First farmers crafted ancient water wells without metal tools

One of the ancient wooden water wells in eastern Germany, built by farmers from hollowed-out tree trunks. Photo: SCMP

The people who lived in eastern Germany around 7,000 years ago are thought to have been some of the first farmers.

Monday, 31 December, 2012, 6:00am

Canada's 'new boy' has tournament to treasure

His name is De Goede and he certainly came good in his first appearance in a sevens tournament. Thyssen de Goede will never forget his experience playing before a capacity crowd at Hong Kong Stadium.

29 Mar 2010 - 12:00am

Kingdom's loss not a fair reflection on region

Defeat is always a disappointment but what has been more disappointing about Sacred Kingdom's Royal Ascot defeat has been some of the rubbish it has spawned.

Very clearly, the horse didn't turn up. He was upset going out for the race, he was keen in the slow tempo, and he was crawling over the line.

24 Jun 2009 - 12:00am

Hammerin' Hero

A whack or smack is all that's required to solve your problems in the new PlayStation Portable game Hammerin' Hero.

Gamers have the mission of helping carpenter Gen save the town from the evil schemes of the Kuromoku Corporation, which seems to operate rather like the yakuza (Japanese mafia), forcing small businesses to sell so it can take over.

12 Jun 2009 - 12:00am

Surrogate dolls giving comfort and advice to old and lonely

Elderly Japanese whose children have flown the nest are turning to surrogate dolls for companionship and even advice, with impressive sales figures encouraging toy firm Tomy to look to other ageing societies for potential new markets.

1 Feb 2007 - 12:00am

Blessing and a curse

The wait to collect packets of rice blessed by Buddhist monks turned into a blustery ordeal for hundreds of elderly people yesterday when an amber rainstorm struck.

The organisers of the Hungry Ghost Festival handout at Carpenter Road Park in Kowloon City were accused of 'indirectly abusing' the elderly, but they said they had done their best.

28 Jul 2006 - 12:00am

Man held after Molotov attack

Three men escaped injury when a Molotov cocktail was thrown at them as they were talking in Carpenter Road, Kowloon City, but failed to ignite. Officers later arrested a suspect, 51, in South Wall Road as he was allegedly trying to discard two bottles of inflammable material.

12 Jun 2000 - 12:00am

8 held after fight

Police arrested four men and four women aged between 20 and 27 who were involved in a fight with a gang of five people at a karaoke bar on the fourth floor of Kowloon City Plaza in Carpenter Road. Three policemen injured in the incident were treated in hospital and discharged.

21 Feb 2000 - 12:00am

$3m for carpenter

A carpenter left 'utterly defeated' by back injuries sustained while working on the Hang Seng Bank building in Central was awarded close to $3 million. Lai Kin-wah twisted his back while clambering on scaffolding carrying bundles of screws on September 1, 1989.

1 Feb 1997 - 12:00am

Every cloud has a silver lining

Yeung Buk-chek is an umbrella seller in King's Road, Quarry Bay. In the business for more than 40 of his 68 years, he originally worked as a carpenter in a furniture store, making wooden bunk beds. He later began selling umbrellas from a cart in North Point, before owning a tiny grocery stall which he now runs with wife. The couple live in Quarry Bay.

20 Apr 1996 - 12:00am

Shot fired

A POLICE sergeant who believed he was about to be attacked fired at a man fleeing a street fight in Carpenter Road, Kowloon City, early yesterday. The shot missed. All suspects were arrested.

27 Feb 1996 - 12:00am

Carpenter out of the top drawer

BRITAIN'S most famous carpenter will be coming to Hong Kong sometime next week. But unlike other artisans of his ilk who have arrived here in recent months seeking work, this guy is not anything like in reduced circumstances.

21 Mar 1994 - 12:00am

Carpenter settles for damages

A CARPENTER who injured his back while working on a construction site received $800,000 damages yesterday.

Ho Sai-sum, now 39, had filed an action against his former employer, Ho Ho-ko and Tonic Engineering and Construction Co.

A settlement between the parties was reached before Mr Justice Leonard.

3 Nov 1993 - 12:00am