Egg and Lamb is dish of the day
Every civil movement needs a theme song. A couple of hits by local rock-band legend Beyond have dominated demonstrations for a decade, and now it seems Kay Tse On-kei's new Canto-pop song, Egg and Lamb, has taken over the baton, blasting from the speakers at Victoria Park and Chater Road during the annual July 1 march that, according to the organisers, drew 510,000 protesters. The song, uploaded the night before, was viewed more than 396,000 times on YouTube in two days. The official song description says it is a melody inspired by 12 Years a Slave, a movie about a free black man from 19th-century New York sold into slavery. Never mind that it does not exactly mirror the plight of Hongkongers, protesters chanted the lyrics with gusto to keep up their spirits in the pursuit of genuine universal suffrage: "Eggs crashing into walls, refusing to yield despite a traumatic end." The songwriter, Adrian Chow Bok-yin, left the meaning of his words open-ended, saying on his Facebook page: "New song. I'm not gonna explain …" He might be wanting to play safe, but, still, the song is nowhere to be found on the mainland's largest video-sharing websites, Tudou and Youku.
Dance teacher tragedy resolves lawmaker
The death of new mother and dance teacher Lee Ka-ying following liposuction has stopped lawmaker Christopher Cheung Wah-fung, of the financial services sector, from considering using the same fat-removal method to achieve his dream of a slim silhouette. Cheung, who is understood to weigh at least 104kg, told reporters that the tragedy meant he would not pursue the idea. "I viewed computer-generated images of what I'd look like after those treatments, and I looked very handsome!" he said. "But I won't try it." He also said he would not be sacrificing his favourite snack - fried chicken. He has a long way to go.
HK$1.39m is one way to measure popularity
Critics may argue that it is hard to quantify the popularity of the Occupy Central campaign for democracy, but the money it raised during the July 1 march on Tuesday offers some clues. The sum sounds surreal but is true: HK$1.39 million in less than a day. All Around Town witnessed how the fund-raising boxes at Occupy's Wan Chai booth along the route of the march were stuffed to the brim with HK$100 notes. And the movement sold out of its T-shirts, postcards, bags and towels. Key organiser Benny Tai Yiu-ting was treated like a celebrity and surrounded by people wanting to have their photo taken with him. The civil disobedience movement vows to block main roads in Central if the government fails to offer a satisfactory electoral reform plan. The radical League of Social Democrats came second in the fundraising league, with donations of about HK$930,000, despite its chairman "Long Hair" Leung Kwok-hung still serving out a four-week jail term. The league's vice-chairman, Avery Ng Man-yuen, said the sum would go towards paying off the millions of dollars in legal fees accumulated in an unsuccessful bid for a judicial review to challenge the election of Leung Chun-ying as chief executive. The Civic Party raised more than HK$410,000 and the Democratic Party only HK$200,000. Student-led group Scholarism said it was still counting its cash.