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A Passage to Elegance

Jump on board for some old-style opulence, writes Mark Parren Taylor.

Saturday, 1 September, 2012, 12:45am

Safety fears over use of draft horses to pull wedding carriages at Hong Kong's Discovery Bay

Goliath's Revenge, Tank, Epic Thunder and Gracie's Eclipse cause quite a stir on their daily walks around Discovery Bay's North Plaza area. Each stands two metres high and weighs about 500kg.

But not everyone is delighted to see the four giants on their sleepy patch and some local residents fear that there may be accidents.

23 Sep 2012 - 3:08am

A Passage to Elegance

Traversing Europe by rail in the heyday of train travel conjures up images of sumptuous velvet upholstery, glamorous passengers, fine dining, and dreams of exotic destinations. Couple that with fog-bound platforms, shady characters, and the ensemble of mysterious intrigue, and the stage is set for Agatha Christie's classic 1934 novel Murder on the Orient Express.

15 Aug 2012 - 10:54pm

Make an impact

1 Wire table lamp by Deadgood Studio (HK$4,209)

2 Dining chair by Verpan (HK$9,000), available at Lane Crawford

3 Multi-coloured thermos by Kate Spade (katespade.com)

4 Raviolo Chair by Magis (HK$3,999), available at Aluminium

5 Stack-E by Seletti (HK$5,600), available at Homeless

4 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Groans from the back

It's a myth that every London black cab driver is a chirpy chappie, someone who would take you to the end's of the Earth - and for free if he could. The stereotype is a fellow full of banter, cockney rhyming slang, and endless tittle-tattle about who was in the back of the cab. 'Gwyneth Paltrow last weekend, mate.' Really? Wasn't she at the Oscars?

13 Mar 2006 - 12:00am

shore thing

South Bay Beach is one of the more laid-back spots at which to unwind in Hong Kong. Not only is it a clean little suntrap, but it's a fair distance from the noisy road that runs through neighbouring Deep Water and Repulse bays. What makes South Beach even more alluring, however, is an open-roofed bar and restaurant on the beach.

2 Oct 2005 - 12:00am

A fare deal?

It is 11pm on a Thursday. Drizzle is falling just as the pubs turn out in Soho. Getting a cab will be impossible. Then, out of the blue, a black cab arrives, lurching towards my raised hand with the signature shrill of grinding brakes.

'How much to Islington?' I ask. 'About GBP15 ($221), guv,' he replies.

31 Jan 2005 - 12:00am

Stagecoach's stake lifted

The stake held by British transport group Stagecoach in mainland toll-road operator Road King Infrastructure has been lifted from 24.78 per cent to 31.2 per cent after the automatic conversion of 418,380 preference shares.

The preference shares, amassed five years ago, were due for conversion into 48.87 million common shares at $8.56 each on Thursday, Road King said.

14 Jun 2003 - 12:00am

Hansom case sparks SFC review of Takeovers Code

The Securities and Futures Commission is to seek changes to the Takeovers Code to protect investors from losses, commission deputy chairman Laura Cha May-lun said yesterday.

13 Mar 1998 - 12:00am

Bankers warn watchdog poised to get tough on back-door listings

The China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC) shows no signs of loosening its restrictions over back-door listings by mainland companies in Hong Kong, despite a number of actual and speculated takeovers of Hong Kong-listed firms by mainland entities.

12 Mar 1998 - 12:00am