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  1. From Russia with love... for the party

    Posted Apr 18th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... originated; I lived and worked in the free economy of the West. I have experienced both worlds. The Communist Party in Russia today is not the one I joined, believed in, and served for so many years. The country is changing and developing; but rather than modernising it, the Communist Party has destroyed it. When Russia opened up, it turned to the model of the United States, rather than China. ...

  2. Sex With the Queen- Nine Hundred Years of Vile Kings, Virile Lovers and Passionate Politics

    Posted Jul 08th 2007, 12:00am by Tim Cribb

    ... Tim Cribb Sex With the Queen- Nine Hundred Years of Vile Kings, Virile Lovers and Passionate Politics by Eleanor Herman Harper Perennial, HK$133 'History is 99 per cent written by men about men- kings, generals, scientists- for other men to read,' Eleanor Herman said at the launch of Sex With the Queen: 900 Years of Vile Kings, Virile Lovers, and Passionate Politics ...

  3. Scientific giants

    Posted Jun 11th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Astronomy Reinhard Genzel, born 1952 in Bad Homburg, Germany. Professor of physics and director of the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics, Germany Mathematical sciences Vladimir Arnold, born 1937, Odessa, Ukraine. Chief scientist at the Ste ...

  4. Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman

    Posted Feb 19th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Charmaine Chan Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman by Robert K. Massie Random House (e-book) For eight years Catherine the Great was a constant presence in Robert Massie's life as he researched and wrote about Russia's longest-ruling female leader. His Portrait of a Woman underscores that dedication to understanding Catherine II, who was born in Prussia in 1729 ...

  5. Six degrees

    Posted Aug 07th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Nicholas II... The tsar, who ruled Russia from 1894 to 1917, was nicknamed Bloody Nicholas, due to his merciless campaigns against political foes. But his influence waned while he was away ... Rasputin, Russia's greatest love machine. The song was one of several hits by Boney M... In 1979, the German disco band released a cover of The Beatles' then decade-old song Two of Us. ...

  6. Politics the punchline at film awards

    Posted Apr 16th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Stuart Lau and Emily Tsang While A Simple Life cleaned up on the awards front, local politics gave the hosts plenty to laugh about at the 31st Hong Kong Film Awards. The crowd at the Cultural Centre in Tsim Sha Tsui roared as host Ronald Cheng Chung-kai said film fans could have 'predicted' recent political events by watching an old Cantonese film about a large ...

  7. Phone politeness

    Posted Aug 17th 2011, 12:00am

    ... offend people. Yet if we are making a business call it is very important to ensure we are well mannered and follow phone etiquette. If you are polite on the phone, in personal and business ... Formal calls a) Here are some useful, polite phrases that will help you when you are making a formal phone call. Practise them in a dialogue with a friend. 1 Good morning. May I help you? 2 Could ...

  8. Apologising politely

    Posted Jul 27th 2011, 12:00am

    ... John Millen None of us are perfect. We all make mistakes. The courteous thing to do when we are wrong is to apologise politely. A polite apology does not need to be long and dramatic. It should be short and simple and to the point. Apologising politely will always save you a lot of trouble and get you back in the good books of the person you have wronged. Are you sorry? Of course ...

  9. Politeness makes sense

    Posted Jul 06th 2011, 12:00am

    ... John Millen General courtesy Being polite is important. Nobody, young or old, wants to be thought of as rude and impolite. It is a terrible insult to be regarded as impolite and will give you a bad reputation. The point of being polite is to make everyone feel comfortable, worthwhile and at ease. We all lead busy lives, but this can never be an excuse for not saying something ...

  10. The past tries to play catch-up in gripping political novel

    Posted Jul 25th 2010, 12:00am by John Millen

    ... His mother has died under mysterious circumstances, he can't make any lasting friends, his father's life has been taken over by the radical political ideas that are gripping half ... Gemma Malley's The Returners plays out against an intriguing socio-political background. The recession has worsened and the country is sliding daily towards right-wing nationalistic ...




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