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  1. Confirmed: Wen no dummy

    Posted Jun 03rd 2006, 12:00am by Alex Lo

    ... Diplomatic photo ops with the state-owned Xinhua news agency inevitably follow the same formula: a half-body frame showing foreign VIPs shaking hands with one of our great leaders. So we thought Premier Wen Jiabao and Xinhua had finally come up with a sol ...

  2. Tourism concepts that don't travel well

    Posted Dec 16th 2006, 12:00am by Alex Lo

    ... Alex Lo Souvenirs from foreign tourism officials tend to give a first impression to people about their countries. At the launch of the Association of National Tourist Office ... The cheap: a stack of note paper printed with the message 'Uniquely Singapore' The cheapest: a bookmark with the internet address franceguide.com (France) The blandest: a black cap ...

  3. A bit of philosophy on clubbing in Wan Chai

    Posted Apr 29th 2006, 12:00am by Alex Lo

    ... Alex Lo Some adverts really have to be seen to be believed, like this one from the legendary, now revamped, nightclub Club Tonnochy in Wan Chai, which appeared in the business section of the Oriental Daily News. It's written as a letter by a husband to his wife, reprimanding her because she dared ask him if he went to the club the night before. 'This is my honest answer ...

  4. renowned Poet apologises for penning public exam misery

    Posted Feb 11th 2006, 12:00am by Alex Lo

    ... with Alex Lo The city's most accomplished poet has offered a public apology this week, even though it wasn't really his fault. Laurence Wong Kwok-pun, who currently holds the prestigious Wai Kee Kau Chair professorship of translation at Lingnan University, has had the misfortune of having his most famous 'new-style' poem, Tin Chen Lei Shi De Chin Cheng, included ...

  5. Jackie sniffs injustice and he's off the leash

    Posted Sep 02nd 2006, 12:00am by Alex Lo

    ... with Alex Lo Kung Fu movie star Jackie Chan made a fortune on the silver screen fighting on the side of the righteous, but more recently he also has shown he is a champion of the rights of dogs and movie stars. Backing a tearful Gillian Chung Yan-tung, of Twins, the Big Brother of the local movie industry told reporters that enough is enough: the privacy rights of stars ...

  6. Potent symbol for young generation

    Posted Jul 22nd 2006, 12:00am by Alex Lo

    ... Alex Lo Since our government has been telling us to go forth and multiply in a bid to reverse an ageing population, we have often wondered why the bauhinia is still our city's flower. The Bauhinia X blakeana, while generally considered by connoisseurs to be the most beautiful of all the orchid trees, is a sterile hybrid of two other varieties- not exactly the best symbol ...

  7. English without the wishy-washy bits

    Posted Sep 02nd 2006, 12:00am by Alex Lo

    ... with Alex Lo It's a new school year and we are inundated with ads for the latest private tutorial stars. Unlike earlier ones, the latest ads are desperate to stress substance over image, featuring tutors in boring executive attire. The previous summer ads, you may recall, showed several teachers dressed up as martial arts TV heros and heroines, while another one featured ...

  8. How to avoid the clap trap

    Posted May 13th 2006, 12:00am by Alex Lo

    ... with Alex Lo The Hong Kong Philharmonic has decided to spare the hoi polloi the anxiety and embarrassment of not knowing when to applaud during a concert. It has come to the rescue by printing new concert programmes with the following eminently sensible advice. 'If the music contains more than one movement, kindly reserve your applause until the end of the entire work... ...

  9. No laughing matter

    Posted Aug 16th 2006, 12:00am by Alex Lo

    ... Alex Lo Doh! The ever-subversive Simpsons, along with other foreign cartoons such as Pokemon, Doraemon, Mickey Mouse and the Teletubbies, are to be banned from the mainland's ... goochee goo! Yes you are!' Such foreign cartoons simply insult the feelings of the Chinese people. Alex Lo is a columnist and senior reporter at the Post ...

  10. Tough guys in demand

    Posted Jun 24th 2006, 12:00am by Alex Lo

    ... with Alex Lo It's that time of year when young men and women who like to kick down doors and blow things up apply to join the police force's elite and secretive special duties squad, Hong Kong's version of SWAT. Once upon a time, SDU commanders didn't need to advertise for new recruits as the quota would be quickly filled. There were years when ...




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