A little distraction can help healing

Visitors pause at a makeshift memorial in Copley Square for victims of the Boston Marathon bombings. Photo: AP

A man is not feeling well so his doctor tells him to take antibiotics for two weeks, painkillers for three weeks and watch 15 baseball games over the next four weeks and he will be healed. Of course, it is a myth. Sports does not heal, it only distracts. But I have to remind myself of this all the time, particularly when a dose of heavy perspective is served up like the events in Boston.

Sunday, 28 April, 2013, 6:29am

Unity will defeat the extremists

Runners continue to run towards the finish line as an explosion erupts at the finish line of the Boston Marathon. Photo: Reuters

The twisted mind of the perpetrator of the attack on Boston's marathon is impossible to fathom. No matter what their grievance or message, who could believe that harming children, fun-runners, athletes and spectators was an accomplishment? Yet the bombs were timed to cause the maximum loss of life, without regard for who was caught in the blasts, all in the name of making a point for which none of us will now ever care. There will never be sympathy for people who commit such acts, no matter how justified they may seem to themselves; there will only be unity against their extreme ways.

17 Apr 2013 - 3:25am 1 comment

Boston regains favour as economy, employment and prices pick up

Millennium Place in Boston. The capital of Massachusetts is regaining favour, buoyed by its strong local economy. Photo: Andy Caulfield

Something is stirring in Boston. Employment is up in the Massachusetts capital, with more than 42,000 new jobs added last year. House prices are on the move, appreciating 10.7 per cent over the past five years. With interest rates at historic lows, buyers are back in the market.

16 Jan 2013 - 5:19am

Deadly flu epidemic sweeps dozens of US states

Deadly flu epidemic sweeps dozens of US states

The United States is in the grip of a deadly influenza outbreak that has hit harder and earlier than in previous years, and has claimed the lives of at least 18 children.

12 Jan 2013 - 3:57am

HK girls outplay India for bronze at world juniors

Hong Kong upset third seed India 2-1 to win a bronze medal at the Women's World Junior Championships in Boston, Massachusetts, at the weekend.

Seeded sixth, Hong Kong had lost to the same opponents in the pool stage, but gained sweet revenge in the medal play-off.

1 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Wedding belles

Hong Kong may have no shortage of bridal boutiques but most of them sell gowns of the dated puffball variety. Hitched, an intimate, by-appointment salon that opened recently in Sheung Wan, on the other hand, offers gowns by hip American and European designers. Featured are feminine designs by David Fielden, classics with a twist by Lela Rose and clean silhouettes by Nicole Miller.

20 Jun 2010 - 12:00am

School of fish

It seems an odd name for a food blog but Beyond Salmon (, as author Helen Rennie explains, covers many fish in the sea that are often ignored by home cooks. The subtitle reads, 'Everything you ever wanted to know about fish and other musings on all things yummy.' She blogs to 'capture [her] musings on all things fish. The reason ...

20 Sep 2009 - 12:00am


Who started it? Handbag maker Muiik was founded in 2007 by Singaporeans Jessie Leong and Celia Teh. Leong started her career in the fashion industry as a model before moving to Hong Kong in 1997. Teh, a former Miss Singapore, also worked as a model before honing her skills as a merchandiser and manager at a number of luxury brands.

8 Mar 2009 - 12:00am

The Charles Hotel, Massachusetts

Where is it? In the US city of Cambridge's hip Harvard Square, overlooking the Charles River and just a stone's throw from Boston. This recently renovated, independent hotel is surrounded by interesting restaurants, boutiques and bookshops.

27 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Liberty Hotel, Boston

What is it? The Libert, once an historic jail, has just opened as a swank, US$150 million inn with stellar views of the Boston skyline. The hotel is within walking distance of Beacon Hill, a fascinating enclave of 19th-century Federalist and Victorian buildings, antique shops and small restaurants. A five-minute jog away is the Charles River.

3 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

Entree: Boston

The town most closely associated with the American revolution is on the map these days for the outstanding new restaurants joining some old favourites.

Union Oyster House

41 Union Street

9 Jan 2008 - 12:00am



by Ann Patchett

Bloomsbury, HK$219

4 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

Boston Brass Asian Tour - Brass Clinic and Concert

The Boston Brass quintet play classical, jazz and vocal music, along with Tom Lee Neowinds Brass Quintet and students from the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts and Ying Wa College. Today, 7.30pm, Tom Lee Music Academy Hall, Unit 2-20, Level 12, MegaBox, Enterprise Square 5, 38 Wang Chiu Rd, Kowloon Bay, free, tickets distributed in Tom Lee Music stores.

24 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

Holiday Boutique

Where? Holiday Boutique started out as a 300 sq ft space in Boston's Beacon Hill neighbourhood. After moving down the street to a more spacious store, it evolved into a bi-coastal enterprise with another shop in Los Angeles' Santa Monica area. It's now twice as fashionable. Both shops carry the same designers and labels, and you can find it all online too.

9 Sep 2007 - 12:00am





Boston singer Brad Delp's recent suicide at the age of 55 leaves a void among fans who bought the group's rocking debut. And there were many - 17 million and counting in the US alone.

25 Mar 2007 - 12:00am