Bonny Schoonakker

There's just no accounting for bad taste

People's preferences when it comes to buying works of art may defy explanation, but having too much money is among the more convincing when it comes to understanding the rationale for some of these purchases.

Saturday, 7 April, 2012, 12:00am

US justice may come at a crazy price

Back in the day when Osama bin Laden was alive, you may have stumbled, if in the badlands between Afghanistan and Pakistan, upon an American hoping to capture the world's most wanted man.

6 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

A dim view

If ever I need to sue my landlord, divorce my wife or seek damages for personal injury, rest assured that I will not be asking Jal N. Karbhari & Company, Solicitors & Notaries, to act as my lawyers.

This is not because they are bad. For all I know they could be rather good at their trade.

25 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Lawmakers' pay grab true to the jungle

Hong Kong has the world's highest home prices by some measures, despite having some of the ugliest buildings in which it is possible to live. Flats in areas that in other cities would be called ghettos, projects or slums go for prices that in friendlier climes would buy you an estate with orchards and lawns.

9 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

A black day recedes from living memory

Ever since I heard a newspaper editor rail against the coverage that his own newspaper devoted ('wasted', he said) to the 40th anniversary of the D-Day landings in Normandy I tend to wonder, whenever they come around, if there's any point to anniversaries.

27 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Lay to rest the ghosts of cruelty past

I have never seen a ghost, and neither do I expect to, given that they do not exist. However, should I ever see one it may well be somewhere like that second world war bunker that looms over Tai Tam Gap, just up the road from the war cemeteries at Chai Wan.

10 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Sex and lies from the Qing court

Decadence Mandchoue: The China Memoirs of Sir Edmund Trelawny Backhouse edited by Derek Sandhaus Earnshaw Books

12 Jun 2011 - 12:00am