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Cultural Assimilation

Apologising politely

None of us are perfect. We all make mistakes. The courteous thing to do when we are wrong is to apologise politely.

A polite apology does not need to be long and dramatic. It should be short and simple and to the point.

Wednesday, 27 July, 2011, 12:00am

After payout, witness seeks ICAC apology

An undercover operative who became a protected witness for the Independent Commission Against Corruption then had his identity revealed in court is demanding an apology from the graft-buster.

24 Nov 2010 - 12:00am


Scramble for school places not necessary

I am writing in response to a newspaper article about parents failing to send their children to famous schools in Hong Kong. Some of them blame the system of connections and church affiliations for their failure to get their child a school place.

29 Dec 2009 - 12:00am

Police chief says sorry ... again

Police Commissioner Tang King-shing said sorry yet again yesterday - this time to a Fanling school after its name was leaked as the scene of an undercover drugs operation.

29 Nov 2009 - 12:00am

Apology a step towards healing the wounds

Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd's apology this week to disadvantaged young British migrants abused and neglected while in state care would have been unthinkable a generation ago. So, too, was his saying sorry last year to the 'stolen generations' of Aboriginal children forcibly removed from their parents in a strategy of white assimilation.

19 Nov 2009 - 12:00am

Stone sorry for 'karma' comment

Hollywood star Sharon Stone has apologised for her 'bad karma' comments on the Sichuan earthquake, 15 months after the incident upset Chinese communities around the world.

8 Sep 2009 - 12:00am

Day of atonement arrives for Stolen Generation

When Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd stands up in Parliament today, Debra Hocking will be one of hundreds of thousands of Aborigines who will be glued to their television.

13 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

Canada tries to heal scars of racist past

Payouts offered to aboriginal children, but not all are willing to forgive brutal schools, writes Wency Leung

7 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

Saying sorry

Regina Ip's apology for her handling of Article 23 came after a series of controversial comments on the national security legislation

I am aware that I made mistakes in promoting that bill. I made remarks which might have been unnecessarily provocative. I wish to tender my sincere apologies to those who were disturbed

- while declaring her candidacy yesterday

28 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

Apology to tour guides questioned

The media yesterday questioned the motivation behind a Guilin party-controlled newspaper's open apology to the city's tour guides for accusations last week that they ripped off visitors.

1 Aug 2007 - 12:00am

Apologising and making excuses


25 May 2007 - 12:00am

Three important words you should know

'Nowadays, manners are easy and life is hard.'

- former British prime minister Benjamin Disraeli

10 Apr 2006 - 12:00am

In Brief

researchers to come under closer scrutiny

11 Mar 2006 - 12:00am

Dream Date

Why do girls always seem to take ages?

I have no idea.

Hey look, there they are. Finally!

Sorry we're so late! We missed the bus and had to wait ages for the next one.

All right, let's go.

OK, but you could at least tell us where we're going.

15 Mar 2005 - 12:00am

Words that are related

Fill in the blanks with variations of the words in brackets. The first one has been done for you as an example.

1. Are you sure that you have the ability to do this? [able]

2. We must make sure the building can be used easily by _________ people. [able]

3. I'm sorry, but we are __________ to help you. [able]

28 Jun 2004 - 12:00am