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  1. Our very public obsession

    Posted Aug 02nd 2003, 12:00am by Alex Lo

    ... This got me thinking about Hong Kong's soccer obsession, specifically its potential for exploitation. I don't mean underground soccer betting, which generated billions for triads each year and is why the Jockey Club is joining in. What I don't understand is why Hong Kong doesn't have a viable soccer league of its own. Attendance at local matches has been falling ...

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    Where have all Hong Kong's novelists gone?

    Posted Jun 11th 2014, 04:19am by Alex Lo

    ... Alex Lo alex.lo@scmp.com Where have all our novelists gone? When I was growing up in Hong Kong in the 1960s and 70s, there were certain recurrent and well-entrenched characterisations ... in the Financial Times from Kelly Falconer, the founder of Asia Literary Agency in Hong Kong, takes up this troubling issue. She points out how our bureaucrats habitually promote performing arts ...

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    China's parliament a billionaires' club

    Posted Mar 10th 2014, 02:47am by Alex Lo

    ... achieved wealth and status. And a few billionaires and their sons are from Hong Kong, where Communist Party membership would hardly guarantee wealth, but rather the opposite before the 1997 ... Alex Lo alex.lo@scmp.com China's parliament a billionaires' club Where in the world of politics would you find the greatest concentration of billionaires? Looking at the annual ...

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    It is time to attend to the poor and needy in Hong Kong

    Posted Nov 15th 2013, 03:36am by Alex Lo

    ... book, Poverty in the Midst of Affluence: How Hong Kong Mismanaged Its Prosperity by the brilliant Leo Goodstadt, who gave a talk yesterday on the subject at the Foreign Correspondents Club ... lobby lost its voice. Remember between 1 and 1.2 million Hong Kong people live in poverty and f ace the grim realities that the more privileged among us never have to worry about. ...

  5. Club where the girls know how to party

    Posted Aug 30th 2008, 12:00am by Alex Lo

    ... announcing its opening party this Thursday is anything to go by, it might just attract the wrong crowd. And, if there is any doubt about Hong Kong being a world-class city, the flair shown by the PR ... its grand opening on August 28, 2008, appealing to the hippest, sophisticated and affluent crowd of Hong Kong. Hot models and celebrities Janice Man, Wylie Chiu, Freeze (an all-girls group) ...

  6. 'Little flower of fair weather' on TVB attracts a following of lonely hearts club fans

    Posted Feb 14th 2009, 12:00am by Alex Lo

    ... with Alex Lo The job requirements of television weather girls used to be cute looks, proficiency at makeup and the ability to read scripts. No longer. Since TVB has revamped its 11pm news programme this month, a new star is born. Wong Yuen-man, the station's newest weather girl, has attracted a legion of lonely hearts club fans on YouTube and may have single-handedly boosted ...

  7. Prestigious club invites great unwashed, but keeps options open

    Posted Oct 03rd 2009, 12:00am by Alex Lo

    ... with Alex Lo Was it Groucho Marx or Woody Allen who said he would never join a club that would have him as a member? That is a sentiment I totally subscribe to. I was flattered a few years ago when the Foreign Correspondents' Club- the venerable FCC where quite a few of my dearly departed drunken bosses used to pass many a moonless night- sent me a silver-plated invitation, ...

  8. Hong Kong - next on the 'axis of evil?'

    Posted Oct 11th 2003, 12:00am by Alex Lo

    ... biological weapon or reprocessed as an expensive wrinkle remover. The evidence is still ambiguous: the vial might have belonged to the Iraqi scientist's wife. But you see the danger for Hong Kong. Any self-respecting beautician here has stocked up on more Botox than those exclusive 'axis of evil' club members. Will President Bush allow UN inspections of our beauty parlours ...

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    Applying Marx to government dinners

    Posted Sep 13th 2013, 12:00am by Alex Lo

    ... should be open to the public. Perhaps they want Leung to give everyone in Hong Kong a free dinner. For the association, it was because guests would be barred from quoting what officials said. ... Alex Lo alex.lo@scmp.com Applying Marx to government dinners Wasn't it Groucho Marx who said "I don't care to belong to any club that will have me as a member?" I share ...

  10. Quotes of the Week

    Posted Nov 14th 2009, 12:00am by Alex Lo

    ... a year as chairman and non-executive director of a listed company Genuinely, it wasn't our fault. I love horses; they are my life. You can imagine how I felt about that. Beijing Jockey Club ...




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