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  1. Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle

    Posted Jun 13th 2010, 12:00am by Douglas Kerr

    ... is being inflicted on them. Celebrity wrestling has developed into a complex spectacle. The bouts themselves are stylised rituals. The wrestlers have stage personas well known to their fans, each ... a meretricious popular culture because we want to be fooled. Whether it's wrestling, reality television, the vicarious pleasures of pornography or celebrity culture, the gratifications of junk food, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/716949/empire-illusion-end-literacy-and-triumph-spectacle
  2. News - Hong Kong - CHARITY

    Unicyclist Sam Verebes celebrates bar mitzvah by raising money for charity

    Posted Apr 20th 2014, 05:27am by DANNY LEE

    ... bar mitzvah, the coming-of-age ritual Jewish boys celebrate on their 13th birthday. "Most bar mitzvah boys do some sort of charity project, so I decided I wanted to do something extreme ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1489281/unicyclist-sam-verebes-celebrates-bar-mitzvah-raising-money-charity
  3. News - China - SOCIAL MEDIA

    Celebrity blogger Charles Xue Biqun released on bail

    Posted Apr 17th 2014, 04:04am by Keith Zhai

    ... Keith Zhai keith.zhai@scmp.com Social media star released for health reasons after being detained for solicitation last August A Chinese-American businessman and social media celebrity who had been detained in August on suspicion of soliciting prostitutes was yesterday released on bail, his lawyer said. Charles Xue Biqun- known to his 11.5 million Weibo followers as Xue Manzi- ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1484894/celebrity-blogger-charles-xue-biqun-admits-weibo-fuelled-his-ego
  4. News - Hong Kong

    Jackie Chan’s star-studded 60th birthday had more celebrity appearances than Spring Festival Gala

    Posted Apr 15th 2014, 10:04pm by Andrea Chen

    ... Andrea Chen andrea.chen@scmp.com Chan's celebration had more celebrity appearances than the Spring Festival Gala, guests say China’s parliamentary sessions are known as the annual gathering of the country’s millionaire club. The April 7 birthday celebrations of Hong Kong action star Jackie Chan are widely regarded as another such gathering.  Hundreds of A-list film ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1483257/jackie-chans-star-studded-60th-birthday
  5. News - Asia - INDONESIA

    Indonesia’s ‘Elvis’ leads celebrity charge at polls

    Posted Apr 08th 2014, 02:38pm by Agence France-Presse in Jakarta

    ... of celebrities standing as candidates or acting as cheerleaders. Rhoma Irama, who was seeking support for his own presidential bid and for the Islamic party that backs him, is part of a star-studded push ... president,” screamed one woman wearing a purple Muslim headscarf at his Jakarta concert as she danced vigorously. But while the presence of celebrities adds colour to the elections, analysts say ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1469074/indonesias-elvis-leads-celebrity-charge-polls
  6. News - World

    Celebrated American filmstar Mickey Rooney dies aged 93

    Posted Apr 07th 2014, 02:45pm by AGENCIES

    ... Agencies Actor appeared in more than 300 films during a career spanning 80 years and was married eight times- first to actress Ava Gardner- and also twice declared bankrupt Mickey Rooney, a celebrated child actor who embodied the All-American boy in the 1930s and 40s, and became one of the era’s top box-office draws, has died. He was 93. The eight-times-married Rooney, whose ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/1466971/mickey-rooney-celebrated-american-filmstar-1930s-and-40s-dies-aged-93
  7. News - World - BRITAIN

    Celebrity chef Nigella Lawson barred from US following cocaine admission

    Posted Apr 03rd 2014, 11:32pm by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in London Lawson barred from US Celebrity chef Nigella Lawson, who acknowledged last year that she had occasionally used cocaine, was denied permission to board a flight to the United States over the weekend, the US Embassy said. Embassy spokeswoman Lynne Platt said that Lawson was stopped from traveling on Sunday and had subsequently been invited ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1464239/celebrity-chef-nigella-lawson-barred-us-following-cocaine-admission
  8. News - China Insider - CELEBRITY

    How did gossip about a celebrity couple's marriage hijack China's social media?

    Posted Apr 01st 2014, 03:50pm by Amy Li

    ... in violent clashes and arrests, as noted by media observers. “China’s youth pay much more attention to the private lives of celebrities compared to topics such as rule-of-law, corruption, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china-insider/article/1462408/how-did-gossip-about-celebrity-couples-marriage-hijack-chinas
  9. News - Hong Kong - MEDICINE

    Doubts cast on doctor's ability to manage celebrity couple's baby

    Posted Apr 01st 2014, 04:03am by LO WEI

    ... Lo Wei wei.lo@scmp.com Doubts cast on doctor's ability to manage baby A paediatrician whose newborn charge, the son of a celebrity couple, died a day after birth in 2005 was incapable of handling the baby, the chairwoman of a medical disciplinary panel said. Dr Wan Kam-ming is accused of failing to move the critically ill child soon enough from St Teresa's Hospital in Kowloon ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1462071/doubts-cast-doctors-ability-manage-celebrity-couples-baby
  10. News - World - UKRAINE

    Crimea switches to Moscow time amid incorporation celebration

    Posted Mar 31st 2014, 05:57am by Reuters

    ... Reuters in Simferopol Crimea switches to Moscow time The hands of a clock at the main railway station in Simferopol jumped from 10pm to midnight as Crimea switched to Moscow time, symbolically finalising its incorporation into Russia. Several hundred peop ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1461157/crimea-switches-moscow-time-amid-incorporation-celebration

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