Saturday, April 07, 2007

As precious as sand

If you've been following the news here, you'd know that Indonesia has banned the export of sand to Singapore. Which means building costs may go up and the construction industry is worried as it is barely in recovery. Ah not to worry, said the government, it will release the stockpile of sand that has.

We have a national stockpile of sand? I thought people stockpile things like gold bullion. Maybe even toilet paper and instant noodles for the monsoon weeks when you can't get out to restock. But sand?

Which was why, as we were driving behind a lorry carrying a load of sand, L remarked that it was a precious cargo. Well, we'd better watch out or people would be stealing the stuff out of playground sand pits soon.

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