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  1. Bomb, Book & Compass

    Posted Aug 02nd 2009, 12:00am by Charmaine Chan

    ... Charmaine Chan Bomb, Book & Compass by Simon Winchester Penguin HK$142 The title borrows from Francis Bacon's famous observation that gun powder, printing and the compass were inventions that most profoundly changed the world. '[Joseph] Needham found [they] had all been used in China long before they were supposedly 'invented' by westerners,' Simon ...

  2. Cathay Pacific plane just seconds from collision in Australia

    Posted Dec 29th 2009, 12:00am by Simon Parry

    ... An air safety investigation has been launched to find out how a Cathay Pacific plane carrying 309 passengers ended up seconds away from a potential collision with another passenger jet as it flew over Australia. The Airbus A330 was on its way to Melbourne ...

  3. Toilet troubles plague Cathay's Airbus fleet

    Posted Nov 25th 2009, 12:00am by Simon Parry

    ... Cathay Pacific flights are being plagued by mysterious toilet blockages on its Airbus fleet, with one packed passenger plane forced to make an unscheduled landing in India because it had no working lavatories on board. Toilets on Airbus A330 and A340 plan ...

  4. It's a dog's life for the city's fish

    Posted May 04th 2009, 12:00am by Simon Parry

    ... Simon Parry The waiter serves up a generous helping of hyperbole with his sales patter as he points to a giant grouper gawping out of a neon-lit fish tank outside a seafront restaurant in Sai Kung. 'This is a very special fish - it is more than 100 years old,' he says, gesturing to the fish struggling to turn its metre-long body in the confines of the tank. 'If ...

  5. Cathay staff kick off their shoes with gallery of after-work shots

    Posted Jun 21st 2009, 12:00am by Simon Parry

    ... More than 50,000 people have visited a website that features pictures of Cathay Pacific flight attendants and other frontline staff after they have hung up their uniform for the day. The novel promotion has been a global hit since its launch four weeks ag ...

  6. Cathay unions wary about unpaid leave

    Posted Apr 18th 2009, 12:00am by Simon Parry

    ... Unions representing Cathay Pacific pilots and flight attendants had a mixed reaction last night to a scheme in which staff will be asked to take weeks of unpaid leave as part of cost-cutting measures. Both appealed to members not to sign up for it until u ...

  7. Cathay, Dragonair to ask staff to take unpaid leave, but won't force it

    Posted Apr 17th 2009, 12:00am by Simon Parry

    ... All Cathay Pacific and Dragonair staff will today be asked to take weeks of unpaid leave as part of cost cuts aimed at helping the sister airlines through the economic crisis. Flights are also expected to be trimmed as part of the measures that will be ou ...

  8. Forging ahead

    Posted May 10th 2009, 12:00am by Simon Parry

    ... Simon Parry The market for stand-in exam candidates on the mainland is the latest branch of a flourishing industry of fake credentials across Asia. The centre of the global trade in bogus academic qualifications is Manila's Recto Avenue (right), where, in a chaotic half-mile stretch, a rickety collection of small printing works churns out degrees and diplomas 'from' ...

  9. Studying the mysterious ways of the Sevens tribe

    Posted Mar 29th 2009, 12:00am by Simon Parry

    ... Simon Parry As thousands of revellers poured noisily into the Hong Kong Stadium at the start of the Rugby Sevens on Friday night, one unlikely looking little group filed quietly into a corner of the ground. Bookish, plainly dressed and sober, they must have looked a little out of place as they took their seats. The presence of this small, intense-looking huddle of individuals ...

  10. Ocean Park defends one-to-one yuan rate

    Posted Mar 08th 2009, 12:00am by Simon Parry

    ... Simon Parry Ocean Park has defended itself against accusations that its practice of accepting yuan at a one-to-one exchange rate with the Hong Kong dollar is unfair and damaging to the city's image as a tourist destination. In a detailed response to the criticisms levelled in last week's Sunday Morning Post against the practice by the city's two theme parks as well ...




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