Will the real Morgan Freeman please stand up?

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Martin Moodie
Martin Moodie is the Founder & Chairman of The Moodie Report.
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Ok, it’s official, Jaya Singh is Morgan Freeman.

Close your eyes while the APTRA President and Mondelez World Travel Retail Regional Director is speaking on stage and I swear you will hear what sounds for all the world like the dulcet tones of the American star of Along Came a Spider, Now you see me, Transcedence and Lucy.

And sure enough, there was Jaya on stage yesterday at the TFWA Asia Pacific conference, wearing his APTRA hat, his deep voice (shades of Paul Robeson in there too) as smooth as a dry martini, his oratory as rich and velvety as a First Growth Bordeaux.  One minute he’s noting that travellers should be better informed about duty free allowances, the next minute he’s saying: “I wish I could tell you that Andy fought the good fight and the sisters let him be.”

Wow, he’d just quoted Morgan Freeman’s character from The Shawshank Redemption! Jaya Freeman! Morgan Singh!

Ok, I made that last bit up but you know what I mean, right? So, will the real Morgan Freeman please stand up?


[Morgan Freeman]


[Jaya Singh]

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  • Top blog Moodie-san, more from “Red” Singh…

    “I have no idea to this day what those two Italian ladies were singing about. Truth is, I don’t want to know. Some things are best left unsaid. I’d like to think they were singing about something so beautiful, it can’t be expressed in words, and makes your heart ache because of it. I tell you, those voices soared higher and farther than anybody in a gray place dares to dream. It was like some beautiful bird flapped into our drab little cage and made those walls dissolve away, and for the briefest of moments, every last man in Shawshank felt free”.

    But for you Martin, Andy’s (Tim Robbins) poignant comment most relevant for you (and other cancer survivors), particularly during those dark days not long ago…

    “Remember Red, hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies”.

    Keep those green days going strong Moodie-san!