with Alex Lo
Speaking of antiquities and heritage, some of their advocates might have gone a bit overboard. A Yau Tsim Mong District Council meeting was convened this week to discuss, among other preservation issues, saving the MacPherson Playground in Mong Kok as a historic monument.
I'm not joking. It seems some people actually think the Mong Kok soccer pitch is worth being classified as a protected historical site because of its value as part of our 'collective memory'.
The council document was prepared by community building committee member Cheung Ming-fai. It says the playground, dating back more than half a century, has produced many soccer stars and fans of the sport.
The paper didn't mention that any Yau Tsim Mong playground worth its salt has produced its share of triads and big brothers over the years.
'The playground has provided good times and memories,' it said. 'Even now, whenever there is a nighttime soccer match, neighbours and fans would gather to watch it. After the game, they visit entertainment venues and restaurants, helping to turn the district into a vibrant dining area.'
Make sure we save the nearby public toilets too. How their smell brings back good old memories!