Slice of life

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 19 July, 2005, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 19 July, 2005, 12:00am

From the South China Morning Post this week in 1973

The popular Chinese martial artist/actor Bruce Lee died in Queen Elizabeth Hospital, where he was taken after complaining of feeling unwell.

Doctors administered oxygen, but he died 31/2 hours after admission.

He was survived by his wife, Linda, and two children.

Bruce Lee was from an acting family. His father, Li Hoi-chuen, was a well-known comedian in Cantonese films and operas in the pre-war and post-war years.

The younger Lee was born in the United States in 1940 when his parents toured America with a Cantonese opera troupe.

He started his acting career with child roles in Cantonese films in Hong Kong before returning to the US to study philosophy at university.

A long-time student of martial arts, he took with him the finer points of the high combat skill, which he taught to people in the movie industry.

This led to roles on American television, including as Kato, the sidekick to the main hero in The Green Hornet.

He returned to Hong Kong in 1970 to work on kung fu films, which made him a legend.

British film star Jack Hawkins died in hospital in London at the age of 62. His condition deteriorated after a series of operations for throat cancer dating back to 1966.

After he lost his voice, he continued acting in films, with other actors dubbing the voice parts.

The ruggedly handsome Briton was probably best known for his role in The Bridge on the River Kwai, but he starred in dozens of films and on Broadway and in the West End in a career that spanned more than 40 years. He was awarded a CBE in 1958.

Fifteen people died and two were missing after a bus plunged down a ravine on Lantau, somersaulting three or four times some 300ft (90 metres) down a cliff face. A witness said the bus was travelling down the winding road at more than 50m/ph (80km/h) - as if out of control.

An inspector at the accident site said the brakes had failed. The bus was travelling from Tai O to Mui Wo when it went off the road.

Twelve people were seriously injured and the two missing were believed dead, pinned under the mangled bus.

The first official visit by a Portuguese prime minister to Britain was preceded by a political furore over allegations of a massacre by Portuguese troops of hundreds of Africans in Mozambique.

Controversy raged when Marcello Caetano arrived in London, with parades by both pro- and anti-Caetano demonstrators.

Newspapers said the distribution of pro-Portuguese leaflets was part of a 'rent-a-crowd' by the Portuguese embassy, which denied it.

The UN Special Committee on Colonisation called for a 'thorough and impartial investigation into the alleged massacre'.

US president Richard Nixon said any suggestion that he might resign over the Watergate scandal was 'just plain poppycock'.

He served notice to the country and to his critics that he was staying in the White House when he told officials and staffers: 'Let others wallow in Watergate. We are going to do the job we were elected to do.'

White House officials added that the president had no intention of letting Senate investigators listen to tape recordings of his White House conversations concerning the Watergate scandal.

From Shanghai came this report from a seasoned correspondent:

They're wearing hot pants in China now. Nothing sexy, suggestive or very fashionable - just cool and comfortable.

Some great changes have taken place in China during recent months, but few things have changed more dramatically than women's fashion. And the trend is just beginning.

During two previous visits over the past 10 months I did not see a single adult woman wearing a dress or skirt.

All were clad in those baggy blue pants and matching jackets - an uncovered leg was never seen.