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  1. Great wall of ignorance

    Posted Apr 21st 2008, 12:00am by Stephen Vines

    ... Anger over the Beijing Olympics suggests there may be something to the clash-of-civilisations thesis after all, writes Stephen Vines I have long been sceptical about Samuel ... by politicians who should know better. Stephen Vines is a Hong Kong-based journalist and entrepreneur ...

  2. No use making a show if you can't talk the walk

    Posted Jul 04th 2008, 12:00am by Stephen Vines

    ... Stephen Vines The sight of Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen gingerly handling a display of canned foods provided a modicum of light relief in these troubled inflationary times. Indeed ... In other words, they want them to show and say. Stephen Vines is a Hong Kong-based journalist and entrepreneur ...

  3. A leader who cannot learn from his mistakes

    Posted Jun 13th 2008, 12:00am by Stephen Vines

    ... Stephen Vines What does it take for Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen to admit that he was wrong? Or maybe, more tellingly, what does it take for him to learn the lessons of an easily ... that the fallout would hit them in the coming Legislative Council election. Even so, Mr Tsang thought he could still remain quiet and despatch one of his least popular ministers, Stephen Lam Sui-lung, ...

  4. Fear of the unspeakable

    Posted Mar 22nd 2008, 12:00am by Stephen Vines

    ... Stephen Vines Insecurity is a terrible thing, and when it comes to insecurity over national identity, the repercussions are profound on a personal and a political level. These thoughts ... to the same objective. Political and moral cowardice is rarely a recipe for success. Stephen Vines is a Hong Kong-based journalist and entrepreneur ...

  5. Saint and sinners

    Posted Dec 07th 2008, 12:00am by Stephen McCarty

    ... Time is almost up. The most prolific of the six official James Bonds has been a model not just of his trademark decorum and charm: remarkably, he has proved to be a ribald jester with a stage comic's timing and a stockpile of verbal weapons of mass d ...

  6. HK$800,000 purse for works of fiction

    Posted May 07th 2008, 12:00am by Stephen McCarty

    ... Stephen McCarty Hong Kong-based author Nury Vittachi will head a panel of three judges who will decide the destiny of the inaugural Australia-Asia Literary Award. The purse of A$110,000 (HK$806,600) will be given to English-language literary fiction written for mobile phones, PDAs or computers, as well as in traditional book form. The closing date for entries is May 31. All works must ...

  7. Young duo explore the universe

    Posted Feb 25th 2008, 12:00am by John Millen

    ... John Millen George's Secret Key to the Universe Lucy and Stephen Hawking Published by Doubleday ISBN 978 0 385 61181 7 George's parents are doing their bit to save the planet. ... Stephen Hawking, author of the best-selling A Brief History of Time, and his daughter Lucy, a novelist, have struck gold with George's Secret Key to the Universe. ...

  8. Savvy operator's perfect timing

    Posted May 23rd 2008, 12:00am by Mary Luk

    ... David Young says in order to maintain his expensive but rewarding hobby he has to set a budget he can afford, writes Mary Luk Businessman and watch collector David Young has an enviable collection of watches, and is a smart collector who knows what, where and when to buy. A professionally trained engineer in computer science, Mr Young showed an affinity for mechanical devices ...

  9. Marathon backer gives young talent training

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

    ... Stephen Chan Student entrants in next year's Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon deemed to have the potential to excel at long-distance running will be offered professional training. Entrants aged over 16 will compete for the Marathon 101 Cup. These are among the latest fruits of a marathon education programme launched two years ago by Standard Chartered Bank, the race ...

  10. Young Ballet Stars Award

    Posted Aug 21st 2008, 12:00am by Natasha Rogai

    ... Natasha Rogai Kwai Tsing Theatre Saturday, 2.30pm, 7.30pm A total of 180 dancers aged between six and 21 will take to the stage this weekend for the 6th Young Ballet Stars Award ... by Tchaikovsky. The competition's aim is to help raise standards by giving ballet students the chance to perform on stage and compete against each other. Stephen Xavier, artistic director ...




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