Indians' disregard for human life all too evident

Nothing will change after the inferno at a top Calcutta private hospital recently in which at least 90 people died.

Monday, 19 December, 2011, 12:00am


We must lead the way against smoking

Hong Kong is doing well to reduce smoking, but it can still do more.

For example, the owners of bars, restaurants and malls should be held responsible if people light up in their place.

We should serve as a model for the mainland where anti-smoking policies have been less effective.

21 Jun 2011 - 12:00am


How we can help mentally ill people

The number of mentally ill people is rising. I think the root cause is pressure - from family, friends, work and so on.

In Hong Kong, many people are under pressure from all directions. They often cannot sleep at night and go to work or school tired the next day. Their condition worsens after a period of time.

8 Jul 2010 - 12:00am


A breath of fresh air in busy Hong Kong

Many people think cartoons are not good for teenagers and make them more introverted, but I disagree.

First, cartoons give teens breathing space and help them relax. It is easy to get burnt out in this competitive society. Animations give us a way to escape from the harsh realities of this world.

26 Mar 2010 - 12:00am

What's going on in the world affects us

A lot of my classmates say current news is not important because it has nothing to do with them. So they rarely read newspapers or watch news reports on TV.

But they are wrong. Some events have an effect on all of us. Take the financial crisis, for example. Many people are losing their jobs. Our parents could be among them.

18 Nov 2008 - 12:00am


The Olympic Games aftermath

The 29th Olympic Games in Beijing ended with China winning 51 gold medals.

As a Chinese person, I was very proud of the country's athletes and the Olympic organisers. The opening and closing ceremonies were gorgeous and impressed people all over the world.

11 Sep 2008 - 12:00am

Fruit flies glued to a wire show free will is not limited to humans, researchers argue

Is there such a thing as free will? And if so, is it what distinguishes people from animals by our ability to tell right from wrong? These weighty questions have haunted the greatest minds for centuries.

19 May 2007 - 12:00am

Have Your Say

Marriage poses a dilemma

In this modern era, many couples live together and this is accepted by society.

Marriage is no longer forced upon us. Many couples choose to live together in order to get to know each other better before they get married.

This is a very good idea and can reduce divorce rates.

11 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

Structure your ideas

Planning a presentation or talk is like building a house. Without the initial blueprints or plans, there can be no house. Without a solid framework for the structure, the house, like a presentation, cannot be built without major problems occurring.

29 May 2006 - 12:00am

Words that cause confusion

Do you know the difference between 'effect' and 'affect'?

Effect (n) - a change or consequence (of something)

It is used when you talk about a change that is caused by something.

Effect (v) - to make something happen

If you effect something, you succeed in causing something to happen.

28 Sep 2005 - 12:00am

Chain reaction

Every week or so, I get an e-mail from friends checking whether the latest 'pass this warning on to everyone' e-mail is genuine.

I'm always amazed by how many people trust and accept the information in them. A quick scan of the 'forwarded by' list shows these things pass through communities around the world faster than the influenza virus.

12 Sep 2005 - 12:00am

time travellers

1 Which television show featured a character who bounced around in time, aided by his holographic friend Al?

2 Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt's production company Plan B bought the film rights to which novel before its public release?

3 Which prog rockers released the retrospective box set Time Traveller in 1994?

28 Aug 2005 - 12:00am


Food for thought I am writing in response to a recent letter which said animals have the same rights as humans.

28 May 1999 - 12:00am

No cure for violence of natural born killers

The crack of fist against skull. The satisfying feel of a knife entering flesh. The bomb blast's heady roar.

Ah, violence.

You can counsel it, imprison it, hold talks with it, even execute it.

But it just keeps coming back.

13 Mar 1999 - 12:00am

No more of this claptrap

R.J. Fletcher's nonsensical letter about tobacco advertising, which appeared in the South China Morning Post, on October 6, is typical of the tobacco industry's misleading propaganda.

Some time ago we had 'there is no scientific evidence showing a causal relationship between smoking and cancer'.

16 Oct 1995 - 12:00am