BA's travelguide was part of a series aimed at guiding visitors through the intricacies of abroad: "Most taxi drivers understand English even if they do not speak it... If you are charged more than indicated on the meter, take the driver's number and report him to the Tourist Promotion Board." In my experience, taxi drivers in Singapore are still prone to rounding down the fare to the nearest dollar.
A decade on, some of the advice looks positively archaic: "Telegram rates to UK: 80c-$1.60 per word, depending on urgency." An e-mail these days is virtually free. The "Further Reading" suggestions are barely rivetting: one is Hints to Exporters: Singapore, published by the British Overseas Trade Board. At least British Airways tried; the series has now gone by the wayside.
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