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  1. Sydney 2000

    Posted Dec 12th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Olympic opening ceremonies are usually built around the host city, but the 2000 Games went a step further to celebrate the whole of Australia, not just the city of Sydney. The ceremony began when a lone horseman galloped into the centre of the stadium, stopped and looked at the crowd of 11,000 spectators. His horse reared up onto its hind legs and the rider cracked his whip ...

  2. Boss & Co can't wait to crack the whip

    Posted Sep 09th 2007, 12:00am by Alan Aitken

    ... Alan Aitken Never mind the horses, Hong Kong's jockeys are champing at the bit to get the season under way and the 'new boys' will be leading the charge. Australian Zac Purton and South African Kevin Shea will be stepping out for the first ...

  3. Beijing cracks whip on errant city developers

    Posted Dec 15th 2007, 12:00am by Peggy Sito

    ... Peggy Sito City governments on the mainland have been stepping up efforts to crack down on price inflation of high-end residential properties as the central government pledges to resolve the housing problem in the country. The Beijing municipal government ...

  4. Handicappers must give private purchases a fair crack of the whip

    Posted Sep 26th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... The punters sent a message to the Jockey Club handicappers on Sunday when highly credentialed colt Deferential made his local debut- that they are marking these private puchase horses too highly. Deferential, now a member of the Caspar Fownes stable, arri ...

  5. Old playbill reveals life not all toil and whippings in convict colony

    Posted Sep 13th 2007, 12:00am by Nick Squires

    ... Nick Squires Sydney Hunger-crazed convicts in leg irons being flailed by sadistic colonial overseers: that, in essence, is the popular view of Sydney's early days as a penal colony on the farthest fringes of the British Empire. It is thought to have ...

  6. F4 whip up a storm in Japan

    Posted Mar 10th 2007, 12:00am by Lee Wing-Sze

    ... Lee Wing-sze With South Korean acts dominating the Japanese music scene for the past few years, Chinese bands are now making a big noise. When Taiwanese boy band F4 made a whirlwind visit to Japan earlier this week for the Taiwan tourism authority, more t ...

  7. Book chain's 'rod of kind love' would go down a treat with daring couples

    Posted Oct 27th 2007, 12:00am by Alex Lo

    ... with Alex Lo Call it tough love. Page One, the trendy book chain for yuppies, has a leather whip called 'the rod of kind love'. The whip, of which the end is shaped like a hand, sells for HK$25 and is labelled 'short', so apparently there is a 'long' whip as well. It is found among the Chinese-language children's books. That is one hell of a way ...

  8. Oil sets HK$72m record for Chinese painting

    Posted Apr 08th 2007, 12:00am by Felix Chan

    ... Joshua But and Felix Chan An oil painting by late Chinese artist Xu Beihong fetched HK$72 million at auction in Hong Kong, a world record for a Chinese painting. Put Down Your Whip, painted in 1939, was the main item to go under the hammer at an auction of contemporary Chinese art yesterday, which generated HK$214 million. The painting attracted intense interest when ...

  9. Looted horse sculpture expected to sell for 25 times its 1989 price

    Posted Sep 06th 2007, 12:00am by Raymond Li

    ... Raymond Li A bronze horse head looted from the Summer Palace in Beijing is expected to fetch up to HK$80 million at auction in Hong Kong- a 25-fold increase from the price paid by its owner in 1989. A senior executive of Sotheby's, which will host th ...

  10. Under the hammer

    Posted Jun 01st 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... All these paintings broke auction records. Put Down Your Whip (1939) by Xu Beihong. Sold by Sotheby's Hong Kong on April 7, 2007, for HK$72 million. Sinking Ship (1995) by Liu Ye. Sold by Sotheby's Hong Kong on April 7, 2007, for HK$7,040,000. Tiananmen Square (1993) by Zhang Xiaogang. Sold by Christie's Hong Kong on November 26, 2006, for HK$18,040,000. ...




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