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Small wonders

All schoolchildren learn to make paper planes when they are young, but one man has taken his hobby to a whole new height.

Tuesday, 14 June, 2011, 12:00am

Odd hobbies

Poppy is doing a school project about people with unusual hobbies. She talks to two people. Listen to the interviews and then answer these questions.

1 How does James correct Poppy at the start of the interview?

a. he tells her he doesn't have much time

b. he questions the word she has used to describe his hobby

9 May 2011 - 12:00am

The perfect Formula

Like many young men, 25-year-old Matthew Ho Chun-kit is passionate about racing cars, but unlike most others he actually owns several - Ferrari Formula Ones.

He made them himself.

'I know owning one of those cars is just a dream, so I build them myself,' says Mr Ho.

'I don't even need a garage, I can put them together in my room.'

4 Sep 2008 - 12:00am

Little war gamers

Wars - from medieval battles to futuristic ambushes and fantasy actions - are breaking out in Hong Kong as a growing band of young war gamers pit their armies of miniature figurines against one another.

27 Dec 2007 - 12:00am

Hobby house hopes to cash in on Art Jam success

The success of Art Jam, where people paint and drink wine, has prompted the arrival of a competitor. Hobbies Central opened officially at the beginning of the month. Offering the arts and crafts enthusiast more options than slapping paint on a daunting canvas, it is focusing on hobbies such as teddy bear making and quilting.

11 Mar 2004 - 12:00am

Hobbies and social life come second

For the past decade, Sally Poon Ho Wing-fong has been a full-time carer for her only child, who is autistic and mentally handicapped.

Mrs Poon, in her mid-30s, gave up her clerical job 14 years ago after Tommy was diagnosed with mental problems at the age of two. The boy refused to communicate, and would run round all day non-stop.

15 Apr 2002 - 12:00am

Year of the Rabbit guide that pulls no punches

I CAN'T believe it's been the Year of the Rabbit for 1.5 weeks already. No doubt readers will have been busy with the many ancient traditions that take place at this time, such as bribery and corruption. Does anyone else think it odd that handing over envelopes of money is illegal in Hong Kong at any time, except for the first 15 days of Lunar New Year, when it is compulsory?

28 Feb 1999 - 12:00am

In company of dragonboat fans

By day Urs Heggli supplies textiles to the garment industry. At the weekend he strips off his shirt and tie, his torso exposed to the sun while his body moves in rhythm to the steady beat of a drum.

Flanked by 21 other robust and muscular men, the 49-year-old regularly puts his stamina to the test - in a dragonboat.

5 Jun 1998 - 12:00am

boys' stuff

MTV's Bevis And Butt-Head Do America, The Official Script Book, ($136) by Mike Judge from Page One, Times Square, Causeway Bay.

A colour-matching brainteaser - spin the discs to scramble and match the colours to solve - by binary arts ($150) from Loft, Seibu, Pacific Place.

10 May 1998 - 12:00am

Gollies galore

I AM a collector of Robertson's Golly badges, presently in Hongkong on business, staying at the Excelsior Hotel until January 7.

Once upon a time, the hobby was child-orientated; now it is the adult who is the keen collector. I happen to know that there are some very keen collectors here and look forward to hearing from anyone interested in selling or swapping the badges.

2 Jan 1993 - 12:00am