Black Comedy

Actor too shy to pursue his love at first sight

TVB actor Dexter Young was too shy to make a move when he first met Shanfia Ng, but he did not hesitate the next time he saw her some years later.

Wednesday, 15 August, 2012, 11:23pm

James Warhola

COUNTRY PURSUITS I grew up on the outskirts of Pittsburgh [in Pennsylvania, the United States], with three brothers and three sisters. We were country kids. My dad ran a junkyard and we all had to work, separating and cleaning raw metal. Just like farm families, we all had to pitch in. My father was Andy Warhol's eldest brother.

17 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Crucible of fame

If Steven Spielberg had a mischievous twin, it would be Joe Dante. From his 1978 Jaws rip-off Piranha to his critters-with-attitude hit Gremlins (1984), Dante's films explored the darker side of what Spielberg so expertly turned into blockbuster gold.

5 Sep 2010 - 12:00am

No shame in satire

As Meatloaf used to sing, two out of three ain't bad. So being credited with having three out of the four classical Chinese virtues might be perceived as a compliment. Alas, the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong must have had a momentary humour bypass over the Lunar New Year. Come to think of it, the party probably never had any to begin with.

25 Feb 2010 - 12:00am

John says . . .

On one level, 'The Magic Potion' is a very well written story about bullying, describing the way a boy misuses the magical power he was given to protect himself from bullies.

But stories about one individual and one set of events can sometimes also contain a message that applies to whole groups of people and even nations.

8 Dec 2009 - 12:00am

Arrests smash gang stealing milk powder

A gang that stole milk power from chain stores across the city and sold it to a Mong Kok pharmacy has been smashed with the arrests of three core members and seizure of 200 cans of powder, police say.

The three were caught after the gang took 20 cans of milk powder from eight stores in 90 minutes on Wednesday, officers said yesterday.

15 May 2009 - 12:00am

Thursday Thinktank

Five things we're all wondering about

1 Hong Kong gender imbalance with more women than men ... guys are thinking 'that's a problem?'

2 Guilty RTHK producer sentenced to community service ... if he really wants to do the public some good, tell his radio hosts to shut up and play some music.

7 Aug 2008 - 12:00am

pet's corner

Snapshots of our special friends

Name of owner: Elaine Yau

Name: Cat B

Age: Eight

Breed: American curl

Favourite food: salmon and fish biscuits

Favourite pastimes: sleeping, swiping mobiles off desks and meowing loudly when people are sleeping

1 Jul 2008 - 12:00am

Gizmo the digital chihuahua fails to make a friend

The saying goes that 'if you want a friend, get a dog'. I have misgivings about flesh-and-blood dogs, however. My mother's eats excrement and is never happier than when rolling in the remains of a dead bird or some fish on the riverbank.

12 Apr 2005 - 12:00am

Big bang Theory

Born of an unholy union between Joey Ramone and Cousin Itt of The Addams Family, overgrown fringes are this season's undisputed hair-don'ts. They stumbled down the runways of renegade designers Martin Margiela and Alexandre Hercovitch, mercifully obscuring the faces of models who must have known better. Do not try this at home.

1 Sep 2000 - 12:00am

movie watch

I Know What You Did Last Summer

Pearl, 9.30pm

12 Aug 2000 - 12:00am


The latest instalment of the excellent Punchline comedy club served up a feast of belly laughs while taking the audience on a wild ride from one pole of the stand-up spectrum to the other.

17 Jun 2000 - 12:00am

Ho's Competitor holds aces in exotic opener

Prudent punters will keep their powder dry for Saturday's monster $42 million Triple Trio jackpot but for those who cannot wait, tomorrow night's Happy Valley meeting provides another opportunity to cash in on the world's best bet.

There's no carry-over but the game is the same and No Competitor looks as good a banker as any in the opening leg of an extremely tough TT.

23 Nov 1999 - 12:00am


Tindersticks - Simple Pleasure (Quicksilver) If you are in a bit of a grim mood and prefer to stay at home with the curtains closed, this is the album for you.

Singer Stuart A Staples is so lugubrious in his delivery he makes the Addams Family butler, Lurch, sound like a happy-go-lucky music-hall act.

10 Sep 1999 - 12:00am

Strictly for the underachiever

WILLIAM is a serious underachiever. In fact, he underachieves so effortlessly that he revels in it. It is, he would be the first to admit, almost a source of pride.

His one rather lame claim to achieving - definitely more luck than judgment - is that he was born seven minutes ahead of his identical twin, Clive.

18 Apr 1999 - 12:00am