Aberystwyth! If you can spell it, never mind pronounce it, you get full marks!
"Aber" is a small coastal town in Wales whose population ebbs and flows depending on whether it is university term time or vacation.
So why should a Singaporean blog on Aberystwyth?
The answer is simple:
* it is dear to a select professional group who studied there in the seventies and eighties.
* and which professional group would this be? Why, librarians of course!
Many of us from Singapore, studied librarianship at the college there when it was known as College of Librarianship Wales (CLW).
According to Wikipedia, CLW ceased existence as an independent college and merged with the University of Aberystwyth in 1989.
The latest news to come out of the UK is that Aberystwyth is one of the towns badly affected by the recent floods:
Includes: "Aberystwyth seafront - including 600 rooms of the university's student halls of residence facing the beach - was evacuated and rescue centres set up amid a high tide as strong winds battered the coastline."
The damage to the Aber sea front was quite extensive, but we can be thankful there was no loss of life or serious injury. Some university students may even be happy that exams have been postponed!