence less feared.
    Yes,agree with you that with no monkey on his back Fed is the penutimate favorite on the grass.But somehow at the back of my mind,this year being a strange one in all things,the French could be his only Grand Slam!

  • KF Chan

    I was wrong,Fed created HIStory on the grass.Hats off to Roddick,such a upscale performance compared to the whipping at Fed’s hand in the 2005 Aus Open Semi which I had the privilege of seeing live.