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  1. Topic and Tone

    Posted Jan 24th 2008, 12:00am by Philip Leetch

    ... By Philip Leetch Paper 1a Read these e-mail messages. Match each message with the most appropriate item from the list of subjects. Then identify the tone of each message, selecting the correct adjective from the list. Messages 1 Just to keep you up to date on the charity fund-raising walk. I have been having great fun ringing all the potential sponsors and planning our publicity ...

  2. Repulse Bay rule: keep the developers happy

    Posted Sep 10th 2008, 12:00am by Philip Bowring

    ... Philip Bowring The Planning Department and its rubber-stamp accomplice, the Town Planning Board, continue to be among the least transparent of government bodies, wielding huge influence ... top ex-employees - are happy? Philip Bowring is a Hong Kong-based journalist and commentator ...

  3. China's chance to lead the global economy

    Posted Sep 24th 2008, 12:00am by Philip Bowring

    ... Philip Bowring There is no point in trying to predict where so-called financial markets will go in the next few days and probably weeks. As astonishing as the price gyrations has been ... in the global climate. But this can also be its chance to show a real maturity of vision and claim to be a leader, not a follower, of the global economy. Philip Bowring is a Hong Kong-based journalist ...

  4. Appointment system breeds collusion

    Posted Jun 07th 2008, 12:00am by Philip Bowring

    ... Philip Bowring Prepare for worse ahead with the new junior ministerial positions. Far from being a constitutional advance, this is an extension of the colonial system of appointment ... The corporation was created to provide extra credit to help bolster apartment and land prices. Collusion does not need an agenda or meeting place. It just needs an appointment system. Philip Bowring ...

  5. A feeding frenzy at the political trough

    Posted Jan 10th 2008, 12:00am by Philip Bowring

    ... Philip Bowring There seems to be no limit to the self-aggrandising, and enrichment, of senior bureaucrats in Hong Kong. That is ever more alarming as increasing numbers morph ... is an equitable way of reducing quango power by distributing excess savings to the community. Philip Bowring is a Hong Kong-based journalist and commentator ...

  6. The biofuel issue

    Posted May 08th 2008, 12:00am by Philip Leetch

    ... Prepared by Philip Leetch Paper 1a Read the sections and answer the questions which follow them. Part A Biofuels are replacements for fossil fuels made from a number of common crops such as corn, sugar beet, rapeseed, palm oil, soy and, most of all, sugar cane. The main products are ethanol and diesel, though there are also hopes to develop the use of biobutanol for aircraft fuel. ...

  7. If you like nutty characters, you'll love Philip Ardagh

    Posted Mar 09th 2008, 12:00am by John Millen

    ... John Millen Welcome to the weird, whacky and ever-so-slightly ridiculous world of Philip Ardagh. Here you never know what's hiding round the corner or what bizarre ... be contacted on MillenBookshelf@aol.com Eddie manages to keep his head while everyone around him is barking mad Awful End By Philip Ardagh Published by Faber and Faber ISBN 0 571 20354 X ...

  8. Glass: a Portrait of Philip in Twelve Parts

    Posted Mar 30th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... The 32nd HK International Film Festival showcases a documentary portrait of American minimalist composer Philip Glass (below), featuring interviews with film directors such as Woody Allen and Martin Scorsese. Directed by Scott Hicks. In English. Tomorrow, 7.15pm, Grand Cinema, 2/F Elements, 1 Austin Rd West, TST, HK$60 Urbtix, HK Ticketing. Inquiries: www.hkiff.org.hk ...

  9. City sights

    Posted Mar 06th 2008, 12:00am by Philip Leetch

    ... Prepared by Philip Leetch Paper 1a This is a skimming exercise. Glance through the list of attractions in a large city, read the questions at the bottom, and then try to locate the information which will enable you to answer them. 1 Museum of Toys, open daily, 10am-5pm, admission free. A large old house is packed with old toys. There are hundreds of dolls, dolls' houses, ...

  10. The ancient sport of kabbadi

    Posted Jan 10th 2008, 12:00am by Philip Leetch

    ... Philip Leetch Paper 1a Part A Read this description of an old sport and then decide whether the statements which follow contain information which is true (T), false (F) or is not given (NG). Imagine a fairly small field- about one half of a basketball court. It is divided into two halves. Two seven-men (or seven-women) teams come out. Each team has an additional five players ...




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