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Minister admits feeling pressure on home prices

The central government has admitted it is under enormous pressure to rein in housing prices in the next two decades amid concerns that the high prices could lead to social instability.

Tuesday, 9 March, 2010, 12:00am

Deliver a treasure trove of festive goodies

Just saying the word 'hamper' is satisfying in itself. Actually receiving one takes the luscious association to another level. So much more than the sum of its parts, a hamper is received in giddy anticipation of plumbing its depths for delightful treasures.

11 Dec 2009 - 12:00am

Cosmetics king has taste for high life

What does one expect when meeting the managing director of French cosmetics company Clarins? A mild-mannered man who, perhaps, prefers his teas herbal and his handkerchiefs monogrammed. Certainly not an ex-orthopaedic surgeon who flies helicopters in his spare time and has a penchant for late-night clubbing.

19 Oct 2009 - 12:00am

Sleep on it

Several years ago, an adventurous couple made the news by hiding in a bed shop in Germany until after closing time, so they could test the merchandise 'properly'. The police, who were alerted by an alarm, were not amused.

27 Sep 2009 - 12:00am

Tips for a better bed

Rotate and/or flip a mattress every 60 days to avoid continued compression on the upholstery

Use a mattress protector

Liquid cleaning solutions can damage your mattress and base. See if your manufacturer has a care kit.

Your bed is not a trampoline, so don't let kids jump on it

Choose a bed frame that fully supports the mattress

14 Aug 2009 - 12:00am

A sorry tale of how Beijing's courtyards are being knocked down - and one artist's fight to save them

Zheng Xicheng , 71, has just published a collection of drawings of Beijing courtyard houses, in an effort to raise public awareness of the need to protect these relics.

Why did you publish this book? How did you come up with the idea?

14 Jun 2009 - 12:00am

Treasure what's left on our planet

We have been hearing horror stories about climate change and the extinction of animal species for years, but Home - a soon to be released documentary - prefers to dwell on the beauty of what is left.

3 Jun 2009 - 12:00am

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10 May 2009 - 12:00am

Utterly satisfying responses

The latest record from Italian-Japanese singer-songwriter Angela Aki is everything its title Answer suggests. She tells us her views and answers to the questions of life, love and music.

Inspired by the legendary Sarah McLachlan, Aki broke into the mainstream Japanese pop music scene with her refreshingly gentle and wonderfully soothing debut Home in 2006.

26 Apr 2009 - 12:00am

It's green for go as Belgravia gets state-of-the-art facelift

There's a quiet revolution on the domestic front in Island South - and it's just one of the ways in which the owner of Belgravia apartments hopes to clean up. Executives at Kerry Properties say the refurbished apartments in South Bay Road boast the first centralised vacuum-cleaning system of its type to be used in a residential building in Hong Kong.

13 Mar 2009 - 12:00am