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  1. Quotes of the Week

    Posted May 07th 2011, 12:00am

    ... with Alex Lo These diamonds make me feel like royalty. They are almost as expensive as a luxury condo. I feel I'm living my dream now... But it doesn't really matter if he's rich or not TVB actress Kate Tsui Tze-shan, who modelled with diamonds worth more than HK$40 million at the Madia exhibition at Causeway Bay's World Trade Centre mall, saying she loved ...

  2. It's been a pleasure, one and all, but this is the last of the LoDown- it's time to say farewell

    Posted May 14th 2011, 12:00am

    ... with Alex Lo After almost 10 years of writing about such important subjects as sex-crazed fruit flies, Asean toilet diplomacy, Japanese AV porn queens and the sexual perversions of our extolled tycoons, LoDown is calling it a day. I am moving to different, though not necessarily greener, pastures at the Post. The powers that be here think I should tackle more serious matters ...

  3. Beer with a fine body? We'll raise a glass to that

    Posted Apr 23rd 2011, 12:00am

    ... with Alex Lo Lodown is a sucker for the tasteless and the tactless. So this advert has a natural appeal that proves quite irresistible. The morally upright may feel it is a tad offensive. So it's a good thing the ad wasn't run in our respected and respectable paper. It's for a bar in Tsim Sha Tsui. I am tempted to pay it a visit just for the ad. 'Our beer ...

  4. Touch of Myanmar in British royalty's 'wedding of the century' extravagance

    Posted Apr 30th 2011, 12:00am

    ... with Alex Lo A poor nation with massive debts and extreme income inequality. Rentiers who exploited its economy and then pushed it to the brink of collapse, yet are rewarded with massive wealth. Most of its citizens suffering austerity in some way but its royals have decided that one of its own must have a lavish wedding party that could take a small chunk out of its government ...

  5. Deliver us from greed when giving birth

    Posted Dec 17th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Alex Lo alex.lo@scmp.com Mammas let your babies grow up to be doctors. And make sure they become obstetricians- because what they have is a licence to print money, at least if they are in private practice. The opaqueness with which local private hospitals charge for delivery services would shame even the financial services, an industry notorious for imposing hidden and ill-defined ...

  6. Make the rich pay for their fun

    Posted Dec 16th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Alex Lo alex.lo@scmp.com No one likes to subsidise the expensive private clubs that are the exclusive haunts of powerful tycoons and rich tai-tais. Yet however you spin it, this is what the government has been doing by leasing land to these clubs free of charge or for a token annual sum. The policy dates back to the colonial era, but Secretary for Home Affairs Tsang Tak-sing is about ...

  7. HK and Singapore in Putra Cup showdown

    Posted Sep 09th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Alex Jenkins Hong Kong and Singapore set up a final-round showdown in the Putra Cup after the pair distanced themselves from the rest of the field at Clearwater Bay Golf & Country Club ... leading the way with an eye-catching 67. But it was not enough to maintain his team's one-stroke advantage, which was whisked away by a resurgent Singapore, who fired a best-of-the-week ...

  8. Why bankers need those big dollars

    Posted Nov 15th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Alex Lo alex.lo@scmp.com For the same amount of money, I would rather be shovelling manure. So wrote a young bond trader in the 1980s about his short time at Salomon Brothers in the classic Liar's Poker. Michael Lewis went on to become one of the great finance writers of our time, a profession that he, no doubt, finds a lot more fulfilling. If you want to understand what ...

  9. No easy escape from the powers that be

    Posted Dec 23rd 2011, 12:00am

    ... Alex Lo alex.lo@scmp.com Everyone is so upset at the greed of the power companies that even chief executive candidate Henry Tang Ying-yen has jumped on the bandwagon. The former chief secretary yesterday denounced the power supply market as uncompetitive and called for it to be opened up. That's all very well, but how? We have created a duopoly monster that would ...

  10. Developers' sales talk cut down to size

    Posted Nov 30th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Alex Lo alex.lo@scmp.com Albert Einstein might have discovered the relativity of space, but it was Hong Kong developers who have made concrete the notion that the same space can have two- or more- sizes, depending on how you measure it. Unlike most developed economies, flat buyers here have for decades had to guess how much space they actually have in the home on which most of them ...




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