A mattress, a blanket and a pot of noodles - the cold comforts of Christmas in the company of strangers

The room resonates with the sound of snoring.

It is only 10.30pm, but most of the men are huddled with blankets over their heads. A few night owls read newspapers and smoke. They don't talk. They don't even know each other.

Monday, 22 December, 2003, 12:00am

Easter Circus

Keeping everyone occupied over Easter weekend is a juggling act in itself. Here, six of the world's top stunt and circus performers converge to amaze the crowds, including Danny Zapparelli (left), who will juggle on a giant unicycle, and Canada's Balloon Duos.

20 Apr 2003 - 12:00am

Run away to the circus

EASTER SHOULD BE colourful and full of fun, so put on your masks and head for a parade!

Running from noon to 6.30pm every day throughout the public holiday, the Easter Parade and Circus Workshops at Citigate in Tung Chung are going to pump up everyone's energy levels.

19 Apr 2003 - 12:00am

Into the shadows

AT THE RED HOUSE shelter in Shanghai Street, Yau Ma Tei, 70 homeless men sleep crammed together in bug-infested beds. Fluorescent lights flicker all night. Drug addicts shoot up.

21 Nov 2002 - 12:00am

Arts In The Plaza

This afternoon the Stanley Plaza will have a carnival atmosphere as the Youth Arts Festival showcases face painting, mask making, playdough aquariums, windmill making and pebble painting to the public. There is also the Buskers Ring, where three hours of highlights from the festival are staged. Today, 2pm-5pm. Village Square, Stanley Plaza, Stanley. Free admission.

3 Nov 2002 - 12:00am

Confidence tricks

DAVID SIMPSON can breathe fire, walk on stilts, ride a unicycle and juggle. Not the standard set of skills for a counsellor, but the 27-year-old is no ordinary outreach worker.

Mr Simpson arrived in Hong Kong five years ago with a degree in psychology, counselling experience and a lot of energy. Within eight months he had joined KELY Support Group as an outreach worker.

26 Mar 2002 - 12:00am

Nepali homeless 'denied shelter'

Some welfare groups for the homeless have been refusing to help Nepali street-sleepers, it has been claimed.

A new welfare service, Unison Hong Kong for Ethnic Equality, claimed three out of four groups it had approached to find shelter for several Nepalis had turned them away.

23 Aug 2001 - 12:00am

Street-sleepers wake up to self-help action

Street-sleepers are to form a self-help organisation in an attempt to kick-start a homeless people's movement in Hong Kong.

The move - prompted by a similar initiative by homeless people in Japan and South Korea - is being spearheaded by three of Hong Kong's homeless who have vowed to fight for their rights after attending a street-sleeper exchange programme in Osaka.

13 Jul 2001 - 12:00am

Homeless find new hope from Osaka visit

STREET SLEEPERS in Hong Kong are determined to work together to improve their conditions. This is thanks to new perspectives gained during a fact-finding trip to Japan where homeless people are more united and organised.

13 Jul 2001 - 12:00am

Help urged for part-time homeless

Social workers called for more temporary shelters yesterday after a study found there were more short-term street-sleepers in the SAR.

The survey, conducted by City University, showed that 37 per cent of 439 street-sleepers interviewed did not sleep on the streets year-round. Twenty-three per cent only lived there for three months.

2 Jun 2001 - 12:00am

More street-sleepers spark aid package

Emergency measures are to be adopted to help street-sleepers after a government survey showed the problem had worsened over the past 14 months.

According to Social Welfare Department figures, the number of people sleeping rough has increased more than 70 per cent, from 819 in January last year to 1,399 by the end of February. They are also becoming younger and better educated.

10 Apr 2001 - 12:00am

Cold sparks homeless aid

Due to the cold weather, Social Welfare Department staff distributed blankets to street sleepers last night and advised elderly people to take care. The Home Affairs Department opened 10 temporary shelters for people in need of refuge.

16 Jan 2001 - 12:00am

Charity homeless

A charity that gives sex and Aids education to young people is homeless after being driven out of its premises by termites. Teen Aids is to lose its office at the Warehouse Youth Centre in Aberdeen after the building was closed on government inspectors' advice.

7 Nov 2000 - 12:00am

Out on the streets

There is a striking discrepancy between the number of young street sleepers compiled by the Society for Community Organisation and government agencies. While official figures put the number at just under 800, the society estimates there are 3,000 homeless on the streets, and one in five is under 40.

23 Aug 2000 - 12:00am

Debut bush saga rich in charm and menace

LIKE a cobra rising from a snake charmer's basket, Snake is mesmerising: beautiful in its own way yet full of fear and menace; obliging the onlooker to confront an elusive and rarely glimpsed terror.

20 Feb 2000 - 12:00am