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  1. Don't be squeezed into buying a used lemon

    Posted Nov 20th 2009, 12:00am by Edward Peters

    ... Ed Peters Buying a second-hand car in Hong Kong confirms the adage 'buyer beware'. A car that may seem to be a bargain could well have been used for illegal road racing, straining engine, tyres, brakes and bodywork. Illegal petrol might have bee ...

  2. A wealth of attractions

    Posted Nov 15th 2009, 12:00am by Edward Peters

    ... Ed Peters From the bustle that is Brussels to the medieval masterpiece of Bruges, each of Belgium's cities has a markedly different character and a wealth of attractions for visitors. In the west of the country near the Ardennes forest, Spa is best k ...

  3. An eye on the future

    Posted Nov 12th 2009, 12:00am by Edward Peters

    ... Ed Peters When Jennifer Welker published her coffee-table guidebook, The New Macau, in 2005, the map of Cotai - which at the time was slated to be the city's next humungous thing - was dominated by a large sign reading 'Watch This Space!'. ...

  4. Old and the beautiful

    Posted Nov 12th 2009, 12:00am by Edward Peters

    ... Ed Peters There are few greater contrasts in Macau than the end of the Cotai Strip and the entrance to Coloane village. Separated by only a kilometre or so, the strip is defiantly 2009, with its gaze set solidly on the future, while the village seems to b ...

  5. Pampered in paradise

    Posted Nov 12th 2009, 12:00am by Edward Peters

    ... Ed Peters If there's a single yardstick for Macau's development over the past 10 years that combines both business and pleasure, it has to be the spa industry. No major hotel worth the name nowadays is without a holistic pampering zone, serving ...

  6. Perfect for parking and a pleasure to pootle in

    Posted Oct 30th 2009, 12:00am by Edward Peters

    ... Ed Peters It's not a word you'd necessarily find in a dictionary, but 'pootle' - a cross between 'potter' and 'tootle' - seems about right for the Smart car. For a start, it's the most easily recognisable autom ...

  7. Zulu Hart

    Posted Oct 25th 2009, 12:00am by Edward Peters

    ... Ed Peters Zulu Hart by Saul David Hodder & Stoughton HK$185 Africa has proved fertile ground for novelists, from Rider Haggard (King Soloman's Mines) to John Gordon-Davis (Hold My Hand I'm Dying) to Wilbur Smith (almost his entire canon). Fr ...

  8. Tommy's War

    Posted Oct 18th 2009, 12:00am by Edward Peters

    ... Ed Peters Tommy's War by Thomas Livingstone HarperPress HK$185 Thomas Livingstone was neither Pepys nor Pooter, but falls somewhere between the two. His diaries - unearthed at an auction four years ago - start in 1913 and cover the years of the first ...

  9. What's in a name?

    Posted Oct 04th 2009, 12:00am by Edward Peters

    ... Ed Peters Thai or Chinese? Male or female? Fiction or fact? Will the real Judy Chan please stand up? To answer the easiest question first, J. Chan - who writes under four different names depending on the genre - is definitely a woman, and recently broke i ...

  10. East River Column

    Posted Sep 06th 2009, 12:00am by Edward Peters

    ... Ed Peters East River Column by Chan Sui-jeung Hong Kong University Press HK$250 There is a popular - and erroneous - supposition that as far as Hong Kong is concerned the second world war began with the Japanese assault on December 8, 1941, and ended with ...




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