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  1. In Brief

    Posted Aug 28th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Li Ka-shing ninth in global ranking of philanthropists Tycoon Li Ka-shing has been ranked ninth in a list of the world's billion-dollar donors compiled by Forbes magazine, topped by Microsoft chairman Bill Gates. It included 14 people who had given a ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/690825/brief
  2. Parting thoughts

    Posted May 26th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Yau Chui-yan If Hongkongers- particularly those who had earlier fled the Cultural Revolution- were thinking about seeking a new home after the Joint Declaration returning Hong Kong to China was signed in 1984, the Tiananmen Square crackdown gave them the ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/681485/parting-thoughts
  3. Empire

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

    ... Ed Peters Empire by Anthony Riches Hodder & Stoughton HK$160 A first-time historical novelist looking around for a suitably meaty subject could do a lot worse than select the Roman empire, which, 2,000 years ago, covered much of Europe and beyond. Anthony Riches, ordinarily a business systems manager, has done a highly creditable job with Empire: Wounds of Honour, the first ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/701755/empire
  4. Empire of Illusion

    Posted Sep 13th 2009, 12:00am by David Wilson

    ... David Wilson Empire of Illusion by Chris Hedges Nation Books HK$200 We are fools. No longer can we distinguish between truth and mirage- nor do we want to, according to columnist ... Hedges' new expos?of mass-media bewitchment, Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle, displays his fearlessness and breadth of vision. 'When opinions cannot ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/692388/empire-illusion
  5. Vast business empire grew from entrepreneur's vision

    Posted Apr 16th 2009, 12:00am by Nick Walker

    ... Nick Walker To many looking back on Hong Kong's early days as a trading port, Queen Victoria was the monarch overseeing her empire. If you're a Dane, however, the names Christian ... that managed to hold its own against local giants of the day, such as Jardine Matheson and Swire, that were steeped in loyalty to Queen Victoria and her empire. Mr Jebsen's efforts have seen four ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/676907/vast-business-empire-grew-entrepreneurs-vision
  6. Persian Empire's influence remains alive

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

    ... from the 16th to the 18th century over present-day Iran, Afghanistan, Azerbaijan and parts of central Asia, shaped the Persian Empire and subsequently Iranian identity. Historians point out ... was so enormous it is thought to have been one of the reasons behind the rise of the Persian Empire. An estimated 40,000 qanats remain in use today, supplying half the water required ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/669047/persian-empires-influence-remains-alive
  7. Royal honours for Hongkongers

    Posted Jun 13th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... charitable activities in the United Kingdom. Deanna Ruth Tak Yung Lee Rudgard was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE), while Fiona Bishop was made a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE). Dr Lee Rudgard has worked for many years arranging scholarships for young people from Hong Kong to study in Britain. Mrs Bishop has been treasurer of the Hong Kong and China ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/683471/royal-honours-hongkongers
  8. 'Sinner of 1,000 years' Patten turns into yet another China cheerleader from the West

    Posted Jul 25th 2009, 12:00am by Alex Lo

    ... with Alex Lo All is forgiven, it seems, for the sinner of 1,000 years, who was also called the ageing foreign whore and the tango dancer in need of a partner. More than a decade after the handover, the rancour with which Beijing treated Hong Kong's l ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/687840/sinner-1000-years-patten-turns-yet-another-china-cheerleader-west
  9. Combining curiosity with questioning is the key to learning

    Posted Mar 21st 2009, 12:00am by David Phair

    ... David Phair I've always been curious and I think I can honestly say it leads you to learn more. I don't necessarily mean what you gain from books but simply learning by opening your eyes and ears. And I'm still curious. At a meeting some ti ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/673971/combining-curiosity-questioning-key-learning
  10. History-maker Part 15: Timur- The art lover who destroyed cities

    Posted Dec 09th 2009, 12:00am by Ellen Whyte

    ... Compiled by Ellen Whyte Nickname: Timur the Lame, which later became Tamerlan Profession: conqueror and empire builder Famous for: destroying cities and helping artists Born: 1336 Died: ... gathered an army and went back to conquer Transoxania. He was a brilliant soldier. After becoming king of Transoxania, he conquered an empire that stretched from Turkey to India. He was a fierce ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/700669/history-maker-part-15-timur-art-lover-who-destroyed-cities

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