• Short Summary

    GLOBE-TROTTING HIPPIES SEEKING THE MYSTERIES OF THE EAST FIND THE END OF THE ROAD IS SINGAPORE.

  • Description

    GLOBE-TROTTING HIPPIES SEEKING THE MYSTERIES OF THE EAST FIND THE END OF THE ROAD IS SINGAPORE. AND THERE THEY'RE BEGINNING TO COLLECT. THEY'RE ALL THOUSANDS OF MILES FROM HOME, FEW HAVE ANY MONEY, AND THOSE INCLINED TO TAKE A JOB FIND THE SMALL STATE WITH ITS OWN UNEMPLOYMENT PROBLEMS. SOME HAVE FOUND A SOLUTION: THEY HAVE BECOME PAVEMENT ARTISTS.

    PAVEMENT ARTISTS DRAW THE THINGS THAT MOST APPEAL TO THEIR AUDIENCE, AND THE PASSERS-BY OF SINGAPORE SEEM TO LIKE THE WORKS OF WALT DISNEY. DONALD DUCK AND MICKY MOUSE GRIN HAPPILY OUT OF THE PAVING AT THE PEOPLE OF SINGAPORE. THE FLOWER POWER PEOPLE, IN SPITE OF THEIR TRAVELS, HAVE AT LEAST RETAINED THIS VESTIGE OF WESTERN CULTURE.

    THERE ARE AT LEAST 40 HIPPIES IN SINGAPORE. MOST OF THEM HAVE COME FROM NORTH AMERICA AND WESTERN EUROPE, BUT THERE'S ONE FROM BRAZIL, AND ANOTHER'S WHO HAS COME WEST FROM AUSTRALIA.

    LOVE ALONE CAN'T KEEP THE HIPPIES ALIVE AND THEIR MEAGRE EARNINGS ON THE PAVEMENT ARE NOT ENOUGH FOR THEM TO FIND ACCOMMODATION, SO THE HIPPIES LIVE AND FEED AT THE SIKH TEMPLE. AND SPEND WHAT LITTLE THEY HAVE AT THE COFFEE STALL OPPOSITE.

    SIKH TEMPLES THROUGHOUT ASIA WILL PROVIDE FOOD AND LODGING TO TRAVELLERS AND THE ONE IN SINGAPORE, IN A PREDOMINANTLY CHINESE AREA, IS NO EXCEPTION. THE HIPPIES SLEEP 15 TO A ROOM WHICH IS 12 FEET BY 9 FEET (4 METRES BY 3 METRES). THEY ARE PROVIDED WITH ONE MEAL OF INDIAN CURRY AND BREAD EACH DAY. IT IS ALL FREE.

    WHILE THE HIPPIES STAY AT THE SIKH TEMPLE THEY MUST CONFORM TO THE CUSTOM OF THE TEMPLE AND AS SUCH THEY ARE NOT PERMITTED TO SMOKE, DRINK ALCOHOL OR SHAVE. FOR THE HIPPIES IT SEEMS THERE IS NO ESCAPE FROM SOME CONFORMITY, EVEN IN THE EAST.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA1KOWAY4RXIXQ85A7YDIKNZ537
    Media URN:
    VLVA1KOWAY4RXIXQ85A7YDIKNZ537
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    21/01/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:01:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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