How to complain about a bad meal

People are often too timid to confront, but, equally, dining etiquette offers few avenues for complaints. Photo: SCMP

Restaurant critiques - much like the reviewers who write them - come in all shapes, sizes and temperaments, ranging from the positively glowing to the downright pernickety and even scathing.

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Fugitive John McAfee fools police with disguises

The home of John McAfee in San Pedro, Belize. Photo: Reuters

Fugitive software company founder John McAfee says he is hiding in plain sight in Belize, wearing various disguises as he watches police and reporters stake out his home, and blogging about it.

22 Nov 2012 - 4:08am

Photo blogger on the Beijing beat

Emily Schreck, known as Beijingemily, takes a photo of a Beijing hutong to share with Chinese and English Instagram fans. Photo: Simon Song

At first glance, "Beijingemily" appears to be a relatively normal online pseudonym. Nothing flashy. No puns. But when it appears on Instagram - a photo-sharing social media application - it is quickly recognised by tens of thousands of people.

For Beijingemily's photos have become an internet phenomenon, giving her 74,000 followers a glimpse of the streets of Beijing.

30 Sep 2012 - 11:22am

Vietnam PM Nguyen Tan Dung calls for blogs to be 'seriously punished'

Vietnam's Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has ordered those responsible for three "slanderous" blogs, which have publicised a recent string of high-level corruption scandals, be "seriously punished".

14 Sep 2012 - 2:39am

Cyberpolice silence high-profile think tank

The website of one of the mainland's most high-profile liberal research institutions, the Unirule Institute of Economics, has been shut down amid signs that the policing of online dissent is intensifying.

1 May 2012 - 12:00am

Microblog users on net after deadline

Microblog users who had not submitted real names could still put up posts on Beijing-based services yesterday, the deadline set last month banning users who fail to register real names and identity card numbers.

17 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

One-child policy gives birth to a business idea

It's their once-a-year chance to make a name for themselves, and some attending this week's session of the national legislature can't resist putting forward proposals - however unlikely - for improving the country.

4 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Bloggers must register names as grip tightens

Bloggers have been ordered to register their real names at Beijing-based microblog services in the latest attempt by the authorities to tighten control of the internet.

The move is expected to be replicated across the mainland.

Regulations on microblog development in Beijing say that microbloggers must register details of their identity before posting online.

17 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Microblogs a big part of student life

'Every day, I log in more than four times, using either my computer or mobile phone. And I stay on for two or three hours,' says Deng Jian, a 21-year-old student at Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou.

She was talking about her habit of using Sina Weibo, a Twitter-like social networking site on the mainland.

8 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

A new Orwellian euphemism for stifling online dissent

With the economy slowing, it might appear strange that culture rather than the nation's finances was the main theme when the Communist Party's top leadership met in Beijing last week.

28 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Bloggers face new controls to block rumour-mongers

Beijing internet regulators will tighten controls by expanding a real-name registration system to rein in rumour-mongering and clean up content, state media said yesterday.

19 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Net tightens on online rumours

New regulations targeting China's robust social media are likely to be rolled out soon as part of the government's ongoing campaign to curb the spread of rumour on the web, according to mainland new media scholars and industry insiders.

7 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Out of control

If you could go back in time by say, 50 days, to just before the anniversaries of the Tiananmen Square crackdown and the founding of the Communist Party and looked at mainland microblog messages, you would find a totally different world to the one today.

30 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Xinjiang's populist leader joins ranks of microbloggers

Xinjiang Communist Party secretary Zhang Chunxian, known for his public relations skills, has become the first provincial leader to open a microblog account - although it is only for this combined annual session of the National People's Congress and the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference.

4 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Michele Reis gives her fans running updates on her latest role - as mother

Congratulations to actress and beauty queen Michele Reis and her tycoon hubby Julian Hui Chun-hang. The couple welcomed their first baby, Jayden Max Hui, on Tuesday.

News travelled fast as the new parents released a photo of their son on a public relations firm's account on weibo (the Chinese equivalent of Twitter).

11 Feb 2011 - 12:00am