American Folklore

The Apple Missionary

Jem ran quickly back to the farmhouse, the cotton bag filled with apples slung over his shoulder. Would they have ice cream or a thick egg custard with the apple pie tonight?

Monday, 2 April, 2012, 12:00am

Rip Van Winkle's long nap

I t was the same performance every morning. 'Get moving, you lazy lump! The chickens need to be fed! And the horse needs two new shoes! Am I expected to do everything around here? You're useless! I don't know why I married you! You're just a waste of space! A complete waste of space!'

5 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Brer Rabbit and the Tar Baby

Brer Fox and Brer Rabbit were bitter enemies. They hated each other and did everything they could to be downright unpleasant whenever they met.

12 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Style meter


Going native

Wrap up in tribal knits but don't go full Pocahontas.

Country chic accessories

We love this hat by Pucci.

Gilt glory

Add some eccentric gold as we enter the festive season.


Penguin pants

6 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Latest Pirates tale a let-down

The Pirates of the Caribbean franchise's foray into the 3D market is a bloated, sub par and unnecessarily dragged-out effort by first-time franchise director Rob Marshall.

22 May 2011 - 12:00am

Six degrees

J.M. Barrie, author of Peter Pan, would be 150 today, if he were still with us. Inspired by the death of the Scottish writer's teenage brother in an ice-skating accident, the book was a phenomenal success both at home and abroad. Charles Frohman, who produced the West End and Broadway plays of the story, channelled Peter Pan with the line, 'Why fear death?

9 May 2010 - 12:00am

History-makers Part 28: Geronimo

Quick facts Profession: Apache warrior, medicine man Famous for: opposing social injustice Born: June 26, 1829, Turkey Creek, present-day New Mexico Died: February 17, 1909, Fort Sill, Oklahoma, United States Married: to numerous women Nickname: Goyaale, meaning 'one who yawns'

End of an era

14 Apr 2010 - 12:00am

Global traditions on parade in the park

It's time for some fun with the arts again. Standard Chartered Arts in the Park Mardi Gras 2009 will take place at Victoria Park this weekend. Organised by the Hong Kong Youth Arts Foundation, the annual event brings a variety of arty activities to the park for the public's enjoyment.

11 Nov 2009 - 12:00am

Slice of Life

In the Our Magazine column, a report said an 80-year-old man 'has slept through half that number of years' and was being visited by doctors in Kieff (Kiev). 'Since his 80th birthday he has slept for entire months at frequent intervals and he has not wakened now since Easter Sunday'.

7 Jul 2009 - 12:00am

Reminders of the white man's past terrors

The bloodbath, looting and sometimes wholesale destruction wrought by white people in the past on those with a different skin complexion is something we are often told we need to forgive and forget. They now only have peace, democracy, humanitarian aid - and the occasional just war - to export around the world.

26 Feb 2009 - 12:00am

Whale of a time

Academy for Performing Arts dance student Canaan Kwok, 20, battles with the whale from Jonathan Swift's Gulliver's Travels as other Hong Kong Youth Arts Foundation actors and actresses ham up the horror. The giant puppet is one of three on show at the HKYAF's Mardi Gras at Victoria Park, Causeway Bay, today.

8 Nov 2008 - 12:00am

Mardi Gras parade for Arts in the Park

Rio has its Carnival, New Orleans is known for its Mardi Gras and the Youth Arts Festival hopes Hong Kong will soon be known for its Arts in the Park.

7 Nov 2008 - 12:00am

sex sells

1 Sex worker Divine Brown put her child through school and bought a four-bedroom house with the money received for interviews and endorsements after she was caught with which Hollywood star?

2 The Reeperbahn is a street in the red-light district of which German city?

3 Who stars as male prostitute Julian Kaye in 1980 film American Gigolo?

13 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

Billy the Kid: The Endless Ride

Billy the Kid: The Endless Ride

by Michael Wallis

Norton, HK$200

27 May 2007 - 12:00am

Channel Hop

It may originally have hit the headlines for its explicit language, but since moseying into TV town in 2004, Deadwood has raised the bar for historical drama. Set in the eponymous South Dakota goldrush town in the 1870s, the show combines real-life characters, comprehensive historical accuracy and dramatic flair, bringing the period vividly, and viscerally, to life.

4 Feb 2007 - 12:00am