Geography of the United Kingdom

Ahead of the Games

The opening of the 2012 Games had everything you'd expect: the world's media, nervous competitors, expectant crowds, organisers praying for good weather.

Sunday, 17 June, 2012, 12:00am

Fairy-tale settings

American industrialist, and part-time anti-Semite, Henry Ford, certainly liked the English country cottage look. He tried to buy a whole street of them - Arlington Row, in the Cotswold village of Bibury.

24 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Luxury penthouses with a beach view

Typically, the luxury end of the market suffers in a downturn, but Savills suggests this is not the case in blue-chip Sydney.

The real estate firm cites one Eastern Suburbs mansion selling for a record A$23 million (HK$178.3 million), and continued strong demand for prestige property such as The Cove Clovelly.

12 Jan 2011 - 12:00am

Into Pearl River Delta

Ensemble Modern (Germany) presents a collection of new works (including the one above) with surround sound effects and video projections created by five composers. Nov 20, 8pm, City Hall, 5 Edinburgh Place, Central, HK$120-HK$320 Urbtix. Inquiries: 2370 1044

20 Nov 2010 - 12:00am

Hong Kong plays an inflated and sheepish role for the Welsh in today's FA Cup final

Wales is a nation of the UK famed for its singing, rugby ... and sheep. Welsh folk have long tried to shrug off stereotypical associations with the woolly, four-legged ruminants that bleat 'baah' in unison, but we now learn that Hong Kong is playing a part in ramming home the jibes often thrown at the Welsh during sporting events between them and their old enemy - England.

17 May 2008 - 12:00am

Menzies Hotel, Glasgow

Where is it? Menzies Hotel (below) is convenient - only 20 minutes by taxi from Glasgow Airport and a 10-minute stroll from the city's Central railway station. A 10-minute walk through a downmarket enclave takes you to the shopping strip of Buchanan Street (above). Some of the rooms are located in a converted rice mill and overlook the wharves of historic Glasgow.

25 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

The Cotswolds

Famous for its honey-coloured stone cottages, meandering rivers and rich history, this charming corner of Britain is worth a look - if you can see past all the other tourists.

1. Burford

15 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

Web pirates hope to hoist the flag over ocean kingdom

For sale: one tiny island nation off the east coast of Britain. It comes with all mod cons, including kitchen, bathroom, jail and chapel. There are stunning ocean views and plenty of privacy. Asking price: 750 million euros (HK$7.6 billion).

25 Jan 2007 - 12:00am

Loch and load

There can be few greater contrasts to downtown Hong Kong than the Scottish Highlands. For red taxis read fishing boats; crofters' cottages replace highrises; and 98 per cent humidity, black rainstorms and air pollution are unheard of.

23 Jul 2006 - 12:00am

British treks

1 Thames Path

19 Jul 2006 - 12:00am

Seven Dials, London

Covent Garden is one of London's most celebrated shopping and entertainment districts. Five minutes' walk away stands Seven Dials, a destination catering at once to the masses and the individual.

30 Apr 2006 - 12:00am

Bredbury back in top flight for Aberdeen clash

Former Hong Kong scrumhalf Robin Bredbury will be back in the thick of things after being drafted into the DHL Club lineup for today's First Division Grand Championship encounter against Synovate Aberdeen.

1 Mar 2003 - 12:00am

Land near popular walk in dire state

The recent announcement by the Chief Executive that funds would be allocated for the ''greening'' of Hong Kong is good news for those of us who enjoy walking on Harlech and Lugard roads at the Peak.

20 Nov 2001 - 12:00am

Planners impose Peak height rules

The Town Planning Board will extend height restrictions on development sites on The Peak in a bid to protect a 'view corridor' from Peak Tower to Victoria Harbour.

Height controls were proposed early this year by the board to preserve the low-rise environment of The Peak district and to protect Hong Kong Island's ridge-line, a famous tourist attraction.

28 Jul 2001 - 12:00am

Police can help avoid needless congestion

I was grateful to the principal of Pui Kiu Middle School for taking the time to write to residents of Lugard Road, like myself, to inform us in advance of his school's cross-country competition on November 3.

8 Nov 2000 - 12:00am