Grace Chan Hoi-lam
Aspiring actress Grace Chan Hoi-lam may be the thinnest Miss Hong Kong at just 39.5kg, but she packs a political punch. The 22-year-old graduate spoke out for universal suffrage on TVB news, saying: "When you are [chief executive], you would not want everyone to oppose you, rather you want to satisfy their needs." Her remarks saw her interview pulled, but in an online poll half of some 8,000 respondents voted for an option reading: "Scored! A goddess of democracy!"
Criticised in the past for not pulling out the cheque book to boost his squad, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger had the last laugh with the best buy before soccer's summer transfer window closed, snapping up playmaker Mesut Oezil for a club record €50 million (HK$510 million) from Real Madrid. Arsenal's signing of Oezil on a five-year deal was a stunning coup and the arrival of the 24-year-old German delighted frustrated supporters who had demanded big spending.
Diana Nyad, a 64 year-old grandmother, became the first person to swim from Cuba to Florida without the help of a shark cage. About 53 hours after starting out from Havana, she waded ashore to cheers at Key West, saying, "We should never, ever give up … you're never too old to chase your dream". It was her fifth attempt to complete the 176-kilometre swim. She tried three times in 2011 and last year. Her first attempt was in 1978.