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British woman tourist is murdered on houseboat in Srinagar, India

Crowds watch as police place the body of the woman tourist in an ambulance in Srinagar. Photo: EPA

A young British woman on holiday in Indian Kashmir was found dead in a pool of blood on a houseboat. Police arrested a 43-year-old Dutch national on suspicion of her murder.

Sunday, 7 April, 2013, 5:55am

Six degrees

Photo: Reuters

Evergreen do-gooder Sting (above) will be gracing Hong Kong with his presence next month. Born Gordon Sumner, the British eco-activist got his moniker from a black and yellow striped shirt he wore on stage early in his career (he looked like a wasp; geddit?).

10 Nov 2012 - 11:31pm

Opinion: Food Gurus by Stephen Vines

Auguste Escoffier (above) brought classic French cuisine into the 20th century; Catherine de Medici helped introduce Renaissance Florentine food to the French court.

Best known, perhaps, as a journalist, Stephen Vines also manages a small chain of canteens, coffee shops and bars; is a director of The Pan Handler kitchen equipment shop in Prince's Building; and is an enthusiastic and capable cook.

8 Nov 2012 - 9:50am

Film review: Skyfall

Film review: Skyfall

As this year marks the 50th anniversary of James Bond's debut on the silver screen, Skyfall has to be special. Thankfully, it is. Indeed, Skyfall - the movie franchise's 23rd film about Ian Fleming's suave secret service agent, and Daniel Craig's third star turn in the role - oozes with confidence.

1 Nov 2012 - 12:38pm 1 comment

Rewind book: The Witches by Roald Dahl

Rewind book: The Witches by Roald Dahl

Book lovers 50 or younger likely possess a slideshow inserted into their memory by Roald Dahl: James' giant peach; Charlie's golden ticket to the chocolate factory; the BFG's snozzcucumber and flatulence-inducing frobscottle. But for sheer grotesquerie, none can match the evil titular characters of one of his last children's classics.

6 Nov 2012 - 9:20pm

Movie rewind: Monty Python's Life of Brian (1979)

Movie rewind: Monty Python's Life of Brian (1979)

Along with politics and sex, religion makes up the trifecta of taboo subjects: the three things you don't talk about in polite society, let alone lampoon before millions on the big screen. Just look at the recent international uproar over that Islam-slurring film to see the possible consequences.

22 Oct 2012 - 3:27pm

Rewind book: The Power and the Glory by Graham Greene

Rewind book: The Power and the Glory by Graham Greene

Religion, like sex, has always been a thorny subject to write about, especially for novelists keen to preserve their literary integrity and make a decent living.

21 Oct 2012 - 11:40am

Perfect casting of a space alien in portrayal of alienation in the modern world

Perfect casting of a space alien in portrayal of alienation in the modern world

Most scientists agree that aliens probably look something like David Bowie, with his cultivated strangeness and differently pigmented eyes (the result, apparently, of being punched in a schoolyard brawl).

27 Sep 2012 - 10:16am

Fashion world welcomes older models

Carmen Dell'Orefice, 81, models a creation from the Norisol Ferrari spring-summer 2013 collection in New York. Photo: Reuters

Fashion's obsession with youth might be waning. Could it be losing its love of adolescent waifs? Probably not entirely, judging by the girls on the catwalk and in magazines. But the trend of young teens modelling high fashion clothes bought by women mostly in their 30s and 40s is being challenged.

21 Sep 2012 - 11:18am

Chance to win tickets for Agatha Christie's The Mousetrap

Cast of The Mousetrap, at the Lyric Theatre from October 9-14.

A 3-D Imax screen may be the best format for watching an action movie, but when it comes to an Agatha Christie murder mystery there's no place better than the theatre.

19 Sep 2012 - 3:42am

Hitchens fights the good fight in chronicling his own demise

Hitchens fights the good fight in chronicling his own demise

Christopher Hitchens was the best company in the world; he had read widely and because he was an industrious man and filled with curiosity, he hoped to read much more. He would stay up late drinking and talking, moving with judicious and delicious care from the large questions of the day to the small sweet business of invective, anecdotes and gossip.

17 Sep 2012 - 9:26am

'Encounter: The Royal Academy in Asia' show to skip Hong Kong

Works by some of the world's best-known artists, such as David Hockney and Antony Gormley, will give Hong Kong a miss now that an exhibition planned for the city has been scrapped.

The first travelling exhibition in Asia by London's Royal Academy of Arts dropped the Hong Kong leg because organisers said they could not find an "appropriate venue" in the city.

14 Sep 2012 - 2:59am 1 comment

My life: Jason Atherton

My life: Jason Atherton

The British chef, whose first Hong Kong venture opens next month, tells Vicki Williams that celebrity is not something he is comfortable with.

16 Sep 2012 - 2:36am

Another toothsome morsel from McEwan

Another toothsome morsel from McEwan

Ian McEwan's 12th novel,

10 Sep 2012 - 9:39am

Three members of British family shot dead in car in French Alps beauty spot

A policeman delivers flowers to the home of Saad al-Hilli in Claygate, Surrey. French police say they have no motive for the brutal killings. Photo: Reuters

A four-year-girl who was in a car when her parents and grandmother were shot dead stayed hidden under her murdered mother's skirt for eight hours after police arrived.

Firemen and police officers, under orders to leave the British-registered BMW untouched pending the arrival of forensic experts, failed to spot her.

7 Sep 2012 - 4:30am