(The above video is a masterpiece, creatively crafted by Shane Woodbury showing Bruce Lee at his peak. Watch it in full.)
When martial-arts mania flexed its muscles and extended its flying kicks in Singapore 70s, "Kato" or "Big Boss" Bruce Lee became a cult hero on the big screen and "Grasshopper" David Carradine became one on the goggle box. I remember watching these two actors who had by then a large international following.
|1. Carl Douglas Album Cover|
So everyone listen up, for here's a story about what happened at a cinema in Singapore in 1972 when fists of fury found their target on blackmarket ticket thugs.
|2. Poster of Bruce Lee's movie in the 1970s.|
It would be nice like they say to *talk cock (pardon my language) and reminisce over the good old days, especially those days when T-Dances were so popular! One of my most unforgettable memories, and believe me, there're quite a few, was an incident at **The Orchard Theatre, which I would like to share with you.
|3. David Carradine on the goggle box.|
I overheard one lady screaming, "Where's the police?" and was immediately told off by one of the gang members. That was when I sprung into action. Nobody realised that I was an arm-pai or mata-mata (plain-clothes cop). With my revolver at my side (I was in plainclothes), and fresh from receiving a black belt in TKD (Tae Kwon Do from one of my Korean Masters at the then, Gay World), I started pulling these thugs out from the line.
They were too shocked by my action to retaliate, and before they were aware of what was going on, two of then were on the floor after having received my TKD kicks while the others took off!
|4. An artist's impression of TKD which need not necessarily be violent.|
I was pleasantly surprised when most of the fans in the queue started to clap and shouted their approval after what I did. How about that! Pity it was not reported in the local media then. Anyway, that was a REAL Bruce Lee's preview-lah and I did not even realise my action then. A mata-mata was in action to defend members of the public.
So many stories to recap Bruddher, and this is just one. I simply love those good old days and can never, never, forget that, no matter where we are to-day.
Till we meet over our teh-tarik, and maybe, roti prata again.
About the writer:
Guru Happy lives in Vancouver, BC, Canada and is in the Police Harley Davidson (the latest Police Escort Bike) as their Fleet Co-ordinator, after retiring from the RCMP (the Federal Police). He was with the RCMP (Royal Canadian Mounted Police) to supervise the fleet for the 2010 Winter Olympics.
He was the first, and only former Singaporean - an honour he is proud of - to be involved with the security for the Olympics which was a once in a lifetime dream. He was entrusted not only with the arrangements for the local VVIPs, but also the US President, working along with the US Secret Service Agents.
|5. Letter writer Guru Happy with his Harley Davidson.|
Original article/image 5: Guru Happy Copyrights Reserved.
You Tube video from: Shane Woodbury.
Images 1, 2, 3, 4: from Google.
*Frivolous chatter. Perhaps coffeeshop talk.
**Orchard Cinema, Grange Road (1965-1995)
In 1965 when Singapore gained independence, Cathay Organisation opened their second cinema after Cathay. It is the Orchard Cinema (国宾戏院) at Grange Road. It was closed in 1995 for renovation and re-established itself as Orchard Cineleisure today.