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Alain De Botton

The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work

The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work by Alain de Botton Penguin, HK$174

Sunday, 16 May, 2010, 12:00am

liberal studies

Reading Comprehension

Answer the following questions:

1 Who runs the Development Bureau?

a. architect Rocco Yim Sen-kee

b. a body of landlords

c. the government

d. Alain de Botton

2 What sort of structure would not be built in Hong Kong, based on current construction laws?

20 Jan 2009 - 12:00am

Christmas travel gifts

Try a travel-friendly gift theme for Christmas this year. A miniature LED Lenser Mini Moon torch (above; GBP14.95/HK$240; www.naturalcollection.com) is ideal for the environmentally conscious. Compact and light (80 grams, 11cm by 2cm diameter), it gives up to 30 hours of energy-efficient light from one AAA battery (included).

9 Dec 2007 - 12:00am

The Architecture of Happiness - The Secret Art of Furnishing Your Life

The Architecture of Happiness - The Secret Art of Furnishing Your Life

by Alain de Botton

Penguin, HK$144

4 Mar 2007 - 12:00am

Buildings and beyond

The Architecture of Happiness

by Alain de Botton

Hamish Hamilton, $270

Architects would rank second on the scale of vocational despair, behind world-peace campaigners and most of the film industry. The three groups struggle to assert their vision against competing opinions, all of which will lose to the rival with the most money.

9 Jul 2006 - 12:00am

Status Anxiety

Status Anxiety

by Alain de Botton

Hamish Hamilton $240

25 Apr 2004 - 12:00am

Bestsellers

1 Bridget Jones: Edge of Reason, by Helen Fielding, Picador. Sequel to Londoner's diary 2 American Psycho, by Bret Easton Ellis, Vintage. Lame excuse for sex and gore 3 Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban, JK Rowling, Bloomsbury. Harry uses magic outside school 4 When We Were Orphans, Kazuo Ishiguro, Faber.

20 May 2000 - 12:00am

All sorts of stars observed

Occasionally, on what passes for a clear night, you can look up and see the odd planet or two glimmering in the Hong Kong sky.

17 Jan 1998 - 12:00am