I thought that maybe it's just me - that nothing very interesting to me is appearing in the local newspapers. But I just saw this in the "Latest News" section of the Straits Times Interactive:
ST Sep 17, 2007
Girl loses phone while swimming
A TEENAGE girl lost her mobile phone when she left her belongings unattended while taking a dip in the pool.
The theft happened on Saturday at about 7pm, at the Jurong West sports complex.
She had left her bag - with her $600 phone in it - on a table before she started swimming with her sibling, police said.
While she was in the pool, she looked up several times and saw that her bag was still on the table.
But when she emerged half an hour later to check her bag, she found her mobile phone missing.
The mobile phone's unique identification number, or IMEI number, is 3593-8100-1783-258.
Anyone with information can call the police at 1800-255-0000.
Gasp. Girl Goes Swimming at Public Pool. Girl Leaves Handphone Unattended. Handphone is Stolen.
This is news? And deserves to be reported in the nation's leading newspaper?
September 2007 is clearly not the most exciting of times to be working as a journalist in Singapore. But one might really have expected the Straits Times to do better than this. You know, send your journalists to do a feature story, investigate some trend, interview interesting people etc, or something.