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  1. Room service

    Posted Dec 27th 2006, 12:00am by David Wilson

    ... My bucketshop-style, real-world travel agent makes some astonishing offers: 'Seven nights in London from $12*'. The rub lies in the asterisk, offset by the words 'conditions apply'. The conditions make snaring the offer impossible unle ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/576713/room-service
  2. Bard storming

    Posted Dec 27th 2006, 12:00am by David Wilson

    ... When the midnight bells chime and everyone links arms to sing in the New Year, thank one man especially: Robert Burns, the poet who brought us Auld Lang Syne. Adapted from a traditional song meaning 'times gone by', Auld Lang Syne ranks as one o ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/576641/bard-storming
  3. The fine art of cultural know-how

    Posted Dec 02nd 2006, 12:00am by David Tang

    ... a very low mercury level, and I say so as a passionate lover of this city - but I am honest. Let's be honest. Let's live in the real world. David Tang is the founder of the China Club ...

    http://www.scmp.com/node/573830
  4. Base jump

    Posted Oct 29th 2006, 12:00am by David Evans

    ... After years on the move, one frequent flyer decided to take the plunge and create a relaxing home away from home. After more than 20 years spent shuttling between Hong Kong and Britain, and more recently the US, sportswear manufacturer John Marshall took ...

    http://www.scmp.com/node/569402
  5. Ludacris

    Posted Oct 29th 2006, 12:00am by David Momphard

    ... Ludacris Release Therapy (Disturbing the Peace) Canto-pop may be criticised for having only three chords and just 10 performers, but at least it draws a clear distinction between which song is whose. How do you credit Ludacris for the few good tracks on h ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/569458/ludacris
  6. Kindred's spirit

    Posted Sep 21st 2006, 12:00am by David Watkins

    ... 'You would have to kill me,' Philip Kindred Dick once told a friend, 'and prop me up in the seat of my car with a smile painted on my face to get me to go near Hollywood.' Not what you might expect to hear from someone who has since be ...

    http://www.scmp.com/node/564776
  7. The chaos shift

    Posted Jul 31st 2006, 12:00am by David Eimer

    ... Only a brave man or woman attempts to regulate the traffic flow in Beijing. With 1,000 new cars arriving on the already jammed roads every day - and cyclists who jump red lights at every opportunity - the city's traffic is notoriously anarchic and se ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/558594/chaos-shift
  8. The Quarterdeck Kowloon

    Posted May 25th 2006, 12:00am by David Evans

    ... The Quarterdeck Kowloon Shop OT G53, G/F Ocean Terminal, Harbour City, Tsim Sha Tsui Tel: 2735 8881 Open: Monday-Friday 10am-10.30pm; Saturday and Sunday 9am-10.30pm Cuisine: Western. Price: $791 for two, excluding drinks. Ambience: As the name implies, t ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/550176/quarterdeck-kowloon
  9. Income tax plans find little favour

    Posted Mar 09th 2006, 12:00am by David Marsh

    ... For the first time, most citizens will pay Having survived war and decades of poverty, Vietnamese citizens are now facing a more common scourge: income tax. Vietnam's Ministry of Finance has announced plans to eliminate the minimum salary level, curr ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/539611/income-tax-plans-find-little-favour
  10. To the mansion born

    Posted Jan 22nd 2006, 12:00am by David Evans

    ... When you're talking to Christie Hefner, the conversation inevitably veers towards sex. It also touches on the antics of her elderly father, Playboy Enterprises founder Hugh. Hefner Snr, who turns 80 in April, is holed up in Los Angeles, in the Playbo ...

    http://www.scmp.com/node/533831

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