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  1. A will but not the ways for Islamic finance hub

    Posted Jul 02nd 2008, 12:00am by Philip Bowring

    ... Philip Bowring It is a legitimate ambition for Hong Kong to play some intermediary role in the fast growing world of Islamic finance. But the way officials have gone about it suggests ... and mainland investors. Philip Bowring is a Hong Kong-based journalist and commentator ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/643734/will-not-ways-islamic-finance-hub
  2. Detours: Moganshan

    Posted Aug 06th 2008, 12:00am by Philip Gostelow

    ... Philip Gostelow The true pleasures of Moganshan lie under the peaceful canopy of the bamboo forest. Don't be surprised to see iridescent caterpillars, giant beetles and multicoloured butterflies in the groves. Pass by quaint villas and hike far down into the valley to Sword Pond Waterfall where you'll find vendors selling knick-knacks, ice cream and cold drinks. A 90-minute ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/648039/detours-moganshan
  3. Snooze and you lose

    Posted Jul 15th 2008, 12:00am by Philip Bowring

    ... Hong Kong's leader seems oblivious to the threats of ambitious Taiwan and Shenzhen, writes Philip Bowring When will Donald Tsang Yam-kuen and his fellow bureaucratic bumblers wake up ... Philip Bowring is a Hong Kong-based journalist and commentator ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/645295/snooze-and-you-lose
  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 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/640664/appointment-system-breeds-collusion
  5. Here comes the fun

    Posted Aug 03rd 2008, 12:00am by Philip Gostelow

    ... Looking for some sun, sand and surf? Santa Monica has all that and much more, writes Philip Gostelow. Even on a cloudy day Santa Monica gives an impression of sunshine. It must be the palm tree-lined palisade, the vividly coloured architecture and the expansive beach. You can inhale a sense of freedom, having escaped the clogged freeways and cluttered suburbia of Los Angeles. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/647618/here-comes-fun
  6. Black clouds

    Posted Jun 18th 2008, 12:00am by Philip Bowring

    ... Vested interests and cosy arrangements with government can be public health hazards, writes Philip Bowring The subjugation of public health issues to political posturing and narrow ... to competition from the mainland, a lack of which makes a mockery of the free trade goals of the Closer Economic Partnership Arrangement. He proves Dr Yeoh's point. Philip Bowring is a Hong ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/641976/black-clouds
  7. Fairy godmother visits

    Posted Jun 26th 2008, 12:00am by Philip Leetch

    ... Prepared by Philip Leetch Paper 3 Part A In this part you will have five minutes after you have been given the question to prepare your ideas and jot down some notes to help remember what you want to say. Be careful not to write down too much because you will then seem to be reading out something you have prepared. This is not allowed. The discussion must be as natural ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/643035/fairy-godmother-visits
  8. Pilgrims' progress

    Posted Jun 22nd 2008, 12:00am by Philip Game

    ... The devout have been making the long trek across the north of Spain for centuries. Philip Game discovers the route's many appeals. Forget the flamenco. What about some stirring reels from a Galician piper? Far from the golden sands of Andalucia and beyond the great plains of Castile, a different Spain awaits along the Atlantic. A land of cloud-wrapped crags, apple orchards ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/642463/pilgrims-progress
  9. Bookworms' choice

    Posted Jun 19th 2008, 12:00am by Philip Leetch

    ... Prepared by Philip Leetch Paper 3 Part A In this part you will have five minutes after you have been given the question to prepare your ideas and jot down some notes to help remember what you want to say. Be careful not to write down too much because you will then seem to be reading out something you have prepared. This is not allowed. The discussion must be as natural ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/642163/bookworms-choice
  10. Idioms

    Posted Jun 29th 2006, 12:00am by Philip Leetch

    ... By Philip Leetch Work my fingers to the bone This expression is usually used by someone complaining about another's wastefulness and ingratitude. I work my fingers to the bone to pay for you to have a piano and lessons, but you never practise or make any effort. It can also be used sympathetically: There are some very good parents in Hong Kong who work their fingers ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/554716/idioms

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