At a glance these two things don’t have a huge amount in common. Well, nothing at all in fact…until today.
I drove Mr Changmoh’s old red merc (which goes by the name of Ariel) to a shoot this morning at a Tanamera-style black and white house that makes me want to ditch my suburban existence and never look back:
Ariel’s moment in the spotlight had come:
Here she is in all her glory as the backdrop to the new Global Babe collection of multiway jumpsuits and big, floppy, Saint-Tropez sun hats (not pictured). The model is the beautiful GB founder, Fiona Argyle.
Just as I was about to leave, I noticed a few people milling around on the grass
I went up and introduced myself – half thinking that they must be additional crew for the photo shoot. I could’t have been more wrong: they were a team from Changi Museum running a full-on WWII archeology dig in the garden.
It turns out that Mount Pleasant, and this house in particular, was the scene of one of the last firefights between the invading Japanese Imperial Army and the British forces on 15 Feb 1942, the day the island fell to the invaders. And there is a ton of ammunition from this last battle buried right here; Japanese bullets as well as British ones.
Each orange flag donates buried ‘treasure’ – yet to be unearthed but thought to be coins or expended bullets.
Before I could properly ask for permission to get involved, I found myself with a trowel in my hand and the insatiable urge to dig. Like a dog. In about a minute I had unearthed this:
It is a British bullet (used, so no danger) and along with the mass of others, will be going into the Fort Canning Battlebox.
The team’s discoveries hinge around the last battle of the war which was at and around Adam Park. Follow them on Facebook and track their progress here.
Thank you to John Cooper of Changi Museum for putting up with me.
A Changmoh x Global Babe collaboration is coming up in February…stay tuned.
Flag/garden image and Aerial’s debut modelling picture courtesy of the very talented photographer Mita Kelder – who was running the Global Babe shoot.