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PUBLISHED : Monday, 13 February, 2006, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 13 February, 2006, 12:00am

Nightmare bus ride on a rainy day I still have nightmares about a bus accident in which some of my fellow passengers were injured.

It was raining heavily that day. The bus was taking a sharp bend when it skidded and crashed into a tree.

Everybody screamed. The impact shattered the vehicle's windows. I saw blood trickling down the foreheads of some passengers. Some people were injured by flying glass. They were groaning and pleading for help.

It was a horrifying scene.

Amid the chaos, I noticed that I hadn't suffered even a scratch. I was very lucky indeed.

The bus driver, who was also unharmed, immediately dialed 999.

To make things worse, we were getting wet as the rain was coming in through the shattered windows.

Soon, several ambulances, a police car and another bus arrived. The injured people were taken to hospital, while those who escaped unharmed boarded the second bus and went home.

Since that day, travelling on a bus during rainy days has been a terrifying experience for me. I cannot wait to get off the bus!

Josephine Chiu

Diocesan Girls' School

Teens rock along with the music

Many parents think that rock 'n' roll music is too noisy.

But many teenagers see it as a way of expressing their feelings. They sing aloud with the music.

This is a good thing because the lyrics are mainly positive. The songs tell teenagers to do what they like and never give up.

They can also improve their language skills by listening to English songs.

Parents should not expect their children to listen to classical music the whole day.

Classical music is great, but many teenagers prefer rock 'n' roll.

So, when you see your child listening to this type of music, do not stop them. Because they

are most likely expressing themselves and improving their English.

Lau Suk-lam

Our Lady of the Rosary College

Family life hits the wrong note

I am unhappy about my family life.

For example, when I am practising the piano, my brother plays tricks on me.

As a result, I can't concentrate on my lessons.

And when my piano teacher complains about my performance, my parents punish me.

Sometimes, I go to my room and cry.

I love to write and I need a quiet place to come up with ideas. But my brother always disturbs me.

In addition, my father tells me to do this and that.

But he never tells my brother to do anything. This is unfair.

I don't love my family and I want to get away from them. Is this the right thing to do?

Can anyone give me advice about my situation?


Chance to be the best

Many locals as well as tourists say Hong Kong is a beautiful place.

I don't think this is entirely true.

Many people here smoke and use a lot of plastic bags, while cars and factories emit black smoke which damages the environment.

We must solve these problems before the city loses its lustre.

I think people should be encouraged to use less plastic bags.

Popular convenience stores, such as Circle-K and 7-Eleven, should take the lead in this regard.

They could offer a 10-cent rebate for customers who don't use plastic bags.

There should also be a 'No Plastic Bags Day' to raise people's awareness of the problem.

According to news reports, about 33 million plastic bags - nearly five per person on average - are dumped in Hong Kong landfills every day.

We need to do something about this before it's too late.

To reduce vehicle smoke, the government should try to introduce cheaper, alternative energy sources and persuade car owners to make the switch.

Heavier penalties should be imposed on manufacturers who violate environmental laws.

The government should also launch more campaigns to discourage smoking among the public.

Let's make Hong Kong the best place on Earth!

Carmen Leung

Hard work the key

Do you believe talented people will always succeed? I don't think so.

I don't deny that it is easier for a bright person to reach the top. But hard work is more important than talent.

Albert Einstein was a great scientist. When he was young, his teachers thought that he was dull. But he did not give up.

In Form One, I got poor grades in mathematics, so I hated the subject. But my friends encouraged me to try hard.

I did my best, and found that maths was not as difficult as I thought.

Harriet Choi

C&MA Sun Kei Secondary School