Updates on rice shopping bags, lavender and flying leprechauns

PUBLISHED : Monday, 16 March, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 16 March, 2009, 12:00am

And just one more thing, or three ...

Last week we showcased the rice bag-cum-shopping bag of environmentalist entrepreneur Brian Pemberton, on sale at ThreeSixty stores. Well, what we didn't know is that Annalisa Ryle, with her company Bez&Oho, has been creating her own stylish bags out of former rice bags for the past two years. Ryle also uses all those bits of material left over from the textile industry in her designs to make purses, handbags and shopping bags. Take a look at BezandOho.com.

Lavender used to be associated with doilies and grannies but in recent years has witnessed a resurgence due to its healing and aromatic qualities. The Hong Kong Gold Coast Hotel now has a lavender garden, which is part of its latest promotion. You can get a ticket for 'Hong Kong's foremost lavender garden', stay overnight at the hotel, make a scented candle and 'say hello to the goats and turtles', all for HK$1,480 and up.

However, if you can bear to pass up on saying hello to the goats and turtles, then here's a cheap alternative. Pack your chicken wings and barbecue forks, put on your hiking boots and enjoy our country parks for absolutely nothing. You can say hello to the macaques while they bare their teeth and grab your bag of food.

And finally, some sad news. The Globe pub in Wellington Street, Central, has been forced to cancel the annual Leprechaun Tossing Championships planned for St Patrick's Day tomorrow, because a lack of leprechauns. But if anyone knows of any little fellas who are up for being painted green and chucked around the pub for the Irish national day, tell them to get in touch with The Globe and they'll be given free Murphy's beer all night. Please note it is illegal to use children for this purpose.