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  1. Explorer finds island campsite of real Robinson Crusoe

    Posted Sep 24th 2005, 12:00am by Julian Ryall

    ... Crusoe. Close to the top of a 565-metre-high peak on the lonely island of Mas-a-Tierra, 700km off the coast of Chile, an international team of archaeologists led by Daisuke Takahashi recently ... with the captain of the privateer Cinque Ports and asked to be put ashore, began in 1992. It was then that Takahashi read a report linking the fictional Robinson Crusoe with the facts of Selkirk's ...

  2. News - Hong Kong - LAND USE

    Villagers oppose private columbarium seeking recognition on Po Toi

    Posted Aug 15th 2014, 04:06am by Jessie Lau

    ... Jessie Lau jessie.lau@scmp.com Islanders oppose Po Toi grave sites Villagers on remote Po Toi Island fear the island's fung shui will be damaged and tourists scared away if up to 2,000 private funeral niches on the island are given official recognition. They expressed their concerns after the developer took steps to register the niches with the Food and Environmental ...

  3. News - Hong Kong - CONSERVATION

    Tai O looks to build its own heritage museum as private showroom closes

    Posted Aug 13th 2014, 04:34am by FANNY W. Y. FUNG

    ... Fanny W. Y. Fung fanny.fung@scmp.com With the closing of a private museum, the rural committee is planning its own to bring in visitors Tai O to build heritage museum While a privately ... as Tai O Cultural Workshop, a private museum set up in 2001, looks set to shut. Its site at 54 Tai O Wing On Street is due to be redeveloped, and founder Wong Wai-king aims to retire in two ...

  4. Private island

    Posted Sep 12th 2004, 12:00am by Stephen McCarty

    ... and Ferraris; the aforementioned luminaries own, or owned, the last word in status symbols: a private island. Skorpios, Greece, was Onassis' favoured retreat, Branson cools his heels on Necker in the Caribbean and the Gates' empire includes Sleepy Cove in Nova Scotia. In the same league is Horse Island, in the Gulf Stream off the southwest coast of the Republic of Ireland, and which could ...

  5. News - Hong Kong - CULTURE

    Tai O's private heritage museum will be history in just two years

    Posted Jul 21st 2014, 06:21am by FANNY W. Y. FUNG

    ... Fanny W. Y. Fung fanny.fung@scmp.com Tai O Cultural Workshop will close, but founder says the government should set up public museum to tell colourful story of fishing village Private museum will be history in 2 years Time is running out for one of the city's handful of private museums, which is set to close in the next couple of years after the building owner applied ...

  6. Business - Banking & Finance - TAX EVASION

    Data exchange to combat tax evasion seen affecting Hong Kong private banks

    Posted Jul 07th 2014, 05:26am by Toh Han Shih

    ... seen affecting HK private banks An upcoming international information exchange system will affect the private banking industry and a number of companies in Hong Kong and Singapore, say ... Britain, Germany, France, as well as offshore centres like Bermuda, British Virgin Islands (BVI) and Cayman Islands. "With the Common Reporting Standard, the ability for people to hide ...

  7. Lifestyle - Books - SOUTH ASIA

    Book review: This Divided Island, by Samanth Subramanian

    Posted Sep 21st 2014, 11:07am by Kit Gillet

    ... Kit Gillet This Divided Island by Samanth Subramanian Penguin India 3 stars Kit Gillet "Gradually, in my head, the boundaries between these slices of time- between wartime and post-war Sri Lanka- melted away. The phrase 'post-war' lost its meaning," journalist Samanth Subramanian writes in This Divided Island. When it comes to the decades-long civil war ...

  8. News - Hong Kong - CULTURE

    First private photography museum opens in historic Happy Valley building

    Posted Sep 17th 2014, 04:35am by Vivienne Chow

    ... Vivienne Chow vivienne.chow@scmp.com Historic building in Happy Valley has been reconstructed to house the city's first private collection of rare books, cameras and pictures History of images in the frame at museum A grade-three historic building in Happy Valley has been transformed into the city's first private museum of photography. Founder and director Douglas So hopes ...

  9. News - China - CIVIL RIGHTS

    Uygur academic Ilham Tohti 'in quite good spirits' despite jail privations

    Posted Sep 17th 2014, 04:20am by Reuters

    ... Reuters in Beijing Uygur academic 'held in shackles' ahead of trial An ethnic Uygur academic has been kept in shackles and refused warm clothing ahead of his trial in Xinjiang, his lawyer said, in a case that has drawn concern over judicial and ...

  10. News - World - ARCHAEOLOGY

    Some of the world’s oldest erotic graffiti found on remote Greek island

    Posted Jul 07th 2014, 09:38pm by GDN

    ... The Guardian in Athens Racy inscriptions on remote Astypalaia feature some of the world's earliest phallic symbols Ancient erotic graffiti found on Greek island Wild, windswept, rocky ... didn't think so when he began fieldwork on the Aegean island four years ago- until he chanced upon a couple of racy inscriptions and large phalluses carved into Astypalaia's rocky peninsula ...




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