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  1. Lads' night out

    Posted Oct 24th 2003, 12:00am by David Watkins

    ... to before.' Of course, it isn't really. It sounds just like Westlife. david.watkins@scmp.com Westlife play at HK Harbour Fest, tomorrow, 8pm. Tickets $588, $388, $288, $158. Bookings ...

  2. Big cats and the bigger questions

    Posted Oct 09th 2003, 12:00am by David Wilson

    ... saying she had just spoken to her lawyer David Leibowitz, who wanted much of what she had said kept off the record. Dave Varty said that although Ms Li, Mr Quan and Mr Bray 'have used ... of luminaries such as Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon star Michelle Yeoh Choo Kheng, businessman David Tang Wing-cheung, film director Chen Kaige and explorer Colonel John Blashford Snell. Many ...

  3. Millennium People

    Posted Sep 21st 2003, 12:00am by David Wilson

    ... Of The Sun, his fictionalised memoir of the Japanese occupation of China, published 11 years later. At the centre of Millennium People, which by Ballard's standards is a sober novel, stands David ...

  4. Muriel Spark

    Posted Sep 28th 2003, 12:00am by David Wilson

    ... 'Druce . .. came towards her with a corkscrew and stabbed it into her long neck nine times, and killed her. Then he took his hat and went home to his wife' Muriel Spark, The Ballad Of Peckham Rye The ice queen of English literature, Muriel Spark ...

  5. Ulster haunted by lingering scars of Omagh horror

    Posted Aug 15th 2003, 12:00am by David Wilson

    ... up by David McKittrick, the Ireland correspondent for Britain's Independent newspaper, who quoted an unnamed Belfast security source as saying: 'We're on top of the older hands ...

  6. John Fowles

    Posted Sep 14th 2003, 12:00am by David Wilson

    ... 'I realised that I was having to struggle not to be nice to him. Because I felt I must talk to someone. Even him. At least he was a human being.' The prisoner contemplating her captor in John Fowles' The Collector Life: John Fowles 'is ...

  7. Julian Barnes

    Posted Aug 31st 2003, 12:00am by David Wilson

    ... 'Put it this way: Noah was pretty bad, but you should have seen the others. It came as little surprise to us that God decided to wipe the slate clean; the only puzzle was that he chose to preserve anything at all of this species whose creation did no ...

  8. Poised for fame

    Posted Aug 31st 2003, 12:00am by David Wilson

    ... A POISED, TRIM figure, Diane Wei Liang sips Pimms in the corner of a white neo-classical restaurant in Kensington Gardens. The London-based author, 37, looks more like the kind of woman who throws garden parties than Molotov cocktails. But Wei did, albeit ...

  9. Michael Ondaatje

    Posted Aug 10th 2003, 12:00am by David Wilson

    ... 'She looked up at the young men. These were students who had not yet graduated, young enough to be appalled. It was the freshness of the body. It was still someone.' Michael Ondaatje, Anil's Ghost Life: Ask the average writer what he or she ...

  10. Saul Bellow

    Posted Jul 13th 2003, 12:00am by David Wilson

    ... 'I'd trade the prize for a beautiful house on a tropical island somewhere. Then I could be away from all the people demanding interviews.' - Saul Bellow on winning the Nobel Prize, in a 1989 Boston Globe article. Life: His Olympian reputati ...




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